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Headaches on the horizon

Messy overnight travel
This is the sort of winter forecast that gives the road crews fits. The Capital Weather Gang tells us we're likely to encounter a mix of rain and wet snow overnight into the early morning.

If the precipitation starts as rain, which seems most likely, that will limit the effectiveness of anti-icing treatments, normally spayed on roads well ahead of a storm's arrival. Also, while this is likely to be a minor snowstorm, it's not clear how much we'll wind up with or where it's most likely to fall.

Temperatures are well above freezing and the roads will be mostly tonight. However, the Gang says the temperature will drop to around 30 in most spots outside the District, and the wind will increase toward sunrise.

Plan for a messy morning commute, too. The Gang says some snow may into the early morning, then a break, some high winds and a possibility of a bit more snow on Thursday night. The road crews will be out, but they're likely to be more concerned with de-icing than with plowing, since snow totals are likely to be less than two inches.

If the forecast holds, Metrorail is likely to run a normal schedule. Metrobus and MetroAccess could face delays. Here's a link to the Metro status page that will list any delays.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 24, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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