Washington D.C. Forecast: Unseasonably cold end to February

Overnight:Mainly Clear and Cold Lows: Teens to Near 20 Wind: Light Thursday:Mostly Sunny, Gusty Highs: Around 40 Wind: WNW 15-25 m.p.h. Friday:Mostly Sunny and Cold Highs: Near 30 Wind: Light

This morning’s snow quickly melted in areas exposed to the afternoon sunshine. This is due more to the increased angle and radiant warmth of the sun than temperatures. Speaking of temperatures, they were well below average today and they will crash tonight. Under clear skies with light winds, the mercury will drop to between 11 and 20 degrees. There is plenty of sunshine in our Thursday forecast along with gusty winds. Highs will climb through the 30s to near 40 degrees but it will feel somewhat colder because of the winds. Even colder air will move into the area on Friday with highs only recovering the 30 degree mark …despite a full day of sunshine.

An upper level disturbance could produce flurries on Saturday. Skies will become cloudy on Sunday and by Sunday night and Monday, our area will be affected by a complex storm system that will be developing. An approaching cold front and area of low pressure will instigate the development of a coastal low pressure system. But the exact location of the cold front and initial low and the subsequent coastal low will determine to what kind of precipitation we will see. It’s too early to say but we feel there is a much better chance of rain or a wintry mix than it being all snow in our area. Stay tuned.