A winter storm warning is in effect for the greater Washington, D.C., metro area with Winter Storm “Stella” expected to bring lots of snow to the nation’s capital.
Snowing is expected to start Monday evening, prompting school and business closures Tuesday. The federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hasn’t officially closed government agencies yet, but could do so as snow starts to fall.
Expect travel delays over the next few days, especially if snowfall is as high as meteorologist predict — if you live in D.C., you know there will be chaos even if a minimal amount of snow hits the ground.
WJLA reports D.C. could see anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow through Tuesday afternoon. Baltimore could see more than 10 inches.
USA Today, however, has D.C. in line for between 12 and 18 inches of snow. Here’s their prediction:
Is Winter Storm #Stella a weather “bomb” waiting to blast the Northeast coast? https://t.co/V362r0n70X pic.twitter.com/2PdAhT6HpB
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 13, 2017
USA Today reports Stella could rapidly intensify as it approaches the Atlantic — a process called “bombogenesis.”
The National Weather Service says there’s a more than 50 percent chance the D.C. area could see more than 8 inches of snow.
And even after the storm, expect lots of snow to stay on the ground. WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue noted snow in places, like New York City, will melt slowly because of frigid temperatures.
So how is this snow going to melt? Slowly even under March sun. NYC temperatures remain chilly until this weekend, teens overnight. pic.twitter.com/CxCiEqYluk
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) March 13, 2017
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