Get out the heavy Winter Coats! Mid-January average highs are heading for the Mid-Atlantic during the second half of the upcoming weekend! An arctic cold front accompanied by very gusty winds will roll through the Washington Area sometime on Saturday late afternoon/evening.
Temperatures will fall some 20 degrees as the front passes with rain showers changing over to snow across Garrett County Maryland and the mountains of West Virginia. This will be the first accumulating snowfall of the season for some of the ski resorts in the mountains.
Strong northwesterly winds will continue during the day on Sunday with highs holding in the lower to mid 40s across the Washington-Baltimore Area. Wind chills will hold in the lower 20s across the Mid-Atlantic during the day on Sunday. Lake Effect snow will fall across the favored areas of Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.
Latest Control Run of the European (image courtesy Weatherbell) showing potential snowfall totals through Tuesday November 22nd:
The medium range forecast models currently suggest that temperatures will moderate next Tuesday into the Wednesday (the busiest travel day of the year) with dry conditions currently expected across the Washington Region.