* Winter weather advisory for Frederick County (Md.) and areas north and west through 9 a.m. Thursday morning *
10:00 p.m. update: A winter weather advisory has been posted for Frederick County, Md. and locations to the north and west through 9 a.m. Mixed precipitation, snow, sleet, and pockets of freezing rain, moving in after 2 a.m. may cause a few slick spots in normally colder areas. But the mix should turn to rain by around sunrise before ending.
Original post from 6:11 p.m.
It’s beginning to look a lot like winter! And not the romanticized version that features a fresh snowfall and happy people frolicking about. I speak of the real winter features, such that we will experience over the next few days. Cold rain, the potential for sleet, gusty winds and dreary gray skies. How picturesque.
Through Tonight: We start out clear but that won’t last very long. Clouds will be on the increase after midnight and rain should break through sometime after 3 a.m. Temperatures will be marginally close to freezing, in the mid 30s, so wintry mix — sleet, maybe a few snowflakes — is possible at the onset. No road problems are anticipated. Steady rain showers are with us for several hours thenceforth with temperatures starting in the mid 30s and slowly rising to near 40 by daybreak. Winds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph.
View the current weather conditions at The Washington Post.
Tomorrow (Thursday): A rather wet and raw morning around the DMV. Steady rain will be with us through about noon with a rather sharp cutoff in precipitation after that. Temperatures will spike to near 50 degrees ahead of a sharp cold front poised to move through in the afternoon. Skies will become partly cloudy in the afternoon along with some strong northwest winds left in the wake of the cold front. Gusts of 25+mph are likely for several hours through the early evening. Partly cloudy tomorrow night with colder temperatures ranging from 28-32 degrees.
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New Year’s Eve: Sadly, I am past the point in my life where I have the desire to go out on New Year’s Eve. Nevertheless, thousands of others will partake in some social gathering, so it would behove us to take an early peak at the forecast. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies on the big night with temperatures in the upper 30s around midnight. Some showers may bother us on New Year’s Day, which is the perfect excuse to stay inside and enjoy time with the family.
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