WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Get excited, snow lovers! Measurable snow continues to look likely with our next weather maker Wednesday. The National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of the area starting Tuesday night and lasting through Wednesday evening.
Winter Storm Watches are issued when significant snow and ice are expected, which could cause hazardous travel. At this point, plan on school closings Wednesday and possible delays Thursday.
As for timing, snow is expected to start around sunrise Wednesday (just before 7AM). Snow could last through early to mid afternoon and could accumulate over 5". Check out our simulated radar for Wednesday at 10am. All that blue, is heavy, wet snow. Untreated roads will likely be snow covered and slick.
The transition to sleet and freezing rain will come sometime Wednesday afternoon. At this point, .10-.25" of ice is possible on top of the snow that falls. Then a transition to plain rain will wash away the ice and snow, as temperatures slowly climb above freezing. The exact timing of the transition is still uncertain, so stay with our team, as we continue to fine tune the forecast.
Regardless of exact totals, this storm system will have an impact on your work and school week, so plan ahead.