UPDATE 1/12/2019 6:00 a.m.:
California, MD- It’s that time of year when Winter Storms begin rolling in. Winter Storm Gia is the first one of 2019 and it’s still up in the air how much impact it will have for the Southern Maryland Region. At the very least, we will receive freezing rain, and trace amounts of snow; some accumulation in colder areas. As of Thursday night, forecasters are predicting the region to get anywhere from a trace to 7 inches, with the middle ground being 4 inches for the viewing area. The below image will change periodically as the storm moves closer.
Winter Storm Watch
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC 337 AM EST Fri Jan 11 2019
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337 AM EST Fri Jan 11 2019
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...
* WHAT...Significant snow possible. Snowfall accumulations of 5 or more inches possible.
* WHERE...Portions of central Virginia, the Virginia Piedmont and extreme southern Maryland.
* WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. The steadiest snow is most likely late Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may be difficult due to snow covered and slippery roads.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
- During the day, a swath of accumulating snow will likely extend from eastern Kansas and southeast Nebraska to Missouri, central and southern Iowa, Illinois, southern Wisconsin, southern Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, western and central Pennsylvania, western and northern Virginia and western North Carolina.
- Saturday night, snow will continue from eastern Missouri into Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, northern and central Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Light snow is possible as far north as the New York City metro area.
- Parts of the southern Appalachians as far south as southwestern North Carolina and the adjacent Piedmont could see a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
- A strip from northern Kentucky to southern West Virginia may also see some icing, potentially causing slick travel conditions.
- Impacted Cities: Cincinnati | Indianapolis | Roanoke, Virginia | Washington D.C. (late Saturday/overnight)
- Snow may continue from the Ohio Valley eastward into West Virginia, northern and central Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey.
- A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible as far south as western and north-central North Carolina depending on how much cold air is able to drive southward along the eastern side of the Appalachians.
- The majority of our forecast guidance suggests the storm will slide far enough off the East Coast to prevent significant snowfall from spreading farther north than the mid-Atlantic region.
- Some light snow could linger into Monday from the central and southern Appalachians into the mid-Atlantic.
- Impacted cities: Baltimore | Richmond, Virginia | Washington D.C. | St. Louis