Snow accumulations should sidestep DC area on wet Wednesday

A cold and rainy day in D.C. and nearby areas on Wednesday, but some places like Frederick County, Maryland, are expecting snowfall and are under a winter weather advisory.

D.C.-area residents should plan for a wet Wednesday, but snow isn’t expected to impact most of the region.


Weather Alerts: 

  • Frederick and Garrett counties under a winter weather advisory.
  • Most of the D.C. region expecting rain.

A storm is forecast to bring wet snow, turning to rain, into areas north and west of D.C., such as in Frederick County in Maryland.

The storm, however, isn’t expected to bring snow to the D.C. area as temperatures will be above freezing. Wednesday is forecast to be cold and rainy with precipitation beginning later in the morning, StormTeam4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer told WTOP.



The rain is expected to arrive between 9 and 10 a.m. and temperatures will rise though the 30s Wednesday morning.

“I really do think the roads are just going to be wet,” Kammerer said. “I don’t think it’ll be icy. I don’t think there’ll be any real problems up there. I know some of the roads have been pretreated even around the D.C. metro area. They’ve been pretreated even though I don’t think we’ll need that at all.”

But north of D.C., Frederick County is under a winter weather advisory until 4 p.m. and should see snow and sleet, turning to rain Wednesday afternoon., according to the National Weather Service.

Higher in elevation, the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County could see total snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, the National Weather Service said. Ice accumulation could measure up to a tenth of an inch in the mountains.

“This is totally an elevation driven storm, so higher spots like Westminster, Manchester, Thurmont, Myersville and higher elevations west of I-81 could see a slushy inch of snow and perhaps one or two slippery spots for a few hours before precipitation turns to rain,” StormTeam4 meteorologist Chad Merrill told WTOP.

Kammerer told WTOP that the freezing conditions along and west of the Blue Ridge merit the roadway preparations.

“I do think however, up to the north into West Virginia and parts of Western Maryland, pretreatment is definitely going to help,” he said.

In addition to Frederick County, Garrett County is also under a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. Wednesday. So are portions of northwest and western Virginia, as well as eastern and panhandle West Virginia until 4 p.m.

As a result of the stormy forecast, Jefferson County public schools in West Virginia are closed for the day.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge region is under an advisory until 4 p.m. with a wintry mix forecast to fall between 7 to 10 a.m.

The National Weather Service sounded a note of caution while traveling in areas where it issued a winter weather advisory, saying drivers should slow down and travel with caution. The service also said anyone going outdoors should “watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury.”

Temperatures Wednesday night will stay above freezing — which should spare anyone impacted by the snow from driving on icy roads Thursday morning.

CLOSINGS AND DELAYS 

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FORECAST

WEDNESDAY MORNING: Rain developing, snow for the higher elevations N&W. Pocket of freezing rain possible along the southern Blue Ridge. Temperatures rising through the 30s.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Cold rain, wet snow changing to rain N&W. Wind: E 5-10 mph. High in the mid 40s.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Rain ending, then fog for a time before some clearing by the AM commute. Lows near 40.

THURSDAY: Generally sunny, gusty wind all day and feeling cold. High in the upper 40s.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, cold and a steady breeze. High in the upper 40s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Highs in the 50s.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

WTOP’s Jessica Kronzer contributed to this report.

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