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Winter Weather Warning In Effect For D.C. Through Monday

Snow accumulated enough to make snowballs and miniature snowmen at the Pentagon Row ice rink in Arlington.
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Snow accumulated enough to make snowballs and miniature snowmen at the Pentagon Row ice rink in Arlington.

Winter weather will keep much of the D.C. region under a winter storm warning from Sunday morning all the way through 10 a.m. Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The long-anticipated snow saturated the sky through the D.C. region on Sunday morning. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected before the snow turns over to sleet and freezing rain by Sunday afternoon. Areas to the north and west are expected to see the higher end of those forecasts — including Prince William, Fauquier and Loudoun Counties in Virginia and Montgomery and Frederick Counties in Maryland.

Crews in the affected areas have already started treating roads. According to VDOT:

Through the day, crews have treated interstates and primary roads with salt brine or anti-icing chemicals in the Staunton, Salem, Northern Virginia and Culpeper regions.  Anti-icing helps to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the roads.   Crews will continue to work through the weekend and into the week treating and clearing roads.  VDOT has also coordinated with utility companies to prepare for possible power outages should downed tree branches and other debris hit power lines.

Freezing rain will then continue into Sunday night, before turning into rain Monday morning.

With temperatures in the upper 20s on Sunday night, ice is expected to accumulate on the roads and potentially play havoc with the Monday morning commute. Slick roads and icy conditions will affect the area, especially in areas west of I-95.

Some local organizations, including county governments and community colleges have closed Sunday, but there's no word yet on possible delays Monday.

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