It’s an uncertain forecast in part due to above-freezing temperatures today, but forecasters say D.C. area residents should expect 1-3 inches of snow between late tonight and Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, warning of the potential for snow accumulation disrupting driving tomorrow, particularly during the morning commute.
We all know what a measly inch of snow did during the nightmare evening commute a couple of weeks ago — though road crews are likely to be more prepared this time around.
The Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade, meanwhile, is once again being threatened by winter weather. On the parade’s website, organizers say they “will be making a weather announcement here mid-day on Tuesday, Feb. 9, about the parade,” which is scheduled for Tuesday night.
From the NWS:
… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT EST TUESDAY NIGHT…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT EST TUESDAY NIGHT.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS… SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS.
* TIMING… A MIXTURE OF RAIN AND SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL TURN TO ALL SNOW AROUND OR SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY AND THE ADVISORY MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED.
* IMPACTS… SNOW COVERED ROADS AND TRAVEL DISRUPTIONS.
* WINDS… NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH.
* TEMPERATURES… IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
VDOT, meanwhile, says drives should be prepared for the possibility of a messy commute Tuesday. From a press release:
The Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to plan now for their commutes Tuesday, as several inches of snow are forecast to impact both the morning and evening rush hours in northern Virginia. Drivers are asked to monitor forecasts for changes or heavier weather bands that may impact their schedule, and to plan accordingly to telework, delay commutes or allow extra time for a slow and cautious trip.
Crews have treated interstates and major roads in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties with brine and liquid magnesium chloride in advance of the snow. Tonight, about 1,450 trucks will pre-deploy along interstates, main roads and neighborhood streets. They will remain on duty to plow and treat roads through the day Tuesday.
VDOT reminds drivers to use extreme caution during winter weather, to reduce speeds, and to be aware of potential slick spots such as bridges, ramps, hills, curves and shaded areas.
Reminders for drivers and residents:
If possible, park in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
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VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington maintains its own secondary roads).
After a relatively mild afternoon, there’s plenty of water on local roads and sidewalks from melting snow. That meltwater may refreeze as temperatures dip back below freezing tonight, forecasters are warning.
This afternoon the National Weather Service issued the a Special Weather Statement, warning of hazardous conditions overnight.
…ICY PATCHES WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THIS EVENING…
TEMPERATURES WILL DROP WELL BELOW FREEZING BETWEEN 5 PM AND 8 PM THIS EVENING. THIS WILL CAUSE REFREEZING OF ANY WATER OR SLUSH…CREATING ICY CONDITIONS ON UNTREATED ROADS AND SIDEWALKS.
IF YOU ARE ON THE ROADS THIS EVENING…PLEASE USE EXTRA CAUTION AS ICY SPOTS WILL BE DIFFICULT TO SEE.
Believe it or not, there’s still a remnant of the 2 to 3 inches of snow we got on Dec. 16 hanging around. This dirty snow pile can be found in the median on George Mason Drive near Virginia Hospital Center.
The pile may soon grow a bit. Forecasters are calling for a dusting to an inch of snow overnight.
According to our friends over at the Capital Weather Gang, Thursday could bring an inch or two, while Sunday could bring “a crippling East Coast snowstorm.” The chance of each happening is still well below 50 percent, but it’s never too early to freak out and start coming up with creative names like we did last year, right?
While you’re at it, be sure to check out the county’s recently-updated snow and ice web portal.
Update at 2:15 PM – CWG now warns of 5-10 inches of snow and dangerously high winds.
More snow is heading our way Tuesday night, but it seems to be a bit of a wildcard forecasting-wise. The Capital Weather Gang, who did an incredible job correctly predicting, then covering all aspects of last weekend’s storm, is calling for 3 to 6 inches.