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DC, Baltimore: Colder air to offer two chances at snow before spring busts loose

By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.
March 03, 2016, 11:55:49 PM EST

Colder air will settle across the northeastern United States, including the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas into the weekend and will be accompanied by one and possibly two storms with some wet snow.

Temperatures will slide below average into the weekend. The average high for early March is in the lower 50s F. Highs from Thursday to Saturday will be in the 40s.

A storm forecast to roll in from the Midwest may track close enough to bring a period or two of wet snow from late Thursday night into Friday morning.


Marginal temperatures will cause at least some of that snow to melt on paved areas. However, should the snow come down hard for a brief time, bridges, overpasses and at least untreated secondary roads could get slippery for the morning drive on Friday.

After a period of dry weather Friday night into Saturday, a weaker storm system will roll across the region Saturday evening into Sunday morning with snow showers.

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AccuWeather MinuteCast® for Washington, D.C.

In both cases, some rain and sleet can be mixed in. The best chance of a couple of inches combined from both storms will be on non-paved surfaces.

Following the wintry conditions into the weekend, indications are that spring weather will bust loose next week with temperatures likely to climb into the 70s.

Temperatures during the period from December through February averaged 3.7 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in Washington, D.C. The average temperature of 41.9 is more typical of the winter in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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