7:05 a.m. - Snow totals: about a coating south to a few inches north
As more folks get their day going across the area, we’re getting a better idea of what this little system left behind. Isolated to scattered slick spots may remain for the next hour or so, especially north and west. Although most roads seem to be wet, do exercise some extra caution out there this morning.
In the immediate area, it’s mostly a coating to a bit more than half an inch. For example, 0.3 inches has been reported at National Airport, with 0.5 inches in Reston, and 0.6 inches near the National Zoo. South of Manassas, a 0.1 inch report has come in.
Totals increase north and northwest of the Beltway, with numbers largely falling into the one to two inch range.
It appears towns around Baltimore were something of a low-elevation jackpot, especially west of the city. Widespread totals around 2.5 inches are common in that area, including 2.4 inches in Columbia and 2.8 inches in Elkridge.
Up to two or three inches also appears common in our far northern suburbs through northern Md.
6:15 a.m. - Wintry precipitation done, slick spots possible
While it’ll take until more folks are awake and sharing what happened in their backyard to get a full picture, the storm system overnight seems to have largely cooperated with forecasts. Snow broke out in the hours around and after midnight, then a few waves of moderate to briefly heavy stuff rolled through, mixed with sleet and rain as you headed south. Totals of a hefty coating south trends to about two inches north. We’ll have more totals once they fill in.
This morning’s temperatures are mainly in the upper 20s and lower 30s, with readings near and below freezing generally north and west of the city. Reports tend to indicate that roads are largely wet, but do keep an eye out for slick spots, especially north and west, and particularly until the sun rises.
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TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
2/10: A cloudy, clammy, sloppy day. After the morning commute is affected by snow and wintry mix, the afternoon looks cold and damp.
Today: Snow/mix, then light rain/drizzle. Highs: Mid-30s to around 40.
Tonight: More drizzle. A period of rain. Lows: Low to mid-30s.
Saturday: Drying and some clearing. Highs: Mid-40s to around 50.
Sunday: Rain chances increase with time. Highs: Near 40 to mid-40s.
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FORECAST IN DETAIL
Frozen precipitation in the area this morning is tapering in the hours ahead, and we’ll all be left with periodic drizzle and perhaps more rain tonight. There should be a quick chance to dry out before more precipitation falls again, later Sunday into Sunday night. Next week — and perhaps March overall: kind of chilly.
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Today (Friday): Snow and wintry mix trail off during the morning hours. Some drizzle sticks around through the day, at least in spotty fashion and maybe more widespread. Most of the region should get into the mid-30s to around 40 degrees. Slick spots remain likely north and west of town. Light but steady east-northeasterly breezes make it all the clammier. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Evening showers and drizzle may get a bit more sustained for a time as a little low pressure rolls by, before tapering off nearer sunrise. A bit of a wintry mix can’t be ruled out, especially north and west of town — little to no accumulation, though. Light northeast breezes continue. Temperatures hover in the low-to-mid 30s. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow (Saturday): A few showers and drizzle are possible very early in the morning, but then we begin to dry out. Clouds may slowly break, especially by late afternoon. Temperatures may rise into the mid-to-upper 40s, but perhaps low 50s if we see enough sunshine. Confidence: Low-Medium
Tomorrow night: Skies turn partly cloudy. Mid-30s may be as cold as it gets downtown. Upper 20s are possible outside of the Beltway. Be sure to glance up for the thin crescent moon along with Venus, Saturn and Jupiter in the predawn eastern skies. Confidence: Medium
A LOOK AHEAD
Sunday: Clouds are back. A few spits of rain are possible in the morning but it really gets damp in the afternoon. We’ll watch the storm track. Slight changes in timing, amounts, and precipitation type are possible — but so far it looks like mainly rain. Temperatures top out in the near 40 to mid-40s for most. Light but steady easterly winds may blow. Confidence: Low-Medium
Sunday night: Rain could turn to a wintry mix and even a little snow, before ending. Especially north and west of town. Temperatures may eventually fall below freezing, but not notably until precipitation moves away. This means little to no accumulation currently expected, but check back later this weekend. Changes are possible. Some slick spots, either way. Confidence: Low-Medium
It’s feeling freshly wintry with clearing, brighter skies Monday and Tuesday. Those sunnier skies may be accompanied by northwesterly breezes. Particularly on Monday. Temperatures both days might only top out in the 30s, with wind chills subtracting 10 degrees or so off that. Get ready to bundle up — perhaps for much of the week — as arctic air returns for a stay. 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 (↓): Still a slight chance of accumulating snow/mix west of I-95 Sunday night, and we’ll keep watching as it stays cold.