5 things we know about Wednesday's snow

Our third Alberta clipper (and we're still looking for the person who invited her over...) of the season is upon us. What's our pal from Canada bringing on her visit? The FOX 5 Weather Team is working to keep you informed.

Here's what we know so far:

There's an advisory.
1. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Wednesday morning. It started at 6 a.m. in the immediate D.C. metro area, but began earlier for the western and northwestern counties that are included in the advisory (see the attached map to see the full area included). the advisory extends until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

2. We've been here before-- sort of.
The last time good ol' Alberta paid us a visit, she brought a little more of the white stuff than we were expecting in some places. That's the thing about a clipper. As Sue explained yesterday, they're a little tough to put your finger on.

This time is different. No, really. Like we told you Monday (were you reading?), it's all in the temps. The biggest difference between Wednesday's clipper and the one we had earlier this month (remember the one that was so cold you put on 17 pairs of socks at once? THAT one) was that the air was much-- MUCH-- colder, so it was easier for snow that fell to stick. This time, temps aren't quite as cold, and that means lower numbers for most spots.

3. Timing=mid-morning to early afternoon.
Some spots saw a few flurries earlier, but the brunt of the snow? It'll fall between now and late afternoon. Sue Palka says things should wrap up by 4 p.m. for the eastern suburbs.

And we could see a mix of rain in the afternoon (depending where you are), which might also cut down on some of that accumulating snow.

4. Highest accumulations likely north of I-66 and the metro area.
If you're in the immediate D.C. metro area, we're looking at up to 1". If you're in neighborhoods north of I-66 and up into Maryland, you could be looking at 1-3". If you're south of D.C., you could see mostly rain-- especially if you're south of Prince George's County.

5. So you're saying there's ANOTHER chance...
It's still too soon to tell (read: DO NOT PANIC), but models are starting to come into agreement for a POTENTIAL coastal storm system this weekend. It's too early to know where exactly it will go and IF the system will move far enough north to impact the D.C. area, but coastal systems tend to bring more snow than our pal Alberta would (at least usually), so if the track moves our way, well, people on #TeamSnowman would be thrilled.

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