DC to Climb out of the Deep Freeze

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
January 31, 2014; 12:51 AM
Share |

The worst of the recent cold and perhaps the coldest days of the winter may be behind the Washington, D.C., area. However, there are some storms on the horizon.

A pattern change will take away the pure arctic flow of air to allow milder Pacific air to mix in during the last few days of January and into February.

Through at least the first half of February, nighttime lows in the single digits with highs in the teens are likely to be a thing of the past for the city.

Temperatures will reach toward the 30-year average or a tad above average late this week into the weekend. The average high and low for late January/early February is 44 and 29 F respectively. Average temperatures begin to trend upward during February.

While dry weather is in store through Saturday, a series of storms will affect the region Sunday through next week.

The first two systems will pass well to the north on Sunday with only spotty rain showers in the local area.

However, just enough chilly air moving back in from the north may allow the second weak storm on Monday to bring snow. Of the three storms now through Wednesday, this one has the best chance at bringing accumulating snow to the metro area.

Another storm at midweek could be strong with heavy precipitation. Details on the form and extent of the precipitation will be made available as soon as possible but at this time odds favor rain around the city with the storm next Wednesday.

Detailed Washington, D.C. Forecast
AccuWeather Spring Outlook
Will It Snow on Feb. 2 at East Rutherford, N.J.?

Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. and noon EST. We will be talking about the weather pattern favoring storms moving up from the South and Southwest during February.


Comments left here should adhere to the AccuWeather.com Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News

  • Atlanta: Sunny and Cooler for the New Week

    July 28, 2014; 3:04 AM ET

    While the new week will start off with the chance for an afternoon thunderstorm, pleasant conditions and slightly cooler temperatures will stay through midweek.

  • Harrisburg: Cooler Air For Midweek

    July 28, 2014; 3:02 AM ET

    More summer-like conditions will return to the PA capital this weekend for a brief time before a front pushes through the region Sunday.


Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High N/A
Low N/A
Precip N/A


This Day In Weather History

Atlantic (1990)
Hurricane Bertha formed 450 miles east of Jacksonville, FL. Maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 90 mph.

Western Pacific (1990)
Typhoon Steve east of Iwo Jimo. Peak winds of 125 mph sustained gusts to 155 mph.

Colorado (1997)
5-12" of rain north of Denver led to serious flash flooding (28th-29th). 108 mobile homes were destroyed and 481 others were damaged in Ft. Collins. 5 people were killed and 40 others injured.