Latest snow, sleet forecast for Saturday in Northern Virginia


Any wet or snow-covered surfaces will become slick overnight, as temperatures drop below freezing.

Precipitation depends on where you live. The key to the whole forecast will be how soon the warmer air takes over and how long it sticks around. It is more of a snow event north and west of town.

While it's not almost a record-least snowy season-to-date there (last season through February 13 had only 1.4 inches), it has only picked up 27 percent of its average snowfall-to-date.

A significant winter storm will move in Saturday morning, bringing widespread heavy snow through Sunday.

Then we're on the WEATHER WATCH for Saturday night into early Sunday.

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Saturday night: Partly cloudy, low around 18. Southwest winds 5 - 15 miles per hour in the morning, southeasterly in the afternoon. In the immediate metro region, the start time is likely between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

"At times, snowfall rates may top 1" per hour, which will make driving very hard due to limited visibility. The heaviest snow will fall from 9pm to 3am Sunday.

Temperatures will reach the upper 30's by the afternoon, and late afternoon snow moving into the Valley could be mixed with a little rain. For areas south and east, including our shore points and central/southern DE, this will be purely a rain event and some periods of heavier rain will be possible this evening and tonight. The snow totals are lower along the coast with higher totals in towns such as Freehold.

As of Saturday morning, it appeared that the best chance for the heaviest snow - perhaps a half-foot in some locations - would be along the North Shore, where winds off Lake Superior may enhance the snowfall. " certainly is possible that this system shifts 50 miles south and we end up with just a 1 to 4-inch snowfall".

There will be pockets of freezing rain, and the best chance of seeing a glaze from that will be near Interstate 81. Areas that are wet will certainly freeze overnight- and if there's fog it will be freezing fog which creates the most risky condition on roads we have around here: black ice. Temperatures should be back in the 70s Tuesday and Wednesday.