7:00 AM | Heavy rain pulls out, but strong winds remain and temperatures trend downward; a pair of storms threaten us next week

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly cloudy, windy, rain showers ending early, snow showers possible late, temperatures hold steady or slowly drop during the day from morning highs in the mid 40’s

Tonight

Windy, cold, snow showers possible, lows in the upper 20's

Saturday

Windy, cold, partial sun, maybe a few snow showers, upper 30’s

Saturday Night

Windy, cold, partly cloudy, upper 20’s

Sunday

Breezy, cold, mostly sunny, near 40

Monday

Sun early, clouds late; snow or a mix possible late at night, near 40

Tuesday

Snow or a mix possible early; otherwise, partly sunny skies, cold, upper 30’s

Wednesday

Becoming cloudy, snow or rain possible late, cold, near 40

Discussion

A strong cold front whipped through the region earlier today, on this the first day of winter, and we may look back on this as quite a game changer for the atmosphere. This front has ushered in colder air and it looks like the colder air will stick around so that on average the rest of December may be colder-than-normal. Winds have slackened off some this morning, but will intensify this afternoon and those strong winds will continue through tomorrow. A significant "lake-effect" snow event will take place downwind of the eastern Great Lakes over the next 48 hours and we could see some snow shower activity here in the I-95 corridor later today, tonight and Saturday.

Looking ahead to next week, there are increasing signs that a pair of systems may affect the Mid-Atlantic region. The first one has a chance at producing a white Christmas around here as it looks like it'll approach the region on Monday night into early Tuesday. Temperatures will be borderline; however, so while snow is quite possible a wintry mix cannot be ruled out. A second and stronger storm will affect the region late Wednesday into Thursday and that system will likely feature substantial snow and/or rain. Stay tuned.

Video

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