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UPDATED: Storm could bring 4 to 7 inches of snow to Montgomery County

Heaviest snow expected Thursday morning, meteorologist says

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This story was updated at 10:20 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2021, to include the latest forecast

Another winter storm could bring 4 to 7 inches of snow to Montgomery County on Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Cody Ledbetter, a meteorologist, told Bethesda Beat on Wednesday morning that snow could start in the county after midnight, with heavier snow moving in by 3 a.m. on Thursday.

Ledbetter said morning commuters on Thursday should be aware that the heaviest snow will fall before noon.

“It could be a pretty extended period for moderate to heavy snow,” he said.

Ledbetter said that on Thursday afternoon, the precipitation will become sleet and freezing rain, continuing into the evening. Additional snow is possible, but uncertain, for Friday morning, he said.

The range of 4 to 7 inches, Ledbetter said, refers to expected accumulation on grassy surfaces. Northern parts of the county are expected to receive more snow, while areas closer to the D.C. line will receive less, he said.

Ledbetter said roads will still be treacherous on Thursday with cold temperatures below freezing.

Montgomery County Public Schools posted on its website that in preparation for the storm, the school system would serve five-day meal bags and boxes on Wednesday, and there will be no meal service on Friday.

This week’s impending winter weather follows another round of precipitation that the greater Washington area experienced last week and another storm that dumped 3 to 6 inches on parts of the county the first weekend this month.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com