An enormous winter storm is expected to bring about an inch or two of snow to the Washington region overnight, potentially impacting the Thursday morning commute.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory to begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday and continuing until 11 a.m. Thursday. During that time, light snow will likely stick to road surfaces.
“Very cold conditions mean that snow will quickly stick on roads and sidewalks…making the Thursday morning commute dangerous,” NWS said. “Plan ahead and allow extra time to get to your destination if traveling late Wednesday night or Thursday.”
The Washington region is likely to dodge the worst of the storm, dubbed a “Bomb Cyclone” because of the rapid drop in pressure denoting a quick intensification. The Washington region is likely to be spared the worst of the storm; areas to the east in Maryland and Delaware could see upwards of 5 inches of snow, and portions of New England will see a foot or more. Parts of the South, including Georgia and Florida, have already seen snowfall.
Now is a good time to review our Winter Weather Driving tips.
Bitter Cold Coming Again
This snowfall will be followed by another wave of bitter cold temperatures that will last through Saturday. The forecast calls for a low temperature of 10 degrees in the District Thursday night, with strong winds that will send wind chill factors below zero.
In addition to the dangers from exposure, cold temperatures can pose a threat to pipes and potentially cause damage to your home. When water freezes in pipes, it can cause pipes to expand then explode. This can happen to water mains as well; DC Water reported four broken water mains on Wednesday alone, potentially disrupting water service for some customers. Traffic was not expected to be impacted by the repair work, DC Water said.