LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– The D.C. area will be under a Winter Storm Watch starting Thursday morning and continuing through the evening as several inches of heavy, wet snow is expected to fall, making the evening rush hour messy.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the District, as well as for Montgomery, Howard, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties in Maryland, and Loudoun, Orange, Culpeper, Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, Stafford, Spotslvania, King George and Fauquier counties in Virginia. The watch is in affect for the cities of Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and Manassas, as well.

The District is expected to receive one to two inches of slushy snow, with points south and east of the city receiving upwards of four inches.

Precipitation will begin as steady rain throughout Thursday morning but should change to snow in the early afternoon. Projections show that the snow should intensify during the evening rush hour, and although it may not accumulate at first due to above-freezing temperatures, it shouldn’t take long to stick to the roads, especially after dark, according to Accuweather Meteorologist Bill Deger.

“If you do have to travel later (Thursday), definitely take it easy out there. If you can leave work a little bit earlier and avoid that evening rush, that would be advisable as well,” Deger said.

All precipitation is expected to come to an end before midnight.

D.C.’s Department of Public Works said plows are scheduled to be on the roads by 7 a.m. Thursday.

Three DMV locations in the city will be closed Thursday: Penn Branch Service Center, 3220 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; Temporary C Street Service Center, 301 C St., NW; and Brentwood Commercial and Road Test Lot, 1205 Brentwood Road, NE.

The Office of Personnel Management announced that federal agencies in the D.C. area will be open Thursday but employees will have the option of using unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

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