Tundra swans at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. (Angela N./Flickr)

* Winter weather advisory from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday *

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of zero to 10.

5/10: Warmer is fine, but less sunshine


Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs: 42-47.
Tonight: Cloudy with wintry mix before dawn. Lows: 28-35.
Tomorrow: Morning frozen mixed, then rain. Highs: 43-50.

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An approaching cold front delivers another chance of ice, which will complicate our morning commute tomorrow. An active weather pattern continues for the rest of this week with some warming trends into tomorrow, another cold spike Thursday, a warmer Friday and then a mixed weekend with more precipitation chances.

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Today (Tuesday): The calm before the (next) storm. After a chilly morning with some clouds, we get some midday sunshine before clouding up again later in the afternoon. Warmer highs range through the 40s. Light winds blow from the south and west. Confidence: High

Tonight: Cloudy with mixed precipitation developing very late (from northwest to southeast), toward or just before dawn, when temperatures drop into the upper 20s to middle 30s.  Development time is 4 to 7 a.m., with better chances for sleet and snow north and west of the city with more likely sleet and/or freezing rain over the city and points south and east.  Watch out for icy conditions on all untreated surfaces.  Light winds from the east. Confidence: Low-medium

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Morning precipitation should change to freezing rain and sleet north and west of the city by 7 or so, while areas around the city to south and east should see plain rain between 7 and 10 a.m. The colder areas north and west of the city should finally see a shift to plain rain by midmorning to midday. Significant icing problems are a concern to monitor north and west of the city. Keep in mind that these times and details are subject to change — stay tuned for more updates today.

Otherwise, a cold rain dominates the afternoon as temperatures reach into the 40s to around 50 in the typically warmer areas. Light winds from the east and south. Total liquid equivalent precipitation of about a quarter- to half-inch, locally heavier amounts mostly in northern areas. Light winds from the south and east. Confidence: Low

Tomorrow night: Rain ends in the evening, with cloudy skies dominating and winds picking up from the northwest late (10 to 20 mph with higher gusts) as temperatures drop to a 25-35 range. Confidence: Medium


Thursday finds some morning clouds but then shifts to mostly sunny conditions for most of the day. It’ll be breezy and chilly as temperatures peak in the 30s to just around 40. Thursday night looks mostly clear with lows in the 20s to around 30 in the city.  Confidence: High

Friday is warmer under partly sunny skies as highs edge into the 40s to about 50. Friday night features cloudy skies with lows in the 30s. Confidence: High

Saturday looks mostly cloudy with highs around 50 and a chance of showers toward evening. Rain showers abound Saturday night with lows in the 40s. Sunday continues mostly cloudy with showers and warmer temperatures into the 50s. It’s a somewhat gloomy weekend, but we need the rain. Confidence: Low-medium

A daily assessment of the potential for at least 1 inch of snow in the next week, on a zero-to-10 scale.

1/10 (→): Dulles may get some flakes early Wednesday, but otherwise there are no snow concerns in the near future.