FORECAST IN DETAIL
The massive meltdown continues as several hours of above-freezing weather are in the forecast today, tonight and tomorrow to keep whittling down our winter wonderland. Unfortunately, some showers late today and tonight create a slushier component, but precipitation is not expected to be heavy.
Temperatures cool a bit on Thursday again, but no major cold is anticipated, while Friday and the weekend are trending warmer. We should see 50s by Saturday or Sunday, which could be the death blow to much of the snow.
Today (Tuesday): Small patches of light freezing rain or drizzle are possible in far northwest Maryland into the Martinsburg area this morning, so take caution if you are out on the roads. Our warming and melting trend picks up another notch as temperatures surge ahead of an approaching cold front. Partly to mostly cloudy skies with warmer morning temperatures allow highs to reach the mid-to-upper 40s. A slight chance of rain showers show up by late afternoon into evening. Light winds from the south at 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Light rain showers this evening until around midnight could mix with a few wet snowflakes before ending, but no accumulation is anticipated as temperatures only bottom out in the lower to middle 30s toward dawn. Rainfall totals will likely be less than a tenth of an inch — not much at all. Light winds from the southwest shift to come from the northwest late. Some refreeze is possible especially far north to western suburbs, so be careful especially after midnight. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow (Wednesday): Some early morning slick spots are possible especially north and west of the city, but even slushy areas can be slippery, so stay cautious out there. Otherwise, cloudy skies greet us in the morning with just a slight chance of a sprinkle or flurry. Temperatures start the day in the 30s and advance to the low-to-middle 40s by afternoon as skies start to break a little bit with an opportunity for partly sunny conditions. Breezes from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy and colder with lows ranging from around 20 degrees in the outer suburbs to the upper 20s in the city. This means any new puddles or slush spots freeze over again, so caution is strongly advised. Black ice is tricky to see. Confidence: Medium
A LOOK AHEAD
Thursday dips a bit colder thanks to a weak cold air mass moving through the area. Skies are variable, but we should see the sun at times with highs in the middle to upper 30s. Cloudier skies prevail Thursday night with lows in the middle 20s to lower 30s- look out for refreeze spots again especially toward the morning commute. We still have a slight chance of a coastal low moving closer to our area for some light snow chances, but no significant concerns are expected at this time. Confidence: Low-Medium
Friday looks partly to mostly sunny with warmer weather coming back. Highs aim for the low to middle 40s by afternoon. Friday night dips below freezing again late under partly cloudy skies. Lows range from the middle 20s in the outer suburbs to the low 30s in the city. Confidence: Low-Medium
The final weekend of January may be one of the warmest as mostly sunny skies dominate the days and temperatures reach to the upper 40s to low 50s on Saturday to potentially the low to middle 50s on Sunday. A few clouds possible on Saturday night with lows in the 30s to near 40 (no re-freezing!). 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.
1/10 (↓): Not enough moisture tonight and risk of late-week coastal storm drifting out of sight