- The Washington Times - Monday, November 11, 2013

The D.C. area might see its first snowflakes Tuesday, weather officials said, as a cold front brings a sudden drop in temperatures

National Weather Service Meteorologist Heather Sheffield predicted a 40 percent chance of snow precipitation between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday — right around the morning rush hour — as the result of an Arctic cold front moving through the area.

“It’s going to be a lot of cold air,” Ms. Sheffield said. “We’re expecting rain showers to switch over to rain and snow. It’ll probably be a mix. It’s going to be kind of a quick thing.”

Ms. Sheffield said no accumulation is predicted because the surface temperature is above freezing.

The mercury likely won’t get above 40 degrees Tuesday, Ms. Sheffield said, but once the cold front moves through, “it should warm up by the end of the week.”

Tuesday’s weather could be a shock for some, as Monday’s temperatures stayed close to 60 degrees, Ms. Sheffield, said, which is the average temperature for this time of year. Snow accumulation usually starts in early December, Ms Sheffield said.

The roller coaster temperatures are not uncommon for the fall, Ms. Sheffield said, nor are Tuesday’s possible snow showers the earliest flakes seen in the D.C. area.

The earliest snowfall on record was Oct. 10, 1979, but only 0.3 inches of snowfall was recorded.