From the ABC 7 Weather team

Six to 10 inches expected in metro area

January 26, 2011 - 03:01 PM
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This Evening: Snow Develops, Heavy at Times

Highs: Low 30s | Wind: NNE 10-20 mph

Tonight: Snow Ends Before Midnight

Lows: Around 30 | Wind: N 10-15 mph

Thursday: Partly Cloudy, Chilly

Highs: Mid 30s | Wind: N 10 mph

Current radar trends are depicting a very strong line of showers and embedded thunderstorms moving north through the metro area over the next couple of hours. Within this line, pockets of sleet and snow will be common as colder air aloft is allowing it to make it to the surface as reported everywhere west of the Blue Ridge as well as south of D.C. from Quantico to Warrenton and south towards Fredericksburg. This should change back and forth over the next few hours before changing to all snow by 5 p.m.

Snow accumulations will be the difficult part of the storm, as wet roadways will make it tough to accumulate initially and very wet snow (which this is) will compact. 

Regardless, 6 inches of snow in and around the D.C. metro area appears likely with more possible north and west of town as per our accumulation map on our web page above. Slightly less will be possible south and east of town where it will take longer to change over to snow closer to Southern Maryland.

Snow should end between 10 p.m. and midnight across the area and skies should become partly cloudy tomorrow with highs in the mid 30s. Morning travel is expected to be difficult so be sure to plan ahead and stay tuned to ABC 7 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. for further updates with Doug Hill and Bob Ryan. We will also be going on air on ABC 7 and TBD TV tomorrow morning starting at 4 a.m. with meteorologists Adam Caskey and Brian van de Graaff.

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