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By Zach Butler, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 23, 2024

Few Snow Showers, Turning Warm Next Week

Summary

Rain showers will clear to the east Friday morning with a few snow showers developing to the west Friday evening as cooler air moves into the Mid-Atlantic with snow accumulations < 1 inch. Another wave of snow showers will move through the southern Mid-Atlantic and NC with 1-2 inches of snow on Saturday. Sunday will clear with a significant warming trend into next week making it feel like spring.

Short Term Forecast

On Thursday, a few wet snowflakes added less than 1 inch of snow in the northeastern Mid-Atlantic with rain showers elsewhere. There still is some natural snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic but this will dwindle over the next couple of weeks. Below is a look at the snow depth across the Mid-Atlantic.

Forecast on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th:

A few more rain showers will continue to clear to the east on Friday morning, making it a mostly dry and partly sunny day for most areas. This clearing of showers will be associated with a cold front, which will bring cooler air and some gusty winds on Friday. 

With these gusty winds, a scattered rain shower or snow squall could develop to the north and west during Friday evening. A few more snow showers are likely through the northern and western Mid-Atlantic Friday night into Saturday morning with snow accumulations of less than 1 inch.

Saturday will see a few snow showers clear throughout the day with minimal snow accumulations. Many areas will stay sunny and dry to the east!

Another wave of moisture will approach the southern Mid-Atlantic Saturday afternoon through WV, VA, and NC. This brief wave of moisture will develop snow showers and bring 1-2 inches of snow, making night skiing fun. These snow showers will clear throughout Saturday evening.

Below is a look at the National Blend of Model’s (NBM) forecasted snow accumulations on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th. I think another inch or two is likely through WV than shown below.

Forecast from Sunday, February 25th through Tuesday, February 27th:

Sunday will be a dry and partly sunny day throughout the Mid-Atlantic. A brief snow shower or rain shower is possible in the northern Mid-Atlantic, but I think this chance is small. A couple more snow showers could move through overnight Sunday into Monday morning with snow accumulations of less than 1 inch in the northern Mid-Atlantic.

Monday and Tuesday will be dry and partly sunny days as well. A brief rain shower is possible through the southern half of the Mid-Atlantic, but this will not dampen either day. 

Each day will become slightly warmer as southerly flows move spring-like temperatures into the Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures on Sunday will be in the 30s to the 40s from the north to the south. By Tuesday, temperatures will warm into the 50s to the 60s from the north to the south.

Extended Forecast

A large storm system is expected to move through the Midwest and well to the west of the Mid-Atlantic from Tuesday, February 27th through Thursday, February 29th. Depending on how close the storm moves to us, we could see scattered or widespread rain showers on Wednesday, February 28th, and or Thursday, February 29th. 

With the storm well to our west, southerly flow will continue to bring warm temperatures. We could see high temperatures in the 60s and 70s by Wednesday with gusty winds making it feel like spring.

This storm system will move to the north, bringing rain and a strong cold front sometime on Thursday, February 29th. A setup like this will change rain to snow briefly, with scattered lake effect and snow squalls behind it on Friday, March 1st. This will be our next chance of snow and unfortunately, snow accumulations look minimal. 

The weather pattern continues to bring warm air into the first weekend of March with no significant signs of cold air and snow. Below is a look at the Climate Prediction Center’s (CPC) probability outlook of temperatures (top) and precipitation (bottom) from Wednesday, February 28th through Sunday, March 3rd. 

Have a great weekend, I will have the next update on Monday, February 26th.

Zach Butler

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Zach Butler is currently a PhD student in Water Resources Science at Oregon State University. He just finished his master's in Applied Meteorology at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Originally from Maryland, he has grown up hiking and skiing up and down the East Coast. When not doing coursework, he enjoys cooking and exploring the pacific northwest on his bike.

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