WINTER STORM WARNINGS are out ahead of this storm that should arrive into the state during the overnight periods and into the morning rush hour. Oh yea, and the light green around the mid Atlantic states, those are Blizzard Watches, just to throw a hint that this system will have a LOT of wind with it.
1 - 4AM Friday Morning - Freezing rain and sleet begins to push north into southern Kentucky.
6 - 8AM Friday Morning – Wintry mix and snow continues to breakout from south to north across the area
Noon Friday – Heavy snow and wind take over the entire area
6AM Saturday Morning – Snow begins to move to the east.
This will be a potentially crippling storm that could shut down the state for a couple of days.
It will snarl travel.
In addition to snow and ice, wind will be another huge factor. 20 to 30MPH winds will create blowing and drifting snow with this, as well as gusts that create blizzard like conditions at times. This could also lead to power outages at times.
You want to talk about one messy beast of a storm? This one is it.
Below is my current stab at snow totals by Saturday afternoon.
Things are fairly calm now, which means now is the time to prepare for significant wintry weather.
I've also went ahead and put out my preliminary thoughts on a snow day for FCPS tomorrow. The only reason it's not higher is because of the timing of the arrival of the storm. If you do happen to be sent to school, odds are you'll get out early, most will cancel classes ahead of time before the storm hits.
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