WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The D.C. area is in-line for a wintry mix, as snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected to mix with cold temperatures throughout the day on Sunday.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of the region from 8 a.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Monday.
The District is set to deploy more than 200 plows to commercial and residential streets in preparation.
William Howland, director of the D.C. Department of Public Works, warns freezing rain is the most dangerous winter condition.
One to 2 inches of snow are expected in all, and possibly more than a quarter inch of ice as temperatures hover around 30 degrees.
“It will be a wintery mix starting off as some snow tomorrow morning, then will mix with sleet and freezing rain by probably the midday hours,” Meteorologist Dan DePodwin says. “Just a whole bunch of precipitation and it will all be frozen.”
WUSA9 Chief Meteorologist Topper Shutt says freezing on power lines and trees may lead to major outages.
“We’re concerned about not getting above freezing on Sunday and having the ice accumulate on the power lines and trees.”
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is advising that residents prepare for heavy ice accumulations in parts of the commonwealth. He suggests checking batteries, flashlights and lanterns, and making sure cell phones are fully charged.