Buckle up it’s going to be a wild ride between now and Friday with spring-like temperatures quickly becoming a distant memory by weeks end! The forecast models track a very potent wave of low pressure across the Mid-Atlantic Wednesday night into the morning rush hour on Thursday.
Depending upon which model you look at, our area could either see rain, rain going over to snow with little in the way of accumulation or heavy wet accumulation on trees and grassy surfaces. The image below shows the latest trend GFS model for 1 am Thursday morning. Before you snow lovers rip your hair out keep in mind that the European forecast model takes the track further south and is forecasting a much colder profile in the atmosphere over the DC Area.
Here are the latest GFS and European ensembles for snowfall:
The GFS ensembles currently are further north in track and hence keep the accumulating snow mainly across the far northern and western suburbs.
However, the European model takes the track of this system further to the south with a colder temperature profile over the DC Area. If this were to pan out, we would likely see our largest accumulating snowfall so far this season across the immediate DC Area.
The latest European Ensembles are not in 100% agreement at this time with 50% showing a decent snowfall while the other half keep the accumulating snow north of us.
- Enjoy the mild weather through Wednesday, it will certainly feel like April across our area.
- A blast of arctic air will infiltrate the DC Area on Friday into Saturday with lows dipping into the lower 20s and highs barely making it into the middle 30s.
- There is the potential that a wave of low pressure will deliver rain changing over to snow with some accumulation possible. It is too early to get excited as the ensembles are not in 100% agreement (yet).