Blizzard-like conditions, ‘thundersnow,’ winter storm advisory in DC area

Storm Team4 meteorologist Briana Bermensolo says that falling temperatures and increasing snow totals will bring through blizzard-like conditions to the region.

Snow is falling in areas North and West of DC Saturday morning as the region braces for a weekend of time changes and winter weather. Here’s what you need to know.

  • A winter weather advisory went into effect at 7 am on Saturday morning for most of the region. Three to eight inches of snow are possible in the Northern and Western suburbs with lesser totals of 1 to 4 inches predicted in DC
  • The National Weather Service also issued a wind advisory for the entire DC region, which went into effect in parts of the region Saturday morning at 6 am
  • Thundersnow is being reported in the area as blizzard conditions worsen.
  • WTOP Traffic is reporting slick roads Saturday morning and advising drivers take it slow and plan for their trips to take longer.
NWS is forecasting a rapidly developing winter weather system that may impact DC starting Saturday. (National Weather Service)

A winter weather advisory went into effect Saturday morning at 7 am for most of the region, as areas of Virginia’s Blue Ridge prepare for a blizzard that could bring snow accumulations of up to 10 inches.

The National Weather Service also issued a wind advisory for the entire DC region, which went into effect in parts of the area at 6 am on Saturday.

Across the DC area, snow totals are expected to vary, with much of DC seeing between 1 to 4 inches of snow.

Just before 8 am, WTOP Traffic reported that some roads were already slick from the storm, despite mild temperatures on Friday making for warm pavement.

There were crashes reported throughout the region Saturday morning, including incidents on Interstate 270 South in Clarksburg, Maryland, and on Interstate 95 and the Beltway in Virginia.

“We’re going to see roads go downhill very quickly,” said Storm Team4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford. “Travel will be quite difficult over the next several hours,” he said in the 7 am hour.

WTOP’s Acacia James said rain turned into ice in Rockville before 8 am on Saturday. She said roads were slippery as conditions deteriorated quickly.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Briana Bermensolo says that falling temperatures and increasing snow totals will bring through blizzard-like conditions to the region.

“Gusty winds could create blowing snow conditions for drivers,” she said. “Wind speeds will be anywhere between 40-60 mph through Saturday afternoon and evening.”

Stinneford said snow could be heavy at times Saturday morning, with showers tapering off into flurries by the afternoon.

A hard freeze is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning.

“Any left over water and slush will freeze, and roads could become treacherous,” Stinneford said.

But there is no need to worry about staying too long in our winter wonderland. Monday, as we begin to adjust to daylight saving time (which begins early Sunday morning) our weather will make the change too.



Radar

Forecast

SATURDAY MORNING: Rain changing to sleet and snow. Snow may be heavy at times. Becoming windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling into the 30s.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Snow showers tapering off to flurries. Windy and bitterly cold with temperatures falling into the 20s by sunset. 1 to 4 inches of snow are possible in the immediate metro area, with 3 to 8 inches possible north and west.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Becoming clear. Bitterly cold. Lows in the teens to lower 20s.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny and cold. Highs in the 30s to lower 40s.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy and warmer. Highs 55 to 60.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.

WTOP’s Ivy Lyons and Jessica Kronzer contributed to this report.

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