TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
4/10: A bit warmer but not enough to melt much snow or ice. At least it’s fairly nice shoveling weather.
Today: Rain/freezing rain ending early. Highs: Mid-30s to low 40s.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows: Near 20 to low 20s.
Tomorrow: A few flakes early? Very cold. Highs: Low-to-mid 20s.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Breaking news! Cold is in the forecast! But first, we get a (slight) reprieve today as we rise above freezing. The cold is back with a vengeance as we head into the work week, though, with single-digit lows back in the forecast for some by Monday night. This particular deep freeze is short-lived as highs hit 40 by Wednesday, but with yet another cold push on its way for late in the week.
Today (Sunday): Watch out for those icy sidewalks, driveways and side streets this morning. Any showers that linger through early-to-mid morning should be of the rain variety close in, with some pockets of freezing rain still possible in the far north and west suburbs (e.g., Loudoun, Frederick and Carroll counties). Showers should move out altogether to our east by mid-to-late morning. We should see our temperatures rise above freezing for the first time in a while, reaching highs in the mid-30s to low 40s. Winds are fairly light, from the west-northwest at 5-10 mph, and skies are mostly cloudy though a few peeks of midday sun are possible. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Skies stay mostly cloudy overnight, and the cold air begins to really push in late. Overnight lows only dip to around 20 to the low 20s, but it’s only beginning of our latest arctic blast. And that’s plenty cold to refreeze whatever wet spots or puddles remain from any snow that melted during day. Winds add a bite to the chill, increasing to 10-20 mph from the north with higher gusts. Confidence: High
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Tomorrow (Monday): The overnight refreeze could cause some school delays. In addition, we’ll have to watch a system to our south that has a small chance (20%) of throwing a few flakes our way during the morning. At the very least it keeps our skies mostly cloudy before clearing skies arrive late morning into the afternoon. Temperatures don’t make much headway at all, maybe managing the mid-20s at best. Winds at 10-20 mph from the north keep wind chills in the arctic range as well. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: So, it may not be quite as cold as we were a few nights ago, but it’s still cold. Skies trend mostly clear and winds trend light just in time to let the temperature drop like a rock. Many should see overnight lows in the single digits, with the lower teens likely downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
A LOOK AHEAD
Cold high pressure weakens over our area on Tuesday, but should still pack enough of a punch to keep temperatures sub-freezing for most or all of the day. Mostly sunny skies may see increasing clouds later in the afternoon or toward evening, and we’re on a positive trend with highs reaching the upper 20s to near 30 and light winds. Confidence: Medium-High
By Wednesday we’ve finally done it — temperatures get back to above freezing again. It’s not shorts weather quite yet, but highs in the upper 30s to low 40s may feel like it for some! A storm system moving by well north could be close enough to give us partly to mostly cloudy skies, and may even spark a flurry or two. Confidence: Medium
SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX
A daily assessment of the potential for at least 1 inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.
2/10 (↓): No concrete storm threat to track, but when it’s this cold something could always develop.