ACCUWEATHER - A southern storm will track close enough to the Northeast coast prior to Valentine's Day to directly impact travel in Washington, D.C.
Expect flight delays and cancellations to increase ahead of the winter storm Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dry and cold weather is in store for the local area through Wednesday midday.
Snow will overspread the region from south to north Wednesday evening and will become heavy at times Wednesday night.
Where the storm remains all snow, there is the potential for a heavy accumulation, perhaps in the neighborhood of a foot. Blowing and drifting snow would add to cleanup issues and travel difficulties.
In areas near the coast where rain or ice mixes in at the height of the storm, there are still likely to be slippery roads, power outages and disruptions to daily activities Thursday.
Moderate winds near the coast at the height of the storm and immediately in its wake could lead to additional sporadic power outages and downed tree limbs.
The storm will depart Thursday evening.
Much of the region is expected to be free of precipitation on Valentine's Day, but travel disruptions may linger in the wake of the storm.
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.
Precipitation type: Snow and sleet.
Accumulations: The potential for 5 or more inches of snow and sleet.
Timing: Snow is expected to move in from the south Wednesday evening. Snow may mix with sleet and rain late Wednesday night and Thursday. The snow could be heavy at times Wednesday night and Thursday.
Temperatures in the mid to upper 20s Wednesday night, slowly rising into the lower and middle 30s Thursday afternoon.
Winds north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
Impacts: Roads may become snow and sleet covered and slippery. Travel may be dangerous Wednesday night and Thursday. Heavy wet snow could lead to some power outages.
Precautionary/preparedness actions: A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow and sleet accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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