7:00 AM | Milder weather develops this afternoon after possible morning snow showers; Tuesday will be milder yet, but then colder air returns at mid-week with rain changing to snow
Morning snow showers possible; otherwise, mostly cloudy skies and becoming milder this afternoon, highs in the mid-to-upper 40’s
Partly cloudy, chilly, lows near 40 degrees
Partly sunny, quite mild, low-to-mid 50’s
Mostly cloudy, colder late, low-to-mid 30’s
Cloudy, colder, rain likely; especially, during the afternoon hours, low-to-mid 40's
Chance for snow early in the day; otherwise, mostly cloudy skies, windy, very cold, upper 20's
Partly sunny, not as cold, low 40's
Mainly cloudy, milder, low 50's
Temperatures will rebound noticeably this afternoon from chilly morning levels and should climb well up into the 50’s on Tuesday. A cold frontal passage on Tuesday night, however, will bring an end to this early spring preview. A storm will gather strength over the Ohio Valley on Wednesday and rain will break out in the I-95 corridor region of the Mid-Atlantic. There is a good chance that as colder air moves in on the back side of the low pressure system, rain changes to snow before ending late Wednesday night or early Thursday. There can be small accumulations around here by late Wednesday night/early Thursday with some slick spots, but the significant snowfall looks like it will occur north and west of here across interior New York State and New England. Temperatures will hold at well below normal levels on Thursday, but modification is likely to close out the work week.
A pretty consistent pattern in the Mid-Atlantic region during this overall colder-than-normal winter has been to get a 2 or 3 day break of milder weather that is then followed by an accumulating snow event as colder air returns to the region. For example, Super Bowl weekend in early February featured mild weather conditions that peaked on game day Sunday only to be followed by a significant snowstorm on Monday in the Mid-Atlantic region as colder air poured back into the area. There are signs that we could actually go through somewhat of a similar scenario during the middle part of next week here in the Mid-Atlantic region; however, we are now well into the month of March and this would certainly inhibit the chances for accumulating snow, but not make it impossible.
After a mild Saturday and a colder Sunday, the early part of next week will feature much milder conditions. In fact, temperatures by Tuesday afternoon could climb to 60+ degrees in the DC metro region and well into the 50’s around Philly and NYC, but a strong cold frontal passage on Tuesday night will put an end to that mild break. On Wednesday, it appears that there will be a fresh injection of Arctic air – anchored by strong Canadian high pressure - and at the same time a storm system will be gathering strength in the Ohio Valley likely on its way to the Mid-Atlantic coastline. Precipitation is likely to move into the Mid-Atlantic region at mid-week just as colder air filters in from the north and this could ultimately result in an all too familiar scenario of rain changing to snow following a couple of mild days. The best chance for significant snow will likely be the interior sections of the Northeast U.S., but it is still several days away so stay tuned. Much colder air moves in behind the storm for the latter part of next week.
7:00 AM | Coastal storm produces a major ice storm today in North Carolina and southern Virigina, but it should stay southeast of the NYC metro region
Mostly cloudy, cold, highs near 40 degrees
Mostly cloudy early, partly cloudy late, cold, lows near 30 degrees
Partly sunny, becoming noticeably milder, mid-to-upper 40’s
Mostly cloudy, cold, chance for snow or rain showers late, lows near 30 degrees
Chance for a snow or rain shower early then becoming partly sunny, colder, low 40’s
Partly sunny, breezy, milder, upper 40’s
Mostly cloudy, still quite mild, near 50
Mostly cloudy, colder, chance for snow or perhaps rain changing to snow, near 40
A coastal storm will produce a serious ice storm today across the mountains of central and western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia, but it should stay to the southeast of the NYC metro region. Dry conditions will be the rule in the region on Saturday as the coastal low pulls well away into the North Atlantic and it’ll become milder along with some sunshine. However, the next cold front is just upstream and it will generate a couple of rain or snow showers around here late Saturday night/early Sunday and then usher in slightly colder air for Sunday. Temperatures will then rebound again quite noticeably on Monday, and Tuesday promises to be quite mild with highs near 50 degrees before colder air returns to the region at mid-week. That return of colder air around mid-week will likely be accompanied by a significant storm which could produce snow or perhaps rain changing to snow in much of the Mid-Atlantic region.
7:00 AM | The recovery in temperatures takes a step backwards today as fresh Arctic air moves in; close call late tomorrow
Mostly sunny, breezy, colder than yesterday, highs in the upper 20’s
Mostly cloudy, cold, lows in the low-to-mid 20’s
Mostly cloudy, cold, near 40
Mostly cloudy, cold, slight chance for snow or rain showers, lows in the low 30’s
Partly sunny, becoming milder, upper 40’s; chance for a snow or rain shower at night
Partly sunny, breezy, colder, low 40’s
Partly sunny, milder again, upper 40’s
Partly sunny, colder, low 40’s
While still below normal for this time of year, temperatures did modify markedly yesterday and the cold was not nearly as harsh as it was on Tuesday. Today, however, temperatures will take a step backwards on our road to full recovery as a fresh injection of Arctic air moved in overnight and it’ll turn out several degrees colder compared with yesterday. These colder-than-normal conditions will continue on Friday, but then it’ll get noticeably milder on Saturday with temperatures climbing well up into the 40’s.
As far as precipitation is concerned, the northwest fringes of a storm off the Southeast U.S. coast will come quite close to the I-95 corridor on Friday and some rain or snow shower activity cannot yet be completely ruled out. The weekend looks dry once that storm pulls away, but the milder conditions on Saturday will give way to slightly colder weather on Sunday. Looking ahead to next week, after a mild early part of the week on Monday and Tuesday, it looks like colder air may make a return around mid-week.