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Winter Storm Brings Snow Accumulation, Dangerous Wind Chills

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Snow is coming down heavily in Annapolis, as seen from the steps of the State House at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
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Snow is coming down heavily in Annapolis, as seen from the steps of the State House at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The D.C. region is under a winter storm warning until 11 p.m. Tuesday night, as an Arctic cold front has passed into the area, bringing with it up to 10 inches of snow in certain spots, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow got off to a slower start than expected, not picking up across much of the area along the I-95 corridor until 10 a.m. or later. Unlike other recent snow storms, the snow is actually expected to accumulate, as highs for Tuesday aren't expected to get above the 20s, and will drop into the teens by the evening.

Snow is expected to peak in the mid-afternoon to evening, with five inches falling between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Snow isn't the only risk either. A wind chill advisory is in effect through noon Wednesday. Gusty winds could make it difficult for public works crews to keep roads clear, and will lead to wind chill values between 5 and 15 degrees below zero overnight.

Temperatures aren't expected to get back above freezing until Saturday, according to the District's public safety director. The city will open up three additional emergency shelters to deal with cold.

People are encouraged to avoid traveling by road, as the snow is expected to stick and make things slippery. Blowing snow will also reduce visibility, making the evening commute potentially hazardous.

The federal government opted to close today, as did many local governments and universities. Check in with our partners at NBC Washington for a full list of closures.

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