The region is bracing for the first winter storm of 2019 and it is looking leave significant snowfall.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for an area including Loudoun County. This morning, the agency was predicting total accumulations of 4 to 7 inches through Sunday afternoon. Snowfall predictions have been increasing overnight and some forecasters are warning that it is possible that the storm will bring more than 10 inches of snow.
Snow is expected to begin falling between 2 and 4 p.m. today and to be heavy overnight.
As of noon, the Town of Leesburg was operating under snow emergency rules, prohibiting on-street parking on King, Loudoun and Market streets downtown. Residents are urged to remove all vehicles, trailers, trash cans and other items from roadways to provide snow plows with space to operate. The Town Hall parking garage, between Market and Loudoun streets, will be open at no charge throughout the weekend. Plowing operations will begin once snow accumulation on the roadway approaches 2 inches and with a focus on primary roads
Event organizers have postponed or cancelled many community programs planned for tonight and Sunday; check yours before attempting to head out.