Spring snow hits D.C. metro region
Flakes are flying once again, but the impact should be minor.
by Lauryn Ricketts
Be very careful driving home this afternoon and evening. Most of the roads are just wet but some slush will continue to gather on roads in some locations where temperatures remain below freezing especially well north and west of D.C. But drivers should also expect some slushy spots on exit ramps, overpasses, underpasses as well as sidewalks and untreated roads.
Visibility will remain very low through the evening commute. Also, with the wetness that we have on our hands today, some of the pothole patches may become unlodged leaving gravel and open potholes - just another thing to be on the lookout for on area roadways.
We're still expecting 1 to 3 inches of total snow accumulation with some isolated areas seeing 4 inches by the time the snow moves out of the region.
There could be a few bands of heavy snow that set up around the Interstate 95 corridor and to the east this evening, dropping more snow mainly east of the interstate.
We will continue to watch this evening as this coastal low rapidly develops off the Mid-Atlantic coast to determine if that scenario plays out. By the late evening hours, the snow will start to move up and out of the region. The window for the end of the precip opens around 7 p.m. and the snow should wrap up east of I-95 around 11 p.m.
The Winter Weather Advisories continue for much of the region until 8 p.m. tonight. For areas east of I-95, the Winter Weather Advisory expires slightly later, at midnight.
By 8 p.m. the winds will begin to increase. Winds will develop out of the northwest at 5 to 15 mph and will continue to increase through the overnight hours. This should do its part in drying out the roadways. But of course, with the breezy winds, it will make driving that much more difficult.
Wind chills overnight and tomorrow morning will slip into the teens. Gusty winds persist through the day tomorrow bringing wind chills down into the 20s through the daytime hours. A very blustery Wednesday is in store.
TRACK THE WEATHER:
Latest on snow totals. Still thinking mainly grassy areas but watching for a few heavy bands to set up this evening (around I-95 and east) that would put more slush on the roads. Some slush already on the roads now in the suburbs. Temperatures will go up slightly but visibilities will continue to stay down through even the evening hours. Everything moving out late this evening from the west to the east (7pm - 11pm)
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