Light snow is still a good bet in the DC area this weekend


    Running in the snow

    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. At this point, higher totals will be likely south of DC, in an area from Charlottesville and Culpeper, east to Fredericksburg and Southern Maryland. A general 1 to 3 inches is likely around the DC Metro and areas south may receive 3 to 5 inches.

    What could change?

    There’s a strong area of high pressure to our north that will move over Eastern Canada into the weekend. While this will ensure the cool, dry flow into the Mid Atlantic, it could be the cause for another gradient across the DC Area with lesser snow totals north and the highest totals south.

    Low pressure will move over the Carolinas this weekend with snow beginning Saturday afternoon in the DC Area and continuing through Sunday night.

    If the track of the low moves a little farther north, this may lead to some additional snow for the DC Metro and the heaviest totals creeping north towards the District. There’s also a chance for a mix over Southern Maryland come Sunday late afternoon and evening with some warmer air mixing in.

    Delays and Cancellations?

    I wouldn’t rule out school closures come Monday morning even if we only have light snow over the weekend. Low temperatures Monday should be in the 20s, so any snow covered roads that aren’t treated this weekend will be slippery early next week. Kids may want to wear their pajamas inside out for a little extra luck.

    We’ll be sure to update you with the latest information and updates as we continue to get closer to this event.

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