2020 | Weather

UPDATED: Up to 3 inches of snow on Wednesday still in forecast for Bethesda area

Sleet, freezing rain also expected

Snow in Bethesda in 2019

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The latest forecast for Wednesday for the Bethesda area is 1 to 3 inches of snow.

The D.C. region is under a winter weather advisory until 1 a.m. Thursday, with temperatures expected to reach a high of 35 degrees.

Ray Martin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sterling, Va., said snow was expected to start falling late Wednesday morning.

Sleet and freezing rain were likely on Wednesday afternoon, Martin said. That could turn to rain later in the day, he said.

Then, the area could get another dose of snow overnight, into Thursday morning, he said.

The National Weather Service has said that northern and western portions of Montgomery County are likely to see higher snow totals on Wednesday — possibly up to 8 inches.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation announced in a press release that snow-removal crews would report to depots to pre-treat roads. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workers won’t eat and sleep at the depots as they normally do, according to the press release.

The DOT has put the following precautions in place during the pandemic:
• The number of workers inside depots will be limited
• Barriers have been erected in depots to ensure social distancing and give workers space to rest and eat
• No passengers are allowed in county vehicles or plows
• Masks must be worn while in depots
• The storm operations center is entirely virtual

The county’s transportation department is responsible for county-maintained roads, rights-of-way, sidewalks and trails. Crews begin clearing roads once three inches of snow have fallen.

On Wednesday morning, county departments were open and nonessential employees had the option of taking leave.

Montgomery County Public Schools, which is holding instruction virtually while buildings are closed during the pandemic, is conducting operations normally Wednesday, for the most part.

An announcement from the school system states that child care programs in MCPS buildings “may also open on time as scheduled” and that officials will monitor conditions during the day and provide updates if necessary.