California, MD- Winter Storm Petra is set to move into the Southern Maryland Region beginning late this evening. The storm has been shifting its snow/rain line over the past few days. As we get closer to the storm reaching us, everyone is wondering, “How much snow will we get?”. Well, the short answer is 2″- 4″, with some areas receiving possibly 5″- 6″.
We can expect snow throughout the region, but Southern Maryland can expect it to change over to rain/freezing rain in the early morning hours. This will result in icy conditions, and a messy commute. The timing of this change looks to be early Wednesday morning. The snow should begin falling in the late evening on Tuesday.
As of 10 am, Tuesday, February 19, 2019; a Winter Weather Advisory has been put in place for all of Southern Maryland(see below). This could change depending on the track of the storm.
No matter how much snow/rain/freezing rain we receive, road conditions will be dangerous. It is advised that you travel as little as possible and we expect there to be at least a delay to schools/businesses/government openings on Wednesday. We will update any advisories and closing/delays as soon as they are received.
Winter Weather Advisory issued for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 beginning at 1 a.m. through 4 p.m. for:
- Calvert County
- Charles County
- St. Mary’s County
For those traveling to work north towards the D.C Metro area:
The Washington D.C. metro will see accumulating snow, possibly heavy, in the morning before transitioning to a mix of sleet, freezing rain and then plain rain later in the day or evening. This will make the morning and afternoon commute in those cities hazardous.
The Washington D.C. area could see 3 to 6 inches of snow. Snow totals in these areas will depend on how quickly the transition to sleet and freezing rain occurs. A quicker transition would result in snow totals on the lower end of the range and a faster transition would result in snow totals on the higher end of the range.