Wednesday Winter Weather Advisory
By Kevin O’Rourke
The Germantown area is under a Winter Weather Advisory for Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm tonight. The National Weather Service has also issued a Wind Chill Advisory for the area from Midnight tonight until 6:00 pm Thursday, Feb. 19.
Shortly after 1:00 pm, Montgomery County Public Schools announced that all afterschool and evening activities were cancelled due to the weather. Schools will close at regularly scheduled times. However, day care programs in school buildings will remain open as scheduled. Community use activities in school buildings will occur, as scheduled.
The NWS says the area could experience snow showers and snow squalls with accumulations of a coating to an in inch in most locations. Show showers will develop this afternoon, with the best chance for heavier snows showers and squalls between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm tonight.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds from the west at 15 to 25 mph. gusting to 30 mph will combine to generate wind chills of five to 15 degrees below zero. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees. Lows tonight will be in the single digits. Thursday’s high temps will only reach the teens.
“Roads will be snow covered and slippery. Visibility will be locally reduced to below one-quarter mile at times,” said the advisory. “The combination of snow covered roads and sudden reductions in visibility may cause dangerous traveling conditions during the evening rush. The combination of gusty winds and cold temperatures through Thursday may result in dangerous wind chills that can quickly cause hypothermia and frost bite.”
MoCoSnow.com said, “We may see something similar to what we saw on Valentine’s Day with a quick burst of snow giving us a trace to two-inches. If we get closer to a trace, no effect on Thursday. If we get two or a little more, then we have to talk delay possibilities.”