PM Update: A sloppy Saturday, but Sunday dries out

Winter Weather Advisory Saturday for Montgomery, Loudoun, Howard, and northern Fauquier counties, mainly for mountains/hills *

Winter Storm Warning Saturday for Frederick and Carroll counties *

Temperature Map

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Following a cold start in the teens and 20s, temperatures made a nice recovery today, reaching the low 40s. They fall below freezing tonight, but bounce back Saturday.  This prevents major disruptions when snow, sleet and rain move into area. The exception to this in our far western and northern reaches, where winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect due to colder temperatures.

Through Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cold, but precipitation-free. Lows range from the upper 20s in the colder suburbs to the low 30s downtown. Winds are light.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Light snow moves into the region mid-to-late morning, but temperatures are probably mostly above freezing by then. A slushy coating of snow on grassy areas could fall, but shouldn’t stick on roads. During the afternoon, snow gradually changes to sleet and/or rain, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. In our far west and north suburbs (especially at higher elevations), accumulating snow and/or icing is likely from late morning onward, with highs in the low 30s.

Saturday night: Rain, possibly mixed with sleet or snow early, continues through around midnight in the immediate metro region. In our far west and north suburbs, additional snow and/or ice is possible through around midnight – but even there some locations may change to plain rain. After midnight, the region sees partial clearing with lows from near 30 in the colder suburbs to the low-to-mid 30s downtown.

For more details on the winter weather potential Saturday in the colder suburbs, see this post: Saturday’s storm: more rainy than snowy in D.C.; some ice and snow west and north

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Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny and brisk. Highs reach the upper 30s in the colder suburbs to the low 40s downtown. Winds are from the northwest at 10-15 mph, with some higher gusts.

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Friday morning sunrise (Erin Kelly via Flickr)

Friday morning sunrise (Erin Kelly via Flickr)

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Saturday's storm: more rainy than snowy in D.C.; some ice and snow west and north