It would not be Washington without at least one late-arriving winter weather event.
Weather forecasts suggest that some parts of the region could see a troublesome winter mix on Wednesday morning, potentially impacting the morning commute.
The bulk of the Washington region will likely see rain throughout Tuesday night, extending past noon on Wednesday. But, temperatures will be in the mid-30s, and as we’ve seen, even a slight change in temperature can turn rain into snow or ice, and vice versa.
Areas north and west of the city are more likely to get light snow or sleet, though temperatures probably aren’t cold enough to allow for accumulation.
In general, the further north you go, the more likely you will see snow. Baltimore, for example, could see more than an inch in the Inner Harbor. Drivers heading up the I-95 corridor may want to consider delaying travel to Philadelphia or other points north, as that area is expected to get as much as 6 inches of snow.
Here are the usual tips from the American Automobile Association about driving in wintry conditions.
- Drive and accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
- Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it.
- Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning.
- Don’t stop going up a hill.
- Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t.