2020 | Weather

UPDATED: Up to 4 inches of snow expected in Bethesda area Wednesday

Northern areas of county could see up to 8 inches

The National Weather Service predicts the Bethesda area could see up to 3 inches of snow on Wednesday.

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This story was updated at 6 p.m. Dec. 15, 2020, with the latest forecast for Montgomery County.

The night before a winter storm is expected to hit Montgomery County, forecasters with the National Weather Service are still predicting up to 4 inches of snow in the Bethesda area.

As of Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service is predicting that the area could see light snowfall Wednesday, totaling 1 to 4 inches.

Snow is expected to begin around 10 a.m. and continue until early afternoon. At about 6 p.m., rain is expected to replace snow, and it could switch back to snow around midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The northern and western portions of Montgomery County can expect to see up to 8 inches of snow throughout the day.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation wrote in a press release Tuesday morning that it expects up to 5 to 7 inches in the downcounty area and 10 inches in the northern parts of the county.

Wednesday’s high temperature is expected to be about 35 degrees, with a low in the mid-20s.

Wednesday’s storm is the product of a system of high pressure in Canada and New England that will bring cold air to the region in a phenomenon often referred to as a “nor’easter.”

Montgomery County Public Schools — which has virtual instruction while school buildings are closed during the pandemic — will likely not be affected by Wednesday’s storm, unless there is a major countywide power outage, spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala wrote in an email on Monday.