March 2, 2021

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Snowstorm on Thursday: Snow, sleet and freezing rain in the DMV

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Here are the latest updates as winter weather continues to impact the region.

WASHINGTON — Heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain is falling across the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area Thursday morning and is expected to last into Friday. The region may get hit with up to 6 inches of snow and 10″ of icing.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for almost the entire DMV. The impact of the winter weather could make traveling on the roads difficult and icy conditions could cause power outages.

The wintry weather has led to several school closures in the region, including the cancelation of virtual learning.

RELATED: Winter Storm Warning: heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain

Here are the latest updates as winter weather continues to impact the region:

5:27 a.m. — WUSA9 Reporter Nicole DiAntonio said the snow has transitioned to freezing rain. She said crews are out on the roads pre-treating the roadway to help with the expected icy conditions. 

5:21 a.m. — A wintry mix of snow and ice is coming down in Manassas, Virginia and is causing slick roads. VDOT urges drivers to stay off the roads, but if you have to be out there, drive slowly and safely.

5:04 a.m. — A car is stuck on southbound Interstate 95 due to accumulating snow on the roadway. Drive times look like it may take a little over an hour to commute on some major highways.

4:51 a.m. — Charles County Government is closed Thursday due to inclement weather. Essential personnel and employees required to maintain operations during inclement weather are to report to work as scheduled. 

4:44 a.m. Heavy chunks of snow have started to fall quickly in Prince George’s, Md. In the last half-hour, there is already a noticeable coating of snow. WUSA9 Reporter Matt Gregory said the roads look pre-treated.

4:34 a.m. — A viewer reports seeing heavy snowfall in Alexandria, Va. 

4:27 a.m. — VDOT is already seeing snow-covered roads in much of the region. 

3:08 a.m. — The snow has started to fall west of the D.C. metro region. We can expect the heaviest snow/sleet to come down between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Timing

Thursday Now to 7 a.m. — Snow and sleet develop and will pick up in intensity through the early hours. Untreated roads will become slick and snow-covered. 

Thursday 7 a.m. to noon — We will see heavy to moderate snow and sleet for all areas. As early as 8 a.m. areas south and southeast of D.C. will mix with sleet and freezing rain. Travel will be difficult.

Thursday noon to 5 p.m. — After the main burst of snow, sleet and freezing rain in the morning, there will be a lull in the weather for a few hours in the afternoonLight snow still likely in areas well northwest of D.C. with a light mix elsewhere but with rain or freezing rain in parts of Calvert, St. Mary’s, the Northern Neck and the Eastern Shore south of Queensland. Travel will be difficult. Precipitation will be lighter than the morning.

Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Spotty snow, sleet and freezing rain. The snow/mix line will be from D.C., north and west. South and east of I 95 freezing rain will continue into southern Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and southern Anne Arundel Counties. Some power outages likely south of D.C. where ice buildup will be affecting power lines. Travel will be difficult.

Thursday 10 p.m. to Friday 3 a.m. —  Light snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain continue in the same areas. There will be more power outages around metro D.C. as ice continues to build up. Travel impossible in areas with a heavy glaze of ice and where snow totals are nearing a foot. Travel will be difficult.

Friday 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. — Light snow, sleet, freezing rain and continue for most, but start to shut down west of the Blue Ridge. Travel will be difficult.


RELATED: Timeline: Snow, sleet has arrived in parts of the DMV

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2021-02-18 10:32:09

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