A mix of rain, snow, and ice will be likely Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. While the metro may see less than an inch of snow, some areas in the northern suburbs could see 1-2 inches. Further north could see 2-4 with the most snowfall falling north of the Mason-Dixon and the West’s high mountains.
While snow is possible, the main worry is the threat of ice. Ice will be a major hazard across the Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, the West Virginia Highlands, along with Maryland and Pennsylvania’s high mountains. Areas that see a quarter of an inch of ice or more will likely be in an ice storm or winter storm warning come Monday.
Traveling across the current watch and potential warning areas will be nearly impossible and extremely dangerous due to ice. While snow is possible and may cause some problems, vehicles with four-wheel or all-wheel drive will not help driving on ice. Prepare Sunday and early Monday for the ice/winter storm impacts coming Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Downed trees and powerlines will pose additional hazards.
While most of Tuesday and Wednesday will be quiet for most, we will be watching for our next weather event Thursday. At the same time, it will not be pure snow. Rain will be likely along with possible ice. Amounts could accumulate for Thursday, but the numbers are still too far out to pinpoint. Check back in after Monday’s event to see what we have in store for mid to late week.
Here is a look at your 7-day forecast:
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy skies with lows in the 20s and 30s.
Monday: Rain, snow, and ice. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a mix early. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with snow to come late. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s.
Thursday: A mix of rain and snow. Highs will be in the 30s.
Friday: Mostly sunny skies. Highs will be in the 30s.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s.
Have a wonderful week!
Meteorologist Derek Bowen