WASHINGTON — We're at the beginning of the transitional period. Snow is changing over to sleet in the DC metro area. The accumulating snow is over for most of us. Sleet will the the story of the lunch hour. App users click here for radar. 

Below is a breakdown of the timing of snow to sleet to freezing rain the rest of today and impacts

Wednesday Lunch -- DC Slop -- Wintry Mix

Snow continues to transition to a wintry mix -- so sleet will by the story of the mid-day hours across the region. The Wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain makes for a messy mid-day.

Precipitation: Wintry mix with mostly sleet and freezing rain.
Accumulations: Some sleet accumulations
Impacts: Roads are slushy and slick. Still snow-covered along with slick on side roads & in neighborhoods.


Wednesday Evening -- Mixing Finally Gives Way To Cold Rain

The battle between cold and warm air continues all afternoon leading up to the evening commute. Between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., the transition from a mix of sleet and freezing rain to just rain will occur from south to north.

Precipitation: Wintry mix and ice for D.C. and north, cold rain south
Accumulations: Freezing rain accretion northwest of D.C.
Impacts: North of D.C. roads are still slick, south of D.C. they are going from slushy to wet as rain continues. D.C. roads should be slushy early, turning wet late.

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Recap -- Timing For DC

Snow in the morning, mixing in the afternoon, finishing as rain after 4 p.m.

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Snow And Sleet Forecast -- Updated 4 PM 2/19

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A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for D.C. Metro from Wednesday 1 a.m. until  7 p.m. Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for some of our southeastern counties, including southern Maryland and into the northern neck. App users click here to view.


Wednesday: Cold with snow to a PM Mix, PM Rain S and E. High: 33.
Wednesday Night: Rain heavy at times, freezing rain lingers NW. Low: Rising.
Thursday: AM showers, partly cloudy, breezy and milder. High: 56.

A big winter storm arrives this morning and impacts D.C. all day. It will start with snow and end as a wintry mix, followed by rain. Snow could be moderate to heavy at times throughout the morning. In the afternoon, snow will transition to a wintry mix with sleet and freezing rain. D.C. will transition to a cold rain by 5 p.m. Wednesday, but the icing and freezing rain will last into the evening along the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. Temperatures rise Wednesday night with most areas seeing all rain, some locally heavy.

Showers will linger Thursday morning on the tail end of a winter storm system. By Thursday afternoon, we dry out and some sunshine returns for a rather pleasant afternoon despite a breeze.

Wednesday: Cold with snow to a PM mix, PM Rain S and E. 1 to 3 inches in the Metro, 3 to 5 inches N and W. Highs: 30 - 35. Winds: ENE - 10.
Wednesday Night: Rain heavy at times, freezing rain lingers NW. Lows: Rising. Winds: NE to SW - 10
Thursday: AM showers, partly cloudy, breezy and milder. Highs: 52 - 57. Winds: SW to NW 10 - 15+.


Highs will stay in the 40s to around 50 on Friday, but turn cooler with rain to start the weekend. Saturday will be cloudy with periods of light rain, shower and drizzle and highs in the low and mid 40s. Sunday looks warmer in the 60s, but there will be more showers around.

READ MORE: WINTER STORM BREAKDOWN: Timing, How Much, and Impacts

Friday: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy, isolated PM shower south. Highs: Around 50.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with light rain and showers. Highs: Mid 40s.
Sunday: Partly sunny with a few showers. Warmer. Highs: Mid 60s.

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