Chances for significant late-week snow in DC: Slim to none

- You might have heard something about a chance of another big snow at the end of this week—which could understandably cause some serious anxiety, given what we just went through. But as the FOX 5 weather team explains below, don’t believe the rumors.

You can rest assured that while we might see a little bit of precipitation this week, there’s no major follow up storm on the way.

FOX 5’s Sue Palka, Caitlin Roth and Mike Thomas broke down the two snow chances in play this week:

1) Wednesday morning
A clipper low and cold front could bring a mix of snow and rain. A few areas may get up to 0.5”, but for most, it’ll just be conversational snow.  It should be in the morning, and clear out in the afternoon.

2) Thursday night into Friday morning
This is the so-called “bigger storm”—but 90 percent of the models take the track farther out to sea than the storm we just experienced on January 22-23. A frontal system southeast of the region should “block” the low from coming inland far enough to significantly impact our region.

Instead of something major, we should may flurries--  or nothing at all. 

The major differences between this late-week storm and the one we just experienced over the weekend are as follows:

1) A clipper low present at the same time over the Great Lakes. This creates cold air supply issues.

2) Arctic blocking patterns are no longer in place.

3) This storm forms much further south than the one last weekend. This favors the “eastern” track.

Bottom line: There’s still a chance we get into the light snow zone, but the chance of significant snow is slim to none.

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