DC/VIRGINIA – A winter storm is expected to bring snow and sleet to northern Virginia and Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon and early Monday, with the National Weather Service already issuing a winter storm watch for parts of the western suburbs.
Forecasters are expected to issue a winter storm watch for the entire DC area later Friday.
The winter storm watch issued Friday morning for Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning is for Rappahannock, Culpeper, northern Fauquier and western Loudoun counties. Total snow accumulations in these counties could reach 5 to 8 inches, with up to a foot of snowfall possible if precipitation remains fully snow covered during the storm.
“Winter Storm Watch is now in effect Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening for locations near and west of US Route 15,” the NWS said Friday morning. “Heavy snowfall and ice are possible further east, but confidence remains lower – however, the watch could be extended if that changes.”
Ahead of Sunday’s storm, winds are expected to become gusty later on Friday. Wind chills will be in the teens all day Saturday and temperatures are expected to stay below freezing all day.
Beginning around 1 p.m. Sunday, the snow will begin to move toward northern Virginia and DC. As the day progresses, temperatures are expected to slowly rise, causing the snow to turn into sleet, freezing rain and possibly regular rain, according to the Washington Post’s Capital Weather. Gang.
“Calendar and precipitation types still have some question marks,” the Capital Weather Gang said.
NBC4 meteorologist Chuck Bell said areas near DC should expect the winter storm to arrive after noon on Sunday. Due to the cold air in place, it will start as snow, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible by 6 p.m. Sunday in DC and nearby suburbs, Bell said. By Sunday evening, the snow should change to sleet or rain.
Areas south of DC along the Interstate 95 corridor to Fredericksburg should also expect snow accumulations between 2 and 4 inches before the precipitation changes to rain or sleet, according to Bell.
Here is the NWS forecast for suburbs near DC for the next few days:
Friday night: Fairly clear, with lows around 19. Wind north 11 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.
Saturday: Increasing cloudiness, with a high near 30. Wind north 8 to 11 mph, gusting to 21 mph.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually clear mostly, with a low around 16. Wind north around 7 mph.
Sunday: Snow in the afternoon. High near 32. Wind northeast 7 to 13 mph, gusting to 23 mph.
Sunday night: Rain, snow and freezing rain before 4 a.m., then probable snow, possibly mixed with rain. Minimum around 28.
Monday: Chance of rain and snow before 7 a.m. Partly sunny, with highs near 40.
Monday evening: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a maximum near 38.