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  • Heavy rain, gusty winds to highlight a busy weekend of weather in DC

    ...- Alex Liggitt, ABC7
    A strong area of low pressure will move into the Great Lakes this weekend. The DC area will experience some very different weather conditions this weekend, so here’s what you need to expect. Today into Tonight. Dry conditions will remain with cloudy skies overhead and temperatures mainly in the 40s. If you’re headed out this evening, you won’t need the rain gear but bring along the winter coat with lows back in the 30s by Saturday morning. Out to Dinner. Saturday.
  • Winter Storm Warnings, Advisories remain through tonight; icing still a risk for DC area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    The snow has come to an end for the majority of the region with snowfall totals ranging from an inch in locations over Southern Maryland to over 7 inches north and west of the city. While snow has predominantly changed to rain, concerns remain across the region with freezing rain likely through the evening and early overnight hours. The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Storm Warning through 1 a. m. for Loudoun and Montgomery counties and points west.
  • Accumulating snow in the morning mixes with sleet, freezing rain by Wednesday afternoon

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    A powerful storm system is sweeping the eastern half of the country and will bring a little bit of everything over the next 24 hours. Expect accumulating morning snow that will start to mix with sleet (ice pellets) and freezing rain after noon, as a warm front lifts north of the area. A glaze of ice (around . 10") is expected mostly north and west of D. C. Everyone will change over to rain by this evening with temperatures climbing above freezing.
  • Snow and ice on the way: Winter Storm Warning in effect starting at 1 a.m. Wednesday

    ...- StormWatch7
    Widespread Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories will blanket the DMV. The warnings and advisories go into effect at 1 a. m. Wednesday and will remain in effect through Wednesday evening. Winter Storm Warnings/Winter Weather Advisories. So, what does this mean? Well, the risk for accumulating snow and ice is imminent and will cause hazardous travel Wednesday. The biggest problem with this particular storm system is the changing precipitation types.
  • Winter storm warnings in effect with possible 4-8 inches of snow Wednesday

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Today's the day to get prepared ahead of Wednesday's snow. Tuesday will be cooler than yesterday with highs in the low 40s. Clouds will increase through the day, as low pressure tracks in from the southwest. Snow arrives after 4 a. m. and will accumulate quickly. 4-8 plus inches is likely in the D. C. Metro area with higher totals possible west of I-95. Snow will mix with sleet and freezing rain during the afternoon leading to a glaze of ice on top of the snow.
  • Brace yourself: D.C. could see 4-6 inches of snow Wednesday

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    Wednesday's upcoming storm continues to show signs of becoming a major impact event for the entire DMV, with nearly every type of weather condition expected. Impact Potential around the Region. The storm is currently moving out of the Desert Southwest and will interact with moisture streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, arriving here early Wednesday morning in the form of snow.
  • Winter Storm Watch issued for Wednesday

    ...- StormWatch7
    Get excited, snow lovers! Measurable snow continues to look likely with our next weather maker Wednesday. The National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of the area starting Tuesday night and lasting through Wednesday evening. Winter Storm Watches are issued when significant snow and ice are expected, which could cause hazardous travel. At this point, plan on school closings Wednesday and possible delays Thursday.
  • Winter storm with accumulating snow and ice likely for D.C. area Wednesday

    ...- Brian van de Graaff/ABC7
    Snow lovers may finally have something to celebrate Wednesday as the models are in better agreement that wintry weather is on the way. However, they differ on just what to expect and how much. As of late Sunday night, a couple of inches of accumulating snow are looking more likely with some potential for some dangerous accumulating ice off to our north and west. As for when it begins, both the European and American (GFS) model point to pre-dawn Wednesday. Storm Onset Comparison.
  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for areas north and west of D.C.

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for areas north and west of DC Sunday afternoon through this evening. High pressure filtered overhead last night leading to mainly clear skies and cold tempertaures in the 20s throughout the region. The Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from 3 p. m. through 3 a. m. Monday morning. A weak area of low pressure will move through the Mid Atlantic this evening into tonight and precipitation should enter the area this afternoon.
  • Snow and ice are in the forecast for D.C. this week

    ...- Alex Liggitt, ABC7
    While precipitation with light rain and snow has been well south of D. C. on Saturday, additional chances for wintry precipitation exist looking ahead to this week. We don’t want to leave out our first possibility tomorrow, which appears extremely light. There may be enough cold air at the onset of precipitation for a few sleet pellets, or graupel, but precipitation will quickly change over to rain tomorrow evening.
  • Tracking 3 separate weather systems headed towards the DC Metro area

    ...- Bill Kelly and StormWatch7, ABC7
    Friday's high temperature hit a spring-like 65, which is nearly 20 above normal and generally what we'd expect in early to mid-April! Weather Data for Friday, February 15th, 2019. However, things are going to be changing quickly as the first of three weather systems approaches the DMV late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Radar image at 5:30pm, Friday, 2-15-19.
  • Light snow remains a possibility for the DC area Saturday

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Light snow continues to hang around in the weekend outlook as a disturbance is forecast to move through the Mid Atlantic. While accumulations should be light, some travel disruptions will be possible for parts of the area. Here’s what we know. As the Pacific Coast gets slammed with heavy rain, flooding, high winds and feet of snow in the mountains, energy associated with this system will slide east over the weekend.
  • Winter Storm Warning extended to 7 p.m. as northern areas deal with ice

    ...- WJLA
    A Winter Storm Warning that had been in effect until 1 p. m. has been extended to 7 p. m. for parts of the ABC7 viewing area, including northern Montgomery County and Frederick County. Meanwhile, Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 p. m. for southern Montgomery County and northern Loudoun County. Freezing rain has been downing tree limbs and making surfaces slippery in those areas all morning, as John Gonzalez reported.
  • Another Winter Weather Advisory for more sleet, snow, ice and rain Tuesday morning

    ...- Josh Knight
    This one, two punch of a storm is going to bring more of a wintry mix tonight into Tuesday morning across the area. Travel could be especially dangerous in parts of West Virginia, Western Maryland, and Northern Maryland due to ice. Some areas could see 1-2" of snow and sleet followed by 0. 1" to 0. 2" of ice (from freezing rain). What you see from this storm will depend largely on where you live.
  • Light wintry mix will transition to rain with temperatures in the 30s on Monday

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    We're in for a wet and cold start to the work and school week. A light wintry mix Monday morning will change over to all rain with temperatures climbing into the upper 30s this afternoon. Areas of snow, sleet, and freezing rain may mix in far north of D. C. Monday night, so watch out for additional snow and ice accumulations, as well as slick roads. The majority of the D. C. Metro, though, will see mostly rain with this weather system. In fact, rainfall totals will be over 1" for many.
  • Heavy rain, gusty winds to highlight a busy weekend of weather in DC

    ...- Alex Liggitt, ABC7
    A strong area of low pressure will move into the Great Lakes this weekend. The DC area will experience some very different weather conditions this weekend, so here’s what you need to expect. Today into Tonight. Dry conditions will remain with cloudy skies overhead and temperatures mainly in the 40s. If you’re headed out this evening, you won’t need the rain gear but bring along the winter coat with lows back in the 30s by Saturday morning. Out to Dinner. Saturday.
  • Winter Storm Warnings, Advisories remain through tonight; icing still a risk for DC area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    The snow has come to an end for the majority of the region with snowfall totals ranging from an inch in locations over Southern Maryland to over 7 inches north and west of the city. While snow has predominantly changed to rain, concerns remain across the region with freezing rain likely through the evening and early overnight hours. The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Storm Warning through 1 a. m. for Loudoun and Montgomery counties and points west.
  • Accumulating snow in the morning mixes with sleet, freezing rain by Wednesday afternoon

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    A powerful storm system is sweeping the eastern half of the country and will bring a little bit of everything over the next 24 hours. Expect accumulating morning snow that will start to mix with sleet (ice pellets) and freezing rain after noon, as a warm front lifts north of the area. A glaze of ice (around . 10") is expected mostly north and west of D. C. Everyone will change over to rain by this evening with temperatures climbing above freezing.
  • Snow and ice on the way: Winter Storm Warning in effect starting at 1 a.m. Wednesday

    ...- StormWatch7
    Widespread Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories will blanket the DMV. The warnings and advisories go into effect at 1 a. m. Wednesday and will remain in effect through Wednesday evening. Winter Storm Warnings/Winter Weather Advisories. So, what does this mean? Well, the risk for accumulating snow and ice is imminent and will cause hazardous travel Wednesday. The biggest problem with this particular storm system is the changing precipitation types.
  • Winter storm warnings in effect with possible 4-8 inches of snow Wednesday

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Today's the day to get prepared ahead of Wednesday's snow. Tuesday will be cooler than yesterday with highs in the low 40s. Clouds will increase through the day, as low pressure tracks in from the southwest. Snow arrives after 4 a. m. and will accumulate quickly. 4-8 plus inches is likely in the D. C. Metro area with higher totals possible west of I-95. Snow will mix with sleet and freezing rain during the afternoon leading to a glaze of ice on top of the snow.
  • Brace yourself: D.C. could see 4-6 inches of snow Wednesday

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    Wednesday's upcoming storm continues to show signs of becoming a major impact event for the entire DMV, with nearly every type of weather condition expected. Impact Potential around the Region. The storm is currently moving out of the Desert Southwest and will interact with moisture streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, arriving here early Wednesday morning in the form of snow.
  • Winter Storm Watch issued for Wednesday

    ...- StormWatch7
    Get excited, snow lovers! Measurable snow continues to look likely with our next weather maker Wednesday. The National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of the area starting Tuesday night and lasting through Wednesday evening. Winter Storm Watches are issued when significant snow and ice are expected, which could cause hazardous travel. At this point, plan on school closings Wednesday and possible delays Thursday.
  • Winter storm with accumulating snow and ice likely for D.C. area Wednesday

    ...- Brian van de Graaff/ABC7
    Snow lovers may finally have something to celebrate Wednesday as the models are in better agreement that wintry weather is on the way. However, they differ on just what to expect and how much. As of late Sunday night, a couple of inches of accumulating snow are looking more likely with some potential for some dangerous accumulating ice off to our north and west. As for when it begins, both the European and American (GFS) model point to pre-dawn Wednesday. Storm Onset Comparison.
  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for areas north and west of D.C.

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for areas north and west of DC Sunday afternoon through this evening. High pressure filtered overhead last night leading to mainly clear skies and cold tempertaures in the 20s throughout the region. The Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from 3 p. m. through 3 a. m. Monday morning. A weak area of low pressure will move through the Mid Atlantic this evening into tonight and precipitation should enter the area this afternoon.
  • Snow and ice are in the forecast for D.C. this week

    ...- Alex Liggitt, ABC7
    While precipitation with light rain and snow has been well south of D. C. on Saturday, additional chances for wintry precipitation exist looking ahead to this week. We don’t want to leave out our first possibility tomorrow, which appears extremely light. There may be enough cold air at the onset of precipitation for a few sleet pellets, or graupel, but precipitation will quickly change over to rain tomorrow evening.
  • Tracking 3 separate weather systems headed towards the DC Metro area

    ...- Bill Kelly and StormWatch7, ABC7
    Friday's high temperature hit a spring-like 65, which is nearly 20 above normal and generally what we'd expect in early to mid-April! Weather Data for Friday, February 15th, 2019. However, things are going to be changing quickly as the first of three weather systems approaches the DMV late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Radar image at 5:30pm, Friday, 2-15-19.
  • Light snow remains a possibility for the DC area Saturday

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Light snow continues to hang around in the weekend outlook as a disturbance is forecast to move through the Mid Atlantic. While accumulations should be light, some travel disruptions will be possible for parts of the area. Here’s what we know. As the Pacific Coast gets slammed with heavy rain, flooding, high winds and feet of snow in the mountains, energy associated with this system will slide east over the weekend.
  • Winter Storm Warning extended to 7 p.m. as northern areas deal with ice

    ...- WJLA
    A Winter Storm Warning that had been in effect until 1 p. m. has been extended to 7 p. m. for parts of the ABC7 viewing area, including northern Montgomery County and Frederick County. Meanwhile, Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 p. m. for southern Montgomery County and northern Loudoun County. Freezing rain has been downing tree limbs and making surfaces slippery in those areas all morning, as John Gonzalez reported.
  • Another Winter Weather Advisory for more sleet, snow, ice and rain Tuesday morning

    ...- Josh Knight
    This one, two punch of a storm is going to bring more of a wintry mix tonight into Tuesday morning across the area. Travel could be especially dangerous in parts of West Virginia, Western Maryland, and Northern Maryland due to ice. Some areas could see 1-2" of snow and sleet followed by 0. 1" to 0. 2" of ice (from freezing rain). What you see from this storm will depend largely on where you live.
  • Light wintry mix will transition to rain with temperatures in the 30s on Monday

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    We're in for a wet and cold start to the work and school week. A light wintry mix Monday morning will change over to all rain with temperatures climbing into the upper 30s this afternoon. Areas of snow, sleet, and freezing rain may mix in far north of D. C. Monday night, so watch out for additional snow and ice accumulations, as well as slick roads. The majority of the D. C. Metro, though, will see mostly rain with this weather system. In fact, rainfall totals will be over 1" for many.
  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for DC area Sunday night into Monday morning

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the DC Metro area and points north and west from tonight through 10 a. m. Monday morning. Light snow, freezing rain and rain will overspread the region after sunset, beginning closer to 11 p. m. tonight and will continue through much of Monday. Additional wintry mix of freezing rain and snow will be possible Monday night into Tuesday morning as this complex system moves east. Below is a look at how much to expect overnight into Monday morning.
  • Snow and ice threatens the DC area Sunday night into Tuesday morning

    ...- Alex Liggitt, ABC7
    The colder air has filtered into the region behind yesterdays cold front, leaving the DC area with highs in the 30s today and low 40s tomorrow. All eyes are one the west coast today, where snow has blanketed the Pacific Northwest overnight into this morning. Around 3-6 inches has been reported in Seattle with 7. 2 inches reported at SeaTac early this morning. Energy from that system will spread eastward tonight into tomorrow, increasing clouds over the DC area during the day Sunday.
  • Wintry mix possible in the DC area early next week

    ...- Alex Liggitt, ABC7
    Following a week of unseasonably warm temperatures including a record high 74 degrees Tuesday, a wintry mix is in the forecast early next week. Low pressure will begin to impact the Pacific Northwest tomorrow into the start of the weekend. Seattle already has Winter Storm Warnings in place, with 4 to 6 inches of snow in the forecast from the National Weather Service office there. It’s that same energy that’s forecast to make its way across the U. S. into the Mid Atlantic early next week.
  • Tuesday's 70-plus degree temperatures in D.C. broke a 28-year-old record

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    It's official: Washington, D. C. has recorded the first 70-plus degree temperature of 2019 and has broken the record high for Feb. 5. Daily Weather Data for February 5th, 2019. The 74 temperature officially occurred at 3:47pm, breaking the 28-year-old record of 70 set in 1991 (and also in 1890). Warmest 74 Temperature in nearly 20 years. Afternoon temperatures around the DMV were in the mid-low 70s for most areas. A great taste of spring in the middle of Winter.
  • Why was it so hazy today?

    ...- Josh Knight
    If you were around the D. C. or Baltimore Metro area on Monday, it was hard to miss all of the haze around the area. WJLA Tower Camera view the National Cathedral surrounded by haze. With sunny skies the particle pollution was easy to see. This type of pollution includes things like dirt, soot, dust, all sorts of solid and liquid particles that float in the air. Things like car exhaust and fumes can add to this type of pollution.
  • DC is one of the snowiest of the big cities on the East Coast so far this winter

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Here we are on Groundhog Day, with apparently an early spring on the way per Phil. With that being said, what if winter were to end today? How would DC’s snowfall stack up to other cities on the East Coast? Oddly enough, DC has recorded almost twice the amount of snow as New York City and Philadelphia, and 6 times the amount of snow as Boston. Boston has its second lowest snowfall to date this year, with 2. 3” compared to the lowest at 1. 8” by February 1 in 2007.
  • Possible light snow on Friday with a winter weather advisory issued for DC area

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    We're wrapping up the work and school week with continued cold weather on this first day of February. It will be cloudy and cold with highs only reaching the upper 20s. A weak area of low pressure sliding through Friday could bring flurries and light snow showers to the region. With the recent cold, any snow could make roads icy, so use caution. A dusting to an inch is possible with the highest totals (around 1") over Frederick and Washington Counties.
  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for DC Friday, light snow for the morning commute

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the DC Metro and points north and west from 6am through 3pm Friday. While accumulations will be very light, generally an inch or less, it’s the freezing roadways and timing during the commute that may cause travel disruptions. A weak disturbance over the Midwest will slide eastward tonight, making it to the Mid Atlantic Friday morning. Snow should begin in the early morning hours, starting around sunrise and continuing lightly through the commute.
  • Temperatures only climbing to low 20s with Thursday as coldest day of arctic blast

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Thursday will be the coldest day of this arctic blast with high temperatures only reaching the low to mid 20s with full sunshine. Winds will be much lighter than yesterday, but even a light breeze will keep wind chills in the teens through the afternoon. Clouds will increase overnight ahead of our next weather maker with lows tonight in the teens. An upper level disturbance will dive out of the Midwest tonight and could bring some light snow to the region by Friday morning.
  • Heading into the coldest night so far this winter

    ...- Josh Knight
    As snow squalls moved across our area Wednesday, so did an arctic cold front. Behind the front, temperatures fell quickly! Temperatures Drop Wednesday Behind Front. With clear skies and this extremely cold air mass spilling into the area. We are likely to see the coldest temperatures we have so far this winter. We've only been as low as 15 at Reagan National. Coldest Temperature the Past 6 Winters. Winter Cold Temperatures. Tomorrow morning we are likely to start off around 10 in D. C.
  • Snow Squall Warnings issued for D.C. area. Here's what you need to know

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Snow squalls will pass through the DC Metro shortly with reduced visibility, heavy snowfall and gusty winds. All of these will lead to very hazardous travel conditions which is why the National Weather Service has implemented Snow Squall Warnings back in November. Think of a Snow Squall Warning like a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, as they will be issued in advance of a squall and will last around 30 to 60 minutes much like a thunderstorm warning.
  • Heavy wind gusts and arctic front Wednesday bring colder temps for rest of week

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    The wind will be the biggest story Wednesday with gusts over 40 mph, as an arctic front slides through this afternoon bringing with it an even colder airmass for the rest of the week. Watch for icy spots throughout the day, especially on bridges, ramps, and overpasses. Sunshine will give way to midday clouds. Flurries or even a few light snow showers are possible, as the cold front slides through.
  • Snow wraps up Tuesday evening; dropping temperatures will cause ice

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    This evening, cold air is racing in to the DMV and catching up with the precipitation just in time to change it over to heavy snow. Some of these bands are heavy! As we wrap up this storm, snow totals are as high as 3": Snow Totals List. Snow Totals List 2. We expect the majority of the snow to push through the area by 8 p. m. A few lingering snow showers will persist until about 10 p. m. Futurecast showing the snow moving out later Tuesday evening.
  • Cold front to produce wintry mix with accumulating snow by Tuesday evening

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Tuesday is one of those days you'll want to keep your StormWatch7 handy to track live radar, temperatures, and weather alerts while you're on the go. We will be mainly dry, cloudy, and cold for the morning rush, but an isolated, light snow shower, can't be ruled out. By 10 a. m. , light snow will fill in northwest of D. C. with some light accumulation on the grass. By noon, more wintry weather will fill in across the region. The farther south and east you live from D. C.
  • Accumulating snow will impact Tuesday evening rush in D.C. area

    ...- StormWatch7
    Tuesday will likely bring trouble on the roads with winter weather likely, as a strong cold front approaches. The early morning rush could feature a passing rain or snow shower but the main event will arrive for the evening rush. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued: Winter Weather Advisory. Cold Front Crossing Tuesday Evening. A potpourri of wintry weather, including rain, will transition to all snow during the drive home.
  • Dry and cold temps Monday with wintry mix, arctic cold weather expected this week

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    We're in for a quiet start to the work week, but big changes are on the way. Monday will be dry and cold with highs around 40 degrees. Clouds will increase while you're sleeping ahead of our next weather maker. With the clouds, it won't be as cold overnight. Tuesday will bring trouble with wintry weather likely, as a strong cold front approaches. The early morning rush should be dry, but a wintry mix is possible after 9 a. m.
  • Snow and arctic cold highlight a busy week ahead in D.C.

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Snow and cold highlight a busy week ahead of us in the weather department with a potent cold front moving through Tuesday afternoon and arctic air surging into the region in its wake. Guidance hasn’t changed much regarding the possibility for light snow in our area. The timing continues to coincide with the Tuesday afternoon and evening commute, making for a higher impact event. Highest chances for 2" or more snow from the Weather Prediction Center.
  • Light snow possible ahead of arctic blast in D.C. area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Everyone is looking ahead to the next big arctic air outbreak, but don’t sleep on the cold front that precedes it that brings the chance for light snow. Light snow events are notorious for causing major impacts and delays in the DC area so we want you to stay aware of the potential Tuesday into Wednesday. There are a few differences in the timing and intensity that will surely tighten up over the next few days, but here are our thoughts as of now.
  • Polar vortex bringing biting cold to the D.C. area next week

    ...- Josh Knight
    After the term "polar vortex" was frozen in to memory about 4-5 years ago it's hard to forget what this buzzword means for us. Biting cold, dangerous wind chills, and days on end below freezing are on the menu again starting the middle of next week. So what is a polar vortex, really? It is a belt of swirling air way up in the atmosphere surrounding the North Pole. When that belt is sustained, it typically stays up there and keeps the cold air in place, trapped up at the highest latitudes.
  • Flood watch and wind advisory in effect through Thursday afternoon with falling temps

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    StormWatch7 is tracking a strong cold front that will slide through Thursday bringing rain, high winds, and, eventually, colder air. Plan on a slow morning rush with periods of heavy rain, that could cause localized flooding, and gusty winds. As the front approaches, gusts could peak over 40 mph, which is why a wind advisory is in effect! Rain totals will be over 1" in many neighborhoods, which is why flooding is a concern.
  • Another unseasonably cold day with lighter winds, temperatures slightly higher Tuesday

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    We're in for another unseasonably cold day, but it won't feel as bad as yesterday, as our arctic airmass starts to lose its grip. High temperatures will be about 10 degrees higher than yesterday, but we'll still be at or just below freezing for daytime highs. At least the wind will be much lighter, so we won't be dealing with bitter wind chills. Sunshine will fade behind clouds Tuesday afternoon and clouds tonight will keep temperatures from dropping off much tonight.
  • Coldest air of season arrives with wind chill advisory in effect until late Monday morning

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    The coldest air of the season has arrived. Air temperatures will remain below freezing through Tuesday afternoon, so keep your pets indoors and know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite. This is dangerously cold weather coupled with very gusty winds. For this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, high temperatures will only reach the low to mid 20s with wind chills in the single digits. Dress in layers, if your headed downtown for the MLK Day parade in the city.
  • 40-plus-degree temperature drop Sunday, wind advisory posted

    ...- Brian van de Graaff
    FROM STORM WATCH 7’S BRIAN van de GRAAFFHeavy Rain Overnight40+ Degree Temp Drop Sunday – Wind Advisory PostedSub-Zero Wind Chills by MLK MorningA couple of inches of snow coated communities in western Maryland along the Pennsylvania border this evening. Winter weather advisories are posted for those counties through overnight. Meanwhile the bulk of the Metro region is seeing rain, which could be hefty at times overnight. We could see 1 – 1. 5” before the system exits by 9AM Sunday.

  • ...- Steve Rudin/ABC7
    Another powerful weekend weather maker has its eyes set on the DMV later today and into the overnight hours. It threatens to bring a one-two punch of a wintry mix and rain followed by the coldest air of the season and brutal wind chills. The Winter Weather Advisory issued is still in effect until 6 a. m. Sunday. However, the Winter Storm Warning that was previously issued for the DC-area has been lifted; bringing rain showers for the DMV. (Photo: StormWatch7 Weather Center)
  • Winter Weather Advisories issued for D.C. area Saturday

    ...- ABC7
    A Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for parts of the D. C. area beginning Saturday morning at 7 a. m. and extending into Sunday ending at 6 a. m. Significant ice with some snow and sleet are expected for parts of our area. Greater than one quarter of an inch of ice along with snow and sleet accumulation totals of one to two inches are expected. This will be a predominately rain event for the immediate D. C. metro area, however. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Snow ends with seasonable temperatures Friday but wintry mix expected this weekend

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    After a fresh coating of snow last night, we're drying out Friday. Morning clouds and fog will give way to some sunshine this afternoon with highs temperatures reaching the mid 40s. Tonight will be cloudy and cold ahead of a powerful weekend storm this MLK weekend. Saturday morning will be cloudy and cold. Precipitation is possible after noon with a wintry mix likely at the onset, especially NW of D. C.
  • 'Flash freeze' set for Sunday into Monday, temps will plummet from 50s to teens

    ...- Steve Rudin
    A potent weather maker is on the way for the upcoming weekend and will bring everything from rain, sleet and snow to the DMV along with the coldest air of the season by Monday. Tracking Arctic air on Monday, Jan. 21. Once the rain and wintry mix draws to a close Sunday, the grand finale will be watching temperatures plunge from the lower 50s to the teens by early Monday morning. Wind chills will be around zero to 10 in the District! A look at Sunday's wind chills.
  • Wintry mix may hit DC area this evening with chance of more snow this weekend

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Get ready for another chance of wintry weather by this evening. The balance of the daytime will be dry, cloudy, and colder than Wednesday with highs in the mid to upper 30s. An area of low pressure will track in from the west bringing a chance for snow, sleet, and rain after 5 p. m. With road temperatures around freezing, roads could get slick, so use caution. Accumulating snow is possible with up to an inch possible in the DMV and up to 2 inches west of D. C.
  • Snow Thursday moving in for the evening commute

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    With a monster winter storm system pushing across the country for the weekend, it can be easy to overlook the "little" systems. That's how Thursday evening's snow will shape up: little. But it may be more about the timing than the amount of snow. Snow Chances Graph. It is on track to push into the area for at least part of Thursday evening rush hour. Snow showers will move in from west to east starting late in the afternoon through the evening.
  • Temperatures to remain below freezing with mix of sunshine throughout area

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Use caution this morning with icy roads and sidewalks. Temperatures will remain below freezing through 10 a. m. , but then sunshine will begin the melting of the snow, again, with highs reaching the upper 30s. A few clouds will roll in midday, but it will be dry. Temperatures will fall below freezing after 6 p. m. with lows tonight in the teens and 20s. Tomorrow will be dry with added clouds and highs in the low 40s. StormWatch7 is tracking two more wintry weather opportunities.
  • Potential for more snow (twice) later this week

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    I hope you're not tired of the wintry weather yet, we may have two more rounds move through by the time we get to next week! We have a chance for a light wintry mix Thursday evening/overnight. Then, we have another chance for a much larger and more powerful storm system over the weekend. Thursday Wintry Mix Chance. These are both likely to bring a combination of rain, snow, and maybe even ice to the DMV, not all snow to our area, like this past weekend.
  • Snow begins to melt as temperatures rise above freezing on Monday

    ...- Veronica Johnson, ABC7
    Accumulating snow finally ending over southern Maryland and our Winter Weather Advisory will come down this morning. This was our biggest snowfall event since the Blizzard of 2016 and record snowfall for the date (Jan13) at Ronald Reagan Washington National AP (DCA) just over 8 inches and Dulles International AP (IAD) and close to 8 inches. Expect a mixture of clouds and sunshine on Monday with temperatures rising above freezing late this morning.
  • Snow should come to an end by midnight, leaving 4-8" behind

    ...- Brian van de Graaff
    Accumulating snow should come to an end by midnight but not before leaving a healthy 4-8 inches of snow with some locally higher amounts. Temperatures will be very cold tonight in the 20s and highs Monday will only reach the low to mid 30s. The morning rush will be impacted by slick conditions and that is why many school districts have already made the call to cancel schools. You can get the latest closings and delays on our website here.
  • DC weekend snowfall officially the most since January 2016 blizzard

    ...- Brian van de Graaff/ABC7
    Finally a decent snow storm for the Washington area! As of 7PM (with light snow still falling) Reagan National has recorded 9. 0 inches of snow, making this the biggest snow storm the city has seen since the January 2016 blizzard. That storm dumped nearly 18 inches of snow. The daily snow fall record for today is 6. 4” of snow has also squashed with a total of 7. 1 inches recorded. 7PM DCA Snow. The Winter Storm Warnings for the metro region will run until midnight.
  • Snow continues to batter the DC area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    The latest snowfall totals are in as of 7am and Reagan National stands at 4. 3”, Dulles International 5. 9” and BWI Thurgood Marshall at 4. 6”. Most totals so far are near 3 to 6 inches with plenty more on the way for the Metro and points south. With 4. 3" in DC, this is now the biggest storm since January 2016. The heaviest snow last year was 4. 1" on March 21st. The record is 6. 4" set in 1982 on this day, so that still stands for now.
  • 6am Update - Heaviest snow will fall over the next 6 hours

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    This winter storm has already dropped up to 5 inches of snow across parts of the Metro area with more on the way. The heaviest snow will fall this morning from around 6am to Noon as the low begins to transfer it's energy to the coast. Additional snowfall will be likely throughout the day, with upwards of 2-5 inches for the Metro and 4 to 7 inches just south of town. This leads to totals in the 6-8"+ range for the Metro and 8-10"+ for regions just south of town. Snow totals so far as of 5 a. m.
  • 11pm Update - 1"-2" so far across the DMV, much more to come

    ...- Bill Kelly/Brian Van DeGraaff
    Snow continues to fall across the region tonight, with heavy snow likely into Sunday morning. The latest guidance continues to shift a touch farther north, leading to more robust snowfall totals across the region, especially south of town. Snowfall totals should range from 4 to 7 inches in the DC Metro with the highest totals over Southern Maryland and points west including Stafford through Rappahannock Counties.
  • 7pm Update - Snow now falling across the DMV, much more to come

    ...- Bill Kelly/Brian Van DeGraaff
    Snow is now moving over the overspread the region tonight, with heavy snow likely into Sunday morning. The latest guidance continues to shift a touch farther north, leading to more robust snowfall totals across the region, especially south of town. Snowfall totals should range from 4 to 7 inches in the DC Metro with the highest totals over Southern Maryland and points west including Stafford through Rappahannock Counties.
  • First snow of 2019 to hit DC area Saturday afternoon

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    The first snow maker of 2019 will be here in less than 24-hours and it will likely bring enough snow to cause some issues around the area. As of 10:15 p. m. the storm is still in the Central Plains but causing widespread snow from Colorado to Kentucky. Radar as of 10:15pm. That storm will continue to move east, bringing cloud cover overnight and our first flakes of snow by early afternoon on Saturday.
  • Snow may cause tricky travel conditions in the DMV this weekend

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    It’s time to prepare for the light snow expected this weekend. This storm certainly won’t be a major event, but some travel problems will be likely with the preceding cold conditions over the past several days. High pressure is in control of the eastern half of the U. S. leading to plenty of sunshine and cold temperatures. Low pressure has developed over Texas and Oklahoma this morning with snow and wintry mix conditions being observed from near Denver east to St. Louis.
  • Light snow is still a good bet in the DC area this weekend

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Another day has passed and little has changed in the forecast regarding the storm for the weekend ahead. Snow still appears likely starting Saturday afternoon and continuing throughout the day Sunday before coming to an end Sunday night. Snow potential in the DC Metro. Areas south of DC are expected to be closer to the 3-6" range. We are not anticipating a big storm by any measure, with only a few inches around the DC Metro.
  • Lake effect snow squalls rolling through the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    We've had blustery weather today, with a powerful northwesterly breeze pushes through our area. It's not just here, this is originating much farther northwest in Canada and crossing the Great Lakes. As the wind blows across all the water the air is able to pick up some of that moisture. Thanks to some extra energy rolling through the atmosphere and that moisture, snow squalls have made it all the way to the DMV.
  • Snow remains in the forecast this weekend in the DC area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Winter has finally returned across the Mid Atlantic with much colder air filtering into the region today through the weekend. Along with the cold, more precipitation is in the forecast looking ahead to the weekend. While it’s still a few days out and some additional changes will be possible, here are our thoughts right now. Where is the energy now?
  • Wintry weather may target the DC region Saturday into Sunday

    ...- Brian van de Graaff/ABC7
    Arctic air is plunging south into the region tomorrow and is going to hang around into the weekend. Meanwhile some moisture will pass to our south and re-energize off the mid-Atlantic coast. So we see the ingredients for potential snow, but the models do not yet have a great grasp on where this storm will set up. Placement is key in regards to whether we see nothing, a little something or a significant event.
  • Temperature whiplash: Old Man Winter returns Wednesday after warm Tuesday

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    After a chilly Monday, we're in for a treat Tuesday! Mild air will be riding in overnight and and temperatures should get close to 60 by Tuesday afternoon. Clouds will be stubborn, but we expect some sunshine to fight through during the midday. Unfortunately, this one will be short lived! The cold front behind this one will bring some of the chilliest air we've seen this winter. It is going to be windy behind this front too, so wind chills will make it feel even worse.
  • First meteor shower of 2019, Quadrantid, will peak tonight

    ...- Steve Rudin/ABC7
    By now, you have probably heard quite a bit about the Quadrantid meteor shower set to peak tonight starting at around 9 p. m. and extending into the predawn hours of Friday morning. Skies around the D. C. area will be partly cloudy, so hopes of seeing a shooting star will be hit or miss for many, especially for those who have to deal with an extra burden of bright city lights.
  • 2018 record rainfall is now history!

    ...- Bill Kelly
    2018 is now over and it was one for the history books when it comes to rainfall in D. C.!! It was only fitting that on the final day of 2018 the DMV saw yet another day with measurable rainfall. Measured Rainfall on Dec. 31st, 2018. December 31st marked the 131st day of the year with . 01” or greater. While that stat by itself isn’t a record (all time greatest is 159 days in 1889), the amount of rain that fell in 2018 surely was! Total Rainfall in D. C. and record ranking.
  • 2018: Another local airport has its wettest year on record

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Dulles International has now officially had its wettest year on record. That means all three local airports have seen more rain in 2018 than any other year. The records at Dulles go back to 1960 (58 years). The record was broken at Reagan National on December 15th. Records for D. C. go back to 1871. The wettest year on record was broken in Baltimore on November 15th. Records go back to 1871. Record Annual Rainfall. Rain for 12-28-2018 around the DMV.
  • A White Christmas? Not likely... but not totally out of the question

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    "I'm Dreaming... of a White Christmas"... one of the more popular songs around the holidays, but in the D. C. area the dream is generally all we get. A "white Christmas" is defined by having at least 1" of snow or more on the ground Christmas morning (observation taking time). It doesn't necessarily matter if it's actively falling from the sky or not, but 1" of measurable snow is the qualifier. In the D. C.
  • More flooding likely for the DC area Thursday into Friday

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    A Flood Watch is in effect for the entire DC Metro from late Thursday through Friday evening as an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is in the forecast. TimingWhile the Thursday morning commute should remain dry, rain will overspread the region in the afternoon and evening, becoming heavy at times Thursday night into Friday morning. Rain should exit by Friday evening and night as the parent area of low pressure moves farther to the north.
  • Watching the Geminid meteor shower around the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    The Geminid Meteor shower is just about at peak! These tiny space rocks put on one of the best annual shows, but this year we are going to have to fight through the clouds. Some meteors from earlier this week have already been linked to the Geminids. The shower comes from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. This asteroid orbits the sun and earth travels through it's path running into small particles left over from the asteroid.
  • Friday night's rainfall will likely break the all-time D.C. record set in 1889

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    After a few dry and cool days, Mother Nature will deliver another storm to the DMV by the end of the week. And that storm could lead to rainfall that sets a new all-time record for D. C. With Friday night's expected rainfall,a 129-year record for most precipitation in a single year in D. C. will likely be broken, surpassing the current mark of 61. 33 inches set in 1889. As of Monday, the nation's capital has had 60. 78 inches of precipitation— the third most all time for a single year.
  • Dry and chilly weather creates icy spots on roads south of DC Monday morning

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    Our southern snow storm is out of here, but watch for slick roads south of D. C. through the morning. The work week will start off cold and dry, so dress warm! High temperatures will top out in the low 40s today through Thursday with overnight lows in the 20s. Some guidance is hinting at a few sprinkles or flurries late Thursday, but our next best chance for wet weather arrives late Friday into the weekend.
  • Winter Weather Advisories posted just south of D.C., light snow Sunday afternoon

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    The outside chance for snow moving a little farther north today appears like it will happen, though for those of you in the Metro, don't expect more than flurries. Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for areas south of DC including Rappahannock, southern Fauquier, Stafford, Charles and St. Mary's Counties and points south. A general 1 to 2 inches of snow will be possible in those areas with the highest totals in the southern part of the counties.
  • Still an outside chance for light snow south of DC Sunday as Winter Storm hits Southeast

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A winter storm will progress through the Southeast over the next 48 hours, bringing all modes of precipitation from heavy snow to rain. While the forecast is more of a sure thing for major impacts over the Southeast, the Mid Atlantic is a different story. High pressure has eased overhead locally, with a stronger area located over the Midwest Saturday morning.
  • Winter storm likely for parts of the Southeast; little impact expected for DC area

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Measurable snow has become less and less likely for the DC area this weekend into early next week. While a potent winter storm still appears likely, the southward trend has continued this week and the highest likelihood for snow continues to be targeted over southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. The system will progress from California today and move into the Southern Plains tomorrow. Winter Storm Watches are already up from New Mexico and Texas, east to Oklahoma and Arkansas.
  • Tracking snow chances for tomorrow and early next week

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    As we get closer to the beginning of winter, the need to bring up the "S"-word is increasing quickly. A lot of focus has been put on the potential weekend storm, but I don't want to overlook Wednesday's possibility of wintry weather. Most of the heavy snow showers and the moisture will get stopped and blocked by the mountains. However, there will be pockets of strong lift and energy in the atmosphere pushing through tomorrow.
  • Winter storm on the way? StormWatch7 tracks next weekend's potential wintry weather system

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    The weather world on social media is already a buzz about a potential wintry coastal storm for next week. I want to clear up what we know about this next weather maker, and more importantly what we don't! Right now, the energy for this storm is still inthe Pacific Ocean. This map shows the upper level energy that will be pushing onto the West Coast over the next few days and moving east across the Southern U. S. through the week and into next weekend. It's still way out there!
  • Showers likely throughout day as cold front moves into DC area

    ...- Eileen Whelan, ABC7
    It's back to work and school Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. Grab the umbrella heading out the door with scattered showers likely throughout the day, as a cold front approaches. Monday won't be quite as warm as yesterday, but high temperatures will be the warmest it will be all week with highs in the mid 50s. Rainfall totals will also be on the lighter side between . 10"-. 25". Skies clear tonight as winds pick up.
  • A bitter cold Thanksgiving Day expected this year

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    As you prepare to welcome friends and family to your Thanksgiving Day gathering, you should also prepare for one of the coldest Thanksgiving Days ever recorded! Our first cold front crosses tonight, bringing us slightly cooler temperatures on Tuesday, but a stronger shot of cold air arrives Wednesday night bringing bitter cold air the the DMV by Thursday. The Next 3 Days. We've looked back at all of the Thanksgiving Day temperatures in D. C. since records began in 1872.
  • Wrapping up Thursday's record snow in the DMV

    ...- Josh Knight
    Thursday's snow turned out to be a record breaker for November 15th at all 3 local airports! For most of our region the cold air was more persistent than expected allowing frozen precipitation to last longer. The snow and sleet came down so heavily, that many areas where the ground was well above freezing, the ground was able to cool quickly then snow and sleet started to accumulate. Here is a look at totals around the area compiled by the National Weather Service.
  • Winter storm update: Midday Thursday

    ...- Josh Knight
    Winter Storm Warnings have been expanded in to all of Loudoun County VA, Frederick County MD, and northern Montgomery County MD. As heavy snow continues to fall north of I-66, visibility will be reduced and snow will continue to accumulate. This radar loop shows the last three hours. You can see how the warmer air is slowly moving in and the change over from a wintry mix with snow to predominantly rain is moving north.
  • Winter Weather Advisory for D.C. with Storm Warnings farther west

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for a large majority of the ABC7 viewing area. The prime time for wintry weather will be Thursday morning through Thursday night. Along I-81 this could be a very messy winter storm with snow and ice accumulation. Many areas closer to D. C. will have a tough time accumulating snow and sleet because temperatures will be close to, if not above, freezing.
  • D.C. appears likely to break a 129-year record for precipitation in a single year

    ...- Bill Kelly/ABC7
    D. C. appears likely to break a 129-year record for precipitation in a single year. D. C. has had 57. 38 inches of precipitation in 2018 as of Tuesday, putting the city less than a quarter inch away from moving to fifth on the all-time list and just four inches from the record 61. 33 inches in 1889. Current 2018 Precipitation - Washington D. C. Our next weather system will move into the area on Thursday morning, bringing both the possibility of wintry weather and an additional 1-1.
  • Winter Storm Watch issued west of D.C. starting Wednesday night

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the counties below in blue for Wednesday night through early Friday morning. The watch is for the possibility of accumulating snow, sleet, and ice, especially at higher elevations. This combination could make for a very messy commute in parts of the Shenandoah Valley, West Virginia, and Western Maryland. Morning temperatures will be critical in what type of winter weather we see and how much sticks.
  • First chance at a taste of wintry weather Thursday

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    This is shaping up to be a busy weather week across the DMV! Two storm systems will bring a large amount of precipitation before we get to the weekend. The first will make for a very rainy Monday night. The second system, on Thursday, could bring a wintry mix to parts of the area. Not all weather models agree that a wintry mix is heading our way, or on the timing of this next storm system.
  • Inching closer to the record rainfall in D.C.

    ...- Bill Kelly and Ryan Miller/ABC7
    It certainly feels as if it has rained almost every day over the past few months. If you take a look at D. C. ’s weather data (officially measured at Reagan National Airport), we’ve picked up 56. 44 inches of rain as of 10 p. m. Friday night thus far this year, and we still have 15 percent of 2018 left. Rainfall Stats for D. C. Another interesting stat is that 36 percent of our 2018 days have had measurable rain, or essentially one out of every three days.
  • It's the last day of 2018 that the sun will set after 5 p.m. (Thanks a lot, time change.)

    ...- ABC7
    Today, Thursday, Nov. 8, is the last day of 2018 that the sun will set at 5 p. m. in the D. C. area. (Well, technically, it will set AT 5 p. m. today. ) The days will just keep getting shorter and shorter until after the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) on Dec. 21. After that, the days will get longer and longer. We won't see another 5 p. m. sunset until Jan. 5, about two weeks post-solstice.
  • Coldest air of the season to come this weekend; possible first freeze for DC

    ...- Alexander Liggitt
    The coldest air of the season is on its way to the Mid Atlantic this weekend, followed by another brief cold blast in the middle of next week. So far, this season has only dropped to 38 degrees, which occurred back on October 22. DC is yet to have its first high temperature reading in the 40s this fall, but that is set to happen this weekend. Overall Set-up.
  • Strong storms leave damage across parts of the Mid-Atlantic Friday

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Heavy rain and storms barreled through the DC area last evening and night leaving behind pockets of damage. The National Weather Service may conduct surveys this weekend on whether damage in Mount Airy, MD and the Baltimore Metro area was caused by tornadoes. The Mount Airy, Maryland, area was hit after 8pm last night, with some radar velocity values over 80 mph. A trained spotter in Carroll County, MD reported a 71 mph wind gust. This may have been the result of a strong downburst or a tornado.
  • Possible tornado damage in northern Maryland as violent storms race across DMV area

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    A line storms moved across the area Friday night leaving behind storm damage in northern Maryland. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for this powerful storm around 8:30 Friday evening. These storms ultimately toppled trees and tore of the roofs of several buildings in Mount Airy. Severe wind gusts were also recorded farther north in Carroll County, Maryland. Tornado Warnings were also issued in parts of Southern Maryland.
  • Bill Kelly's Winter Outlook: A snowier, colder season than recent years

    ...- StormWatch7 Weather Team
    The StormWatch7 Weather Team has been poring over data this past month as we look ahead to our Winter Weather Forecast! There are several weather patterns, some long term and some short term, that play a role in the type of winter we see in the Mid-Atlantic. These patterns are coming together this season to suggest there's some hope for snow lovers. The development of El Niño conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean can play a big role in our winter season, even though it's 3,000+ miles away.
  • Michael to bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall to the DC area this evening into tonight

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Heavy rain and gusty winds will become likely this evening into tonight as Tropical Storm Michael blasts through the DC area. As the storm is moving at a forward speed of over 20 mph, it will be a quick but potent hit to the region. Timing:While scattered showers will be possible this afternoon, heavier rain will start closer to 4 or 5pm from the south and will exit by 1 to 2am to the east. Wind Speeds and Rainfall Totals:
  • Major Hurricane Michael organizing and strengthening Tuesday

    ...- Josh Knight/ABC7
    Hurricane Michael is quickly turning into a monster storm. The thunderstorms swirling around the eye are extremely intense and have continued to organize and develop throughout Tuesday evening. The storm is expected to get stronger prior to landfall. 120 mph makes it a mid-range Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Below you can see the devastating damage that can cause: The one silver lining with this storm is how quickly it will be moving out of the area.
  • Tropical Storm Michael nearing hurricane strength as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Tropical Storm Michael continues to intensify in the Caribbean as it moves north towards the Gulf of Mexico. The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and has rapidly intensified since Sunday morning when it was only a Tropical Depression with 35 mph winds.
  • Possible development in the tropics this weekend; may become next Tropical Storm

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    As we enter the first weekend in October, we’ve been talking a lot about the heat to start the month, but we’re also still talking about the tropics. Remember, hurricane season continues through November 30th so there’s a ways to go until it quiets down. Tropical storm and hurricane frequency in a given year.
  • Fall color 2018: When will it peak in the DC area?

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Now that fall is upon us, many can’t wait to see the beautiful fall color the Mid Atlantic has to offer. Last year, the color was much later than it typically is due to the warmer than normal temperatures. The past three years of 2015, 2016 and 2017 all experienced top 10 warm fall temperatures, making for a later color change. What about this year? I reached out to Joe Rossetti, the Senior Area Forester and James McGlone, Ph. D.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 p.m. for the DC Metro

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for parts of the DC area including the immediate metro through 11pm. There have already been a few severe storms around Frederick County, MD this afternoon with damaging winds the primary threat. Heavy rain and frequent lightning will also be possible in any storms so be sure to seek shelter if you hear thunder.
  • Not your imagination: 2018 has been extremely soggy for D.C.

    ...- Josh Knight
    Many are reflecting on summer 2018 as one that barely showed up. Sure we had some hot days, but if it felt like we had more wet, muggy, and cloudy days than normal, it wasn't your imagination! This wet trend has been going on most of the year. Washington, D. C. has recorded 48. 74” of rain this year through September 25. That's almost 20" above normal! This map shows the amount of rain recorded for the East Coast for 2018 so far. We're not the only ones.
  • Severe storms possible Wednesday for D.C. metro area

    ...- Josh Knight
    The weather whiplash continues into Wednesday as we jump right back into a summertime feel. A cold front is moving our way firing up rain and thunderstorms along the way. Some storms could pack damaging wind gusts. The front will be diving into a rather muggy and hot day around the DMV. Many of us will have 'feels like' temperatures back in the low 90s Wednesday afternoon. Conditions like this, after some morning sunshine, will mean our atmosphere will be primed for storms to develop.
  • Fall is here: A look at the forecast for the week ahead

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    Fall is officially here, but we really didn’t mean for it to come in so literally. So far everyone I talked to this morning has expressed how cold it is out there this morning. They’re not wrong either, temperatures are in the 50s and 60s with moderate to heavy rain over parts of the area. High temperatures today should make it into the mid 60s, which may be the coolest maximum temperature since April 29 when it only reached 58 for the high.
  • Very warm and wet September; changes here for early October?

    ...- Alex Liggitt/ABC7
    The month of September has been a warm one, starting with 5 of the first 7 days above 90 degrees. DC is running over 5 degrees above normal for the month and is currently the third-warmest stretch from Sept. 1-19. It has also been very wet with over 7 inches of rain recorded for the month, placing as the 5th wettest from the 1st through the 19th and with 11 days to go in the month would be the 11th wettest on record.
  • Tropical rain from Florence moves into the DMV

    ...- Eileen Whelan
    Florence is now a tropical depression and finally on the move. The storm will track up the Appalachians and Ohio Valley today bringing tropical rain to our area. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a majority of the area through late tonight. Areas along the Blue Ridge and through the Shenandoah Valley will see anywhere between 2-4" of rain. Closer to the D. C. Metro 1-2" of rain is possible. As always, remember to never drive through standing water.
  • Florence causing catastrophic flooding to NC and SC, threat spreads into parts of VA

    ...- Alex Liggitt
    Florence, which has now been downgraded to a Tropical Depression, will continue to drench much of the Carolinas in record rainfall. If the preliminary totals hold, the 30+ inches near Swansboro, NC will break the NC rainfall record for landfalling tropical cyclones (old being 24. 06” from Floyd in 1999). The storm has started to have a little quicker forward motion now moving west at 8 mph.
  • Florence downgraded to Tropical Storm as it moves across the Carolinas with pounding rain

    ...- Ryan Miller & Alex Liggitt
    Tropical Storm Florence continues to deliver incredible amounts of rainfall and gusty winds across the Carolina’s this morning. Unfortunately, the storm has and is moving to the west at a very slow speed (roughly 5 mph), this is the factor that is leading to record and historic rainfall amounts and ultimately the catastrophic flooding. Rainfall estimates from this storm are anywhere from a couple inches to several FEET depending upon location.
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