Mid-Atlantic – The Week Ahead (Mar 27 – Apr 3)

After bombing last night’s snowfall forecast (verification coming later… it was way too dry and the rates were too low for most to see accumulation), it’s time to pick up the pieces and look at what we’ve got coming in the week ahead.

Skies will cloud up in the southern half of the region tonight as rain and maybe some mixed precipitation move through south of D.C. tomorrow. Precipitation totals should stay on the lighter side. Tuesday will be mostly sunny but still cool as high pressure quickly passes over the region, with another system bringing in light to moderate rain late Tuesday night into Wednesday. The northernmost parts of the region could see some wintry precipitation mix in.

Guidance begins struggling with the weather pattern as we head into Thursday, but the general idea is that clouds will linger over the region on Thursday as a coastal system develops on Friday. Right now it’s looking like it should stay as rain on Friday, with some frozen precipitation in the mountains. I would be screaming “OMG snowstorm!” if this was January, but the surface temperatures will probably not be there for this one. However, if this storm can pull enough cold air down from the north, we could be talking about a different story. This could be Mother Nature’s April Fools’ joke as winter’s last hurrah.

Temperatures will warm up as we head into Sunday. It’s unclear whether or not the warmer pattern will stick around going into next week, but the trends are currently to the cooler side past this short period of warmth.

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