A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is in the forecast for Fairfax County and the surrounding areas beginning late tonight and lasting through tomorrow morning, according to a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service today.
The wintry precipitation is slated to come between midnight and noon Saturday. Snow and sleet are expected to come first, followed by freezing rain early Saturday morning. The precipitation likely will change to rain by noon.
Snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch is possible, making roads and walkways slippery.
File photo via Twitter/George Mesthos
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Reston and the rest of the Washington, DC, area from 10 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday.
Precipitation will move in initially as a rain and snow mix early this evening before transitioning to all snow late tonight. Snow is expected overnight impacting the morning commute. Snow is expected to taper off by midday Friday. Total accumulation: one to three inches, says the NWS.
A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties including slippery roads resulting in hazardous travel conditions. This could affect your Friday morning commute.
Light snow at Lake Anne/file photo
Snow is heading here, with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Locally higher amounts are expected North and West of D.C.
The weather will begin as a mixture of rain and snow Monday night, turning to all snow after midnight. Periods of snow will continue into Tuesday, the NWS said.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging commuters to plan ahead for Tuesday morning’s commute.
VDOT says c rews have treated interstates and major roads in Fairfax and surrounding counties with brine and liquid magnesium chloride in advance of the snow. About 1,450 trucks will pre-deploy Monday night along interstates, main roads and neighborhood streets. They will remain on duty to plow and treat roads through the day Tuesday, says VDOT
More from the NWS:
EXPECT SNOW COVERED ROADS AND TRAVEL DISRUPTIONS.
WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH.
TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
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