Updated: Arlington Under Winter Storm Warning; 5 Inches of Snow Possible
Rain will change to accumulating snow Tuesday night. Are you excited or annoyed?
Updated 7 p.m. Tuesday: Arlington will start seeing a mix of snow and rain after 10 p.m. today, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.
It will be just the start of the snowfall, which is expected to last through Wednesday evening with accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
The winter storm watch has been upgraded to a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service. The winter storm warning is in effect from midnight Wednesday through 3 a.m. Thursday.
Arlington is under a winter storm watch, according to the National Weather Service, and the chances our area will see “significant snow” Tuesday night and Wednesday are increasing.
The official National Weather Service forecast for Arlington calls for rain Tuesday afternoon changing to snow after dark. The low temperature will be 32 Tuesday night and rise only to 36 on Wednesday as precipitation continues through Wednesday evening.
“More than 5 inches possible… with the potential for significant snowfall somewhere within the watch area,” according to the forecast. The storm impacts could include “difficult driving conditions, heavy wet snow and gusty winds could lead to power outages.”
And, since people in Northern Virginia like to name storms, the popular choice for this storm seems to be: Snowquester.
History of March Snow in DC Area
The DC area has gotten at least a trace of snow in March in 15 of the past 30 years, WTOP reported. Seven of those 15 snowfalls have been less than an inch. The most recently really significant snow in March was 5.5 inches in 2009.
Overall, the DC area has averaged 1.3 inches of snow in March over the past 30 years. Out at Dulles International Airport, the average for March is 2.8 inches over the past 30 years, according to WTOP.
This February, both Punxsutawney Phil and Potomac Phil predicted an early spring.