A winter storm is heading for Washington D.C.

A winter storm is coming across the country and heading for the Washington D.C. region on Sunday December 8. Photo: Ice storm in Washington D.C./ AP

WASHINGTON, December 6, 2013 —Things are coming together to make a mess of the weather on Sunday in the Washington D.C. area.

The region could see a little of everything before the system moves out Sunday night; snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain. The full impact of the storm will depend on a few degrees difference in temperature, not only on the ground but also thousands of miles up in the atmosphere.

Snow is expected to start in the area during Sunday morning to mid-morning, turning to a mixture of sleet, freezing rain and snow before finally all turning to rain.

Despite temperatures reaching almost 70 degrees yesterday, the temperatures have started to drop and will fall through the 50s to the 40s today and into the 30s on Saturday.

The latest models are showing that inside the city could initially see up to an inch and a half of snow and the northern and western suburbs could see up to three inches before any change over begins.

The biggest concern is any freezing rain that will fall across the area. Freezing rain occurs when the drops start as a liquid rain but the ground is so cold that it turns to ice as it hits the ground, causing a sheet of ice as opposed to sleet which remains as small ice pellets.

Lauryn Ricketts of ABC News is reporting that there is a 50 – 80 percent chance of .10” by Monday morning which will make the area roads treacherous.

The weather will impact those traveling to the Ravens and Redskins games at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

At this time, temperatures are expected to rise during the overnight hours of Sunday night into Monday turning all of the precipitation to rain.

Anyone with travel plans should check in with their airline since the storm has moved across the nation causing hazardous conditions over multiple states.

Weather advisories are expected to be issued as the storm gets closer.


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