Yes, we said SNOW: 5 things you need to know for the first day of spring

We know. You're thinking, "HEY, FRIDAY'S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!" But not so fast. Winter's last gasp (we hope) is on the way for the D.C. region, in the form of some snow for your Friday.

Remember, it's not us who's a little off... it's dear old Mother Nature. But flashback to last year, when we had snow on March 25. Maybe this shouldn't be such a surprise.

Either way, here are 5 things you need to know about Friday that will be a little snowy:   

1.  STARTS NORTH AND WEST WHILE YOU'RE (PROBABLY) SLEEPING.

Flakes will fall to the north and west of the city first, likely starting between midnight and 3 am.  If you're in the immediate D.C. metro area, you're more likely to see snow beginning right before sunrise to around 9 or 10 am.

2. ACCUMULATIONS MAINLY STAY TO THE NORTH AND WEST.
Winter weather advisories have been issued for areas north and west of D.C., and there are winter storm warnings for some higher elevations. The higher up you are, the more likely you are to actually see accumulations-- and at most, it looks like between 1-3" for those highest points.

The map (attached) tells you more, but areas closer to the city will see snow mixing with rain, and it's mostly rain for lower southern Maryland, the beaches and central and southeastern Virginia.

3. PAVEMENT = WARM....
Thanks to the warmer weather we've enjoyed lately (hint, hint, Mother Nature), the pavement is also warm. The roads will retain that heat, which means when snow falls on it, it doesn't stick as easily. That's good news for your morning commute. While the side roads and side walks might get a little slushy before it's all over, main roads in the immediate metro area should be okay.

4. CLOSINGS OR DELAYS? MAYBE.

This is especially true the further north and west of the city you are. Closings are possible in the higher elevations where more snow is expected to fall. Other spots may just see delays. By now you know the drill: Click here for a complete list of the updated closings and delays as they come in.

5. BY THE TIME SPRING ACTUALLY BEGINS, MOST OF THE EVIDENCE WILL BE GONE.
Yes, Friday is the first day of spring, but it doesn't TECHNICALLY arrive until 6:45 p.m. By then, the snow and rain will have moved out of most of the region, and a lot of what falls will melt. In fact, you may not even see snow on the ground if you're closer in to the city.

P.S. ONLY 92 DAYS UNTIL SUMMER.
But you won't need us to tell you that. Just give it a few days, and all of those "___ DAYS UNTIL SPRING" memes that have been filling up your Facebook timeline will have changed to sandy beaches and palm trees. (Not that we don't love them...)



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