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'Biggest Jan Snow Event Since 2016' Arriving Soon In DC Area

Patch logo Patch 1/12/2019 Dan Taylor
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WASHINGTON, DC -- The greater D.C. area is about to experience its "biggest Jan snow event since 2016" this weekend, according to the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, with flakes to start falling Saturday afternoon and keep coming deep into Sunday.

"Several inches" are likely to accumulate Saturday night into Sunday morning, CWG says. The winter storm warning lasts from 4 p.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. on Sunday.

At around 8 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service upgraded the District and surrounding counties in Virginia and Maryland from a winter weather advisory to a winter storm warning.

The current NWS forecast calls for 3 to 6 inches, a slight increase from earlier predictions.

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There is a "boom" potential for up to 9-10 inches of snow, CWG says. The "bust" scenario would be less than 3 inches.

Forecasters expect the snow to come in two waves. The first wave will be late Saturday afternoon to the evening, when there could be a period of moderate snow. That should taper off overnight, and then pick up again sometime Sunday morning.

This could be a very snowy winter for us. The polar vortex split recently, meaning we are likely (but not guaranteed) to get an influx of cold air this winter and with it more snowstorms.

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