Spring snow hits D.C. metro region


Spring snow hits D.C. metro region

Flakes are flying once again, but the impact should be minor.

by Lauryn Ricketts

ABC7 meteorologist 

Snow will continue to come down throughout the region, becoming more spotty in nature as we continue through the afternoon hours. Some rain showers may even work their way into the region as temperatures continue to rise into the mid to upper 30s. (Check out the current radar to see what the conditions are like before you head home).

 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.



There are no major traffic delays at this time, but roadways could be slick because of the snow showers. Follow @WTOPTraffic for the latest traffic updates.


Use the weather maps to track the snowfall.

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