WEATHER BEAT: Half a Foot of Snow Expected Monday

| March 2, 2014 | 0 Comments | Weather

I know snow is probably the last thing you want to hear on a Sunday morning in early March, but hang on to your hats, old man winter is ready to give us yet another dose of the white stuff.

As of late Saturday, the storm is now impacting areas in the country’s mid-section, but all of this moisture is heading for the east coast, and many of the models now have the D.C. area right in the bull’s-eye with potentially half a foot or more of snow come Monday.

Precipitation is expected to begin as rain Sunday afternoon. You may not believe it will actually snow on Monday with high temperatures expected to be in the upper 50s Sunday afternoon, but trust me, a fresh push of arctic air is being injected into this system, and we will have plenty of cold air to work with come Monday. Temperatures will dive as much as 40 degrees between Sunday and Monday, so being cold enough for snow will not be a factor.

On Monday, everything turns to snow. Expect all rain and sleet to turn to snow in the early hours of Monday with dropping temperatures all day. Highs will only be in the 20s on Monday with temperatures dropping to as low as the single digits by Monday night. On Monday, I am expecting anywhere from 5-10 inches of snow across the region. My prediction of 5-10 inches will be relevant across much of Northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, and Northern Fauquier counties. Areas to the south of these counties will see lower snow totals.

Looking ahead, we have another system to watch around March 6 and 7, but as of now, the Monday snow looks far worse than what we will see then. Things are looking milder after March 12. There is hope for the winter weary, hang in there guys!

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