Wet Weekend Awaits DC, Followed by Blast of Bitter Cold

Temperatures to drop into 20s Sunday after winter storm

We're looking at a wet weekend, followed by a blast of bitter cold.

More messy weather will hit on Saturday, with the biggest impact to the north and west.

By 10 a.m. some snow and wintry mix could be moving into the area. Roads could be slick by midday in some spots.

Saturday afternoon expect mainly rain in the D.C. area with a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and snow north and west. It will be mostly rain in Southern Maryland and Stafford and King George counties.

Temperatures warm up heading into Saturday night, so the precipitation will change to rain everywhere and continue to fall across the area.

With some snow cover and about 1 inch of rain possible, flooding could become a problem Saturday night.

In areas where temperatures remain near or below freezing — including western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania and eastern West Virginia — rain could cause a significant amount of ice accumulation that cause power outages and issues with trees. Traveling on Interstates 70, 68 and 81 could become difficult and dangerous.

A winter storm warning was set to be in effect for Frederick and Winchester, among other locations, from 10 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. A winter weather advisory was set to be in effect for northern Fauquier, western Loudoun and northwest Montgomery from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday. A winter storm warning for central and southeast Montgomery and eastern Loudoun is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Go here to see all weather alerts

By 9 a.m. Sunday, the storm will be quickly winding down, but then it will be windy throughout the day and the temperature will drop from about 40 degrees in the morning into the 20s by sunset.

Some Amtrak trains running out of Union Station were set to run on a modified schedule Saturday and Sunday because of the expected weather. 

Monday also will be bitterly cold. Expect a high of 25 degrees Monday with a wind chills of -10 to 10.

Then, temperatures will climb back into the 40s by midweek.

D.C. Fire and EMS released a list of resources for anyone who needs shelter.

Aside from the rain and cold, there is a total lunar eclipse starting at about 11 p.m. Sunday. 

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