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Significant Snowfall Expected for D.C. Metro Area

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - A winter storm watch has been issued for the Washington, D.C. area beginning late Sunday night, and remaining in effect through Monday afternoon.

Significant accumulations of freezing rain, sleet and snow could reach levels of eight to twelve inches, says meteorologist John Feerick.

The storm is expected to pound the streets with freezing rain first, followed by heavy snow late Sunday night and into Monday, with temperatures hovering in the low 30s, before dropping into the high 20s.

Wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour are expected.

The timing of the storm could wreak havoc on drivers’ morning commute.

“The heaviest snow will fall Monday morning,” says meteorologist Dan DePodwin. “Just in time for the morning commute — probably from about 5 a.m. Monday to about noon or one o’clock.”

The D.C. area has been hammered consistently by snow this winter.

Photos: D.C.’s Last Massive Snow Storm

Roughly a foot of snowfall on Feb. 12 caused officials to call the first snow emergency in the District since 2010, only to have another batch blast the area one day later.

Snow totals from a January storm reached 10-plus inches in some spots.

The area’s most recent dalliance with winter weather came just days ago, when what were expected to be quick bursts of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday still proved nightmarish in nature, as delays of more than two hours racked up around the Capital Beltway.

All things considered, 2014 has been a very brutal winter for Washington, D.C.

Track the storm on WNEW’s weather page.

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