Snow will be heavy at times across the D.C. area over the next few hours, and will pile up very quickly, making travel dangerous to impossible. A special weather statement just issued from the NWS cautions:
A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW OVER THE VIRGINIA PIEDMONT IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA BY 2 AM THIS MORNING. THE HEAVY SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN AREA BETWEEN 2 AM AND 3 AM THIS MORNING.
HEAVY SNOW WILL PERSIST FOR A COUPLE HOURS WITH VISIBILITY REDUCED BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE. SNOWFALL RATES OF ONE TO AS MUCH AS THREE INCHES PER HOUR ARE EXPECTED UNDERNEATH THIS BAND. TRAVELLING WILL BE VERY DANGEROUS DURING THIS TIME SINCE ROADS WILL BECOME QUICKLY SNOW-COVERED.
No matter where you are in the area, you can be assured you will wake up to a winter wonderland, even though some places may be mixing with sleet and rain by dawn, especially from around D.C./I-95 toward the east. But keep in mind that those areas that change-over may change back to snow tomorrow afternoon.
Stay home and stay safe tonight. This is the last entry for the live blog for now. But we invite you to keep the conversation going in the comments section of our most recent Capital Weather Gang post right here. Thanks for joining us, and live coverage will resume at 5 a.m.
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— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) February 13, 2014