Temperatures likely will reach the upper 40s Sunday in Reston, with some peeks of the sun, according to Weather.com.
Christmas Eve is more likely to be wet, though, with a 40 percent chance of rain in the morning. But with the high and low temperatures expected to stay above freezing (47 and 36 degrees, respectively), rain probably won’t turn to freezing rain or snow. The chance of precipitation goes down to only around 10 percent by Christmas morning.
During the past 25 years, the chances of Northern Virginia seeing a white Christmas on any given year have stayed around 25 percent, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In fact, the only areas of the U.S. where chances are 50 percent or above are in “the mountainous West, northern New England and the far northern tier,” NOAA says.
Reston and the greater D.C. area have had a white Christmas less than 10 times in the past 127 years, according to Reston Patch and DCist. Snow was last on the ground on Christmas in 2009, after the “Snowpocalypse” hit the area.
Some Restonians were caught off-guard as heavy snow during rush hour created poor driving conditions Thursday evening.
Forecasters had predicted earlier in the day that rain would turn to snow overnight in the areas west of Washington, D.C.
But the first flakes began falling in Reston about 4 p.m., and by 7 p.m. close to two inches had fallen. That was more than snowplows could manage quickly, and the road conditions were generally poor by early evening.
Temperatures are expected to remain cold and windy Friday, with wind chills in the single digits.
Reston Now will update this story should the weather cause any closings Friday morning.
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