UPDATED at 7:45 pm, Sunday, Jan. 7: The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory has for the Germantown area, it now begins at 1:00 pm Monday, Jan. 8 and runs until 7:00 pm Monday night. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. “Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving,” said the National Weather Service.
“A wintry mix expected, with either freezing rain or rain that will freeze on contact with very cold ground surfaces,” said the National Weather Service. “The ice will result in very slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads and bridges, including during the evening commute on Monday. Total ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected.”
The National Weather Service issued statement saying that there is a potential winter commuting hazard for the Baltimore/Washington Metro area for Monday. “If commuting Monday afternoon or evening, be aware of the POSSIBILITY of significant travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time, and consider using public transportation and telework options.”
The area is bracing a snow storm of the winter which will bring a wintery mix Germantown area and all of Montgomery County and the District of Columbia and north central and northern Maryland and northern Virginia.
“A light wintry mix with freezing is likely. While amounts are expected to be light, any amount of freezing rain on any untreated area roads could quickly turn them icy. This could lead to dangerous traveling conditions, multiple accidents, and extensive delays,” said the NWS.
“Even if temperatures rise above freezing, the ground and other surfaces are still extremely cold due to the recent Arctic blast. This increases the likelihood of a glaze of ice on surfaces,” said NWS.
MoCoSnow, the Germantown Pulse’s weather partner, said, “The National Weather Service, shows that they expect about a hundredth to two hundredths of an inch of ice. That’s not a lot, but it also doesn’t take a lot of ice to cause major issues on the roads.”
"With the information since this morning, I think an early dismissal is now in play. If it looks like the sleet and/or freezing rain will come a little earlier or heavier, MCPS may make the call to send kids home early. The call must be made by 11am," said MoCoSnow.
MoCoSnow’s full post on this evening’s storm and a prediction as to if a delay or full closure of school might be in play are available at MoCoSnow.com.