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D.C.-area forecast: Some wintry mix possible today, a superb Sunday, and watching a winter storm risk

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

4/10: I’m ready for warmth. Instead, it’s more clouds and some chilly raindrops — perhaps a little mixed precipitation, as well.


Today: Light rain and mix developing. Highs: mid-to-upper 40s.
Tonight: Clearing. Lows: mid-20s to near 30.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs: mid-to-upper 50s.

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It’s a half-murky, half-pleasant weekend. So far, spring is being really slow to move in. And as we get closer on the calendar, there’s more wintry weather to keep an eye on. I think anything today is pretty inconsequential, at least.

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Today (Saturday): There’s a good chance we stay dry through the morning. Even just getting a few hours past sunrise pretty much ends a risk of any sort of consequences from this event, other than some wet roads. If that. The odds of precipitation are up by midday. After that, it’s a few hours of scattered rain mixed with sleet and/or snow, with mixed precipitation especially at the start and north of the city. We should stay dry long enough to get temperatures up to the mid-40s or so before anything falls to the ground around here. If we stay dry, they may edge toward 50. Winds are pretty light. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Showers could linger into the early evening, but rain should be moving away. We’ll mostly see a trend toward clearing skies. Winds remain light out of the north as lows reach the mid-20s to about freezing. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): We’re arguably due a nice day. This one fits the bill, even if it doesn’t qualify for our Nice Day Stamp because it is on the cool side for that. Nonetheless, temperatures topping out in the mid-to-upper 50s will feel delightful if you’re also in the sunshine. Winds remain light, as well. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Skies remain mostly clear. This air mass isn’t as freshly chilled anymore, though. That means that lows are a bit warmer than they’ve been. Closer to seasonal levels, in the near-30 to near-40 range. Confidence: Medium


The next storm system begins to gather over the central and southern United States on Monday. Around here, it’s just increasingly cloudy, and we might see a sprinkle or a quick shower here and there. High temperatures are near or a bit above 50. Confidence: Medium

The first part of this complex storm system should be working toward us early Tuesday. Precipitation, which could be a mix of rain and snow across the region, tends to increase in the morning and into midday. A lot still depends on intensity and location of the heavier activity. There is some risk of accumulating snow, especially on grassy or elevated surfaces, should the area of most intense activity enter our area. For now, even if it does end up snow, there are considerable temperature questions. Highs seem likely to be in the 30s to near 40, coming off lows not that cold, either. Confidence: Low-Medium

We’ll need to keep watching into Wednesday, as the exact timing and nature of this storm system is a little up in the air. There could actually be two surface lows, with a second one bringing us lighter precipitation Wednesday but also perhaps working with somewhat colder air. For now, it doesn’t seem cold enough for huge problems, but again we’ll need to keep eyeing as we get closer. More on all of this later today. Confidence: Low-Medium

A daily assessment of the potential for at least an inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.

3/10 (→): Tuesday/Wednesday details aren’t necessarily any clearer than they have been. Still very much wait and watch.