From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. road conditions this afternoon into Friday

January 26, 2011 - 02:26 PM
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Plan on being out on the roads tonight? (Why?) The ABC7 meteorologists had some thoughts about that during their live chat. The general consensus is it looks awful for the evening, and you might want to leave work at 3 p.m. But the advance warning road crews had about this storm means things shouldn’t stay gummed for days and days. Here are their respective opinions:

Bob Ryan:
If you’re heading west later this afternoon, Ryan recommends leaving by 3 to 4 p.m., because by 7 p.m. heavy snow is likely all over that area. Road crews are ready to take this snow by force, and they’ll have a nice window from when it’s expected to stop around 1 a.m. until daybreak to do their work. Still, “I think everyone should plan on a nasty a.m. rush tomorrow and lots of cancellations,” says Ryan. And subdivisions in the northern and western suburbs might stay unplowed and isolated for quite a while.

Doug Hill:
Doug thinks the weather won’t get bad until 5 p.m. or a bit later. “If you are on the road by 3 p.m. you should be in fine shape,” he says. Travel around dawn won’t be fine, though. “I think tomorrow morning will be a tough go with lots of school closings and delays.”

Alex Liggitt:
The amount of snow in the forecast means drifts of it will take some time to melt. Temperatures Thursday will only be in the mid to upper 30s… with another chance for light snow on Friday as a clipper passes by. “Therefore, I wouldn't go and get your car washed during the day tomorrow, but travel should not be a problem by Friday morning,” says Liggitt.

Chris Naille:
The roads could be icy tomorrow morning, especially on sidestreets where the trucks don’t treat as quickly. Naille doesn’t see much of an impact on air travel, though. “Delays should be limited, but as always the best rule of thumb is to call ahead and check with your airlines,” he says.

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