(WJLA) - A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for parts of the Washington area through midnight, and beyond a few inches of snow around the area, frigid and sub-freezing temperatures are on their way.
The Advisory includes Montgomery, Howard, Frederick and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland, along with Loudoun and parts of Prince William counties in Virginia.
The National Weather Service and the Stormwatch 7 team expect 1 to 3 inches of snow to fall as a storm pushes across the nation's capital.
Several local jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia, VDOT and Prince George's County, have begun preparing roads for potential snowfall. Frederick County has also activated its Snow Emergency Plan.
That means that several major roads have been designated as Snow Emergency Routes, where drivers are not allowed to park. Cars must also be equipped with either snow tires or chains.
Perhaps more notable than the snow totals will be the frigid temperatures and wind chills that are on the way. A Wind Chill Advisory for several parts of the area where feels-like temperatures could dip below zero overnight.
Temperatures on Friday are not expected to break freezing. On Thursday, though, the temperature started falling early, and by midday, people out and about began bundling up.
At Logan Hardware on P Street Northwest, shopkeepers expect deicers to be popular with customers, and stores around the region began trotting out their cold gear.
"You will want to come to this store to get some ice melt," hardware store employee Marcus Moss said.
Meanwhile, those who dressed for the weather early are already preparing for what is heading our way on Friday.
"This is just to get through the 30 degrees, but when it's lower than that, (I'll) get some long underwear, a turtleneck and a couple more layers of clothes," D.C. resident Virginia Brown said.