A big change in the forecast is on the way.
Storm Team4 is in Weather Alert mode ahead of rain, snow and frigid temperatures expected Saturday in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Whether you’re a snow lover or are waiting for warmth, the 10-day forecast has something to offer.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory D.C. and parts of Maryland and Virginia. Some areas also will be under a wind advisory. See all severe weather alerts here.
Saturday Storm Timing and Potential Snow Totals
Rain and cold air will move in early Saturday. From 6 to 9 a.m., we’re expecting rain, a wintry mix and then snow.
Snow will be heavy at times in the morning and accumulate mostly on elevated surfaces. The impacts will be higher to the north and west of D.C.
Storm Team4’s snow total map shows three bands.
- In D.C. and areas including Warrenton, 2 to 4 inches are expected.
- Areas to the north and west including Leesburg, Winchester, Luray and Frederick, Maryland, can expect 4 to 8 inches.
- An inch or less is expected to the south, in areas including Fredericksburg, Leonardtown and Waldorf.
Precipitation is expected to end between 3 and 5 p.m. Then, expect bitter cold, with wind chills in the teens and even single digits.
In D.C., snowplows will be on standby, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office announced. They’ll be deployed if at least 2 inches of snow fall. The mayor’s office reminded property owners to clear the sidewalks of any snow and ice. The District’s Hypothermia Alert will be in effect. Call 202-399-7093 or 311 if you see someone in need of shelter.
Refreeze Likely Sunday
The next concern will be low wind chills and a hard freeze Saturday night. Any residual moisture left on roads may turn to ice.
Daylight saving time begins Sunday, so remember to spring your clocks forward. Losing an hour of sleep won’t be the only reason you’ll want to stay in bed on Sunday morning. It will be very cold, with frigid wind chills, and slick spots will be likely on roads and sidewalks.
Sunday is looking sunny, breezy and cold, with highs in the mid-40.
10-Day Forecast for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia
Milder air will make a quick return on Monday, and temperatures will return to the low 60s early next week.
Storm Team4 says we could hit 70 by the end of the week.