National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory on Wednesday evening, warning of the possibility of 2 to 4 inches of snow in Loudoun County and several other parts of the Washington metropolitan area beginning Thursday night.

Governor Ralph Northam (D) Wednesday evening issued a state of emergency ahead of the anticipated wintry weather, which comes on the heels of a snowstorm on Monday that crippled a large stretch of I-95, leaving many motorists stranded overnight in sub-freezing temperatures.

The advisory will be in effect in Eastern Loudoun from 9 p.m. Thursday through approximately 5 a.m. on Friday, the Weather Service said. While snowfall is expected to total between 2 and 4 inches, amounts of up to 5 inches are possible in isolated areas.

The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur between 10 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday, when snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour are possible, according to meteorologists.

Residents are encouraged to plan for slippery road conditions, which may impact the Friday morning commute. The Weather Service urged people in the greater Washington area to use caution while traveling, and to watch their first few steps on stoops, sidewalks and driveways when venturing outside.

The Weather Service issued an identical advisory to residents of Western Loudoun, where inclement weather may be expected to occur between 6 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday. Snowfall in western Loudoun is expected to be heaviest from mid-to-late evening on Thursday, where 1 inch of snow accumulation per hour is possible.

Isolated areas could see higher amounts of 6 inches of snowfall according to western Loudoun's advisory, according to meteorologists.

Residents in both portions of the county are encouraged to undertake similar precautions when leaving their homes, and watch for icy or slippery sidewalks and roadways. 

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