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The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the greater D.C. area, and snow is expected in the early morning Thursday.
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The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the greater D.C. area, and snow is expected in the early morning Thursday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for areas north and west of the District, and forecasters say the rain will turn to snow this evening.

Forecasters say expect about 1 to 2 inches max in area such as Loudon County, Virginia and upper Montgomery County in Maryland, with maybe a dusting in the District.

At a home improvement store in Frederick, Maryland, Chris Taylor is in the seasonal aisle loading up on shovels for his work crew.

"I'm going to get 13 of 'em," says Taylor. "Just in case. Just in case, gotta be prepared. If we gotta go out at three in the morning and there's snow, this store isn't going to be open."

In D.C., the waters were flowing swift and brown in Rock Creek early Wednesday, but had not yet reached flood levels. The homes at 16th St in NW D.C. get hit hard when it floods -- the expensive homes get water in their basements when the creek overflows.

The overpass at 16th St. has had to be bolstered with concrete barriers because Rock Creek has chipped away at its foundations. Further up the street, near Walter Reed Dr., there is standing water due to clogged drains, a bad premonition for the rest of the week. There are already multiple reports of flooding in northwest D.C Wednesday afternoon.

John Townson, with AAA Mid-Atlantic urges residents to be careful on the roads: "The first temptation is to speed up and get home quickly before the snow settles, that's a mistake."

According to NBC Washington, overnight rains caused a sinkhole to open up along Military Road at Beach Dr. in NW D.C. Traffic delays from further weather-related incidents are expected to continue.

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