Mix of Snow, Sleet Could Make Monday ‘Very Messy’

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Updated: 4:03 p.m. Feb. 28, 2014
Posted: 6:41 a.m. Feb. 28, 2014

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — This winter is proving that you cannot let your guard down.

The mid-Atlantic is bracing for yet another one-two punch of winter weather next week, and the first bout is expected to snarl Monday’s commute.

Frigid air on Friday will give way to a mild weekend with temperatures climbing to about 50 degrees on Saturday and nearly 60 degrees on Sunday, before plummeting overnight as a band of wet weather moves into the region.

“Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because on Monday we’ve got ice and snow coming,” says Channel 9 meteorologist Topper Shutt.

The precipitation likely will begin as rain before transitioning to freezing rain, sleet, and eventually snow as temperatures continue to fall Monday.

“How much snow is a tough call because it depends on: more sleet (means) less snow; less sleet (means) more snow,” Shutt says.

Traveling around the D.C. region should be messy Monday, regardless of what type of precipitation falls.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult to get around the metro area all day on Monday,” Shutt says.

Channel 9 meteorologist Howard Bernstein agrees.

“It’s still too early to know how much, but expect a very messy Monday,” says Bernstein.

Bernstein says a second winter storm could develop Wednesday into Thursday.

Check the current forecast.

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