National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Watch

The storm watch begins Thursday morning.

Update 2:30 p.m. Thursday: The Winter Weather Advisory for the Washington area has been canceled.


The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather storm watch for the Fairfax County area which will be in effect Thursday morning until late Thursday night.

Heavy snow is expected during this time, accumulating to an estimated five inches. Snow may mix with rain earlier in the day and will become heavier throughout the afternoon. Snowfall is expected to end Thursday night.

Temperatures will be in the lower 30s, and winds are expected to be northwest 5 to 10 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. Roads may become slick and covered in snow, especially during the evening rush hour.

According to NWS, a winter storm watch means there is a potential for snow accumulations that will affect travel conditions.

For winter preparedness tips and information on driving safely in winter weather, visit the Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog.

In addition, check out these winter driving tips before you leave the house Thursday morning.

See Fairfax County Public School's inclement weather plans and information on how the school system makes decisions about whether to delay or cancel school.

Are you happy it might snow? Do you think we'll really get 5 inches of snow or more? Tell us in the comments!

Wien January 16, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Darn, us snow lovers may not have much joy. Latest revision says "conversational flakes (no accumulations) to 2 inches is most likely in the DC area, with increasing amounts to the southwest. As we've stressed, we're right on the edge between getting no snow, and getting enough to shovel."
Rev. Charles Oberkehr January 16, 2013 at 09:55 PM
This explains the sudden urge I had to buy toilet paper and bread at the super market this afternoon.
Sandra January 17, 2013 at 01:44 AM
What, no eggs? :)
Dave Fuller January 17, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I never made it to the store...how will I make milk sandwiches?
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