Next messy snow & ice storm: Thursday –

14February 2021

A busy weather week ahead with more chances for winter weather.

WASHINGTON — It's going to be a busy week for winter weather this week for the DMV. It includes both possibilities of snow, a wintry mix and ice later in the week. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Snow develops overnight Wednesday night
  • Snowy Thursday morning. Sleet and freezing rain slowly mix in from southeast to northwest
  • Areas northwest of D.C. could stay with snow/sleet all day
  • Areas southeast of D.C. have best chance of changing to all rain by Thursday afternoon
  • Slick roads with closings and delays seem likely Thursday, especially in the morning

We'll get another brush with winter weather Monday morning and Tuesday morning — some communities will get more than others with the western mountains having the highest threat for icing.

For now, it looks like the most impactful winter weather event will be Thursday with a chance for snow, a wintry mix, then rain. 


In the extended forecast, Thursday is shaping up to a wintry mess for the DMV with snow, a wintry mix then rain.

Overnight Wednesday night will see snow develop which will last into Thursday morning. 

Thursday morning will start with snow for most areas, but between late Thursday morning and early afternoon, we'll begin to see a transition to a wintry mix and then rain.  There could be several inches of snow before the change over.

The GFS model shows the transition to a wintry mix then rain much faster than the European model. 

The European model keeps it cold enough for snow for most of the morning in D.C. and areas north, with a mix south of DC and all rain in southern Maryland.

Here's a look at both models: 

The GFS is warmer with morning snow changing to sleet and rain in most areas, especially south and east of D.C.

The European model is colder with snow and sleet for many areas and some rain south and east of D.C.

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