DC to Turn Milder Before Dangerous Cold Blast

By , Senior Meteorologist
January 5, 2014; 4:57 AM ET
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A brief surge of milder air through early Monday morning will be followed by a dangerous cold blast in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., will escape the worst of the snowstorm that is taking aim at Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.

The track of the snowstorm will instead lead to a brief rebound in temperatures and some rain for Washington, D.C., through Monday morning.

Also accompanying the rain will be areas of potentially dense fog that will lead to slow travel for motorists and possible flight delays.

Temperatures will return to the 40s through Monday morning.

However, the warming wasn't quite quick enough to prevent some light icing early in the day Sunday across the northern and western suburbs. Multiple car accidents were reported as the drizzle froze on roads creating a light glaze.

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While not enough ice will accumulate to cause widespread tree damage and power outages, it only takes a little ice to turn untreated roads, parking lots and sidewalks extremely slippery.

Slick spots will once again be a concern for motorists and residents as the snowstorm's cold front sweeps through and ushers in dramatically colder air.

Temperatures will plunge once again from the 40s Monday morning to the 20s by the end of Monday, causing any standing water on untreated roads and sidewalks to turn icy. The invading cold air will also cause the rain Monday morning to end as a little snow.

Lows in the single digits Monday night, highs in the teens on Tuesday and dangerously colder AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will force those in Washington, D.C., to bundle up to avoid enduring frostbite or hypothermia.


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