Prepare your shovels. The first snow of the year falls on the DC area. A winter storm warning will be in effect until 18:00. Sunday. It is expected that between 2 and 5 inches of snow will fall on Saturday. By the end of Sunday, when the snow is expected to stop, a total of between 4 and 8 inches is expected.
WASHINGTON – With snow falling on the D.C. area for the first time this year, the entire region is now protected by a winter storm warning before 6pm. On Sunday.
Heavy snow is expected to fall over the entire weekend, with a total length of 5 to 10 inches at the end.
The winter weather conditions make traveling very dangerous as the roads become slippery and covered with snow.
Although parts of the region already saw snow at 4 pm On Saturday, the snow is expected to gather closer to the sunset. The heaviest snow seems to arrive overnight to Sunday morning.
"The bulk of the snowfall will come [Saturday night] and Sunday," said Mark Stinneford of Storm Team 4.
There might be morning upheaval on Monday The weather will warm a bit on Tuesday.
The totals vary by location, and from DC south to Virginia, the likelihood is highest that the amounts are higher.
Several school systems in the area have canceled Saturday's activities. For a complete list of closures, see WTOPs page "Closings and Delays" .
Clocks and Warnings:
The following counties in the WTOP Listening Areas are under a winter storm warning from 4 pm: [1
In Maryland : County of South Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, Prince George and St. Mary until 6pm Sunday. In Anne Arundel and in southern Baltimore County, the warning begins at 7 pm. Saturday and lasts until 18 o'clock. Sunday
In Virginia : Arlington, Alexandria City, Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier, Falls Church City, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, Prince William and Stafford until 6am. Sunday.
A winter storm warning means that severe winter weather conditions make traveling very dangerous or impossible. If you need to travel, have an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of emergency.
The updated alert was issued at 1:00 PM. On Saturday, most of the WTOP listening area included Anne Arundel and the southern part of Baltimore County. These areas should expect 4 to 8 inches of snow by the time the storm breaks out.
A swath of moisture is absorbed by the Gulf of Mexico through the storm, transported towards the area and with the cold, initially dry, air already interacting. The center of the storm will move through the southeastern states and eventually move to the coast of the Carolinas and reinforce on the way to the sea.
It does not look like it's going to be a classic north easter up the east coast. This will bring the area to the northern edge of the precipitation shield where it will stay cold enough to survive all snow. The ground will be cold enough to keep most of the snow from sticking, though this is unlikely to happen immediately.
The NWS pointed out in the afternoon debate that the predictions "contain some uncertainty about the location and location of banded precipitation … Any slight change in either direction will affect the snowfall numbers.
The snow intensity will decrease on Sunday, but there is a chance for "more stable snow late Sunday into Sunday night," wrote the NWS.
There are heavy snowfalls near the wintry mix / rain line somewhere in central Virginia. A secondary snow wave could eventually cause the corridor of Interstate 64 to result in a higher accumulation.
The dry air could hold most of northern Maryland to the Pennsylvania line at the lower end of the potential range.
Again south of Interstate 66, especially closer to I-64, the potential for something more than that range should be realized. Considering how much of the storm will occur at night, the fact that it takes place over the weekend and that accumulation will take place over a period of time, this would be considered a low to medium impact storm.
Traffic and Road Conditions:
In Maryland, the State Highway Administration pretreated roads and prepared equipment. They said in a statement on Friday that they had completed completion by Saturday and would stage trucks and plows starting Saturday night.
In Prince George's County, 40 brand new snowploughs were ready to tackle the 2000-mile Wisconsin county road, says executive Angela Alsobrooks.
"There are 25,000 tons of salt behind me," she said early Saturday afternoon. "We have new vehicles this year, which we put on the road. So we are ready, but we want the inhabitants to be very careful. Let me handle the snow. Stay home, watch a movie, sit in front of the fireplace and let us handle the snow.
You can follow Maryland's snow preparations on the Statewide Transportation Operations Resources Map (STORM) app.
For the latest traffic, visit the WTOP Traffic Center.
The highway authority said that if more than 6 cm of snow falls, they will provide truck-and-rides truckers to navigate the terrain. You have a list of locations online.
The Virginia Transport Department has been handling roads since Thursday, especially in the Fredericksburg area.
The roads are likely to be slippery on Saturday, and drivers should be careful and increase their lane After the removal, NBC Washington meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli said.
Alsobrooks emphasized that the main priority of her county is to treat and clear the main roads. She asked the residents, "Please give us 24 hours to reach residential areas before you start calling about them."
The total accumulations range from three to six inches at up to eight inches in the southwestern suburbs toward Front Royal and south of I-66. Lighter amounts north of D.C. towards Baltimore, where two to four inches are possible.
Saturday: Cloudy, with snow in the afternoon and over night. Highs in the low to mid 30s. Lows in the 20s.
Sunday: Morning light to moderate snow with 4 to 8 inches of accumulation. In central Virginia, slightly higher volumes are possible, with more snow on Sunday afternoons and evenings in central Virginia.
Monday: Morning currents possible. Some sun in the afternoon. Highs in the lows until the middle of the 30th years.
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