Update at 9 a.m. — Snow continues to fall amid strong winds, reducing visibility and causing slick conditions on some paved surfaces. All lanes of westbound I-66 are currently closed at Spout Run due to a crash. It’s unclear whether the crash is weather related.
LOCATION: I-66 WB/Spout Run Pkwy
INCIDENT: Traffic Collision
IMPACT: All lanes I-66 westbound at the Spout Run Parkway intersection are currently closed. Seek an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/8gyRcHnjEN
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) March 12, 2022
Earlier: Frozen precipitation is now falling on Arlington and forecasters warn that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.
Rain is changing over to snow as temperatures fall and strong wind gusts whip up, thanks to a strong cold front and storm system making its way up the East Coast.
In addition to the earlier Winter Weather Advisory and Wind Advisory, the National Weather Service this morning issued a Special Weather Statement urging extra caution on the road if you absolutely must travel during the “near blizzard conditions” expected later this morning.
646 AM EST Sat Mar 12 2022
…RAPIDLY DETERIORATING CONDITIONS THIS MORNING…
Rain will change to snow over the Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan areas as well as northeastern Maryland by 9 AM this morning from northwest to southeast. Snowfall rates around one to two inches per hour are expected through late this morning along with rapidly falling temperatures below freezing. Despite the recent warm conditions, snow is expected to stick on many surfaces, causing travel disruptions.
Strong northwest winds with gusts around 45 to 55 mph are expected during this time, causing snow and possible blowing snow to reduce visibility below one-half mile at times. Near blizzard conditions are expected.
Please use extra caution if you have to travel.
More from the Capital Weather Gang:
7:10a: Temps plummeting as transition from rain to snow is occurring in central Fairfax and Montgomery counties. Most places west of DC now in 30s. Dulles: 13F drop in 2 hours, w/ snow. Winds howling, widespread gusts to 30-40 mph.
Updates: https://t.co/kNe0wxSSNy pic.twitter.com/4BIJBijmwY
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 12, 2022
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The Optimist Club of Arlington is holding its 77th annual Christmas tree sale!
This year, the tree sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). The lot opens for sales on November 24th. The Optimist Club is selling small and large trees ranging from tabletop size to 10 foot tall trees! Wreaths, garland, tree stands, and White House Christmas ornaments will also be for sale.
100% of all proceeds go towards helping Arlington County youth.
For more information, please visit the Arlington Optimists website at https://optimistclubofarlingtonva.org/.
2023 Christmas Tree Sales Begin
Saturday, December 2
Get your holiday decorating off to the right start this year! We will be selling 150 Fraser firs, freshly cut and delivered from Sparta, North Carolina.