7:00 AM | ***Week starts off on the cold side...much milder by mid-week, but the warm up will be short-lived and preceded by a wintry mix and then plain rain...cold air returns later this week possibly with significant accumulating snow on Thursday***

6-Day DC Forecast

Today

Becoming partly sunny after early clouds, winds will intensify at mid-day and for the afternoon, cold, highs in the low 40’s

Tonight

Partly cloudy, quite cold, lows in the lower 20’s

Tuesday

Becoming cloudy, cold, snow or a wintry mix arrives during the afternoon, mid-to-upper 30’s

Tuesday Night

A wintry mix becomes plain rain, cold, but temperatures should slowly rise through the 30's

Wednesday

Becoming noticeably milder with showers likely early, breezy, low 50’s

Thursday

Cloudy, breezy, much colder, rain changes to snow early with significant accumulations possible, low-to-mid 30’s

Friday

Mostly sunny, cold, mid 30’s

Saturday

Mostly sunny, milder, mid 40’s

Discussion

Our active weather pattern will continue for the next several days with a potpourri of weather conditions including snow, sleet, freezing rain, plain rain, and the chance for a substantial snow accumulation. The new work week start off on the cold side and the winds will intensify during the mid-day and afternoon hours. After a very cold overnight, clouds will thicken up early Tuesday and snow or a wintry mix is likely to arrive during the afternoon hours. Incoming milder air will gradually change the precipitation to plain rain tomorrow night as temperatures slowly rise through the 30's. Wednesday promises to be quite mild ahead of the next Arctic frontal system with periods of rain and temperatures reaching the 50 degree mark.

That Arctic frontal system will slow down as it reaches the east coast and will set off a chain of events that could bring a significant snowfall to the I-95 corridor. Copious amounts of moisture will ride along the frontal boundary zone Wednesday night and Thursday as colder air pushes into the Mid-Atlantic region. This type of setup could feature a cold rain that changes to snow by early Thursday with significant accumulations possible. Very cold conditions will follow for the end of the work week.

Looking ahead, next weekend looks to be moderately cold and then another shot of Arctic air is possible early next week. Beyond that, there are signs for an important break in the pattern centered around the middle of the month with several days of milder weather conditions. However, it is quite likely that we'll return to a colder-than-normal pattern - perhaps stormy as well - during the latter part of the month and going into April.

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