First Snow of Season Possible Saturday

Chance of snow Saturday

By Jim Iovino
|  Friday, Dec 4, 2009  |  Updated 5:28 PM EDT
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First Snow of Season Possible Saturday

Quick, run to the store and buy up all the bread, milk and toilet paper you can! There's a chance of snow in the forecast!

That's right, there is a chance that the D.C. area could see some of the white stuff for the first time this season this weekend, according to NBC4 meteorologist Bob Ryan.

A low-pressure system will form along the eastern Gulf Coast and move north, bringing snow to the mid-Atlantic region.

After midnight, as moisture pushes north, there is a chance of light snow showers through the Shenandoah Valley and high spots through Virginia.

People in the D.C. area should expect rain Saturday beginning about 7-9 a.m. At about noon, that's expected to change to snow, Ryan said. That could continue until the evening.

Ryan put the odds of rain changing to snow at 90 percent. He called the chance of D.C.'s first inch of snow 70 percent and the chance of at least 6 inches of snow 20 percent.

The ground is warm, but several inches of wet snow is possible, Ryan said. Higher altitude spots north and west of the D.C. area could get 3-6 inches.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. That means the snow, rain and/or wintry mix could cause slippery roads and limited visibility. Drivers should use extra caution.

Expect high temperatures in the upper 30s or lower 40s.

Snow lovers probably won't be completely satisfied with this possible snowfall, but it's a good sign of things to come.  Oh, and don't forget you can still enter your best guess for when the first inch of snow will fall in D.C.  Click here to submit a guess.

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