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DC, Baltimore areas prepare for winter storm

WASHINGTON — The Washington and Baltimore areas are bracing for a strengthening storm system expected to arrive as a massive winter storm.

A winter storm watch is in effect for both Washington and Baltimore. Points to the West, including Loudoun County, are under a winter storm warning. Conditions are expected to deteriorate late Tuesday night.

Forecasters say it’s difficult to predict how much snow may accumulate in Washington and Baltimore along the crossover between rain and snow.

Emergency responders are concerned about power outages and traffic issues. Power outages may be worse with wet, heavy snow that can bring down branches and power lines. Dominion Virginia Power says it’s talking with other utilities in the South about sending crews to help restore electricity.

Washington hasn’t seen a major March snowfall since 2009.