Snow may cause tricky travel conditions in the DMV this weekend


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    It’s time to prepare for the light snow expected this weekend. This storm certainly won’t be a major event, but some travel problems will be likely with the preceding cold conditions over the past several days.

    High pressure is in control of the eastern half of the U.S. leading to plenty of sunshine and cold temperatures. Low pressure has developed over Texas and Oklahoma this morning with snow and wintry mix conditions being observed from near Denver east to St. Louis. Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Storm Watches expand for nearly 1500 miles across the U.S.

    What to Expect this Weekend

    Snow will begin in the morning hours over the I-81 corridor and east to Culpeper & Fauquier Counties. It will be closer to Noon by the time snow begins in the DC Metro. If you have things you need to get done, make sure to go out early before snow begins.

    Snow is expected to become moderate over most of the area Saturday afternoon through Saturday night. This is the time period where roads will become hazardous for travel, so it would be best to be home during this time.

    By Sunday morning, low pressure will be moving off the North Carolina coastline into the Atlantic, and the heaviest snow should be from Fredericksburg to Southern Maryland and points south.

    Snow Totals

    We’re thinking a general 2 to 4 inches of snow in the immediate DC Metro. Lesser amounts from 1 to possibly 3 inches would be closer to the Baltimore area and points north east.

    The highest totals of around 4 to possibly 6 inches are expected south and west of town including locations from Harrisonburg to Luray, east to Culpeper, Stafford and Fredericksburg. Additional locations will be likely across Southern Maryland and the Northern Neck of Virginia for those higher end totals.

    Lasting Impacts

    Since we’ve had cold air entrenched across the region over the past several days, snow should stick to the roadways, leading to treacherous conditions. We all know even a few inches or even a glaze across the area can lead to major delays.

    Monday morning temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s, so if snow isn’t cleared this weekend, it won’t be going anywhere. Anticipate a few delays or closings into Monday.

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