Mid-Atlantic – The Week Ahead (Dec 26 – Jan 2)

The hit-or-miss coastal storm appears to be mostly a miss for those west of I-95 as the storm system makes its way up the East Coast today and into tomorrow. Right now the storm is basically using I-95 and DCA as its “pivot-point” as it strengthens and turns towards a more northerly trajectory. it really is a fascinating storm to watch unfold on the radar. The snow should move out of the region tonight, leaving behind 3-6 inches of snow east of I-95, with locally higher accumulations of 5-9 inches in parts of eastern Maryland and Delmarva.

Looking into the work week… the cold will hold on for a few days behind this system as Monday through Wednesday are forecast to be below normal. The gusty winds will hang around until Tuesday night, but relief is on the way! The second half of the week will feature a gradual warm up to above normal temperatures as a low pressure system develops over the mid-country and draws warm air up from the Gulf.

Thursday through Saturday should be rather nice in the region, with mild temperatures in the mid 40s to mid 50s and party to mostly cloudy skies (aside from a slight chance of rain on Thursday). The storm system in the mid-country will lift north and east into the Great Lakes and eastern Canada, and the trailing cold front will pass through the region next Sunday. Ahead of the cold front, scattered showers and maybe even a few rumbles of thunder are possible Saturday into Sunday. The region will cool down a bit behind the cold front going into the start of the work week next week, but not to the brutally-cold levels that we have been experiencing time and again this month.

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