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by Aaron Kraut — January 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm 0

The National Weather Service has put downcounty Montgomery under a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m. Thursday, with trace amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain possible.

The NWS predicts accumulations of less than one inch, with the best chance for freezing rain between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN…SLEET AND SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION LESS THAN ONE INCH. ICE ACCUMULATION FROM A TRACE TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH.

* TIMING…THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. THE BEST CHANCE FOR FREEZING RAIN WILL BE BETWEEN 3 PM AND 8 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* WINDS…SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 15 MPH.

* IMPACTS…UNTREATED ROADS AND SIDEWALKS MAY BECOME ICY. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DURING THE EVENING RUSH.

by Aaron Kraut — January 26, 2015 at 10:15 am 309 0

Snow last week in Bethesda

Updated at 3:10 p.m. – The National Weather Service has put the area under a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 a.m. Tuesday, with 3-6 inches of snow predicted throughout Monday and into Tuesday morning.

Montgomery County Public Schools has canceled all school-sponsored evening activities on Monday. Community use of school buildings will proceed for activities before 6 p.m., but are canceled for activities happening after 6 p.m.

Various forecasters, and even the Weather Service’s own forecast, put the predicted snow total closer to 1-3 inches for Bethesda:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST TUESDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 6 INCHES.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL DEVELOP EARLY THIS MORNING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE TONIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH TODAY…BECOMING NORTH TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY WITH GUSTS AROUND 25 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO NEAR ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELING DANGEROUS.

Officials are urging drivers to use caution in the snow.

AAA Mid-Atlantic even went so far as to call out Washington-area residents’ ability to drive in wintry weather:

It is an old joke, but it rings so true. Most Washingtonians really don’t know how to drive in the snow. First of all, if you don’t have to venture out, stay put and delay your commute. If you are a federal worker, stay alert for current operating status announcements from the U.S. Office of PersonnelManagement (OPM). Secondly, if you must go, reduce your driving speed to a third of your normal pace, and keep your low beams on. Thirdly, give the car ahead of you extra space. Stay at least one car length behind it for every 10 miles per hour on your speedometer, and anticipate turns and possible stops.

by Aaron Kraut — January 25, 2015 at 7:25 am 1,455 0

The National Weather Service has put downcounty Montgomery and much of the region’s northern suburbs under a Winter Storm Watch starting Sunday evening and into Monday.

While the NWS says 4-6 inches of snow are possible, others say the Monday portion of the storm might have already moved on.

Here’s the Winter Storm Watch:

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN SUNDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND LATE MONDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO NEAR ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELING DANGEROUS.

Here’s the situation as predicted by the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang:

Tomorrow (Monday): Much of the area, except possibly Southern Maryland, probably wakes up to at least a coating to an inch of snow on the ground, unless the initial push of overnight precipitation fizzles out. Early-morning temperatures may still be warm enough such that treated roads are in decent condition. Another inch or two is possible during the day Monday, but that’s only if the storm’s low-pressure center cranks up strong enough and close enough to the coast, which at this point is difficult to say with much confidence. With a steady wind from the north-northeast at 5-15 mph, temperatures don’t do much during the day, staying within a couple degrees of the freezing mark. Confidence: Low

by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 6:25 am 183 0

Snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible for the Bethesda area starting Friday evening and in to Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area from 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday.

A wintry mix of snow and sleet on Friday evening could lead to some freezing rain Saturday. The NWS is predicting snow accumulations of less than an inch for much of the D.C. area:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST SATURDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST SATURDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS FROM A TRACE TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES NORTH AND WEST OF THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR TO THE MASON-DIXON LINE. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE INCH OR LESS ACROSS MUCH OF THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA.

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW AND SLEET THIS EVENING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN MARYLAND AND EXTREME NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA PANHANDLE AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA. FREEZING RAIN WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD OVERNIGHT…CONTINUING INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE SATURDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* WINDS…SOUTHEAST AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH…BECOMING NORTHERLY AROUND 10 TO 15 MPH EARLY SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS…ROADS AND SIDEWALKS THAT ARE UNTREATED WILL BECOME SLIPPERY…CAUSING THE POTENTIAL FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS.

by Aaron Kraut — January 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm 489 0

Updated 9 a.m. Wednesday – A Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect for our area until 6 p.m. Wednesday, though the National Weather Service has done away with its prediction of any significant snow accumulation.

The NWS now says accumulations of up to 1 inch in Metro Washington D.C. are possible, with 1-2 inches in Metro Baltimore.

The NWS originally predicted accumulations of 1-3 inches, with higher amounts possible in certain locations. Here’s the new advisory:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…UP TO 1 INCH IN METRO WASHINGTON DC AND 1 TO 2 INCHES IN METRO BALTIMORE. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE NEAR MASON DIXON LINE.

* TIMING…SCATTERED FLURRIES EARLY THIS MORNING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SNOW DEVELOPING OVER THE AREA DURING THE MID TO LATE MORNING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE DURING THE DAYTIME. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 MPH OR LESS.

* IMPACTS…TEMPERATURES NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING WILL ALLOW SNOW TO ACCUMULATE ON ROADWAYS AND OTHER SURFACES. THIS WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

by Aaron Kraut — January 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm 213 0

Updated at 5:10 p.m. – Another winter storm could impact yet another morning rush hour on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is predicting about an inch of snow from 4 a.m. to the late morning hours in central and southeast Montgomery County. The NWS issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 a.m. to noon Wednesday:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…AROUND ONE INCH.

* TIMING…ONSET AROUND 4 TO 6 AM…CONTINUING INTO THE LATE MORNING HOURS…BEFORE MIXING WITH PERIODS OF SLEET AND DISSIPATING BY EARLY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES…MIDDLE 20S DURING THE PREDAWN HOURS…INCREASING TO LOW 30S LATER IN THE MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTH AT 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…SNOW WILL LIKELY DEVELOP EARLY IN THE MORNING COMMUTE. THIS COUPLED WITH ROAD AND AIR TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW FREEZING WILL CAUSE ACCUMULATION OF SNOWFALL ON ROADWAYS. THIS WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

Montgomery County will activate its Storm Operations center at 3 a.m. on Wednesday to monitor a storm that could bring an inch or two of snow and freezing rain to the area.

For the third time in a little more than a week, the State Highway Administration is asking commuters to monitor the forecast and consider delaying their morning travels.

“While roads were generally in good condition earlier this week, a difference of only one or two degrees is the difference between wet roads and hazardous icy roads,” SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said “Please take these forecasts and warnings seriously and consider delaying or canceling your travel and appointments while we take care of making the roads safe for travel.”

The SHA will again pre-treat major roads and highways with salt brine to prevent snow accumulation. But sub-freezing overnight temperatures are expected to make any precipitation freeze over on untreated surfaces.

by Aaron Kraut — January 12, 2015 at 4:50 am 500 0

Updated at 7:15 a.m. – Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late on Monday because of freezing rain that has hit the area.

The school system made the announcement just before 4:45 a.m.

Administrative offices will also open two hours late. Buses will run on a two-hour delayed schedule.

Morning pre-K, morning half-day Head Start, morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Activities and programs that begin at 10:30 a.m. or earlier are also canceled.

Area high schools are going to contingency schedules for the first day of first semester final exams.

Walter Johnson High School’s Monday exam schedule follows:

1st Exam/Culminating Activity 9:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Lunch/Study Group 11:25 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
2nd Exam/culminating Activity 12:10 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Dismissal 2:10 p.m.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School will have first exams from 9:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m., lunch from 11:40 a.m.-12:05 p.m. and second exams from 12:10 p.m.-2:10 p.m.

Walt Whitman High School’s Monday exam schedule will be a little different, with the first exam block from 9:25 a.m.-11:25 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m.-noon and the second exam block from 12:05 p.m.-2:05 p.m.

Montgomery County government will open at 10 a.m. on Monday. The federal government will also go to a two-hour delay.

Highway officials are urging commuters to avoid or delay their normal rush hour trips because of expected icy road conditions.

by Aaron Kraut — January 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm 259 1 Comment

A Freezing Rain Advisory has State highway officials worried about a repeat of last Tuesday’s snow-filled and collision-heavy morning commute.

The National Weather Service is calling for less than a tenth of an inch of ice to stick in downcounty Montgomery. The Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday:

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EST MONDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST LATE THIS EVENING. FREEZING RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS…EVENTUALLY BECOMING PLAIN RAIN BY MONDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* WINDS…SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…A THIN GLAZE OF ICE COULD FORM ON UNTREATED ROADS…SIDEWALKS…AND VEHICLES. DUE TO THE RECENT COLD WAVES…SOME SURFACES MAY BECOME ICY EVEN WITH AN AIR TEMPERATURE SLIGHTLY ABOVE FREEZING. TYPICALLY SHADED AREAS…AS WELL AS BRIDGES…WILL BE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO ICING. THE MORNING COMMUTE WILL BE IMPACTED.

State Highway Administration officials are again warning motorists to avoid or delay driving on Monday morning.

“With last Tuesday’s morning rush hour storm still fresh in our memories, we’re again strongly advising motorists to avoid or delay driving Monday morning to give our crews the time and room they need to safely clear the roads,”  SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said in a Sunday afternoon press release.

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by Aaron Kraut — January 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

Via National Weather Service

Montgomery County is offering up its libraries, recreation centers and senior centers as places to go for anyone needing to escape from the brutal cold that has hit the area this week.

The county also suggested public shopping centers as potential warm locations. Outreach program providers in the county have asked homeless people to seek shelter as all emergency and transitional shelters have been made available until temperatures increase.

Temperatures were forecast to reach a high of about 20 degrees on Thursday. While the National Weather Service says the high temperature is expected to hit 34 degrees on Friday, temperatures on Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night are forecasted to remain below freezing.

In a press release on Thursday, Montgomery County warned of hypothermia, especially for young children, the elderly and those who live in homes without heat.

Because of the cold, Montgomery County Police Animal Services officers will be enforcing a county regulation set up in 2002 that outlaws “unattended tethering” of a dog outside during a weather emergency.

Animal Services officers will be on-call and patrolling neighborhoods looking for violations of the law, which carry a $500 fine.

Via National Weather Service

by Aaron Kraut — January 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm 358 0

State Highway Administration snow plow (file photo)The snow forecasted to hit the area on Tuesday could hit during the morning rush hour, prompting highway officials to encourage commuters to go into work later.

The National Weather Service is calling for 1-2 inches of snow before noon on Tuesday in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang is predicting that snow will likely start by 7 a.m.

The NWS also issued a Winter Weather Advisory for downcounty Montgomery:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 1 PM EST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 1 PM EST TUESDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…POSSIBLY MODERATE AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS…AROUND 1 INCH. UP TO 2 INCHES UNDER HEAVIEST BANDS.

* TIMING…LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING INCLUDING THE MORNING TRAFFIC RUSH…HEAVIEST SNOW 6 AM TO 11 AM.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S.

* WINDS…SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…SNOW ACCUMULATING ON SURFACES BELOW FREEZING WILL MAKE FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

Sub-freezing temperatures overnight could mean rapid accumulation on the roads.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said crews are pre-treating major state roads on Monday with salt brine, which slows accumulation. Still, the SHA advised commuters “to make alternate plans, such as delaying travel,” to avoid delays and make it easier for crews to remove snow.

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by Aaron Kraut — December 22, 2014 at 8:50 am 0

A tiny bit of ice accumulation is possible for much of Montgomery County on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the county and much of the D.C. area until 6 p.m. Monday.

The NWS says freezing rain may start out as sleet and could mean “a trace of ice accumulation,” especially on elevated surfaces:

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN. PRECIPITATION MAY START OFF AS SLEET AT THE ONSET.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A TRACE OF ICE ACCUMULATION…ESPECIALLY ON ELEVATED SURFACES.

* TIMING…DEVELOPING BETWEEN 9 AM AND 11 AM THIS MORNING AND CONTINUING THROUGH THE DAY. PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE TO RAIN BY EARLY THIS EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…LOWER 30S THIS MORNING SLOWLY RISING INTO THE MIDDLE 30S BY EARLY THIS EVENING.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ELEVATED SURFACES MAY BECOME SLIPPERY…WHICH WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS.

by Aaron Kraut — December 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm 0

The National Weather Service has put out a Winter Weather Advisory for much of the area for overnight precipitation that might bring a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet.

The NWS said to expect less than a tenth of an inch of ice. The Advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EST TUESDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…WINTRY MIX OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET.

* ACCUMULATIONS…LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* TIMING…A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT…CHANGING TO ALL RAIN TUESDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…AROUND 30.

* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ICE AND SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ON ROADWAYS COULD RESULT IN HAZARDOUS TRAVEL.

by Aaron Kraut — November 25, 2014 at 11:10 am 157 0

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Bethesda and much of the D.C. area for Wednesday.

For the immediate D.C. suburbs, that could mean a coating or up to an inch of snow throughout the day:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM EST WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 5 INCHES IN THE FAR NORTHERN AND WESTERN SUBURBS OF WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE. A COATING TO AN INCH NEAR INTERSTATE 95.

* TIMING…RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW BETWEEN 8 AND 11 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR THROUGH 2 PM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES…LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S.

* WINDS…NORTH BECOMING NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 20 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY…MAINLY ACROSS THE FAR NORTHERN AND WESTERN SUBURBS OF WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE. SNOW WILL ALSO REDUCE THE VISIBILITY.

by Aaron Kraut — November 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm 425 1 Comment

The snowstorm in February 2014 that brought about 12 inches of snow to downtown Bethesda, Photo courtesy of Ed Stulginsky

The State Highway Administration wants those traveling out-of-town for Thanksgiving to avoid driving on what could be snowy roads come Wednesday.

Forecasters are predicting a varying amount of snow and rain for a large portion of the East Coast — just in time for what’s traditionally the country’s busiest travel day of the year.

“Driving in heavy snow, with limited visibility, is no way to spend the holiday,” SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in a prepared release. “Travelers, particularly professional truck drivers and distributors, need to pay close attention to forecasts and adjust plans. If you planned to travel Wednesday, please consider altering your schedule and drive Tuesday or Thursday instead.”

Weather predictions for Wednesday will likely be revised on Tuesday. For now, the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang says there’s a “low to medium” chance of 1-3 inches of snow accumulation in the suburbs immediately northwest to D.C. Baltimore and farther out suburbs might see a higher snow total.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center is forecasting a 90 percent of precipitation for Wednesday that could be rain, snow or a mix of both.

Most of that rain or snow is forecasted to fall between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Photo courtesy of Ed Stulginsky

by Aaron Kraut — October 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm 0

Rainy Woodmont TriangleForecasters say an approaching cold front will bring the potential for flooding and damaging winds on Wednesday.

Be on the lookout for severe weather alerts. The heaviest of the rain is expected to hit the immediate D.C. Metro area in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued the following advisory for the D.C. area:

STRONG COLD FRONT WILL IMPACT THE REGION WEDNESDAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING ACROSS THE OUTLOOK AREA. IN ADDITION…A FEW STRONG THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

MINOR COASTAL FLOODING IS LIKELY ALONG THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE AT SENSITIVE SITES WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER WEDNESDAY…AND WILL LIKELY NEED TO BE EXTENDED INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT. GALES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

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