DC Snowstorm: Winter Storm in Washington DC Expected This Weekend
Another DC snowstorm is expected on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, according to Capital Weather Gang and National Weather Service. This DC winter storm has the chance of rivaling the snowfall of the Dec. snowstorm. The latest DC snowstorm is expected to bring heavy snow with 16 to 24 inches of total accumulations.
According to NWS, snow will begin mid-morning on Friday, and will continue through Saturday evening. The heaviest snowfall will occur between Friday after sunset to Saturday sunrise. The heavy snow and strong winds will make Friday night especially dangerous, with visibilities drop below 1/4 mile.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW WITH NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 10 PM EST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
This DC snow storm has the potential to be similar to the one on Dec. 19 last year. People can expect substantial traffic disruptions over the weekend.
Virginia Department of Transportation urges people to finish errands before Thursday night, and telework on Friday if possible. Consider taking public transit. Staying off the road as much as possible over the weekend.
Snow crew can do their job the best if there is little traffic on the roads. Residents should plan ahead and avoid traveling.
Motorists should be sure to have a winter survival kit in their vehicles. This should include a blanket, flares, charged cell phone, flashlight and batteries, bottled water, protein bars/snacks and kitty litter for traction. (Dr. G: And keep it inside the passenger area, where you can get at it in an emergency. Don't store it away from you in the trunk.)