Here are the five things you need to know about Monday's snow, courtesy of the FOX 5 Weather Team:
1. Timing is everything.
We know, we say this a lot-- but that's because it's true! The weather models are in general agreement that the snow will start late Monday evening (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), with the heaviest snows falling during the overnight hours into Tuesday morning. Historically, DC's greatest snowfalls tend to come when the storms peak during the overnight hours, as the storm can avoid the pesky warming effects of the sun. So watch for that and know it could mean more of the white stuff (or less if the timing isn't what we just described).
2. There's plenty of cold air around.
Unless you answered yes to the living under a rock thing, you already know this. Temperatures dropped into the single digits for many again this morning, the second straight day for most. Ground temperatures are very cold, and with our forecast only peaking in the mid-20s today, they will stay cold. What falls Monday night into Tuesday will stick-- and accumulate quickly.
Bread and milk, folks. Just kidding. :)
3. Snowlovers: This could be the one you've been waiting for.
So what if it's three days after Valentine's Day. Snowlovers, don't say we didn't get you just what you wanted (assuming the forecast holds!). No-- this does NOT look like it will be on the same level as Snowmageddon, or what Boston has been going through the past several weeks-- but you may need more than just a broom to get rid of this snowfall. While we should have a better idea on expected snowfall totals by Monday morning, weather models have been pointing at anywhere from 4-10" falling by the time the storm wraps up Tuesday morning.
Considering Reagan National has only picked up 3.7" TOTAL so far this winter (leaving much to be desired for snow-lovers), this storm does have the potential to more than double our seasonal snowfall so far. Keep the salt and shovels at the ready (and gloves-- hello, for snowballs)!
4. Your Tuesday morning commute might not happen.
If you've been paying attention, you know timing is everything. A good amount of snowfall starting Monday evening lasting through the Tuesday morning rush hour is a recipe for delays and (likely) closings. If you are one of many who must get to work regardless of the weather (oh Tucker....), start planning ahead. Think about what you'll do with the the kids in case their weekend get extended an extra day (!!!). Also plan on getting up extra early to hit the roads, as travel could be chaotic.
Could be? Oh come on, you've seen the Beltway in snow.
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5. Winter's Fury Not Over Yet
Winter is not going away after the storm. Another arctic front will push through the region Wednesday night, possibly bringing more snow squalls and light accumulations along with it. Behind this front, winds will once again get very gusty and temperatures will plummet back into the single digits for many by Thursday morning. The cold will hang around through Friday, before the weather team is carefully watching the possibility for more winter weather as we head into the weekend. If it's any consolation...only 31 days until spring!
Know that the FOX 5 weather team is on the case, and will continue to update you with the latest information as it becomes available. Happy Presidents Day-- and stay warm!