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Winter Weather Advisory Issued As Temperatures Drop

by ARLnow.com | February 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | 573 views | 10 Comments

Update at 4:20 p.m. — Crews are now planning on treating Arlington’s roads starting at some point between 9:00 and 10:00 tonight, as rain changes to sleet. Officials say commuters should expect wet main roads and slushy side roads in time for the morning rush. The warmth over the past couple of days means that road temperatures are well above freezing, which should help to melt some of the accumulation, officials say.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory as a storm closes in on the Washington area. Local accumulations of 2-5 inches are expected as rain changes over to sleet and snow overnight.

An Arlington County official tells ARLnow.com that crews are preparing for a “light snow” event. So far, there is no plan in place to pre-treat roads. The response may be upgraded now that the advisory has been issued.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE… WINTRY MIX OF RAIN AND SLEET CHANGING OVER TO SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS… 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET.

* TIMING… A MIX OF RAIN AND SLEET WILL BEGIN LATE THIS EVENING… THEN CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW AROUND MIDNIGHT… AND CONTINUE THROUGH DAWN. HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL BE BETWEEN 1 AM AND 4 AM.

* TEMPERATURES… TEMPERATURES IN THE MIDDLE 30S THIS EVENING… DROPPING TO THE UPPER 20S BY TUESDAY MORNING.

* WINDS… NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW… SLEET… OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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  • charlie

    see “presidents day storm”…
    http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/winter/DC-Winters.htm

  • LyonSteve

    If the county is pre-treating then odds are it will be a non-event.

    • wilbur

      Hey all you Arlington haters, please if this is such a bad place, *move*. I am sure you can find a county that doesnt pre treat its roads.

      • Charlie

        Wilbur, and you dissent hatred, why don’t you get a life. It is acceptable to challenge the status quo. Sheez. That’s what smart people do. Instead of being lapdogs for their political chiefs.

  • weather

    It’s colder now than was predicted earlier — I’m thinking we’ll wake up to a snow day!

    • steve

      nope, will only be a trace by morning here

  • Steve cheated

    At least “weather” made a prediction during the height of the icy action. Old Steve cheated and made his prediction at 3:24am, after the icy mix had stopped falling. Steve cheated.

    • weather

      *sigh* Well, I guess we’ll make do with the two hour delay!

    • local

      You gotta get up early in the morning to beat steve. Literally.

  • LyonSteve

    The roads are white!

    I guess Arlington decided to rid itself of its remaining bit of salt.

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