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Wind Advisory in Effect of Germantown as First Snowflakes Approach

While the areas to the north and west of Montgomery County prepare for the first winter weather event of the season, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the Germantown area from 4:00 pm this afternoon until midnight, Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Winds are forecast to be from the west at 20- to 30-mph with gusts up to 50-mph. According to NWS, the strongest wind gusts are expected between 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm this evening.

While snowflakes are likely to fall in the Germantown area, the NWS does not expect much accumulation, however, minor accumulations may produce slick spots on untreated roadways, especially for areas north of I-70 and west of Route 15.

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration is preparing for the first wintry event of the season in the metropolitan areas beginning Tuesday afternoon through the evening rush hour. While precipitation is expected to begin as widespread rain with no accumulation, pavement temperatures could dip below freezing creating slippery driving conditions.

“We have all been spoiled with spring-like days this winter, but it’s time to actively prepare for possible snow and ice,” said SHA Administrator Gregory C. Johnson, P.E. “Although no major accumulation is expected, any snow falling during rush hours in the metro areas can cause travel delays. Plan ahead, watch for the latest forecasts and drive with caution.”

SHA crews are closely monitoring the storm and will be out in advance of any precipitation pre-treating major highways. Depending on the pavement temperatures and snow intensity, SHA crews will use salt as needed to treat roads. Overnight temperatures could cause wet roads to become icy, so drivers will need to be extremely cautious and reduce speeds.

File Photo by Germantown Pulse.