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Snow Storm Warning for Tomorrow, Sunday

Heavy snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected in our area, including portions of central and southern Maryland, the District of Columbia, and northern Virginia.

WHEN…From 3 AM to noon EST Sunday.

IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult.

Snow is expected to begin between 3 AM and 5 AM, and may briefly mix with rain at first. The heaviest snow is expected between 6 AM and 10 AM, when visibility may be reduced to a quarter-mile and snowfall rates could reach one inch per hour.

Recommended actions
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on
steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury. ready.gov

Ways to Prepare and stay safe now

  • Stay indoors during the storm. Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
  • Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads. Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
  • Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival. If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
  • If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately. You may have frostbite.
  • When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads. Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
  • Stay dry. Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

What is a Winter Storm Warning?
A winter weather event including 1) snow, ice, or sleet meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria; or 2) a combination of snow, ice, or sleet and blowing snow with at least one of the precipitation elements meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria.

[Sources: National Weather Service, Noaa.gov, Ready.gov, Google.org]

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