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THURSDAY AM COMMUTE COULD BE A REAL MESS

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4 things to know about the weather:

1: Briefly Milder Today

2: Rain Changing To Snow Tonight

3: Thursday AM Commute Impacted

4: Weekend Storm Chances Lowered

Another intrusion of Arctic air is on the way and will put our area back in the deep freeze for Friday and the weekend. That cold front is passing through Chicago this morning and will reach DC just before 6am on Thursday morning. The milder air that will rush into the area today on a steady Southwest wind will also feed moisture into the approaching front. Rain will develop late this evening (after 9pm) and continue into the overnight hours. As the cold air spills in behind the front, temperatures will quickly fall to near 32°. This will cause a changeover from all rain to mostly snow during the Thursday morning commute. Since it will be raining overnight, road crews will not be able to pre-treat the pavement. This, combined with the fact that snow plows will also be stuck in slow-moving traffic, could lead to a VERY SLOW, slushy or slippery AM commute. IF you have a work from home option on Thursday, TAKE IT. Snow accumulations are expected to be around 1" to maybe as much as 2" during the 6-10am window. Strong Northwest winds will keep temperatures within a degree or two of 32° for the rest of the day with occasional snow showers likely. Thursday night into Friday will be frigid with wind chills falling below 10°. Friday will remain cloudy, breezy and bitter cold with afternoon highs only in the mid/upper 20s. The next storm to watch will come Friday night into Saturday. We will be cold enough for an all snow event but may not have enough moisture for significant amounts. The likelihood of getting more than 3" of snow with this storm are much lower today than they were yesterday, thanks to a more Southern track of the storm. It now appears more likely that any amounts of 6" or higher will be more likely South of Richmond and towards Virginia Beach and Eastern North Carolina. This is still a low-confidence forecast and many variables remain un-certain at this point. Stay tuned for updates on the snow, but the COLD is COMING.

TODAY:
Mostly Cloudy
Breezy But Milder
Light Rain After 8pm
Chance Of Rain: 40%
Wind: Southwest 15-30 mph
HIGHS: 44° - 50°

TONIGHT:
Rain After Midnight
Changing To Snow Around 6am
1-2" Possible During AM Commute
Chance Of Rain/Snow: 100%
Wind: Variable 5-10 mph
LOWS: 30°- 34°

THURSDAY
Mostly Cloudy
Windy And Cold
Light Snow, Snow Showers
Wind Chills Mid 20s
Chance Of Snow: 30%
Wind: Northwest 15-25 mph
HIGHS: 30°- 36°

FRIDAY:
Mostly Cloudy
Freezing Cold
Chance Of Snow By Evening
Chance Of Snow: 30%
Wind: North 5-15 mph
HIGHS: 26°- 32°

SATURDAY:
Cloudy And Cold
Snow Likely
Accumulations Generally Under 3"
Chance Of Snow: 40%
Wind: North 5-15 mph
HIGHS: 25° - 30°

Sunrise: 7:23 Sunset: 5:15
Average High: 44° Average Low: 30°

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