Updated D.C.-area forecast: Winter weather advisory tonight for colder areas north and west

The precipitation is likely to come in the form of rain but in colder areas of Montgomery (northern and western) and Loudoun counties and to the north and west, temperatures may settle around freezing allowing for a light glaze of ice. Untreated roads and walkways could become slick.

By sunrise Friday, the precipitation will have moved off and temperatures should quickly rise above freezing.

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

2/10: Our fling with spring is now ending. Nearing freezing but no snow accumulating adds a sting.

  • Today: Light rain and sleet develop. Highs: 36-40
  • Tonight: Light rain, except freezing rain in our colder areas. Lows: 32-38
  • Tomorrow: Light rain ends midday, winds become gusty. Highs: 51-55

This is weather whiplash! After a day in the 70s, the 30s today are a painful reminder it is still February. Moisture is meager but should produce light rain today into tomorrow morning with some sleet and freezing rain in the mix, especially in our colder areas. The weekend is dry but cool.

Today (Thursday): Clouds quickly increase with rain developing during the morning. Some areas, especially north and northwest of the District, could see sleet in the mix at times, and even some snowflakes toward northern Maryland. Temperatures are parked in the mid-to-upper 30s all day amid light winds from the north. Precipitation may pause at times during the afternoon and amounts are generally light. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Light rain showers pick back up again mid-evening and continue through the night with mainly calm winds. In our colder areas north and northwest of the Beltway, a little freezing rain can’t be ruled out which could lightly glaze untreated surfaces. Lows are in the mid-30s except near freezing in a few of those colder spots. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Light rain showers linger through much of the morning with most areas to end up with around 0.5 inches of rain from the system. Skies clear in the afternoon as west winds gust up to 30 mph. As the rain lifts north, milder air sneaks in for the afternoon with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Gusty northwest winds linger well into the night with temperatures dropping rapidly. Overnight lows fall to mid-to-upper 20s under starry skies. Confidence: High

Saturday is partly sunny and chilly as a shower system passes far to our south. Highs only manage to reach low-to-mid 40s. Lows again fall to the mid-to-upper 20s thanks to clear skies and calm winds. Confidence: High

Predawn risers Sunday look to the east horizon for a Venus/Mars/crescent moon trio. Sunshine dominates and a band of snow passing through New England actually helps to pull a little warmer air into our area. Highs are mainly in the lower 50s. Overnight is still chilly with lows yet again in the mid-to-upper 20s. Confidence: Medium-High

Canadian air sneaks back in on Monday holding highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. At least the sun shines brightly. Confidence: Medium-High

A daily assessment of the potential for at least 1 inch of snow in the next week, on a 0-10 scale.

1/10 (→): A few snowflakes could be in wintry mix in our northern areas Thursday but even a coating is unlikely. Then, after Friday, moisture is lacking.

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