D.C. Weather Forecast: Winter Storm Watch for the entire D.C. area

Tonight: Mostly Clear and Cold

Lows: 20s to Low 30s | Wind: NW 5-10 m.p.h.

Tuesday: Increasing Clouds, Cool

Highs: Mid 40s | Wind: SE 4-8 m.p.h.

Wednesday: Wintry Mix to Snow Likely, Heavy Snow Possible NW

Highs: Mid 30s | Wind: NE 10 m.p.h.

WINTER STORM WATCH in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening for the potential of heavy snow and strong winds that will create adverse travel conditions. Snowfall totals of 6” inches or more will be common. Some areas will likely receive well in excess of 1 foot of snow. At the moment, the threat for the heaviest snow will be along and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

A major winter storm will affect our area Tuesday night through Wednesday night. Heavy wet snow will affect many parts of the region. Because the storm will have to generate its own cold air, we are not expecting widespread icing as you would find if it was much colder but we do expect slush and hard-packed snow to create treacherous driving conditions in many areas. Travel will likely become difficult by Wednesday morning and may become inadvisable. Clearing skies are forecast for Thursday straight through the weekend along with a steady warming trend. This snow will melt away rather quickly.