Shivering cold temperatures have settled in the Washington, D.C., area, and there’s a growing chance that a snowstorm will impact the region this weekend.
Temperatures were stuck in the 20s for most of the day amid bitingly cold wind chills. Highs were expected to reach the freezing mark. Here’s the hour-by-hour temperature forecast for your zip code.
It could be even colder Thursday morning. Most of the D.C. metro area will see temperatures between 10° to 15° and rural areas could drop to near 0°. Temperatures should recover, and a high of about 34° is expected.
On Friday, a big storm is set to form over the Atlantic as two weather systems meet: a cold front approaching from the Northwest and an area of low pressure moving up the coast.
That sets up snow chances in the D.C. area on Friday and Saturday. There’s still some uncertainty in this forecast, but it’s looking increasingly likely that the D.C. area will get some snow.
Winter Storm Timing and Snow Totals This Weekend in the DC Area
Snow flurries may arrive Friday afternoon, and light snow is possible by the evening near D.C., Storm Team4 says.
Get your shovel ready for accumulations on Saturday morning.
Where the center of the storm lands will be the key to predicting how much snow will fall. If the storm tracks east, that means less snow for D.C.; if it moves closer west, more snow would fall.
Currently, D.C. appears to be at the edge of where snow will fall. That makes forecasting accumulation tricky, but Storm Team4 says the early snow total outlook is between 1 and 4 inches.
Here are Storm Team4’s snow odds for the D.C. metro area:
- 80% chance for 1 inch
- 40% chance for 3 inches
- 10% chance for 6 inches or more
Areas north and east could get much higher amounts. Ocean City, Maryland, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, could end up with 6 to 12 inches.
10-Day Forecast for Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia
No matter the amount of snow we get, brace for ferocious wind and biting cold during the weekend.
Saturday afternoon, expect temperatures in the mid-20s and wind chills near 10°. Temps would fall into the 10s, with wind chills near 0° Saturday night.
Sunday will be sunny, breezy and cold, with highs back near 30°.
The remainder of the 10-day forecast looks easier, with temperatures rising to near 60° for the first Friday in February. Those seasonably balmy temperatures come with a rain chance.