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Reston Under Winter Storm Watch

Rain will change to accumulating snow Tuesday evening. Are you excited or annoyed?

Reston is under a winter storm watch, according to the National Weather Service, and the chances our area will see “significant snow” Tuesday night and Wednesday are increasing.

The official National Weather Service forecast for Reston calls for rain Tuesday afternoon changing to snow after dark. The low temperature will be 30 Tuesday night and rise only to 33 on Wednesday as precipitation continues through Wednesday evening.

“More than five inches possible… with the potential for significant snowfall somewhere within the watch area,” according to the forecast. The storm impacts could include “difficult driving conditions, heavy wet snow and gusty winds could lead to power outages.”

And, since people in Northern Virginia like to name storms, the popular choice for this storm seems to be: Snowquester.

History of March Snow in DC Area

The DC area has gotten at least a trace of snow in March in 15 of the past 30 years, WTOP reported. Seven of those 15 snowfalls have been less than an inch. The most recently really significant snow in March was 5.5 inches in 2009.

Overall, the DC area has averaged 1.3 inches of snow in March over the past 30 years. At Dulles International Airport, the average for March is 2.8 inches over the past 30 years, according to WTOP.

This February, both Punxsutawney Phil and Potomac Phil predicted an early spring.

Is March snow spoiling your spring plans?

John Lovaas March 05, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Yippee! Finally some snow, I hope! I hate climate change!
Elizabeth March 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Phil lied.
John Nunyobiz March 05, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Looking forward to some snow. Doesn't seem like winter unless we get some snow. Snow is also a necessary evil when it comes to replenishing the water table and getting the plants ready for the spring.

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