Morning frost precedes warm afternoon for DC region

Frost in the morning followed by temperatures flirting with 70 degrees by the day’s end? Welcome to spring in the D.C. area.

Chilling lows are to blame for a unique spring frost advisory that is felt by early risers Monday morning, especially those in parts to the north of the Beltway.

The advisory follows days of rain, wind and unseasonably low temperatures across the region with eight of the first 10 days of April dropping below averages, according to Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell.

Though once the advisory ends around 9 a.m. Monday morning, Storm Team4 Meteorologist Somara Theodore told WTOP that highs will be near the 70s for parts of region.

The warmth will be a mid-week trend that shows some summery characteristics, with highs expected to graze the 80s around Wednesday and Thursday until rain comes into the picture that evening, according to Bell.

“Wednesday will be dry for most but Thursday will come with a chance of rain and thunderstorms by later in the afternoon as a cold front passes through,” Bell said.

The return of wet weather toward the end of the week will gradually cool us back into seasonal temperatures by the time the weekend rolls around.


Monday morning: Mostly Clear. Lows: 30s and low 40s

Monday afternoon: Sunny. Highs: near 70

Tuesday: Mostly Cloudy. Showers early. Highs: mid to upper 70s

Wednesday: Showers and PM storm chance. Highs: near 80

Thursday: Shower sand severe storm chance. Highs: upper 70s

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Matthew Delaney

Matt Delaney is a digital web writer/editor who joined WTOP in 2020.

Ivy Lyons

Ivy Lyons is a digital journalist for Since 2018, they have worked on Capitol Hill, at NBC News in Washington, and with WJLA in Washington.

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