Snow and Sleet Likely During Evening Rush Hour

Despite current temperatures hovering just above freezing — dew points are currently hovering in the lower 20s and evaporation cooling will likely cause surface temperatures to drop during the PM rush, allowing for a period of moderate to heavy snow or sleet to fall across the Metropolitan Area.

The latest high-resolution rapid refresh model (images below courtesy WxBell) paints an interesting picture for those of us snow-starved DC Area residents. The image below begins at 20z (3pm) and continues through 7z (12am).  Notice the dark blue representing heavy snow, orange (sleet) and pink (the dreaded freezing rain).

Most models depict the snow and sleet to break out in earnest between 3 and 6pm, just in time for the afternoon rush hour.

Tricky Forecast

Temperature profiles in the mid-levels of the atmosphere are tricky today and snow or sleet could easily accumulate this evening especially along and north of the interstate 66 corridor in Northern Virginia and along and north of the route 50 corridor in central Maryland.  The image below is from the latest High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model and shows that there is at least a potential for an inch or two of snow even in the immediate Metro Area (to include the District).

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