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Capital Weather Gang: January 13, 2008 - January 19, 2008

Alert: Snow Showers or Flurries Likely

Dusting to an inch possible by midnight Latest Mid-Atlantic radar loop, courtesy National Weather Service. Refresh page to update, or click here to expand. The combination of moisture pluming up from the south and an approaching Arctic cold front is likely to produce some snow in the metro area through...

By Jason Samenow  | January 19, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Cold and Colder

Flurries possible today; frigid tomorrow It's about to get cold, real cold. Today's possible flurries and modest chill will be overshadowed by an Arctic front ushering in bone-chilling conditions late tonight into tomorrow. Temperatures will start to recover somewhat early next week. TODAY Mostly cloudy, chance of flurries. 35-40. A...

By Jason Samenow  | January 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Much Easier than Yesterday's

Weekend storm looking like a miss With yesterday's travel troubles long gone, this evening will be dry and cool for those headed home or out of town for the long weekend (maybe to somewhere more snowy than here!). Some remaining snow melt on roadways may cause isolated icy spots, but...

By Ian Livingston  | January 18, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Cause of Big Flakes

Some pretty big snowflakes were observed in Thursday's snowstorm. Numerous visitors commented on them, and weatherdudeVA asked: What is making these flakes SO BIG? Is it the fact that they have a high water content and they're sticking together, or is it something else? Yes - high water content and...

By Jason Samenow  | January 18, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Weekend Storm Trending Away

Still bears watching Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Saturday PM - Sunday AM Probability: 35% Potential Impact: The good news is you may not need that shovel again this weekend. That's not-so-good news for those craving more of the white stuff. During the day Saturday, low pressure pulling out of...

By Dan Stillman  | January 18, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Forecast: Snow Melts then Maybe More

Numbingly nippy by Sunday We'll have a turbulent ride this weekend. Warmth will melt the slush today, then some snow is possible from a storm on Saturday which will transition us into... frigid cold for the remainder of our holiday weekend. TODAY Sunny by midday, breezy, 48. After a mostly...

By Camden Walker  | January 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Photography: Fun in the Snow

Thursday's snow was perfect for sledding and snowmen, especially for Washington area kids who have not seen much snow this winter. I photographed some neighborhood scenes in western Fairfax County, where there was almost 4" of snow. The snow turned to rain and sleet about 4pm, but the kids...

By Kevin Ambrose  | January 18, 2008; 4:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Precipitation Peters Out

Slick spots could impact morning commute, schools Latest MidAtlantic radar loop, courtesy National Weather Service. Refresh page to update, or click here to expand. Precipitation -- now primarily in the form of sleet and rain -- is still on track to end from southwest to northeast between 7 p.m. and...

By Dan Stillman  | January 17, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Alert: Accumulation Coming to an End

A basketball left on a playground in Northern Virginia from our last spell of warm weather is covered by 4 inches of snow. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose. Within the metro area, most areas have seen snow mix with or change to sleet during the early afternoon....

By Dan Stillman  | January 17, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Photography: Downtown DC in Heavy Snow

As the snow poured down just before the lunch hour I grabbed my camera and headed out into the elements to see what the situation was on the ground. Upon exiting the building where I work downtown, I was greeted by moderate to occasionally heavy snow. Here are a few...

By Ian Livingston  | January 17, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Alert: Snow Continues at Steady Clip

Slightly higher accumulations; sleet and rain to mix in An unofficial measurement of accumulated snow inside the Capital Beltway. Refresh page to update, or click here to enlarge. Moderate to sometimes heavy snow has been falling across much of the DC metro area since late morning, and precipitation should continue...

By Dan Stillman  | January 17, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Alert: Here Comes the Snow

Latest MidAtlantic radar loop, courtesy National Weather Service. Refresh page to update, or click here to expand. Snow is currently spreading over the region as an area of low pressure destined to bring many their first accumulating snow of 2008 moves up the East Coast. Expect steady light to...

By Ian Livingston  | January 17, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (219)
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The Return of Snow

Accumulating snow likely today; Maybe more Saturday Winter weather advisory in effect for the metro area, winter storm warning in Loudoun, Fauquier and Frederick counties. Here we go. After more than a month since our last accumulating snowfall, chances are good some measurable amounts of the white stuff will fall...

By Josh Larson  | January 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Forecast: How Much Snow?

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Snow accumulation potential, January 17. Before you head to bed, here is our first crack at forecasting accumulations. We think 1-3" will generally fall in the metro area, but closer to 1" downtown and mainly on grassy surfaces. In the colder suburbs, north and west...

By Jason Samenow  | January 16, 2008; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Alert: Snow Confidence Increasing

The latest data I'm analyzing has increased my confidence in the likelihood of accumulating snow tomorrow (65%). The storm radar appears impressive (notice the precipitation coverage to the southwest) and snow has been reported as far south as Atlanta. The details given in Steve's earlier post on timing and impact...

By Jason Samenow  | January 16, 2008; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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CommuteCast: Winter 2.0, The Sequel

Clear commute; wintry mix likely tomorrow Precisely one year ago today, CapitalWeather.com's PM Update (archive not available) noted that the pattern had shifted exactly halfway through meteorological winter from a mild regime to a more wintry one, and a similar shift is happening this year. With yesterday's return to...

By Steve Scolnik  | January 16, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Alert: Winter Weather Advisory Tomorrow

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the District and points north and west from 7 a.m. Thursday to midnight Thursday night. According to NWS ... PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AS SNOW THURSDAY MORNING ACCUMULATING AROUND AN INCH AROUND THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR WITH AS...

By Dan Stillman  | January 16, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Small Storm May Cause Small Problems

Snow eventually changing to rain ... but when? Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Thursday Probability: 50% Potential Impact: First things first: This does not appear to be a big storm, or that it could turn into a big storm. We're talking minor accumulations at best. But around here, a light...

By Matt Ross  | January 16, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Forecast: Coastal Storm Could Bring Snow

Minimal accumulations possible; Super cold by Sunday The coastal storm is usually a snow lover's dream come true. As low pressure rides up the Eastern seaboard, cold air streams down from the north -- a perfect recipe for a winter wonderland. Yet, for the second time in a week, a...

By Dan Stillman  | January 16, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Squall Chasing and a Sun Pillar

I know it's a bad winter for snow when I need to chase a squall to try to get a good snow photo. What made the situation worse is that I could not catch up to the darn squalls, they moved too fast. It kind of reminded me of...

By Kevin Ambrose  | January 16, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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CommuteCast: Breezy, Cold After Snow Show

Mostly sunny tomorrow Some leftover spin in the atmosphere in the wake of the snowstorm departing to the northeast from the Canadian Maritimes brought some vigorous, if brief, snow flurries to the Washington metro area around noon today. (We'll try to have more on the spin factor in a...

By Steve Scolnik  | January 15, 2008; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Alert: Snow Flurries and Squalls Moving Through

Latest D.C metro area radar loop, courtesy AccuWeather. Reload to update, or click here to expand. A line of flurries and briefly intense snow squalls is now progressing into the western suburbs of DC. While short-lived, this line may produce a quick dusting to 1/2" of snow on grassy...

By Ian Livingston  | January 15, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Slim Snow Chances Stay Slim

Snow on an ultra low fat diet Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Thursday Probability: 30% Potential Impact: Commentary: I'll begin with some good news for snow lovers: I actually think there's about a 60% chance we see some snow Thursday. The bad news is I don't think it will amount...

By Jason Samenow  | January 15, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Forecast: Cold and Mostly Dry Next Two Days

Snow to rain possible Thursday; Some flurries today After eight consecutive days with above normal temperatures, we are finally settling into a more seasonable pattern for mid-January. After a couple of chilly but benign days, a storm system will approach the DC area from our south/southwest and bring with it...

By Matt Ross  | January 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Snow Starvation

The January "Snow Hole" There's never enough frozen precipitation in Washington for the confirmed snow lovers, but they were up against a formidable obstacle for the latest rain event last night into this morning: the January 14 "snow hole". As hard as it is to get the right ingredients together...

By Steve Scolnik  | January 14, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Brisk but Dry

A storm system that developed off the coast last night has moved northeastward, bringing snow to New England, where most Washingtonians would probably say it should stay. In its wake, variable clouds have spit out some scattered light snow flurries, some of which were reported by Capital Weather Gang...

By Steve Scolnik  | January 14, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Twelve Years Ago, After the Storm

Today marks the 12 year anniversary of my very first storm photo shoot of Washington, D.C. At that time, a series of snowstorms, including the Blizzard of 1996, had just dumped over two feet of snow across the D.C. area and I wanted to take some photos to document...

By Kevin Ambrose  | January 14, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Slight Shot at Snow Late This Week

Unclear if enough cold air will be in place. Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Thursday Probability: 30% Potential Impact: Commentary: If you are unhappy with the fact that yesterday's snow passed the Washington, DC area by while dumping quite a bit over New England, don't get too down (yet). Computer...

By Josh Larson  | January 14, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Finally that Winter Feeling

It may feel more like winter this week, but the question on most peoples' minds is will we get some snow so it will look like winter? That's a tough call because our cold air supply may be on its way out just in time for the arrival of the...

By Jason Samenow  | January 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freedman: Another Strange Year

Is the weather getting stranger or is it just me? More people asked themselves this question in 2007, as temperatures edged ever upward. This was, after all, the year when battling global warming turned into a worldwide social and political movement, thereby making odd weather suspicious. The weather of 2007...

By Andrew Freedman  | January 13, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Cold PM Rain, Possibly Some Flakes

Drying out Monday Snow has been tough to come by this winter and today will be no exception. A coastal storm will bring rain to the region this afternoon and it probably won't be cold enough for flakes to fly until the storm is pulling away. Don't expect any problems...

By Jason Samenow  | January 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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