What round are we in now?
As meteorological spring begins this week, we’re presented with another snowstorm. This one could potentially be the largest the DC metro area has seen this winter.
Winter Storm Thor will bring light rain, sleet, snow, and a thin layer of ice to much of the mid-Atlantic. The rain will continue until around 1 a.m. tomorrow where some sleet may mix in, points north and west. By 4-7 a.m., the changeover to all snow should occur. The majority of snow will fall after 7 a.m. on Thursday and before 3 p.m. Periods of heavy snow will likely occur during the morning and evening rush hours.
Travel will be impossible during these times if plows are unable to remove snow from roadways. The first inch of snow will likely melt thanks to the rain that has fallen today (paid with actual average temperatures) and that will continue to fall into the early morning depending on how close you live to DC proper. By tomorrow night, approximately 4-8 inches of snow is slated to fall. Locally higher amounts are possible.
Map credit: wjla.com (ABC affiliate, Washington DC)
Forecast opinions are medium as of right now. As with any storm, the exact track and the timing are crucial. And don’t forget temperatures. There is a strong feeling temperatures will be in the mid to upper teens tomorrow afternoon, creating havoc for the evening rush hour.
Motorists are urged to stay at home and avoid travel to allow plows adequate time to clear surfaces. Flash freezing will occur into Friday morning as temperatures could reach record lows.
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In case you’re keeping track, March snow events are not unusual. Last year, a storm dumped about three inches on the DC area March 3. A larger snow event occurred around March 16 where nearly a foot fell in some places.