Snow Forecast for DC Area Monday Tuesday – NBC4 Washington
Snow blanketed the Washington, D.C., area on Monday morning, leading to several car accidents and the closure of major roads, including the George Washington Memorial Drive.
It’s expected to be the first significant snowfall in the area in about two years, said Chuck Bell, a meteorologist with Storm Team4.
While many schools and businesses are closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, delays and cancellations are likely Tuesday, Bell said.
The capital region is expected to see inches of snow between Monday and Tuesday, with the snowfall impacting travel, especially Tuesday morning.
Travel was already slow and unstable early Monday as temperatures were cold enough for flakes to stick to the ground.
Major road closures and traffic accidents on Monday
- GW Parkway was closed between the Capital Beltway and South Run Parkway due to poor road conditions, impacting travel to Reagan National Airport. An extended closure is expected amid major construction work on the road.
- Along the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County, crashes involving multiple vehicles blocked the shoulder and median lanes between Maryland 202 and 32, the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) program said.
- The East West Highway was closed at Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase after a number of crashes. At least one infection was reported, but officials did not immediately provide further details.
- Rockville Police said they were “responding to several traffic collisions due to poor road conditions. Salt crews have been notified.” They asked drivers to slow down.
- Several accidents were reported at Old Keene Mill Road and Westmore Drive in Springfield, Virginia.
Snow totals and what to expect
The snow will move from the south to the north late Monday evening, and become widespread as midnight approaches. The snowfall is expected to ease Tuesday morning, then taper off around noon. Stay with Storm Team 4 for the latest times.
Total accumulation by Tuesday should reach about 2-3 inches, but “some isolated locations could get a little more…the second half of the day looks quiet,” says Storm Team4 meteorologist Jessica Faith.
Storm Team4 says the worst impacts on Tuesday will be:
- Icy roads in the morning
- Reduced visibility, especially before sunrise when snow is still falling
- Strong winds with gusts around 20 mph
- Dangerous cold with high winds in the 20s all day
Faith says temperatures will be well below average next week. See the full forecast here.
D.C. has activated a cold weather emergency Monday through Thursday and will deploy snowplows ahead of extremely cold temperatures. Go here for more information about the area plan, shelters and tips.
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