The National Weather Service has issued the following weather advisory for our area.
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM EST FRIDAY
WHAT…Heavy snow along with sleet and freezing rain. Snow and sleet accumulation around 3 to 6 inches with ice accumulation around one tenth to one quarter of an inch. The highest ice accumulation is most likely east of Interstate 95. WHERE…The Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan areas.
WHEN…From 3 AM Thursday to 6 AM EST Friday. Snow will begin between 3 and 5 AM. Snow will change to a mixture of sleet and freezing rain during the late morning and early afternoon hours.
IMPACTS…Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snow Thursday morning will be heavy at times with snowfall rates around 1 to 2 inches per hour possible along with visibility reduced to around one-quarter mile at time.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. When venturing outside, 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.
WINTER WEATHER INFORMATION
As temperatures dip down to below freezing, please take steps to avoid frozen pipes. Keep your home temperature above 68 degrees and open cabinets or doors where you have plumbing or air transfer ducts exposed to outside walls.
The following links will help you track the road conditions and provide you with helpful preparation information.
Call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).