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Winter Storm Timeline: Bowie Could Receive 9 Inches of Snow

A breakdown of the next 24 hours as a winter storm hits the region.

Up to 9 inches of snow may fall in Prince George's County Tuesday.|Photo credit: Deb Belt
Up to 9 inches of snow may fall in Prince George's County Tuesday.|Photo credit: Deb Belt
By Andrew Metcalf and Jenni Pompi

And so it begins. Tuesday morning snow started to fall in Northern Prince George's County at around 10 a.m.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The weather service predicts about 4-8 inches of snow to fall in the county during the day, and an additional inch to fall during evening hours. 

Prince George's County Public Schools announced Monday night they would be closed for the day Tuesday. The Prince George's County government also closed for the day, requiring only essential employees to report for work. The City of Bowie government remains open, with a liberal leave policy in effect. 

The National Weather Service also issued a wind chill advisory from 6 p.m. until noon on Wednesday. Bitter winds are expected to follow the snow storm, with wind chill values dropping as low as -15 on Wednesday.

Storm Timeline:

10 a.m. Tuesday: Snow begins. The snow is expected to accumulate throughout the day as the temperature falls from a high of 28 to about 15 degrees with wind speeds between 11 and 15 mph. Between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. the area is expected to get between 4 and 8 inches of snow.

Midday Tuesday: The heaviest snow is expected to fall during this time. Visibility is expected to be reduced to less than a half mile. The National Weather Service reports, "traveling will become dangerous today."

9 p.m. Tuesday: Snow should stop and high winds will begin to strike the area. Wind speeds are expected between 20 to 22 mph, with 40 mph gusts overnight. Up to an inch of snow is predicted to fall overnight. The weather service warns if you must travel outside, to wear a hat and gloves as hypothermia and frostbite can occur quickly. The nighttime low is predicted to be 6 degrees, with wind chill values ranging from -5 to -15 degrees. 

Wednesday morning: Winds will begin to taper off at this time. Wind speeds are predicted to drop to around 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. A high near 16 degrees is predicted with wind chill values as low as 11 degrees below zero.

Wednesday night: Wind chill values are expected to drop to as low as -6, while the low is predicted to be around 7 degrees.

Rest of the week: Bitter temperatures will continue until Saturday. Thursday is expected to reach a high of 19, with a low of 4 at night. Friday is predicted to be sunny with a high near 18 and low around 13. On Saturday temperatures will rise to just above freezing, 34 degrees.

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