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Snow big deal for the D.C. area

Saturday - 2/4/2012, 1:53pm  ET

WASHINGTON - There is snow in the forecast for the D.C. area, but it's really not expected to be much of a big deal.

ABC 7 Meteorologist Chad Merrill says rain starting late in the afternoon Saturday will eventually change into a brief period of snow when some cold air comes through late Saturday or early Sunday.

"It won't be anything like what the Plain States are seeing," says Merrill.

Merrill says there will be little to no accumulation in the D.C., maybe up to a half inch on the grassy areas. The warm temperatures should keep anything from sticking on the roads.

The National Weather Service has not issued any winter weather advisories for the D.C. area, and it's not likely that any will be issues, says Merrill.

The storm system is coming to the area is part of the system that dumped up to 6 feet of snow on Colorado, but we'll just get the northern fringes of the system.

Areas more north and west of the District, like in the Blue Ridge Mountains, should see some more snow. Merrill says the Blue Ridge could see up to 3 inches from the storm.

There have only been 1.7 inches of snow recorded this winter at Reagan National Airport, which is well below the average of 9 inches.

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