* Winter weather advisory for northern Fauquier, Loudoun, Montgomery, and Howard counties, and to the north and west, from 7 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday *
Most spots locally saw temperatures edge above freezing by this afternoon, but it’s still near and below 32 in our northernmost suburbs. With nightfall, we may see readings fall back a few degrees, bringing an icy risk back into a larger part of the area. Overall, the main zones of concern are north and west of the Interstate 95 corridor.
Through Tonight: As Jason Samenow pointed out earlier, the forecast tonight is dependent on a few degrees. In general, there’s an increasing risk of ice — and slick spots — as one heads north and west from the city. The relative good news is that overnight precipitation should be light and spotty, compared with today’s. However, heavier and more widespread activity is likely knocking on our doorstep in the predawn period or perhaps as late as around sunrise. Lows range from near or just below freezing to the mid-30s.
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Tomorrow (Tuesday): Rain persists into Tuesday. In our colder areas, freezing rain could last through around midday. The precipitation intensity may pick up at times, and it’ll probably stay wet all day. A storm system is moving by to the west and northwest. This also means we’re on the “warm” side, so temperatures head toward a near 40 to mid-40s range locally. Winds are out of the south around 10 mph. Total rainfall from this system ranges from about half an inch to an inch.
Never-ending rain: With a wettest year on record in 2018 still fresh in our minds, we’ve now seen rain on six of 11 days so far this month. It has been relatively light each time it has fallen in February, although that’s likely to change once we get through Tuesday. Through Sunday, the city has picked up 3.49 inches this year, which is not far from normal and in the back half of rainfall totals to date. It does seem we are embarking on a wetter pattern ahead, though, so we may just be getting started.
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