More wintry weather: Freezing rain forecast Sunday morning in Md. and Va.

Around one-tenth of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate Sunday morning.

Key points

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Multiple counties in Maryland’s northern suburbs and parts of Northern Virginia are expected to get freezing rain Sunday morning.
  • Totals: Anticipate one-tenth of an inch of ice to fall by the advisory’s end at noon Sunday.
  • Roads: The ice will coat roads that are still slick from two other winter weather events this past week.
  • Power outages: Icy conditions could contribute to more power outages in the region.

The D.C. region will gets its third round of winter weather within the past week as freezing rain and sleet are predicted to start falling Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Maryland suburbs to the north of the District, as well as some northern Virginia counties, due to expected ice accumulations of about one-tenth of an inch between 3.a.m. Sunday morning until noon.

Storm Team 4 meteorologist Michelle Grossman reported that “Sunday morning will be all about timing. What arrives first, the precipitation or the “milder” air? If the precipitation comes in first, we could see freezing rain and sleet.”

Grossman did add that the freezing rain will transition to plain rain by mid-morning as temperatures rise.



Road conditions

This is all on top of what the D.C. area has been dealing with over the past six days.

Snow is still on the ground throughout the region from Monday’s historic snowstorm, along with another dusting that came through overnight Thursday. Officials in both Maryland and Virginia are warning of lingering black ice that could complicate your weekend travel plans.

With wind chills in the teens Friday and Saturday, and a deep freeze coming Tuesday, drivers should plan for icy roads sticking around for a while.

Power outages

The National Weather Service warns that power outages are possible for the effected areas in the advisory.

This comes nearly a week after snowstorms took power out in parts of the D.C. area, particularly toward the bottom of Northern Virginia in Stafford County where some are still waiting for service to turn back on.

Forecast

Saturday morning: Sunny and cold with lighter winds. Highs in the low to mid 30s.

Saturday night: Some clouds, cold. Wind 5 to 10 mph. Lows in the high teens.

Sunday: A chance of freezing rain and sleet in the morning, becoming all rain by noon. Wind 5 to 15 mph. Highs upper 30s to mid 40s.

Monday: Sunny, windy and cold. Highs in the upper 30s. Wind chills in the 20s.

Tuesday: Sunny. bitter cold. Highs near 30. Windy. Wind chills in the teens.

Current conditions

WTOP’s Matthew Delaney contributed to this report.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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