WASHINGTON -- Heavy snow moved into the DC region overnight, sticking first to grassy areas, before slowing piling up on streets as well. Forecasters say heavy bands should continue off and on throughout the day Wednesday, totaling 5 to 8 inches of snow, with higher amounts west of I-95, and less towards the eastern shore.
"As you get out near the Chesapeake Bay, it's been raining, and there's a band of warm air tha's been trying to work it's way in, so it's going to depend where you are," says WMAL Weather Channel Meteorologist Ray Stagich.
Power outages could be a major factor - especially later in the afternoon as heavy winds move into the area.
"If you throw a wind at 20 to 30 miles per hour all day today and tonight with the snow on top of that, weighting down the trees, there's probably going to be some problems," says Stagich.
A winter storm warning has been posted for the entire region through 3 am Thursday.
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-CARROLL-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...WESTMINSTER...
347 AM EST WED MAR 6 2013
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM EST
* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 12 INCHES WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS WEST
OF INTERSTATE 95.
* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND EVENING...
THEN TAPER OFF AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES
DURING THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON.
* TEMPERATURES...NEARLY STEADY IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S.
* WINDS...NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH ESPECIALLY
THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* IMPACTS...HEAVY WET SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL LEAD TO POWER
OUTAGES. SNOW COVERED ROADS AND POOR VISIBILITIES IN HEAVY SNOW
WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF
SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN
AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...
FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.