A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Tuesday Evening through Wednesday Evening because of a strong winter storm that's expected to bring anywhere from 4-8" of snow around the Washington and Baltimore Metro Areas to a foot at points West.
According to the NWS, we can expect to see heavy snow, mixing with and eventually changing to sleet and then freezing rain, creating hazardous driving conditions from the Tuesday evening commute through Wednesday evening's commute. With the timing of the storm, we may see early school closures on Tuesday followed by complete closures on Wednesday as travel is expected to be difficult throughout the duration of the storm.
In addition to the heavy snow, expected to start Tuesday evening and continue through the overnight hours, is the forecast of accumulating ice on Wednesday as the storm progresses through the area and temps rise to near freezing. Significant icing could occur with this storm, resulting in downed power lines and difficult driving conditions.
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