A winter weather advisory on Friday means icy roads and single-digit chills on the morning commute
Forecasters say we can expect to see 1 to 3 inches of snow in the D.C. area on Friday, the heaviest snowfall the region has seen in two years.
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As snow begins to fall in the D.C. area, area closures and delays also begin. Forecasters say we can expect to see 1 to 3 inches of snow in the D.C. area on Friday, adding to the heaviest snowfall the region has seen in two years.
“By 7 a.m., there could be about an inch of snow on the ground in D.C.,” 7News First Alert meteorologist Veronica Johnson said. “So, snow will continue to spread through the area (with) some widespread snow before noon. At noon there may be about two inches of snow on the ground.
The snowfall should end around 7 p.m., according to Johnson.
Johnson said: “What happens in the afternoon, just scattered snow showers, the intensity is not as intense as what we will see during the morning hours.” “So the biggest impacts will be in the morning peak period through lunchtime.”
D.C. has a 37% chance of seeing more than 2 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, Frederick, Maryland has a 49% chance of more than two inches and a 15% chance of more than four inches. In Oakland, Maryland, the NWS predicts there is a 52% chance of more than eight inches.
Friday’s snow comes on top of the remnants of Monday’s snowstorm, which brought 2-6 inches of accumulation to the area. The area got about 4 inches on Monday, but some parts of Fairfax County, Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland, exceeded 5 inches.
A noticeable amount of that snow has stuck around due to the cold temperatures that moved in after the snowfall, with Friday’s system bringing more of the same.
“(We’re) tracking a storm very similar to Monday’s storm,” Johnson said. “We expect some slippery roads throughout the day. So, impacts to area roads seem like a high possibility.”
Cold and severe storms expected Saturday could bring another “hard freeze” and bring more challenging conditions for drivers in the D.C. area to end the week, but “while snow will fall on the roads during the day, when traffic is heaviest, the sun will shine through.” The towing and strict treatment of roads should prevent any widespread traffic jams,” according to WTOP traffic reporter Dave Dildin.
Preparedness and protection
As the winter weather advisory approaches, preparation is key.
“The last couple of years, there’s been almost no snowfall. We’ve been a little down on our snow preparations,” said Kenneth, who runs Strosniders Hardware Store in Bethesda, Maryland, adding that he was “stocked up” and “busy” in the face of Winter weather is almost uncommon to the area.
While customers have been steadily moving in to buy items like snow melts and shovels, one of the residents a local organization is working to protect are unhoused individuals who may not be aware of the impending cold weather.
“A lot of times, the response to homelessness can be reactionary, and in order to save lives, you have to be proactive about it,” said John Mendez, executive director at Bethesda Cares. “(What’s important) now is warning them that cold weather is coming and finding a place they can go in the garage or just kind of work 24 hours just to get a break from how dangerous the severe weather is right now.”
Wind: northeasterly 5 – 10 knots per hour
Plan for delays and closures with light snow during the morning commute. Light snow will continue until mid-afternoon with snow tapering off between 3-4 p.m. Accumulation will be around 1 inch in the north and west metropolitan areas, and could see 2-3 inches of snow by days end.
Wind: northwesterly 15-20, speed 30 mph
Cold and windy weather will begin this weekend. Wind chills will start in the single digits and will only reach the low teens by the afternoon. Wind chills will be back in the single digits for your overnight plans, so dress warmly if you’re going outside.
I look forward:
A change in pattern is expected next week with high temperatures on Tuesday returning to the upper 40s with highs in the upper 50s by the end of the week. Rain follows next week with a possibility Wednesday, Thursday and early Friday.
WTOP’s Thomas Robertson and Scott Gilman contributed to this report.