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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/04/2012

Forecast: Light rain late today transitions to snow or snow and rain mix into Sunday

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy, p.m. light rain possible. Mid-40s to near 50. | Tonight: Light rain mixing with or changing to light snow, particularly N & W. 32-37. | Tomorrow: Light snow or snow mixed with rain ending. Near 40 to 40s. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

With only around 1-2” of snow accumulation on the winter in most local spots, snow lovers are surely hungry for more. This forecast may tease more than fully satiate those needs. But, let’s look at the plus side here: minimized travel impacts on Super Bowl Sunday and still a good chance to see flakes flying. It might not be enough for snow angels, but in this winter we take what we can get!

Snow Potential Index: 5 (↑) - Some flakes Sat night into Sun, but any accumulation light and mainly well N & W of D.C.
 
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Today (Saturday): If there’s any sunshine early, it should be brief before clouds start moving in. With any luck they’ll stay high and thin for a bit. Light showers should approach from the west by afternoon, and we’ll run about a 40%-50% chance of getting wet into evening. Highs should range from the mid-40s to near 50 before precipitation arrives. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Periods of light rain are likely into the evening, with potential pauses before a transition to light snow or rain and snow mixed. This transition should begin in the northwest and head southeast starting around midnight and continuing into the morning. Lows are near freezing in the colder spots north and west to the mid-and-upper 30s heading southeast from there. Little or no snow accumulation is anticipated, but grassy and/or elevated spots, particularly north and west, may get a coating or so. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...


First outlook for possible snow accumulation Saturday night and Sunday. Issued 2/3 11:18 p.m.
Tomorrow (Sunday): Light snow to the north and west of D.C. and a rain/snow mix elsewhere probably continues during the morning before ending. Minor accumulation, primarily on grass and elevated surfaces, is possible mainly north and west of D.C. Very brief untreated road or walkway coatings may also occur in any heavier bands to the north and west. Highs range from near 40 to the mid-40s. If there’s less precipitation, we could still push up even higher, and should it linger some 30s may linger as well. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: It’s the calm after the storm. Any remaining clouds should fully depart leaving us with mainly clear skies and a light northwest wind. Lows are a bit colder, dropping to the mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

That increasingly strong, though still quite weak, February sun shines overhead on Monday. It could be one of those days where it’s hard to find much in the way of cloudiness as highs should rise to within a few degrees of 50. Confidence: Medium-High

Get ready for more sunshine on Tuesday, perhaps with a few extra clouds, especially late in the day. For highs, we’re looking at another day with temperatures back up around 50 degrees. A pretty quiet start for the second work week of February... Confidence: Medium

By  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/04/2012

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