A snow accumulation chart from the National Weather Service projects between 6-8 inches of snow for D.C. and 8-10 for most of Montgomery County over the next 48 hours.
Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang says Winter Storm Warnings issued in far western suburbs will probably be extended to closer suburbs later today.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services is encouraging people to stay off the roads tonight:
Overall, most winter storm deaths result from vehicle or other transportation accidents caused by ice and snow. Residents should avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow, or dense fog. These are serious conditions that are often underestimated, and they make driving – and even walking outside – very hazardous.
It is safer for everyone if you stay put – and not travel during inclement weather – whether you are at home, work or school.
By staying off the roads during the worst of the weather, local departments of transportation are more easily able to access roads that need treatment, snow plows can more freely clear roads and get to areas needing plowing and public safety officials can respond more quickly to residents in need of emergency services.
It may require employees to take a couple of hours of personal leave during the winter, but leaving early enough to avoid bad weather and traffic gridlock caused by slippery road conditions is worth the investment. Thinking strategically about your travel and where you really need to be will require some planning and thought.
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