A winter storm is set to hit the Washington, D.C., area Sunday into Monday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, and it could dump inches of snow, rain and a wintry mix.
The storm will likely start out as an all-snow event near D.C. early Sunday afternoon, then forecasting models differ on what to expect. There's a lot of uncertainty in the forecast for areas along and east of Interstate 95, the National Weather Service says.
Saturday, temps will likely stick below freezing all day long.
That bitter cold air sets up the D.C. area to get a wave of snow at the start of the winter storm.
This winter storm is expected to begin as all-snow early Sunday afternoon. A few inches could fall by 6 p.m.
The snow may shift to a wintry mix by Sunday evening as the rain-snow line jogs west.
The storm is expected to move out Monday morning and could leave from tricky travel conditions.
t's too early to predict exact totals, but it's very likely most of the D.C. area will see plowable snow.
Here are Storm Team4’s snow predictions for metro D.C.:
- 2 inches: 80% chance
- 4 inches: 50% chance
- 8 inches: 20% chance
The heaviest snow is expected along and west of Interstate 81, and there's a high threat of significant travel delays, the National Weather Service says. Keep that in mind if you're traveling for the long weekend.
Areas west of the Blue Ridge, including the Shenandoah Valley and northern Maryland, are more likely to have an all-snow event. Snow totals in those areas could approach a foot.