While March 1 is the start to meteorological spring, it looks like Old Man Winter will be visiting those in the Mid Atlantic. Light snow is expected to spread in late Thursday into early Friday; while amounts will be light, the timing will make the morning commute tricky for many. And Old Man Winter may not be done: a more substantial storm could strike Monday in the same general area.
An approaching low is responsible for the snow. High pressure is building into New England today, keeping temperatures cold tonight. An area of low pressure will track across the DelMarVa Friday morning, then strengthen as it moves out to sea later Friday and Saturday.
As this low forms and moves east, it’ll produce light snow across portions of the Mid Atlantic. Generally 1-2″ of snow is expected although some areas, especially in southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, could see 3-4″. As milder air mixes in on Friday, some of the light snow will change to sleet and plain rain across extreme southern New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Maryland.
A stronger low pressure system is forecast to track across portions of the Mid Atlantic Sunday into Monday before cold high pressure gradually builds toward the Mid Atlantic Tuesday and Wednesday. That next system could produce significant snow along the I-95 corridor between Washington, DC and Boston, MA. However, it is too soon to say with certainty who will get snow and how much they’ll get.