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
(Updated at 7:15 p.m. Sunday) The National Weather Service on Sunday afternoon predicted 4-8 inches of snow for late Sunday night and Monday.
MCPS announced schools will be closed on Monday. Federal government offices will also be closed.
The NWS issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire area on Sunday morning, then shifted its projected snow total downward at about 2 p.m.:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EST MONDAY…
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN…SLEET…AND HEAVY SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…UP TO ONE TENTH INCH OF ICE…FOLLOWED BY 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW.
* TIMING…RAIN CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET FROM NORTH TO SOUTH THIS EVENING THEN BECOMES HEAVY SNOW LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY.
* TEMPERATURES…FALLING INTO THE LOWER 30S THIS EVENING…THEN DROPPING INTO THE LOWER 20S OVERNIGHT AND MONDAY.
* WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS TO 25 MPH LATE TONIGHT AND MONDAY.
* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO ICE AND SNOW THROUGH MONDAY. BOTH THE MONDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON RUSH HOURS WILL BE AFFECTED. POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE COMBINATION OF ICE AND HEAVY SNOW.
That’s enough for Montgomery County to declare a Snow Emergency starting at midnight.
Parking at county garages on Monday will be free all day Monday:
Snow Emergency Declared Beginning at Midnight
A Snow Emergency for Montgomery County has been declared beginning at midnight tonight. With freezing rain and heavy snow expected through tomorrow, County officials urge residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
A Snow Emergency Declaration means that parking is prohibited along routes signed and marked as a “Snow Emergency Route.” Vehicles parked on emergency routes will be ticketed and towed. During a Snow Emergency, vehicles on the road must have all-weather or snow tires or chains. Residents are asked to move vehicles off-street if at all possible so snowplows can remove snow more efficiently. Taxicabs operating in Montgomery County during declared snow emergencies are allowed to charge $2.50 extra per trip.
Free Parking in County-Owned Lots and Garages
All County parking lots and garages will offer free parking beginning at midnight tonight through Monday.
311 Call Center to Open at 10 p.m. and Remain Open All Night
Due to the worsening weather forecast, the Montgomery County 311 Call Center will open at 10 p.m. tonight and remain open all night and through the day Monday. Residents can report issues associated with the storm, such as downed trees, by calling 311 or 240-777-0311, or visiting the website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311.The TTY number is 301-251-4850.
(Updated at 11:00 p.m.) The latest in a busy and very cold winter will come Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for Wednesday evening through Thursday evening as six to ten inches of heavy snow is possible:
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM WEDNESDAY TO 8 PM EST THURSDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM WEDNESDAY TO 8 PM EST THURSDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…HEAVY SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 10 INCHES…WITH UP TO 12 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 800 FEET.
* TIMING…SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA FROM THE SOUTH BETWEEN 8 PM AND 10 PM WEDNESDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER TEENS TO LOWER 20S WEDNESDAY NIGHT…SLOWLY RISING INTO THE LOWER 30S THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WEDNESDAY EVENING…BECOMING NORTH AND INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.
* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. TRAVEL WILL BE DANGEROUS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY. HEAVY WET SNOW COULD LEAD TO SOME POWER OUTAGES.
Another day, another threat of wintry weather for the D.C. region.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Montgomery County and much of the area for Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.
The NWS says some sleet and freezing rain is possible:
..WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN
* ACCUMULATIONS…ONE-QUARTER INCH OF ICE FROM FREEZING RAIN. UP TO ONE INCH OF SLEET ACCUMULATION.
* TIMING…FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE TO ALL FREEZING RAIN OVERNIGHT AND THEN CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE TO RAIN MID MORNING.
* TEMPERATURES…UPPER 20S THIS EVENING RISING INTO THE LOWER 30S LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL RISE ABOVE FREEZING BY MID MORNING.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH.
* IMPACTS…UNTREATED ROADS AND SIDEWALKS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY FROM SLEET AND ICE. TRAVEL WILL BE DANGEROUS DURING THIS TIME INCLUDING THE WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUTE.
(Updated Sunday) The National Weather Service now says two to five inches of snow is possible for Monday morning
The NWS issued a Winter Storm Advisory on Sunday afternoon for Monday, after originally issuing a more severe Winter Storm Watch on Saturday:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 4 PM EST MONDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 4 PM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 5 INCHES.
* TIMING…RAIN WILL MIX WITH SNOW PRE-DAWN AND EVENTUALLY CHANGEOVER TO ALL SNOW BY SUNRISE MONDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED DURING MONDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL MOVE OUT OF THE AREA MONDAY AFTERNOON.
* TEMPERATURES…FALLING TO THE LOWER 30S MONDAY MORNING.
* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH.
* IMPACTS…ROADS COULD BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY… MAKING TRAVEL DIFFICULT DURING THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE.
SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO BELOW ONE-HALF MILE AT TIMES.
UPDATED 3:55 p.m. Tuesday
ROADS A reminder to stay off the roads this evening. The number of reported vehicle accidents has picked up significantly starting at about 12:30 p.m. as heavier snow and colder temperatures moved in.
Montgomery County is now under a Snow Emergency Plan and a Snow Emergency. It is illegal to park vehicles along designated snow emergency routes and cars parked on the routes will be closed. It is also illegal to drive on snow emergency routes without snow tires, mud/snow radials (which most cars have) or tire chains. Taxis can also charge an extra $2.50 per trip.
State road officials say the evening commute could turn treacherous. The State Highway Administration asked that people wrap up their plans before Tuesday afternoon:
State highway crews are loaded up and ready to confront the latest winter blast scheduled to come through Maryland all day today. Last night crews filled their trucks with salt, pre-treated roads and then settled in for what promises to be a very busy day. As crews prepare, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) reminds travelers to prepare for their safety and the safety of others. The snow is expected to fall throughout the day beginning with the morning rush hour, making the potential for treacherous commutes probable, with the worst occurring during the evening rush hour.
“If you can stay home today, please do so. If you must go out, try to wrap up your plans early to be settled in before this afternoon,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “While out, give yourself plenty of time and drive to the conditions of the road. The snow is expected to be heaviest in the afternoon so caution is urged all day long.”
The Town of Chevy Chase has reminded residents that they must park their cars in driveways or on the even-numbered side of the street to ensure safe passage for snow plow crews.
CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS MCPS schools were already closed Tuesday for a previously scheduled teacher professional day. All school and community activities in MCPS buildings are now cancelled because of the expected snow. Day care programs in MCPS buildings may choose to open, but parents should check with their day care provider.
The Montgomery County Council’s regular Tuesday session and committee hearings have been postponed, according to Councilmember George Leventhal. Tuesday night’s meeting of the BRAC Integration Committee at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center has been postponed, according to Montgomery County BRAC Coordinator Phil Alperson.
Westfield Montgomery Mall announced it will close at 5 p.m. and anticipates opening at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
All events at the Strathmore are cancelled today as both the Music Center and Mansion closed at noon. All ice skating classes at the Cabin John Ice Rink are cancelled and have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25. Classes are also cancelled at the Cabin John Indoor Tennis Center and all Montgomery Parks activity buildings are closed today. If you had a reservation, contact the Parks Permit Office at 301-495-2525 when it reopens.
All Montgomery County liquor stores will close at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
WEATHER The National Weather Service revised its Winter Storm Warning for Tuesday on Tuesday morning for a wide area of the D.C. region including Montgomery County.
NWS says six to 10 inches of snow is possible, with higher amounts possible in some areas. The snow will likely fall throughout the day and the Winter Storm Warning has been extended to 11 p.m. A Wind Chill Advisory is also in effect until noon Wednesday:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST THIS EVENING…
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY…
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 10 INCHES.
* TIMING…THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED DURING THE MIDDAY AND AFTERNOON HOURS. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF THIS EVENING.
* WIND CHILL…BETWEEN 5 AND 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* TEMPERATURES…FALLING INTO THE TEENS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. HIGH TEMPERATURES WEDNESDAY WILL BE IN THE TEENS.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH…INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 MPH THIS AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL BECOME NORTHWEST TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.
* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO BELOW ONE-HALF MILE AT TIMES. TRAVELING WILL BECOME DANGEROUS TODAY. SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IS EXPECTED FOR THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING COMMUTE. DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILLS TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING MAY LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR FROST BITE ON EXPOSED SKIN.
PEPCO Pepco says it has about 150 internal linemen and more than 450 contractors already working on its system who are available if needed. Customers should be prepared for the possibility of heavy, wet snow that weighs down tree limbs and brings down power lines.
There were no reported power outages in Bethesda as of 11:30 a.m., according to Pepco’s online outage map.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of the area starting on Sunday morning until Monday morning.
The NWS and most forecasters are calling for some snow — perhaps 1 to 2 inches — plus some sleet and ice. A changeover from snow and sleet to freezing rain is expected midday Sunday:
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW AND SLEET WILL CHANGE OVER TO FREEZING RAIN SUNDAY AFTERNOON. FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL LATE SUNDAY NIGHT OR MONDAY MORNING BEFORE CHANGING TO RAIN.
* ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET AND A QUARTER INCH OR MORE OF ICE ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE.
* TIMING…SNOW AND SLEET ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING. A CHANGEOVER TO FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED MIDDAY SUNDAY AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE NIGHT BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO RAIN LATE SUNDAY NIGHT OR MONDAY MORNING.
* TEMPERATURES…AROUND 30 DEGREES.
* WINDS…LIGHT NORTHERLY WINDS.
* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE PROBABLE DUE TO SLICK ROADS AND ICY CONDITIONS SUNDAY AND POSSIBLY INTO MONDAY. INCREASED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.
The National Weather Service says a Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning as more than five inches of snow is possible for parts of Montgomery County.
The NWS says precipitation should start Tuesday evening and change into snow Tuesday night, then continue throughout Wednesday. Power outages are also a possibility:
… WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING…
* PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS… MORE THAN 5 INCHES POSSIBLE… WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA.
* TIMING… PRECIPITATION MIXING WITH AND CHANGING TO SNOW TUESDAY NIGHT. SNOW CONTINUING INTO WEDNESDAY EVENING.
* TEMPERATURES… IN THE LOWER AND MID 30S.
* WINDS… NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
* IMPACTS… DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS. HEAVY WET SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS COULD LEAD TO POWER OUTAGES.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
The National Weather Services says the D.C. area could be hit with five inches of snow tomorrow, though others are already disputing that forecast.
Still, the NWS has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Thursday morning through Thursday night for Montgomery County that calls for heavy snow with accumulations in excess of five inches possible. Whatever the case, rain or snow is expected to continue causing problems during tomorrow’s p.m. rush hour:
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES.
* ACCUMULATIONS…IN EXCESS OF 5 INCHES POSSIBLE.
* TIMING…SNOW MAY MIX WITH RAIN AT THE ONSET…ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF WASHINGTON DC THURSDAY MORNING…BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL SNOW LATE THURSDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL END THURSDAY NIGHT. SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S.
* WINDS…NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.
* IMPACTS…ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED…ESPECIALLY DURING THE EVENING RUSH HOUR.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.