Freezing rain, icy roads possible in parts of Virginia and Maryland

Wednesday morning will be a soggy one for parts of the D.C. region — and some commuters could even see snow showers and icy roads. Isn’t it supposed to be spring?

Light rain will continue through midmorning, courtesy of a warm front lifting east from the Ohio Valley. While the bulk of it should remain clear of D.C. and Baltimore proper, drivers heading through higher elevations of Virginia and Maryland could find themselves in slick conditions.

In a Winter Weather Advisory for the Interstate 81 corridor, including parts of Northern Virginia, Western Maryland and the state of West Virginia, the National Weather Service notes a risk of freezing rain and icy roadways.

If you’re driving in from our western and northern regions, slow down and use extra caution on driveways, highway ramps, bridges and overpasses prone to ice.

“The battle between the cold we’ve had and the warm air to come will cause a small window of concern this morning for areas west of the Blue Ridge and along the I-81 corridor, where a brief period of snow or freezing drizzle is possible,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell said. “There will be no issues east of Dulles Airport, along I-95 or in metro D.C.”

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Rain exits by midmorning, making way for clearer skies and somewhat milder temperatures that we’ve grown accustomed to over the last few days: Wednesday afternoon’s highs could approach the 60-degree mark.

Believe it or not, Thursday might bring the region’s first severe outbreak of the season as a cold front sweeps through from the west late evening. Strong thunderstorms with gusts of up to 40 mph could reach I-95 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Bell said.

The front ushers in a more quiet and consistent few days weather-wise, with the first half of the weekend staying dry and mild under partly cloudy skies.

Does that mean spring here in earnest? Only time will tell.


Forecast:

Wednesday: A few drops or flakes, clearing by midmorning. Clearer and milder afternoon. Breezy, with highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s.

Wednesday night: Increasing clouds, with drizzle possible after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Cloudy, windy and warm. Scattered rain and thunderstorms possible. Highs in the low- to mid 70s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Blustery and cooler, with highs in the mid- to upper 50s.

Saturday: Sunny morning with some afternoon clouds. Seasonable. Highs in the mid 50s to near 60.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of an afternoon shower. Highs in the low 60s.


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Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital reporter and editor in June 2018. He is a writer and photojournalist focusing on politics, political activism and national affairs, with recent multimedia contributions to Reuters, MSNBC and PBS.

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