The Washington, D.C., area is in for soaking rain and major swings in temperatures this week, from unusually mild Thursday night to bitter cold on Saturday.
Rain drenched the region on Thursday and there’s a 100% chance of rain again on Friday, Storm Team4 says.
A winter storm is bearing down on millions of people from New Mexico to Vermont, but there won’t be significant impacts in most of the D.C. area. A winter weather advisory is set for Frederick County, Maryland, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday due to freezing rain. Here’s a full list of weather alerts.
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Rainfall totals will be around an inch with the steadiest rain expected late Thursday to about noon Friday.
Temperatures reached the low 50s by sunset Thursday.
On Friday, bring warm layers to work or after-school activities. Temperatures will begin in the mid- to upper 40s, then fall back into the freezing range by 7 or 8 p.m.
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Freezing rain is set to creep into northern Maryland early and is possible closer to D.C. in the afternoon.
Some sleet or snow could mix in with rain during the cold Friday evening commute near D.C., Storm Team4 says. There’s a 30% chance of freezing precipitation, so keep an eye on the forecast if you have travel plans.
The precipitation is set to end Friday evening as the bone-dry, arctic air arrives. Brace for wind chills in the 10s during your Friday night plans.
Lingering icy patches could create slick roads and sidewalks Saturday. It will remain bitter cold with temperatures in the 20s to low 30s and daytime wind chills around 15 to 20°.
Sunday is your best bet for outdoor plans with far less wind and temperatures close to 40°.
Next week is looking easy as far as February weather goes, with highs in the 40s and partly sunny skies through Wednesday.