* Winter weather advisory western Loudoun, northwest Montgomery, and northern Howard counties and points north, 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. *
TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
8/10: Day 2 of our spring fling should delight, even with a chance of snow late at night.
Today: Still warm, with a stray shower? Highs: Mid-60s to near 70.
Tonight: Increasing chance of rain, could change to snow late. Lows: 30s.
Tomorrow: Snow/rain tapers early, windy, with possible lingering snow shower Highs: Mid-30s to low 40s.
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FORECAST IN DETAIL
Get ready for a wild ride. Temperatures surge into the 60s to near 70 again today, but by late tonight we could see rain changing to snow. The warm ground makes it tough to accumulate, but tomorrow will be cold and blustery nonetheless. Friday stays chilly before we warm well above average again this weekend.
Today (Wednesday): Spring-like warmth continues today with partly cloudy skies and the chance of a stray shower. Mild early-morning conditions give way to midday highs in the mid-60s to near 70. Winds breeze in at around 10 mph from the west and southwest this morning, and from the northwest this afternoon. We may fall short of the record high of 70 degrees at both Dulles and BWI, with a better chance of challenging the record high of 68 at Reagan National. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Shower chances increase by mid-to-late evening, with rain likely overnight. As temperatures drop into the 30s late tonight, the rain could change to sleet and snow around 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. Light accumulations are possible, maybe a dusting to around one inch, mainly on grassy areas north and west of the District. However, some roads could see a bit of slush, especially in the northern parts of Loudoun, Montgomery and Howard counties. Areas further north, in Frederick and Carroll counties, could see two inches and four inches of snow with more significant road impacts, but only if temperatures can drop to near freezing (which is not a certainty). Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow (Thursday): The snow or rain, or some combination of both, should taper by 9 a.m. or so. Again, the best chance of seeing any road accumulation during the morning commute would be in our far northern suburbs. A few lingering snow showers remain possible through afternoon, as winds gusting 30-40 mph from the northwest hold highs to the chilly mid-30s to low 40s, with the wind making it feel even colder. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow night: Winds remain on the breezy side through evening before diminishing overnight. Temperatures tumble nicely as skies become mostly clear, with lows all the way down to the upper teens to mid-20s. Confidence: Medium-High
A LOOK AHEAD
Still cold and a bit breezy on Friday, as highs stall in the mid-30s to near 40 under partly to mostly sunny skies. And then we've got one more somewhat chilly night in this stretch on Friday night, with lows in the mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium-High
This weekend we welcome back gradually warming temperatures, with Saturday highs in the mid-50s to low 60s, and Sunday highs in the 60s to near 70. Also note a few light rain showers are possible Saturday night and Sunday. 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.
3/10 (↑): An inch not out of the question early Thursday AM, especially north suburbs on grass.