Morning wind chill forecast to be below zero

Morning wind chill forecast to be below zero

Snow amounts will vary significantly because of the "banded" style of the snow. Storm #1 arrives after midnight tonight and will continue through Saturday morning and taper off Saturday afternoon.

The National Weather Service is warning that there could be a total of 4-7 inches of snow accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest near the Maryland border, where 3 inches are possible. Snow could be heavy at times during the late evening and overnight, forecasters said. In a news release, the agency stated that sleet, freezing rain and blowing snow would make driving unsafe.

This snow will be much harder to shovel than the powdery stuff, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers says, adding that this particular system has the potential to produce thundersnow across the Northeast.

There will be less than 1 inch of snow on the ground for the evening commute.

More significant winter weather is heading for the Valley later this weekend and into early next week. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Farther north the Rabbit Ears Pass area could see at least 3 feet of snow by early Sunday.

Sunday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low about 11. It is among the snowier models for Washington. North winds at 20 to 30 miles per hour, along with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour, will cause blowing and drifting of snow and reduced visibilities under a quarter of a mile at times. For much of the Richmond metro, this will be mainly rain, but a few sleet pellets or flakes could mix in.

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The map above shows that a large part of the region is in a four to eight-inch swath. The Kansas City area could see up to 6 inches of snow, and the St. Louis area is expected to see up to 5 inches of snow. Temperatures are in the middle 30s to near 40 degrees.

Bitterly cold air follows the snow, with low temperatures forecast around 11 degrees Monday night, 12 degrees Tuesday night, 9 degrees Wednesday night and 17 degrees Thursday night.

Any mix will change to rain Friday morning into early Friday afternoon.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS.Plan on slippery road conditions.

Snow rates will likely peak between 5 and 10 a.m. All of the precipitation will end by noon Sunday.

There are two winter storms that may affect almost the entire USA this weekend. It also rates a Category 2 in Loudoun, Frederick and western Howard counties and to the north and west of those areas. We'll get more sun this afternoon but still think some spots will remain in cloud cover or won't get as much sun as other spots. Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties, this ain't your storm.