The National Weather Service will likely issue Winter Storm Watches today for the entire Washington Region for significant snow and ice depending upon your exact location Wednesday night through Friday morning.
I give this event a snow plow rating of disruptive as I expect snow-covered roadways on Thursday morning with temperatures in the middle to upper 20s.
Snow will begin to mix with and change over to Sleet and Freezing Rain before transitioning to an Ice Storm with Freezing Rain likely across much of the region, mainly east of the Blue Ridge mountains.
Ice amounts could be crippling with over a quarter-inch of ice accretion from Freezing Rain causing scattered to widespread power outages along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor and nearly impossible travel.
Short Term Forecast:
After a noticeably mild afternoon today with highs near 50, a strong arctic front will push through the Washington Area this evening.
Winds will switch to the northwest, gusting well over 40 mph as the front crosses our region.
Lows tonight will fall into the middle teens in the mountains and near 20 in Baltimore and Washington. Highs on Wednesday will only make it into the middle 30s setting up the stage for high impacts on Thursday across our region.
Now is the time to prepare for the potential for significant snow and ice accumulations with ice accretion from freezing rain being the most dangerous and highly-impactful event on Thursday as snow transitions to ice.
- Tree Damage is Likely
- Scattered to Widespread Power outages are Possible
- Travel conditions on Thursday will be nearly impossible with ice-covered roadways.
More updates to come, start preparing today.