What a fantastic way to begin Spring here in Washington! All the Snow-Deprived people of the National Capital Region (myself included) will finally get to use their snow shovels and plow operators will finally make some money across our entire region during the overnight hours on Tuesday through Wednesday evening.
Winter Storm Warnings are likely for the entire region Tuesday night with most locations picking up at least 5″. Winds will increase out of the northeast between 20 and 30 mph on Wednesday as the Nor’easter rapidly deepens off of the Del-Mar-Va coastline. Wind gusts of 35 and 40 mph are possible, especially near the tidal Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. Scattered power outages are likely as the heavy wet snow combined with breezy conditions may bring down a few limbs.
Storm System Configuration will provide ample Atlantic moisture being drawn into the Mid-Atlantic:
Latest European Ensemble Mean (showing potential Snowfall Accumulations through Wednesday 8PM):
A steady increase in the European’s outputs for the District has been noted with each new model run today, increasing the potential for up to 5″ or more in the District by Wednesday Evening.
Latest Canadian Model:
Weather Prediction Center:
Some sleet and Freezing rain may begin to mix in along interstate 95 on Tuesday afternoon, prompting the issuance of new Winter Weather Advisories for the immediate Metropolitan Area tonight or tomorrow morning (stay tuned).
Widespread school closings are likely across the far northern and western exurbs of Virginia and Maryland on Tuesday with widespread region-wide closings on Wednesday.
It will take some time to clean up from this sloppy, heavy, wet snow… prepare for power outages.