How to get ready for a snow storm on Jan. 16
How to prepare for a winter storm in Washington, D.C.
The capital of the United States is set to get its first snowstorm of the year on Thursday night, with winds expected to reach up to 75 mph (131 km/h) and gusts of up to 65 mph (105 km/g).
The Capital Weather Gang forecast the snowstorm as a “moderate to severe” storm with winds from 25 to 30 mph (37 to 41 km/p).
It is expected to bring heavy snow to the Capital region, where it will likely stay until Friday morning, but not to the surrounding area.
The Capital region has seen more than 1.5 inches of snow since Tuesday, but this is the first time it has seen as much as 10 inches of that in a single day.
Washington’s National Weather Service (NWS) issued a “Snow Watch” for the region that will continue until Friday, with the storm’s maximum threat likely between 6 p.m. and 7 p.s.m., according to NBC News.
The NWS is warning that a storm of that intensity could cause power outages in parts of the Capital and D.D.C., which could cause more than 100,000 people to be without power.
“It is very difficult to estimate how many people will need to be evacuated from these areas,” said NWS spokeswoman Emily Anderson.
“In addition, we are expecting the potential for a number of snow accumulations.”
The storm will likely bring rain, wind gusts, and sleet to the region, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour (50 km/hour) and storm surge of up a foot (13 centimeters).
It’s a good time to be outdoors, but a lot of people are still in their cars, Anderson said.
The National Weather Agency says a storm warning for the Washington region will remain in effect until Thursday evening.
If you or anyone you know needs help, call the National Emergency Number at 1-800-424-9200.
The forecast track for the storm was updated at 10:20 p.ms.
EST (1820 GMT).