UPDATE (12/8/13; 6:07 p.m. ET): The Winter Storm Warning has just been EXPANDED to include all of Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Significant icing is imminent as round two of the storm moves into the area overnight.
The National Weather Service is warning of extremely dangerous driving conditions and possible power outages.
Please stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary…
UPDATE (12/8/13; 12:31 p.m. ET): A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until Monday morning. Revised snow totals…3-6″ in some areas.
UPDATE (12/8/13; 8:17 a.m. ET): Newly updated snowfall totals map from the NWS…
UPDATE (12/7/13; 8:38 p.m. ET): The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of the area through 10 a.m. on Monday.
The possibility exists for 1-2 inches of snow followed by up to a quarter of an inch of ice…
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM SUNDAY TO 10 AM EST
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING
RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM SUNDAY TO 10 AM EST MONDAY.
THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW AND SLEET…THEN CHANGING OVER TO
FREEZING RAIN MID AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
* ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET…FOLLOWED BY A
QUARTER INCH OF ICE.
* TIMING…SNOW AND SLEET WILL BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING…THEN WILL
CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN SUNDAY AFTERNOON. FREEZING RAIN WILL
CONTINUE SUNDAY NIGHT…EVENTUALLY CHANGING TO RAIN LATE MONDAY
MORNING. THE GREATEST ACCUMULATION OF ICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON
* TEMPERATURES…UPPER 20S.
* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH.
* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE PROBABLE DUE TO SLICK
ROADS AND ICY CONDITIONS ESPECIALLY IN VALLEY LOCATIONS. DOWNED
TREE BRANCHES AND LIMBS ALONG WITH POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS THAT A WINTER STORM SYSTEM WILL
IMPACT THE AREA WITH SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…SLEET…AND
FREEZING RAIN. TRAVEL IS LIKELY TO BE SEVERELY IMPACTED SUNDAY
AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
UPDATE (12/6/13; 2:39 p.m. ET): The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Carroll, Baltimore, Frederick, Anne Arundel, Harford, Howard, and Montgomery counties from Sunday morning through Monday morning.
Original story below…
The storm threatens to bring travel delays and potential power outages to millions in the mid-Atlantic and along the East Coast.
Accuweather.com says that people attempting to catch Sunday afternoon and evening flights in or out of the mid-Atlantic are likely to experience delays and could be faced with a few cancellations. These flight disruptions would expand into New England on Monday.
According to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, “In the mid-Atlantic, where the precipitation comes right in Sunday morning and midday and comes down hard, these areas will have the greatest chance of an extended period of slippery travel.”
This is most most likely in parts of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia and would include Roanoke, Va.; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Martinsburg, W.Va. Temperatures are forecast to drop to or below freezing ahead of the storm Saturday night in these areas.
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is warning motorists that weekend travel may be hazardous as the complex weather system makes its way toward the state. The system is projected to arrive just as fans flock to home football games in Baltimore City and Largo.
“Thousands of football fans will head to two of the largest regions in the state on Sunday, and we want everyone to both arrive at the games and get home safely” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “If you travel, leave for the games with plenty of extra time, or consider using use mass transit if at all possible.”
SHA is closely tracking the storm and will assign equipment and staff as needed.
“If the rain stops on Saturday and the pavement dries, SHA crews may pre-treat highways to help prevent snow and ice from forming and adhering to the road surface at the onset of the storm,” added Peters. “Crews are prepared to adjust operations as, or if the forecast changes.”
If it changes to snow, crews will plow and salt as needed, and motorists are cautioned to modify driving behavior for conditions. Travel planning is essential for safety during winter weather, not only for drivers but for pedestrians, too. SHA advises drivers to look out for pedestrians, especially around the football arenas, and keep these tips in mind:
- Slow down, use caution, allow plenty of distance between vehicles, use snow tires and allow plenty of time for travel.
- If your vehicle does become disabled, make every effort to move from the travel lane and onto the shoulder.
- Remain alert for inactive traffic signals as a result of power outages. Use EXTREME caution and treat it is as a four-way stop – it’s the law.
- Remember to buckle up, “Take It Slow on Ice and Snow” and drive sober!