Short term: An upper level disturbance will cross the Washington Region this evening into the overnight hours touching off a few rain and snow showers. A light dusting of snow is possible but generally no widespread accumulation is expected.
Next Week: Here comes the record warmth! Check out the latest European forecast for the upper level pattern with the very strong upper level ridge of high pressure (bright red colors) building in across the Northeastern United States (images courtesy Weatherbell):
The chart below is from the Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS) showing the forecast temperature anomalies (departure from normal) March 6th through the 21st :
Notice that temperatures on Wednesday through Friday will likely run some 20 to 25 degrees above average!
It looks like Thursday may end up being the warmest day of the week as we will be out ahead of a cool front that might pass through Friday afternoon. The image below is the forecast high temperatures from the latest European Forecast model:
I wouldn’t be surprised to see our southern exurbs like Fredericksburg and Stafford reach 80 degrees on Thursday with widespread upper 70s across the remainder of Northern Virginia as well as central and southern Maryland. Notice that areas near the shore of the Chesapeake Bay will hold in the 50s and 60s!