A storm that will bring major disruptions of travel and daily activities to much of the nation will hit Washington, D.C., hard with heavy snow Monday, especially during the morning and midday hours.
The storm is likely to bring 6 to 12 inches of snow with some locally higher amounts possible.
That amount of snow may be difficult to shovel, especially since the snow was preceded by sleet and a thin layer of freezing rain in many areas early Monday morning.
Monday could become one of the top five snowiest March days in the history of Washington, D.C., according to the National Weather Service. Currently tied for fourth place on that list is March 7, 1941, and March 15, 1900, with 8.0 inches. The snowiest March day on record was on March 29, 1942, when 11.5 inches fell.
Lengthy flight delays and many cancelations are expected during and well ahead of the storm, since it will move from west to east across the nation this weekend.
Roads will be slippery on Monday as snow continues and temperatures remain in the 20s.
The storm could bring very heavy precipitation rates Monday, especially during the morning. Snowfall rates can reach or surpass 2 inches per hour in some locations. Such intense snowfall can overwhelm shoveling and plowing operations, as well as strand motorists.
Motorists traveling on on area interstates should expect very slippery conditions with the potential for road closures in some locations. Conditions will be poor for travel throughout the mid-Atlantic, even down to Raleigh, N.C., on Monday.
More cold weather will follow the storm Tuesday and Wednesday.
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