Get your blades ready. This year's first snow falls on the D.C. area. A winter storm warning is valid until 6 pm Sunday. Everywhere from 2 to 5 inches of snowfall is expected to fall on Saturday. At the end of Sunday, when the snow is expected to end, a total of somewhere between 4 and 8 inches is expected.
WASHINGTON – As snow falls on the D.C. area for the first time this year, the whole region is now covered by a winter storm warning by 6pm on Sunday.
Heavy snow is expected to fall all weekend and anywhere between 6 and 10 inches can be expected at the end of everything.
The winter weather makes the road very dangerous as the roads become slippery and covered with snow.
Snow begins to cling to the roads. It is a good idea to avoid travel tonight and tomorrow when we continue to track snow, sometimes fall heavily. Everyone is under a severe winter storm alarm (pink) until 6 PM Sunday. DC / South 6-10 ", north 4 to 8" pic.twitter.com/w4cRwD6fAS
– Amelia Draper (@amelia_draper) January 12, 2019
Although parts of the region began to see snow at 4 pm Saturday the snow is expected to accumulate closer to the sunset. The heaviest snow looks forward to coming overnight through Sunday morning.
"The majority of the accumulating snow comes [Saturday night] and Sunday," says Storm Team 4 Mark Stinneford.
It may be a morning change Monday before the weather warms up a bit on Tuesday.
The totals vary depending on location and areas from DC south to Virginia are most likely to see higher amounts.
Several school systems in the area have interrupted Saturday's activities. For a complete list of closures, visit WTOP's Closing and Delay page .
Watches and Alerts:
The following counties in the WTOP listening areas are under a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 16: 19659014] DC
In Maryland : Southern Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, Prince George and St. Mary's County until 6pm Sunday. In Anne Arundel and Southern Baltimore County, the warning starts at 7 pm Saturday and lasts through 6 pm Sunday.
In Virginia : Arlington, Alexandria City, Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier, Falls Church City, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, Prince William and Stafford County until 10:00 pm. Sunday.
A winter storm Warning means difficult winter weather makes the journey very dangerous or impossible. If you have to travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle during an emergency.
The updated warning issued at 1 pm On Saturday, the majority of the WTOP listening area included and included Anne Arundel and the southern part of Baltimore County. These areas should expect 4 to 8 inches of snow when the storm moves out.
A water sponge will be picked up from the Gulf of Mexico through the storm, transporting it to the area and interacting with cold, originally dry air already in place. The center of the storm will go through the southeastern states, eventually moving to the Carolinas coast and strengthening as it leads out to the sea.
It doesn't look like it will be a classic Nor & easter on the way to the east coast. This will put the area at the bottom of the precipitation shield, where it will be cold enough for all snow. The soil will be cold enough for most of the snow that falls, but probably not directly.
In the afternoon weather discussion, NWS noted that the predictions include some uncertainty about the location and placement of any banding failures … any slight change in either direction will affect the snowfall totals. "
The snow intensity will lower Sunday, but there is a chance of" more constant snow last Sunday to Sunday night, "wrote NWS.
There were some bands of heavier snowfall near the wintery mix / rain line somewhere in central Virginia. secondary wave of snow could occur, giving the Interstate 64 the corridor extremely higher accumulations.
The dry air can hold most of northern Maryland up to the Pennsylvania line in the low end of the potential area.
Once again south of Interstate 66, especially closer to I-64, should be aware of the potential for a little more than that range, given the amount of storm that will occur at night, the fact that it will occur over the weekend and accumulations will be deducted during a time period, which would qualify as a low to moderate storm.
Traffic and Road Conditions:
In Maryland Negotiated State Highway Administration completed roads and got equipment ready. They said in a statement on Friday that they plan to bring ready-made to Saturday and place trucks and plows that start Saturday night.
Locally in Prince George's County, 40 brand new snow plows were ready to be used to cover 2,000 miles of road, according to executive Angela Alsobrooks.
"There are 25,000 tons of salt behind me," she said, early on Saturday afternoon. "We have new vehicles this year that we are introducing on the roads. So we are ready, but we want the residents to be very careful. Let me handle the snow. Stay at home, watch a movie, sit in front of the fireplace and let us handle the snow. "
You can track the snow preparations in Maryland on the STORM (STORM) program.
For the latest traffic, visit the WTOP Traffic Center.
The highway agency said that if more than 6 inches of snowfall they would make some park-and-rides available for truckers to ride it out. They have a list of places online.
Virginia Department of Transportation has been preprocessing roads since Thursday, especially in the Fredericksburg area.
The roads are likely to be slippery Saturday night and drivers should be cautious and increase their following distance, NBC Washington meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli said.
Alsobrooks emphasized that her country's first priority is to treat and clear the highways. She asked farmers to "give us 24 hours to reach residential areas before you start calling them."
Total accumulations will range from three to six inches by as much as eight inches possible in the southwestern suburbs towards the Front Royal and south of I-66. Expect lighter quantities north of D.C. towards Baltimore where two to four inches are possible.
Saturday: Cloudy, with snow moving in the afternoon and continuing overnight. Heights in the low- to mid-30s. Overnight promises in the 20th century.
Sunday: Easy to moderate snow in the morning, with 4 to 8 inch accumulation. Slightly higher amounts in central Virginia are possible with more snow Sunday afternoon and evening in central Virginia.
Monday: Morning blows possible. Some sun in the afternoon. Highs in low to mid 30's.
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