Widespread Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories will blanket the DMV. The warnings and advisories go into effect at 1 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect through Wednesday evening.
So, what does this mean? Well, the risk for accumulating snow and ice is imminent and will cause hazardous travel Wednesday. The biggest problem with this particular storm system is the changing precipitation types. Accumulating snow is likely tomorrow morning through early afternoon before changing to a period of sleet and freezing. Before that happens, expect about 4-6" of snow along the I-95 corridor. Higher amounts are possible through northern VA and western MD with lower accumulation over southern MD.
The changeover begins between Noon-4PM Wednesday afternoon. A glaze of ice is possible on top of the snow with ice accumulations between .10-.25". Temperatures will continue to slowly rise above freezing during the late afternoon and evening with all precipitation changing over to rain. On the maps below, Blue indicates Snow, Pink is the wintry mix, and green/yellow is the rain.
It's all rain Wednesday night through Thursday morning with areas of dense fog. Temperatures will be above freezing Thursday morning, so roads will be wet. Temperatures Thursday afternoon will climb into the low 50s with mostly cloudy skies. We catch a break from the wet weather Friday before yet another weather maker brings more rain Saturday, with temperatures pushing 70 on Sunday!! Enjoy the snow while you can, it will be gone very quickly!
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