DC, Baltimore areas prepare for winter storm

WASHINGTON - The Washington and Baltimore areas are bracing for a strengthening storm system expected to arrive as a massive winter storm.

A winter storm watch is in effect for both Washington and Baltimore. Points to the West, including Loudoun County, are under a winter storm warning. Conditions are expected to deteriorate late Tuesday night.
 
Forecasters say it's difficult to predict how much snow may accumulate in Washington and Baltimore along the crossover between rain and snow.
 
Emergency responders are concerned about power outages and traffic issues.
 
Power outages may be worse with wet, heavy snow that can bring down branches and power lines.
 
Dominion Virginia Power says it's talking with other utilities in the South about sending crews to help restore electricity.
 
Washington hasn't seen a major March snowfall since 2009. 
 
• March 1, 2009
BWI had a seasonal total of 3.3 inches at the end of Feb., then was hit with 4.7 inches total inches on March 1-2. The amount of snow was a record for the date.

• Superstorm of '93
It's the most famous storm in recent history -- a storm that brought a range of 1-3 feet of the white stuff to central Maryland and record low pressure to BWI. Other than the big storm, it was a quiet winter season. The storm doubled the seasonal amount in the area, and the storm ranked 5th on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale. The storm sent snow to areas from Florida to Maine.

• Ash Wednesday 1962
Falling 51 years ago on March 6-8. The storm dropped a daily record of 10 inches on Baltimore's BWI on March 6. The storm also brougth 60 mph winds and 25 ft waves hitting Ocean City.

• Palm Sunday Blizzard of 1942
The storm holds the rank as the sixth all time big snow storm in the history of the Baltimore area, dating back to 1880. It dropped more than 20 inches of snow across five counties. The first day of the storm broke the all time inch count for a snow storm in March.
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