Here’s a look at how the storm is shaping up across our region.
WASHINGTON — The D.C. region is bracing for its first winter storm of the season Wednesday, but what kind of weather you’ll see depends largely on where you live. Snow, freezing rain, sleet, and rain are all possible.
Our far northern and western suburbs getting more than five inches of snow/sleet and areas along and west of I-81 could see more than a foot of snow.
For D.C., expect a mix of rain, sleet, snow and even some freezing rain on Wednesday, which will keep accumulations down and roads in D.C. mostly wet.
We are also looking at heavy rain in spots with a Flood Watch across the D.C. metro and southern Maryland.
Here’s a timeline of what to look for throughout the day Wednesday and into Thursday morning: the ingredients come together for rain, snow, and a rain/snow mix across the region as a strong Nor’easter develops. Along and west of I-81 into the mountains will be mainly snow with a snow to rain mix in the Metro but all rain well south and east of D.C. An initial burst of snow envelopes most of the Metro Area by noon. The precipitation becomes heavy quickly but changes to sleet and may mix with rain in the afternoon as far north as Frederick and as far west as Leesburg reducing snowfall amounts. Secondary roads will become slippery quickly well north and west of DC Wednesday afternoon. Freezing rain is also possible Wednesday afternoon as far west as Winchester and as far north as Frederick. Snow, sleet and rain end around 3 or 4 a.m. Thursday and with temps at below freezing west of I-95 expect some slick spots, including your driveway and sidewalks.
Road crews were out early Wednesday in preparation of the winter weather. WUSA9 spoke with the Virginia Department of Transportation who said crews have been preparing for winter weather since the summer, and have new protocols in place to do their jobs safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking of the pandemic, the shift to virtual learning has eliminated the possibility of a snow day for some kids, with many schools around the region relying on virtual learning plans rather than canceling classes due to weather. Some schools have canceled classes all together though. Find the latest on school closures here.
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