WASHINGTON -- March weather has its ups and downs and Friday -- the first day of spring -- delivered with a cold, wet and snowy start - to be followed up with sunshine and comfortable temperatures Saturday.
A steady, heavy drizzle is expected to continue through the afternoon and into the evening rush.
However a few wet snowflakes continue to fall in Howard and Baltimore counties.
A mix of rain and wet snow is coming down for counties north of D.C - even a little sleet has been reported. But much of the region is seeing rain. The snow and rain could taper by 2 p.m. Expect drizzly conditions for the commute home this evening.
Spring officially begins at 6:45 p.m. Friday.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for areas north and west of the D.C. metro area has expired.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A mix of rain and snow are falling at lunchtime. But the warmer temperatures mean that nothing is sticking to the roadways.
Areas to the north and west saw a few inches of accumulations this morning but much of that is expected to melt today.
In the immediate metro area, expect the mix of
snow and rain to change to back to rain by afternoon as temperatures slowly
warm. Southern and eastern suburbs will see mostly rainfall with little, if any,
Highs on Friday will be in the mid 30s to near 40s.
The precipitation will diminish from west to
east late Friday as the storm departs. The clouds will be rather stubborn
through Friday night before finally breaking for some sunshine Saturday.
start of the weekend looks great as high pressure returns to the Mid-Atlantic and temperatures will soar into the 50s Saturday.
Snow to the north and west of the D.C. metro area could cause some slick conditions. Roads continue to be wet throughout the region.
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CLOSINGS AND DELAYS:
Several area schools have closed or delayed classes for Friday.