Weather advisories: snow tonight, blizzard Friday

IMAGE: Snowfall fun last winter. Photo by Mary Ellsworth

JAN 20 —The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Montgomery County and surrounding areas this evening, Wednesday, Jan. 20. The weather service advises that up to an inch of snow may accumulate, affecting travel. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s tonight.

Today’s possible snow is not related to Friday’s blizzard watch, also issued today. The blizzard watch is in effect for Friday afternoon through late Saturday night.

There could be heavy snow and wind Friday afternoon through Saturday night. A wintry mix of snow and rain is possible Friday night into Saturday morning east of interstate 95 before changing back to all snow on Saturday.

A foot or more of snow could fall Friday afternoon through Saturday night.

The storm is predicted to intensify Friday afternoon. The heaviest snow, strongest winds and potential life threatening conditions are expected Friday night through Saturday night.

The blizzard warning says “Heavy snow and blowing snow will cause dangerous conditions and will be a threat to life and property.”

Travel is likely to be greatly limited if not impossible through the height of the storm Friday night and Saturday. Visibility may be reduced to near zero in whiteout conditions.

Northeast winds could blow up to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph Friday night, then shift north Saturday through
Saturday night.

Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to upper 20s Friday through Saturday night.

Takoma Park city clerk Jessie Carpenter says the city is “watching closely” as the weather develops. It is possible, she said that the city could close early on Friday and may be closed Saturday and Sunday. It depends, she said, on what weather conditions actually turn out to be.

The Washington, DC region is often relieved – or disappointed, depending on one’s point of view – when winter storms predicted to be of historical proportions slide to the north at the last minute, or deposit rain instead of snow.