Snow, rain mix expected Friday as DC braces for possible blast of winter weather

A blast of winter weather is moving through the D.C. region Thursday and Friday prompting some schools to cancel and delay classes as the country prepares for a storm system that could bring snow, freezing temperatures and travel disruptions to a large swath of the U.S. just days before Christmas.

The storm brought wintry mix conditions to areas north and west of the District early Thursday. Areas closer to D.C., received large amounts of rain throughout the day Thursday.

Futurecast snow total predictions for Friday, December 23

The steady rain is forecasted to continue through the evening Thursday before tapering out overnight. Periods of precipitation will then move through the area Friday morning, bringing rain in the early morning and the chance for a wintry mix with periods of snow in the later morning hours.

The immediate D.C. region is not forecasted to get much snow accumulation, but areas to the north could see about an inch of snow and ice.

The precipitation will then move out of the area before the afternoon, and an arctic front will move in, bringing with it frigid temperatures. Temperatures Friday morning will start out in the 40s, before plummeting to the teens in the afternoon and evening. The arctic front will also bring with it heavy winds.

Friday's storm system could bring dangerous blizzard conditions to the Midwest and Great Lakes and is expected to cause a travel nightmare as travelers head to their holiday destinations. AAA predicts nearly 113 million people will travel this holiday season.

Forecasters say the 'bomb cyclone' will bring dangerous wind chills, accumulating snow and a flash freeze across a large part of the U.S.