After experiencing a roller coaster ride of temperatures, this week has consisted of many transitions for our area. The mercury in the thermometer fluctuated from the teen digits (just a few days ago!) to now potentially reaching the upper 60’s for tomorrow. By this weekend, we will prepare ride back down the roller coaster towards a potential ice storm that’s headed for the DC area. This is Maryland weather for you!
For the remainder of the evening and into tonight, overcast skies will help produce relatively mild temperatures. As a warm front passes through, there will be about a 60% chance of rain showers between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. By midnight, patchy fog is expected to develop in low lying areas and possibly along the beltway. Low temperatures should dip down into the mid-40s for most of the area along with light to moderate winds out of the south.
Constant prevailing winds from the south, combined with a warm front sweeping through Maryland, will boost temperatures into the mid to upper 60s in the DMV. Although clouds will stick around, there may be a few peaks of generous sunshine throughout the day.
A look elsewhere:
While we have the chance to reach the upper 60s, California has been getting pummeled with up to a dozen feet of snow (or inches of rain depending on the elevation). This has been much needed precipitation for them, as they have been enduring a severe drought. While lower elevations have been experiencing mudslides, the snow in higher elevations has piled up so much that some ski resorts have had to close down…too much of a good thing? Here are some snowfall totals below:
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) January 11, 2017
(Feature photo courtesy of: Pixabay)