Winter Storm Watch for Tomorrow “Potential for five inches or more”

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From Alert DC:

“The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for he entire Washington DC Metro Area…which is in effect from Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening.

* Precipitation Type…Snow

* Accumulations…Potential for five inches or more.

* Timing…Tuesday Morning through Tuesday Evening. The heaviest snow will be late Tuesday Morning through Tuesday Afternoon.

* Temperatures…Dropping into the teens.

* WINDS…Becoming North 10 to 15 MPH with gust around 25 MPH Tuesday Afternoon and Evening.

* Impacts…Roads will be snow covered and slippery. The combination of snow and blowing snow will reduce visibility to below one-half mile at times. Travelling may be dangerous Tuesday. The morning and evening commute may be impacted by the snow.”

38 Comment

  • wait is this real?

    • And a 5 day workweek for the rest of us. 🙁

      • Hooray for snow days, said no nurse/doctor/EMT/paramedic/firefighter/police officer/”essential personnel” ever.

        • Thank god you’re here. Otherwise I might have forgotten that certain jobs don’t have snowdays. I mean, the other essential types, and various feds, and people with strict bosses are SO quiet about it that one tends to completely overlook the fact that the planet continues to turn when it snows.

        • Don’t forget food service/hospitality folks!

    • The storm is supposed to start in the morning. I doubt they’ll close offices. Telework, unscheduled leave, and/or early release are more likely I think.

      • If the snow starts in the morning it is more likely that they would close for the day than try an early closure. The one thing they try to avoid is having people driving while the snow if falling. If the snow were starting mid afternoon they could let people do a half day of work before sending them out, but if its starting around 10 you’d have to send people home as soon as they walked in the door.

  • epric002

    i *should* be self conscious about how giddy this makes me….but i’m not!!!! 😀

  • These predictions are always so outrageous. From what I can see from other weather news sources the chance of more than 5 inches falling is not likely. I guess The National Weather Service has to shoot high because if they called for 2 inches and 4 inches fell they would be blamed…but still, it would be nice to feel like we are getting an accurate prediction of what is to come.

    • Life of the party, aren’t you?

    • That’s odd bc most of the region from what I’m seeing from independent meteorologists and the various weather computer runs shows more than that. The only ones calling this or lower are the TV channels, the newspapers, weather apps…. Parts of VA and Southern MD will see 10+ easily….As well as out in the mountains (winchester) and western MD….even Fairfax/moco/ PG are a solid 5+

      • I should add the main person I follow has been sounding the alarm on this since early last week…likewise with the snow later this week after this storm….

  • I’m not getting my hopes up.

  • What does Capital Weather Gang say? Usually they’re more level-headed.

    • They’re going to have an update this afternoon, but they said they will increase their snow totals in that update. They didn’t have 5 inches in the previous prediction though.

      • They had suggested 2-4 inches earlier this morning but will now increase that apparently. We’ll see…the timing is everything really.

  • Here we go again! Get your umbrellas out.

  • I’m a couple hunderd miles from DC and can already hear the whining. As for me, I think I’ll get out the snowhoes before it melts.

  • These winter storms always come through the day before I need to go grocery shopping. 🙁

  • accendo

    I’ll believe it when I see it. So far the predictions on snowfall around here have been pretty laughable.

  • Well, these predictions always turn out to be true for everyone an hour west of us or north of us, but I’m still going to hold out hope that we might get it this time!

  • So much cynicism

    • when is the last time they did get the predictions right? I recall in 1998 (?) when the gov shut down at 2:00 because it had snowed like 10″ in a short amount of time. The initial forecast was for several inches and I was so not prepared to walk 20 blocks home in that mess!

      • A few years ago when the storm hit right at evening rush and it took folks many hours to get home the forecast was spot on. I think that was around January or February 2011 (I only remember because I was -thankfully- home that day dealing with getting something fixed in preparation for selling my house). Unfortunately, OPM didn’t listen to the forecast and the commute was a cluster. Ever since then, OPM is gun shy about keeping things open.

          • I left Merrifield that evening at 3:45 to get home ahead of the snow…It took me normal time, about 1 hour, to get to cleveland park. A coworker of mine left at 4:45 to come home, it took him 4 hours. People abandoned cars on the interstate and all the roads. Folks had to sleep at gas stations and hotels bc they were stuck. The city is right to over react and over prepare for these storms. Our infrastructure is not made for quick commutes/evacuations in these conditions.

          • It was in the winter of 2010-2011. The main issue was that everyone left at once and it had already starting snowing. Plows couldn’t get through the traffic to clear the roads. My sister was on a bus and it got stuck, so she had to get off, but she was preggers and not supposed to walk far. Oh, and per usual her cell phone wasn’t charged. Talk about stressful. Luckily, she knocked on a car window and a nice woman gave her a ride the rest of the way. It ended up being something like 3 hours for 3 miles.
            I have a coworker who was on the GW Parkway for 8 hours during that storm. I’m pretty sure it lead directly to the shelter in place and staggered leave time plans. And of course, the much more conservative OPM closings and delays. I expect in a few years time when the pain of that mess has faded and if OPM continues to be too conservative, the pendulum will swing back the other way and people will demand we stop wasting tax payer dollars over nothing and it’ll happen again.

          • justinbc

            At least in terms of “wasting tax payer dollars”, almost every agency I know (via friends who work for them and wind up working anyway) don’t actually get the day off even when it’s closed. They just require them to telework via whatever means possible. Obviously changing the public perception of that is a difficult task, especially in areas outside of DC.

        • You lives in the suburbs, you takes your chances.

          Two miles? OMG! That’s 25 minutes of walking! Definitely the end of the world.

  • It was 2011

  • Hope this delays the March for Life people…

  • I am all set. I went to the grocery store earlier and grabbed a bottle of wine and ingredients for baking cookies just in case schools are closed. It will be nice to sit by the fire with snow falling!

  • Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

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