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Bundle up! Nearly 4 inches of snow expected for DC-area Tuesday – WTOP News


Wintry weather is expected to fall across the D.C. area with showers expected to continue falling into Tuesday morning.

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Wintry weather is expected to fall across the D.C. area with showers expected to continue falling into Tuesday morning.

Here’s what you need to know.



Early Tuesday, rain is expected to start mixing in with snow by about 5 a.m. or 6 a.m., according to 7News First Alert Chief Meteorologist Veronica Johnson.

That mix is expected to change over to snow between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

“That’s where we could be getting some light accumulation mainly on grassy areas north and west of D.C.,” Johnson said.

However, overall 1 to 4 inches of snow could fall in Howard and Montgomery counties in western Maryland and Loudoun and Fauquier counties in Virginia, Johnson said. The forecast is calling for just over 3 inches in Frederick County, she said.

Temperatures will be in the 40s with wind chills in the 30s.

In the areas under the winter storm watch, heavy snow is possible with a total accumulation around 5 inches, according to the National Weather Service. This could lead to some slippery road conditions for morning travelers in those areas.

Motorists are advised to be cautious on roads that could be slippery after freezing over.

“Budget extra time to get to where you need to go safely,” Johnson said.

For those with schoolchildren, make sure to stay up to date with WTOP for closures and delays ahead of Tuesday’s weather.

FORECAST

TUESDAY:
Rain mixing with snow early
Partly cloudy, blustery
Highs: 40s
Winds: Northwest 10-20, Gusts 30 mph
Rain will begin to mix with snow during the early morning hours. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been posted starting at 5 a.m. for parts of the West Virginia panhandle and northern Maryland. Far western Maryland is under a WINTER STORM WARNING from 2 a.m. until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. All precipitation will wrap up before noon, as northwesterly winds pick up. Rainfall totals with this system will range from .75″ to 1.00″+. Although wet snow may be seen across the metropolitan area, impacts should be minimal. It will become breezy to windy midday with wind gusts to 30 mph. With temperatures in the mid 40s, plan for wind chills in the 30s most of the day.

WEDNESDAY:
Partly cloudy
Highs: 43-48
Winds: Northwest 10-15, Gusts 25 mph
Expect a mix of sun and clouds on Valentine’s Day with seasonably chilly temperatures in the 40s and wind chills in the 30s. Wind chills will fall into the 20s for your Valentine’s Day dinner plans.

THURSDAY:
Partly sunny
Highs: near 50
Winds: Southwest 5-15, Gusts 25 mph
Partly cloudy skies with seasonable temperatures.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

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