D.C. Area Prepares for Late-Season Snowstorm

WASHINGTON — The mid-Atlantic is experiencing a late-season storm that is expected to bring significant snowfall to much of the region.

Officials have warned people to prepare ahead of the storm, monitor forecasts and avoid travel during the storm.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect from 7 p.m. Monday until 2 p.m. Tuesday, with temperatures in the lower 30s.

The National Weather Service predicting 12 to 18 inches of snow in Hagerstown and Westminster, Maryland. Baltimore is expected to get 8 to 12 inches and 6 to 8 inches of snow are forecast in Washington. In Delaware, Wilmington could see 11 inches.

Smaller snowfall totals are expected in areas to the south and east. Forecasters are calling for 2 to 3 inches in La Plata, Maryland, and Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Related: A Safe Shoveling and Snow Removal Guide

As for Metro, on Tuesday, all lines of the rail system will be running on a Saturday schedule, and buses will run on a reduced service.

The transit agency says trains may run less frequently during the storm.

SafeTrack single tracking will continue on the blue and yellow lines, but workers will be deployed for snow clearing duties instead of surge repairs. Metro says SafeTrack shuttle buses between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon will not operate on Tuesday.

The transit agency also says the MetroAccess Paratransit service is suspended Monday afternoon through Tuesday.

Mayor Muriel Bowser, while admitting that forecasts for a snowstorm keep changing, says the District is ready for whatever Mother Nature sends its way.

The mayor says city officials aren’t expected to make decisions about schools closing until Tuesday morning.

For information on school closings and delays, see WUSA9.

Track the storm on our weather page, and find information on warming centers and emergency shelters here.

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