7:00 AM | Big break coming in the overall pattern, but winter is not over yet

march_5_snowcover_54[Pretty amazing to see 54% of the US with snow cover in early March (through mid-day Thursday); map courtesy Weather Bell Analytics]

6-Day DC Forecast

Today

Brilliant sunshine today, but very cold, highs only reaching the mid-to-upper 20’s

Tonight

Partly cloudy, brutally cold, lows in the single digits

Saturday

Partly sunny, still quite cold, but not as harsh, near 40 degrees

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, cold, mid-to-upper 20’s

Sunday

Partly sunny, moderate cold, upper 40’s

Monday

Partly sunny, a bit milder, low 50’s

Tuesday

Partly sunny, chilly, chance for showers, low 50’s

Wednesday

Partly sunny, mild, mid 50’s

Discussion

Very cold conditions will ease up this weekend and it’ll get noticeably milder as we progress through next week. However, despite this upcoming significant break in the overall weather pattern, winter is likely not through with us yet. Colder-than-normal weather is quite likely to return to the Northeast US later this month and last into April and there can even be more threats of snow.

A quick recap of this morning’s amazing cold and yesterday’s biggest snowfall of the year: 1) Record cold this morning for the date at Reading, PA, Allentown, PA, Wilmington, DE, Atlantic City, NJ, Dulles Airport, VA, Baltimore, MD 2) All-time record cold this morning for the month of March at Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisburg, PA 3) Snow totals yesterday at the 3 DC Airports (all daily snow records): DCA 4.8”, BWI 6.2”, IAD 9.4” 4) Philly region: 7.5” at PHL, 10.4” in King of Prussia 5) NYC region: Bronx 6.6”, Central Park 7.0”, JFK 5.8”