By Mary Ann Barton
With most schools closed and thousands of homes in Northern Virginia without power after an icy winter storm, the National Weather Service issued an alert Monday that a new weather system could hit the area within the next 24 hours.
The National Weather Service on Monday morning issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire Northern Virginia region calling for possible heavy snow to hit the area Tuesday. The watch is in effect from Monday night until Tuesday afternoon.
Precipitation could start with sleet Monday night.
Predictions are for accumulations of 5 inches or more of snow to fall from Tuesday at dawn through early Tuesday afternoon, likely affecting the morning rush hour.
Temperatures Tuesday are expected to be in the upper 20s and lower 30s. Morning snow could fall at rates between 1 to 2 inches per hour for up to four hours, making for hazardous driving during the morning commute.