The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Arlington and surrounding areas.
Five or more inches of snow could fall, in addition to a potential quarter inch of ice, between Tuesday and Wednesday nights, forecaster say. The storm will likely disrupt travel and cause school and work delays and cancellations.
More from NWS:
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING… * WHAT…HEAVY SNOW, MIXING WITH AND EVENTUALLY CHANGING TO SLEET AND THEN FREEZING RAIN. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 OR MORE INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A QUARTER-INCH OR GREATER ARE POSSIBLE. * WHERE…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND EAST OF THE APPALACHIANS AND WEST OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY, CENTRAL AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA, AND THE EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA PANHANDLE. * WHEN…FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE MORNING OR EVENING COMMUTE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. &&
Local officials are urging residents to start preparing for the storm now.
This has unfortunately been Team Snow’s experience this winter. But not Wed! 🤞 Pls stock up on the supplies needed for your milk sandwiches (milk & bread) now. Keep monitoring the forecast & plan to stay off the roads during the height of the storm Wed. 🥛🍞👍 #preparednesswins pic.twitter.com/lD6CcHUSuR
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) February 18, 2019
The NWS is advising this #winterstorm has a potential of 6-8 inches of snow starting tomorrow night and continuing all day Wednesday. Stay up to date by signing up for emergency alerts (including weather) at https://t.co/fToM21gKCj #ARLWx https://t.co/kxmmUtD6Ca
— Ready Arlington (@ReadyArlington) February 18, 2019
Map via National Weather Service