- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2013

National Weather Service officials said Thursday that the D.C. area is likely going to dodge a storm that forecasters suggested might deliver the first substantial snowfall of the season and snarl evening commutes.

Meteorologist Nikole Listemaa said a low pressure system moving out of the South should stay away from the area, lessening the chances for the original predictions threatening 4 or 5 inches of snow.

“It looks like the bulk of precipitation is going to stay south of the D.C.-metro area,” Ms. Listemaa said. “D.C. itself and the southern suburbs are going to remain under an advisory, and we’ve dropped the warning for lower southern Maryland.”

As of Thursday morning, the District only faced a weather advisory for less than 2 inches of snow. Cold air is set to remain in the area, however, Ms. Listemaa said, with Thursday night temperatures dropping to the mid-20s.

Friday’s highs are expected to be in the mid to upper 30s, with a high of 47 on Saturday.