CLOSINGS AND DELAYS:
A number of school systems have announced delayed openings for Monday.
Get the full list of closings and delays on WTOP.com.
WASHINGTON — Not everyone can stay home when it snows. Some people must be on the roads. But driving on snowy roads requires skill, common sense and patience.
“Steady and slow is the key. Don’t try to go too fast. Take your time,” advises Jim Battagliese, WTOP’s director of traffic operations and author of the book “Stuck in Traffic.”
Battagliese recommends keeping the car engine’s rpms at around 2,000 or the number “2” on the rpm gauge when driving in snowy conditions.
“Make sure you’re not giving it too much gas, that just makes your wheels spin,” Battagliese says.
It’s also critical to keep a safe braking distance from the car ahead.
More tips on WTOP.com.
Full blog by Lauryn Ricketts, Stormwatch 7 meteorologist (Monday 1 p.m.)
WASHINGTON - Finally! Snow lovers, your dream has come
A storm system moving into the region will bring the best chances of snow that we have seen all season. With cold, dry air in place, expect snow to start moving into the area Monday afternoon.
A Winter Storm Warning (see pink-shaded areas below) is in place for much of our area. The warning takes effect at this afternoon/evening (depending on your location) and continues until noon on
An area of low pressure will track out of the Deep South today and into the Carolinas overnight bringing snow with it. That low will eventually track off the coast on Tuesday morning but not before it
creates plenty of snow accumulation in our region.
The snow will spread into the area from the west-southwest to the east-northeast through the afternoon and into early Monday evening. Areas north and east of D.C. will be the last to see the flakes arrive.
Temperatures today are stuck in the teens to around 20 degrees, so we are definitely cold enough for snow and not freezing rain or sleet.
But the good news is that we will not have the windy conditions that we have seen the past few days. That is great because we are expecting a pretty dry snow across the region. And if we had gusty
winds, the snow would be much lighter and would blow around, reducing visibility.
The snow to liquid ratio could be 15:1 or even higher through this event. That means this snow will be a dry snow with little liquid content. There will be lots of air pockets between the snow crystals as it accumulates, making the snow fluff up even more. Unfortunately, this is not good snowball making snow.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
The heaviest snow will remain south of Quantico Marine Corp Base and south of Culpeper through Fredericksburg and beyond. The D.C. metro area, west to the Shenandoah Valley and east to Annapolis and up through Montgomery County could receive 5 inches to 8 inches of snow. Areas well north approaching the Mason-Dixon Line will see more of a break with this storm and are forecast to receive 3 inches to 5 inches of snow.
Light snow will continue to move in through the second half of Monday with the heaviest snow falling overnight.The heaviest snow will move in about 10 p.m. and continue until about daybreak Tuesday morning. Commuters should expect light snow during the afternoon drive today.
Everything will begin to taper off by early Tuesday morning and the snow should end by mid-morning Tuesday.There could be a few light, lingering snow showers on Tuesday but we are not expecting any additional accumulation with these. There could even be a little more sunshine by Tuesday afternoon!
Temperatures on Tuesday will top out from the mid to upper 20s. Another arctic front will move through on Wednesday, bringing more snow showers with it.