It’s CYA Time for Local Meteorologists

From the NWS…

Tonight: Rain before 4am, then rain and snow. Low around 38. East wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday: Rain and snow. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. High near 41. North wind between 11 and 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night: A chance of rain and snow before 8pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 33. North wind between 9 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
So you’re saying snow could mix with rain anytime after 4am tomorrow morning and that will continue for potentially 16 hours?  Brilliant.  (This is for Alexandria, VA, by the way.)  I’ll go ahead and say Reagan National Airport (DCA) doesn’t detect or report snow anytime before Noon tomorrow.  This means my forecast would read:

Tonight: Rain. Low around 38. East wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Saturday: Rain in the morning, mixing with, or changing over to, snow during the afternoon. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 41. North wind between 11 and 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than an inch possible.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow before 8pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 33. North wind between 9 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
That took all of two minutes to write, but I suppose it’s a better use of time if it’s just automated.  Oh well, I can just look at webcams for snow to make me happy.  Like this one at Wintergreen Mountain (elevation 3500 ft) in VA:

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