Weather folks have new “maybe” bad weather advisory

Road coating

Some of the coldest weather in many months is headed our way over the next few days and there’s a possibility that some snow showers may coat the ground overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

VDOT crews, anticipating slippery conditions, began pre-treating highways Tuesday.

And at the National Weather Service office in Sterling they’re rolling out a new type of weather advisory.  It’s called a Potential Winter Community Winter Hazard Statement.  Just a small threat of travel-impacting weather will trigger this alert…even if forecasters don’t really expect a storm.  You might call it a better-safe-than-sorry advisory.

And forecasts, themselves, are going to be written with more specific information.  For example, the DC area forecast for the end of the week includes specific time-lines:

Friday Night
A chance of snow before 1am, then freezing rain and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday
Freezing rain before 1pm, then rain likely. High near 47. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
So, you can’t say you haven’t been warned!

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