Wintry mix expected later this week for DC area

D.C.-area residents might be done with the influx of winter weather, but the weather isn’t done with us.

After days of snow, cold, wind, chilly temperatures and even an ice storm over the weekend, more is in store, particularly for Thursday.

There could be some freezing rain across the far northern and western parts of our area Monday night; however, it appears that most areas below 1,000 feet will stay all rain.

“For most of us, this system will just bring soaking rain. However, there will be just enough cold and dry air aloft for the precipitation to start off as a mix of wet snow and sleet in the far northwestern suburbs, but even those areas will change to all rain late tonight,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Matt Ritter said.

Rain will move out early Tuesday, with the majority of the day being partly sunny and breezy.

Skies will cloud up on Wednesday, with snow moving in Wednesday night and then mixing with sleet and freezing rain on Thursday.

There is a possibility of significant accumulations of snow and sleet Wednesday night and Thursday, Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said. Precipitation will become mostly rain Thursday night and come to an end before sunrise on Friday.

“It looks like we can have a wintry mess on our hands for Thursday, with snow, sleet and rain,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said. “It’ll eventually change to rain by Friday morning.”


Monday night: Rain showers. Rain could be mixed with freezing rain north and west. Rain may be heavy at times, but will end before sunrise. Patchy fog. Lows in the low to mid 30s.

Tuesday: Morning rain ends before daybreak, becoming partly sunny. Highs mid-40s to low 50s I-95 and east. Becoming breezy after lunch, with winds from the northwest at 10 to 30 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with afternoon clouds. Highs in the mid-30s.

Thursday: Wintry mix through the day. Highs in the 30s.


WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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