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Winter Storm Watch Issued for Region

by ARLnow.com — January 16, 2013 at 11:35 am 5,112 44 Comments

Arlington and the rest of the Washington region is now under a Winter Storm Watch.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say up to five inches of snow is possible tomorrow (Thursday). The snow may be at its heaviest during Thursday’s evening rush hour.

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW… POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS… IN EXCESS OF 5 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* TIMING… SNOW MAY MIX WITH RAIN AT THE ONSET… ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF WASHINGTON DC THURSDAY MORNING… BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL SNOW LATE THURSDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL END THURSDAY NIGHT. SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES… IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S.

* WINDS… NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* IMPACTS… ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED… ESPECIALLY DURING THE EVENING RUSH HOUR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

  • Douglas Parker

    Bring it.

  • DarkHeart

    Yawn. Let me know when I need to “prepare to shelter in place for 4-5 days”.

  • Hee-Haw

    better start preparing to clear the sidewalks and bike trails first !

  • http://google.com David B
  • Andy

    Capital Weather Gang say, “Our opinion is that this is premature and overdone”:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/winter-storm-watch-for-dc-area-thursday-and-thursday-night/2013/01/16/dec13f28-5ffa-11e2-b05a-605528f6b712_blog.html

    Yuck, not during the week – I need to get back from work! ;)

    • Herndon Hag

      If the Capital Weather Gang is pooh-pooh it, it’s bound to happen…they are always wrong.

    • Dezlboy

      @Andy: The Capital Weather Gang is the best source for weather info. They don’t hype storms for readership (viewship?) and provide regular updates.

      BTW…they have a twitter account.

  • Josh S

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • bum

    I’m off to buy all of the milk in the grocery stores. So long, suckers!

    • Ren

      I’m gonna beat you for all the plywood and bottled water! It’s aaaaallllll mine!!!!!

      • shopper

        I’ll have the last laugh while you are wiping your behinds on those cartons….I’m off to buy up all the TP!

  • JMB

    Yeah, winter storm watch, as in ‘watch nothing happen’. I sometimes think these warnings are sponsored by a consortium of the local grocery stores.

    • drax

      Some people just can’t handle uncertainty.

      It’s weather. It can’t be predicted perfectly. Would you rather they never give you a warning that it might happen? Would that make you feel better?

      • JMB

        Somebody’s touchy this morning…

        • Josh S

          No, he’s pretty much like that all the time.

      • Hee-Haw

        No, but if they were right more times than wrong, that’d be nice.

        • drax

          They are predicting the future. They are always going to be wrong more than right.

          The problem is your unreasonable expectations.

          You can’t predict everything. That’s life.

          • Hee-Haw

            except I didn’t say they have to predict everything. Its not too hard to ask an expert in their profession to be right more than wrong.
            And I’m not talking about being off a few degrees. I’m speaking of the times where we should expect X number of inches of snow and then we get nothing at all.

          • drax

            They are as accurate as they can be.

          • Hee-Haw

            That was VERY insightful, thanks.

          • KathyInArlington

            Drax, you are spot on.

    • R. Griffon

      Set phasers to disappoint.

  • Hee-Haw

    I predict an unusually high number of car flips tomorrow…

  • South Awwlington

    Another 10 hour rush hour.

  • Tre

    We’re gonna need a shovel…and lots of milk.

  • Ben

    EVERYTHING LOOKS MORE DRAMATIC IN ALL CAPS!!

  • YTK

    Well it’s winter- snow happens. THANK GOD I bought Toilet paper the other day. Will stay away from the Giant/Safeway/Teeter/Whole Foods tonight and tomorrow for SURE!!!

  • novasteve

    Even though I have a bidet and don’t need toilet paper, I will rush to get toilet paper, water, milk, bread and netflix!

    • drax

      We all really needed to know all about your bidet and lack of toilet paper use, steve.

      • novasteve

        I am a sophisticated european you ignorant american!

        • Josh S

          This is the fake novasteve, right?

          • Kim Jong-il

            There’s more than one? Heavens-to-Betsy.

        • xarl

          this is an ignorant american telling you that you dont need to leave the house for netflix

  • Sebastian Melmoth

    that’s it. i’m teleworking tomorrow. time to recharge the telebot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K1uj9VmCzo

  • Swag

    Everything I’ve seen says 1 inch tops.

    • Hee-Haw

      That’s what she said.

  • Dunno What-Todo

    What is Naked Man going to when it snows (other than buy out all of the bread and toilet paper from 7-11) ?

  • random poster

    >Random comment about panic and toilet paper by someone who still thinks it’s funny and original.<

  • Jack
    • Josh S

      You are exactly 2 hours and 30 minutes too late.

  • pol

    Suffice it to say that the afternoon commute will be terrible, regardles of rain, sleet, snow or milk truck overturning.

  • michelle

    I am guessing the grocery story needs more customers to spend money.

  • Tabs

    No, RedRocks hasn’t opened yet.

  • bobbytiger

    Winter storm? Yeah. Right. Now, pass the peanuts.

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