WINTER STORM WARNING in effect until early Thursday morning for the majority of the region. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Calvert and St. Mary's counties until Thursday morning.
THIS AFTERNOON: Snow and rain to all snow...becoming windy later
Wind: NE 15-30 mph
TONIGHT: Snow ending later, remaining windy
Wind: N 15-20 mph
TOMORROW: Partly cloudy and windy but not as cold
Highs: Low to Mid 40s
Wind: NW 15-20 mph
Rain and snow continues through the metropolitan area this early afternoon. Just short distances north and west of DC and it's all snow. As this storm strengthens later this afternoon, colder air will be generated and this will change the rain to snow. The snow is heavy and wet and is coupled by windy conditions. The simple rule with this storm is this: the farther west you go from the Chesapeake Bay, the heavier the snow will be.
With the rain snow still oscillating across the metro area, snow totals may end up a little lower, especially in the District. In fact, southern MD may only see a trace of snow, by the time all the precipitation wraps up late tonight. Snow totals remain on track farther west of Washington where heavy, wet snow has been falling all morning.
As the coastal storm ramps up, winds will gust between 30 and 40 mph. With the heavy snow falling, mainly west of Washington, tree limbs could snap and power outages could occur. Snow will end tonight allowing crews time to clean up the roads, but the effects will linger through tomorrow. There will be many closed systems closed again tomorrow. Sunny and warmer weather over the weekend will melt Frosty down to a puddle.