WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - A fast moving system is expected to drop several inches of snow across the D.C. region overnight Thursday into the morning commute hours on Friday.
FOX 5's Sue Palka is tracking the storm and says the timing of the snowfall is what will cause the biggest concern for the area. Commuters can expect a wintry morning drive to work and parents should prepare for the possibility of school delays. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the region. It came into effect at 10 p.m. Thursday night.
HERE'S THE TIMELINE:
- Between 8 p.m. Thursday & Midnight Friday: Snow begins for areas west of Interstate-81
- Between Midnight and 2 a.m. Friday: Snow begins for areas closer to D.C.
- Between 2 a.m. & 6 a.m. Friday: Steadiest of the snow falls across the region
- Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday: Snow begins to lighten up
- Between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday: System wraps up
The D.C. area along the Interstate-95 corridor could see between two inches of snow by the time the system moves out Friday. Areas to the north and west of the city may get between two to four inches. Parts of the region to the south and east of D.C. will likely receive less than an inch.
Friday's snow will not last all day, FOX 5's Mike Thomas says. After the quick moving system moves out of the area during the later morning hours the second half of Friday should stay dry and cool. Although the snow will be gone, there is still a slight possibility for a Friday evening rain shower. Cold temperatures remain with us into the afternoon and evening with highs near 40 degrees.
Saturday morning will be soggy with a mix of clouds and sun and scattered showers expected.
The next winter system to watch, Thomas says, will move into the D.C. region Sunday and carry over into Monday morning. Thomas says the system looks like it will start as a brief wintry mix or snow event sometime Sunday afternoon. There will be a switch to all rain sometime Sunday evening and that wet weather will continue into Monday. It's still early, Thomas says, and the forecast could still shift in either direct with more rain or snow.
After Monday, the first full week of March looks very cold and windy with temperatures in the 30s. In like a lion!
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