Here are 5 things to know about Monday's snowy (or rainy, or both) weather and what could be:
THIS STORM = DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
1. If this one were a movie, FOX 5's Sue Palka says it'd be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-- hands down. Why? It comes thorough like a clipper, and then-- it turns into a monster. If you don't believe us, keep reading.
Did someone burn popcorn....?
2. FEEL THE HEAT?
Okay, so maybe it's not HEAT, really, but we saw 40s and even 50s on Sunday (Dear January, we're worried about you but like your style). What's more, the District may not even drop below freezing overnight. Mother Nature is talented, but she needs more cold than that to make a really big snowy mess. Catch our drift?
All of that temperature business means it will take a while for the snow that falls to really stick-- especially in the District.
If you think that makes it sound like we're out of the woods, think again. As the storm moves further east, eventually hitting the Atlantic, it begins to pull in colder air-- and that's when we have to look at how much snow it will kick back our way.
3. THE TIMELINE LOOKS LIKE...
A Winter Weather Advisory began Sunday night at 10 p.m., and runs through Tuesday at 10 a.m. It includes much of the D.C. region (check the map above for the breakdown). There's also a Winter Storm Warning further to the west that includes places like Hagerstown, Winchester and Charlestown. If that's where you are, you're in for more than those closer to the city.
We'll start to seen rain develop Sunday night (in areas further north and west, it will be snow earlier on, though). By early morning, she expects the change to snow to push closer to D.C. (BEWARE THE COMMUTE).
We're likely to see a mix of some rain, some snow off and on Monday, and eventually, expect it to change back to all snow late in the day (AGAIN, YOUR COMMUTE). CLICK HERE TO SEE THE HOUR-BY-HOUR FORECAST.
But that's not all...
4. ...THERE'S ROUND TWO.
How much snow comes in round two depends on how cold the storm gets once it gets over the water, and how fast it gets cold. Stay tuned for the chilly details on that one as we get a little closer to crunch time. In general, we are expecting 1 to 3 inches for the D.C. Metro by the time the storm wraps up Tuesday morning. Monday night's commute and Tuesday morning's commute could be tricky with snow-covered roads and low visibility. Be careful about wet roads turning icy as well.
5. IT COULD BE WORSE.
If you're dreading a few (possible) inches in our neck of the woods, think about this: our friends to the north are preparing for what may wind up being an historic storm. Blizzard warnings have been issued for places like New York and Boston, and NYC could see 18-28 INCHES (WHAT?) of snow (not to mention some pretty strong winds). If we were there, we'd DEFINITELY say EVERYBODY PANIC (but we're not and we aren't).
Remember, this one is still developing, so keep watching FOX 5 for the latest updates. BONUS: FOX 5 News Morning will be on early Tuesday morning at 4 a.m. with all the info you need on the roads and any delays or closings.
Speaking of closings-- CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUR UPDATED LIST OF DELAYS AND CLOSINGS ANYTIME.