ACCUWEATHER - The next storm will hit the Washington, D.C., area Tuesday night into Wednesday with a new round of travel delays and disruptions to daily activities at least in part of the area. Another storm is due on Sunday.
While the storm Sunday night began as rain and changed to snow, the midweek storm will start off as snow or an icy mix then is forecast to change to rain along the coast.
Enough snow and wintry mix will fall at the onset of the storm north and west of the city to make some roads and sidewalks slippery.
The bulk of the precipitation will fall after midnight Tuesday and prior to daybreak Wednesday, when it can be rather heavy.
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Where the change to rain is delayed or does not occur well north and west, a heavy amount of snow and/or ice will accumulate. In these areas, there is a risk of downed tree limbs and sporadic power outages.
Wednesday's morning commute will be difficult for those well north and west of the city.
Around the city and coastal areas, where a change to rain occurs, there is the potential for urban flooding problems as the rain can come down hard for a brief time.
The region should get a little more of a breather before the next storm rolls in. The timing of the third storm in less than a week is scheduled for Sunday into Monday locally.
The Sunday to Monday storm could be the strongest of the winter, if it develops to its full potential.
In this scenario, there is a chance that the storm will pull cold air down at the last minute, bringing a change back to snow near the coast. The same scenario would bring enough wind to cause coastal flooding at times of high tide on the Atlantic coast of the Delmarva Peninsula Sunday night into Monday.
Ice, sleet and snow bound for mid-Atlantic region
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Mid-Atlantic electric utilities are preparing for power outages as an icy winter storm approaches the region.
The National Weather Service issued warnings Tuesday for a wide area from western Maryland to northern Delaware, including the suburban counties north of Baltimore and west of Washington.
The weather service says those areas could get a quarter-inch of ice Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Counties in western and northern Maryland could get up to a third of an inch.
Power companies say they expect outages as ice and sleet weigh down lines and branches. Pepco says it has 150 full-time and 450 contract workers available to respond quickly in the Washington area.
Potomac Edison says it's moving line workers closer to Cumberland to be ready for outages there.
Stormy winter draws down Md. salt stockpile
By DAVID DISHNEAU
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland State Highway Administration says a high number of winter storm threats this season has drawn down the state's road salt stockpile to a less-than-ideal level.
With another storm approaching Tuesday night, spokesman David Buck says the statewide stockpile is at 76 percent of capacity. He says there's no shortage, but the agency hasn't had time to replenish the supply after a storm Sunday night and Monday.
Buck says the agency generally likes to start a storm activation with its salt domes averaging at least 80 percent full.
Buck says the drawdown reflects the frequency of winter weather threats this season. He says the agency has activated storm crews in the Baltimore-Washington area 25 times since late November.
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