DMV Region Braces for First Major Winter Storm of the Year

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for areas of Maryland, DC, and Virginia to be in effect effective 7 AM Wednesday to 4 AM on Thursday.

Snow is to spread between 9 AM and 11 AM, and snow is expected to change over to a mixture of sleet and freezing rain during the afternoon, making travel very difficult with severe impact on the morning and evening commutes.

Because DC is located on the border of snow and rain change, weather tends to be especially difficult for prediction. However, the National Weather Service has issued a warning for the general DMV area, specifically in the areas of Northwest Montgomery, Northwest Howard Counties in Maryland, and East Loudoun County in Virginia for a total snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to 1/10th of an inch.

Washington DC and counties further west are currently under Winter Storm watches, and these regions are not expected to see much snow or ice.

However, as previously said, because it is difficult to predict the weather pattern around DC, while light dusting is expected for DC, up to 3 inches of snow could possibly fall on Washington, DC on Wednesday as well.

Some parts of Pennsylvania will see more than 12 inches of snow from this winter weather storm.

National Weather Service has advised that all those under warning have sufficient water and food just in case.

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