Spring snow could make Wednesday travel tough in Fairfax; winter storm warning issued

It may be Spring but Winter weather isn’t over yet.

The largest snowfall in two years is forecast for Wednesday — 4 to 6 inches of heavy, wet snow.

The National Weather Service has issued an Winter Storm Warning for the D.C. area starting late Tuesday night and continuing through Wednesday morning.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
1247 PM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018

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/O.UPG.KLWX.WS.A.0004.180321T0400Z-180322T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KLWX.WS.W.0007.180321T0600Z-180322T0000Z/
District of Columbia-Southern Baltimore-Prince Georges-
Anne Arundel-Central and Southeast Montgomery-
Central and Southeast Howard-Rappahannock-
Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park-Fairfax-
Arlington/Falls Church/Alexandria-Northern Fauquier-
Eastern Loudoun-
1247 PM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 PM EDT
WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8
  inches are expected.

* WHERE...The District of Columbia, portions of central and
  northern Maryland and northern and northwest Virginia.

* WHEN...From 2 AM to 8 PM EDT Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be
  prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you
must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for
the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

VDOT has begun to stage crews on roads around the area. Fairfax County has posted snow tips and links here.

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