District Under Winter Storm Watch

3/4/2013, 12:57 p.m.

The National Weather Service is reporting that the D.C. region is under a winter storm watch, with increased chances of "significant snow" Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Winter storm watches generally call for heavy snow, sleet or ice accumulations, and by Wednesday, temperatures are expected to hover near the freezing mark.

The weather service's official report calls for rain Tuesday afternoon changing to snow after dark.

The low temperature will be 30 degrees Tuesday night and rise only to 33 degrees on Wednesday as precipitation continues through Wednesday evening. In addition, the precipitation which could result in as much as five inches of wet snow in the area, could cause several power outages.

According to a WTOP report, the District has gotten at least a trace of snow in March in 15 of the past 30 years. Seven of those 15 snowfalls have been less than an inch. The most recently really significant snow in March was 5.5 inches in 2009.

(Source: Georgetown Patch,WTOP)