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Winter Storm Watch Issued for Germantown Area on First Day of Spring

March 19, 2018

For the first time this winter, the National Weather Service, has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Germantown and all of Montgomery County for the storm which is heading our way with the potential to drop up to five inches of heavy wet snow in the next two days. Ironically, the first Winter Storm Watch of the season will begin on the first official day of Spring.

   The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory which will go into effect at 6:00 am tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20 and remain until 6:00 pm Tuesday, when it will turn into a Winter Storm Watch.

   The Winter Storm Watch will last from last Tuesday night through Wednesday evening, March 21.

   “Wet snow expected Tuesday, with total wet snow and sleet accumulations of up to an inch, along with a thin layer of ice,” said the NWS. “Additionally, heavy wet snow possible Tuesday night and Wednesday, with a total wet snow accumulation of 5 or more inches possible.”

   Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Tuesday. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

   The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration said it is preparing for a nor’easter that could produce accumulating snow, high winds, and flooding in low-lying areas.

   “Precipitation that falls after sunrise and throughout the day will have a difficult time sticking to the road surface as the high sun angle increases each day. Pavement temperatures will rise during daylight hours, keeping snow from covering pavement, but nighttime temperatures will increase the change of refreezing,” said MDOT SHA.

   MDOT SHA emergency operators and maintenance staff will closely monitor roads and patrol for any icy patches as temperatures drop. Storm operations will last for several days, so motorists are encouraged to make smart travel decisions.

   A Winter Weather Advisory for wet snow means periods of wet snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.  A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

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