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Blustery, Wintry March Weekend
Scattered snow showers possible this afternoon

Jason Samenow @ 8:27 AM

After yesterday's major storm, mother nature turns down the volume a bit -- but not all the way. Wind, cold and even some isolated snow showers are possible this afternoon. By tomorrow, somewhat calmer weather should emerge -- but it will remain brisk.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighVariably cloudy, windy, PM snow showers? A wave in the upper atmosphere will swing by this afternoon creating a bit of an unstable weather situation. Scattered snow showers may develop (30% chance), particularly north and west of DC. These gusty snow showers could produce briefly heavy snow that reduces visibility and whitens the ground. High temperatures will be near 40 -- but it will feel colder given 15-25 mph winds. Should snow showers affect your location, temperatures will quickly drop to near freezing as it snows.

Overnight, after the possibility of few evening flurries, skies should gradually clear. It will be quite cold, with lows in the low to mid 20s (suburbs-city). With 10-15 mph winds, wind chills will be in the teens.


Forecast Confidence: HighBreezy, milder but still chilly. High pressure will build into the region allowing for more sunshine and milder temperatures. High temperatures should be in the mid to upper 40s with westerly winds 10-15mph.

Storm Recap

Yesterday's storm produced record rainfall totals at all three area airports. National, Dulles and BWI received 1.79, 1.56 and 2.14 inches of rain respectively. Rain began changing to sleet in the afternoon from northwest to southeast and the sleet changed to snow from northwest to southeast during the evening before ending between 9 and 11pm. Snowfall totals were less than 1" downtown and south and east, around an inch in the immediate suburbs north and west and 1-3" in the far north and west suburbs.'s rain and snowfall forecast (available in yesterday's post) verified very well although some amounts far north and west of the area were a bit higher than forecast. See the National Weather Service's rain and snowfall summary for amounts throughout the region.

Pictured: Last night snowfall chills a daffodil in Oakton, VA. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.

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