* Winter weather advisory for Loudoun, Frederick, northern Fauquier, northwest Howard and northwest Montgomery counties from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday *

We cracked 60 degrees in the city today for the first time since Nov. 26. However, the gloomy and damp conditions didn’t make it the easiest 60-degree day to enjoy. A cold front moving through the area this evening marks the end to this mini warm-up. As colder air trickles in behind it, we’ve got a little “snow event” to keep an eye on. It’s potentially ill-timed, coming right before and into the morning commute.

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Through tonight: Occasional showers continue into the evening. Temperatures are dropping with sunset and thanks to a frontal passage. Readings largely in the 50s this afternoon drop into the 30s in the north and west suburbs by late evening. Overnight, rain showers turn to snow showers and snow squalls. Any of the more intense bands — one may be most likely just before the bulk of the morning commute — could cause quick accumulation.

The best chances of an inch or greater are north and west of the Beltway, with most spots at risk for a coating or so. Lows settle to near freezing in the coldest spots and just above freezing or into the mid-30s most other places. Some slick spots on roadways are a good bet, especially as you head north and/or west.


Capital Weather Gang snowfall forecast for Wednesday. Trace amounts indicate snow falling but not accumulating.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Snow ends near sunrise or a bit slower east. Skies should trend clearer rather rapidly during the morning. The afternoon is likely to end up mostly sunny and chilly, with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Winds are out of the northwest around 10 to 15 mph, with higher gusts.


The Capitol and the Capitol Christmas Tree glisten at dusk. (C Buoscio/Flickr)

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Snow: While the snow in the forecast isn’t major, it’s riding a solid wave of cold air. Flakes have been flying into the south this afternoon.

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