7:00 AM | A cold start and end to the new work week, but with a mild middle

6-Day DC Forecast

Today

Mainly sunny, quite chilly for this time of year, highs in the mid 40’s (normal high is now 58 degrees at DCA)

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, cold, chance for snow showers late, lows not far from 30 degrees

Tuesday

Snow showers possible early then remaining mostly cloudy, still quite chilly, near 50 degrees late in the day

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, cold, low-to-mid 30’s

Wednesday

Increasing clouds, much milder, chance for showers, near 60 degrees

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, quite mild, showers likely, maybe a thunderstorm, mid 60’s

Friday

Partly sunny, colder, chance for rain showers late, near 50 degrees

Saturday

Mainly cloudy, cold, upper 40’s

Discussion

A cold air mass for this time of year resides this morning in the Northeast US and it is anchored by strong high pressure. A weak disturbance will head this way from the Upper Midwest and it could produce a few snow showers here late tongith and early Tuesday. That high pressure area will then shift off the coast later Tuesday and it’ll turn milder for the mid-week. In fact, Thursday appears to be the warmest day of the week, but it also looks like it’ll be wet as well as mild. The mid-week warm up won’t last long; however, as another strong cold front will reach the east coast late Thursday and we’ll turn colder again by the end of the work week as this overall colder-than-normal weather pattern continues into April. There will be lots of energy in the upper atmosphere post-cold frontal passage and we'll have to watch for the possibility of a storm to form in the cold air near the east coast later Friday or Saturday.

One final note, here is a small sampling of snowfall totals from last Friday’s event (not necessarily the last one):

DC/Baltimore region: Reagan National Airport trace, BWI Airport 1.1”, Germantown, MD 2.0”, Manassas, VA 1.0”, College Park, MD 1.3”

Philly area: PHL Airport 3.9”, King of Prussia 5.2”, West Chester, PA 5.5”, Exton, PA 5.0”, Chadds Ford, PA 3.9”, Media, PA 6.0”, Perkasie, PA 6.0”

New York City region: Central Park, NY 3.2”, Battery Park, NY 4.5”, LGA Airport, NY 4.6”, Islip, NY 5.3”