Snow, Ice Chances Increasing for Northern Virginia, Forecasters Say

Reston will see a major shift in the weather: Balmy temps Thursday, rain and wind Friday, possible snow and ice Sunday.

Forecasters are predicting an increased chance for ice and snow starting early Sunday morning. (Patch Archive Photo)
Forecasters are predicting an increased chance for ice and snow starting early Sunday morning. (Patch Archive Photo)
Just as Northern Virginia saw "freakishly mild" weather Thursday and Friday, forecasters said Wednesday that chances are increasing for ice and snow to hit the area beginning early Sunday.

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang headline says it all: "Threat of wintry mess Sunday grows." 

Sunday Weather

Here's the timeline, according to the Capital Weather Gang:
Sunday, 4-8 a.m.: Ice or snow (the National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of freezing rain after midnight Saturday)
Sunday, after 8 a.m. into early afternoon: Icing could continue in western suburbs; rain east of I-95

The Weather Gang's Jason Samenow says ice is a threat Sunday for areas along and west of Manassas to Fairfax. The high Sunday is expected to be 36 degrees.

Sunday morning, chances for more than 1 inch of snow: 40 percent for Western suburbs, and for more than 4 inches of snow: a 15 percent chance for Western suburbs, Samenow notes.

According to the National Weather Service, Reston can expect "freezing rain and sleet before 9 p.m., then freezing rain between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., then rain or freezing rain after 1 a.m. with a low of around 31 [degrees Fahrenheit]. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible."

By Monday, temperatures swing back up to 51 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.


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