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    Storm to Slow DC Thanksgiving Travel Into Wednesday

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    November 28, 2013, 1:59:11 AM EST

    A large storm will negatively impact travel locally around Washington, D.C., due mostly to heavy rain or gusty wind, but also perhaps a bit of snow at the tail end.

    As of 9:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, the storm had already delivered an average of 2 inches of rain to the metro area.

    The heaviest and steadiest rain for the duration of the storm will fall south and east of the city, where flash and urban flooding problems can still occur.


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    Motorists are encouraged to slow down to reduce the risk of hydroplaning and allow extra stopping distance between vehicles.

    Snow will fall over West Virginia, western Maryland and western Pennsylvania.

    While temperatures will rise into Wednesday midday locally, a sweep of colder air may catch up with the back side of the precipitation Wednesday afternoon. There is the chance of the rain ending as a period of snow or flurries as a result in Washington, D.C., which could coat the ground in some locations.

    Regardless of snow or not at the tail end of the storm, some untreated wet areas may freeze before drying off Wednesday night as temperatures plunge.

    Gusty northwest winds may continue to cause delays at area airports into Wednesday night.

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    Thanksgiving Day is forecast to be dry, blustery and cold across the area.

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