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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2008

Alert: Here Comes the Snow

By Ian Livingston
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 moderate snow to begin before noon -- sooner as you head south and west. There may also be embedded areas of heavy snow, as has been reported near Richmond. Temperatures should fall several degrees as the precipitation picks up, and those areas currently near freezing will likely see road conditions deteriorate through early afternoon. Note that in DC proper, accumulations will generally be limited to grassy and elevated surfaces.

See the earlier team forecast for all the details, including our accumulation map, timeline and frequently asked questions about the storm. Use the comments link below to let us know what you're seeing out your window.

By Ian Livingston  | January 17, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
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Comments

Nothing is Davidsonville yet. Looking forward to seeing the grass covered....

Posted by: CJ | January 17, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Snowing in Fairfax, right off 66 at Nutley, at 10:08. Snowing pretty hard, too.

Posted by: TheManUpstairs | January 17, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

38.5 and very light snow in Mt Pleasant

Posted by: Matt Ross, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Steady snow here in Gaithersburg, not sticking though.

Posted by: AW | January 17, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

After fits and starts, looks like the steadier snow has reached Gaithersburg/Germantown area.

Posted by: mark | January 17, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Moderate snowfall in Falls Church. Nothing sticking yet.

Posted by: skywatcher | January 17, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Heavy snow in Woodbridge, 31.8. All paved surfaces covered.

Posted by: PC | January 17, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Just checked outside again -- now it's moderate to heavy and starting to stick in Falls Church.

Posted by: skywatcher | January 17, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Light to moderate snow in NW Montgomery. Cartops and sidewalks beginning to be covered. Temp 32.8

Posted by: JT | January 17, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Moving towards steady light snow in Dupont Circle.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Mommy! Ahh!

Posted by: ? | January 17, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

How confident are you that the snow will change to rain this afternoon/evening?

Posted by: Rob | January 17, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Light snow just starting near Georgetown (25th and M). Looking forward to some (hopefully) moderate to heavy snowfall!

Posted by: Tim in Kalorama | January 17, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Steady light snow now at Franklin Square. Just picked up in the last 5 mins.

Posted by: 16th and Irving | January 17, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

A question for the weather pros......I am driving to Martinsville (Southern Va.) tomorrow and returning Monday. Is the predicted snow storm on Saturday going to be like the one today or something bigger that should cause me to rethink my weekend trip?

Posted by: Manassas45 | January 17, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Heavy wet snow (and it's sticking!) in Fair Lakes -- off Fairfax County Parkway about midway between Springfield and Reston.

Posted by: Rebecca | January 17, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

85 and sunny at 17th & M streets NW. not sure what everyone else is seeing.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | January 17, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The Saturday Storm has a lot of potential, but there is still a bit of model divergence

Posted by: Matt Ross, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Snow started around 9:15 in Calverton, it's picked up in itensity but not sticking to anything yet. Weatherbug says it's 37 here so I don't expect anything yet.

I'd be really interested to hear more about the Saturday event, my sister is supposed to be driving up here from VA Beach that afternoon.

Posted by: Ana B | January 17, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

In Fllas Church -- trees, car tops covered. Sticking on grass and decks, and coming down at a moderate-to-heavy clip.

Posted by: skywatcher | January 17, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh no, let the full on panic begin! Let's all run out and get milk and eggs and toilet paper! THE SKY IS FALLING!! There's SNOW ON CARS and TREES AND ROADS!

New England mocks you.

Posted by: This area amuses me. | January 17, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Moderate snow in Mount Vernon with large, fluffy flakes but no sticking yet. 32.0. BabyArc, are you awake yet? Do you see your first snow?

Posted by: Etta | January 17, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

...and bread. Don't forget that bread is one of the three necessities for snow emergencies.

QUICK!!!! Let's close all the schools now, and preemptively close them for tomorrow!

Posted by: scaredy cats | January 17, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Tons of snow coming down in the Palisades near the reservoir. Not really sticking yet though.

Posted by: Tarkan | January 17, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It's snowing fairly hard in Waldorf - big fluffy flakes. The snow has started to stick on the grassy areas, trees, and cars. The roads I can see out my window seem wet but not slick. That's likely to change if this keeps up another hour or so.

Posted by: Jimmie | January 17, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

What a difference a beltway makes!!

Got into my car in Alexandria, barely flurrying. By the time I arrive to my jobsite in Fairfax, parking lots are starting to be covered, and as I write this 10 minutes later, they are

Posted by: Jamie Jones, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Moderate snow on Capitol Hill

Posted by: Mike from the Blue Ridge | January 17, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Snowing moderately in NW Montgomery. Grass is beginning to be covered. Temperature has fallen to 32.5.

Posted by: JT | January 17, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Very light snow in Crofton, nothing sticking yet.

Posted by: Katherine | January 17, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Lots of big fluffy snow here on the Herdon/Reston line (about 3 miles from IAD). Snow is sticking and grassy areas are almost covered. Thank goodness there is a Harris Teeter next door to my office -- I need to get many loaves of bread....lol.

I do expect FFX School to close early and no afternoon/evening events.

Posted by: Jenn in Reston | January 17, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I have a snowflake question: the flakes here now are literally the size of half dollars. Is that just one huge flake, or technically a bunch of smaller flakes stuck together? And, if so, do they have a special name?

Posted by: Etta | January 17, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

It's snowing!! This observation is being broadcast from the towers in Ballston, VA. I have a wide view of the surrounding area. I can reasonably say that it is currently snowing.

LC

Posted by: Mike Schmutz | January 17, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

at 10:44 it is snowing heavily in alexandria; sticking to the grass and shrubs; still 34F so the roads are just wet.

Posted by: jordan | January 17, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Oh no, let the full on panic begin! Let's all run out and get milk and eggs and toilet paper! THE SKY IS FALLING!! There's SNOW ON CARS and TREES AND ROADS!

New England mocks you."

Obvioulsy, it's not that we're panicking. We just love to see snow because we get it a lot less frequently than that frozen wasteland known as New England. Thanks for your concern, though. :-)

Posted by: skywatcher | January 17, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

starting to stick to the grass in ballston

Posted by: Anne | January 17, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Light snow just started here in Arnold with the temperature at 35.4.

Posted by: arnoldkh | January 17, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Here in Glover Park, it started as graupel about an hour ago and quickly transitioned to traditional snow as the intensity picked up. It's now coming down at a decent clip and is accumulating pretty quickly on everything but pavement.

Posted by: Parker | January 17, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Big flakes downtown now. Radar looks like we are in for a good period of moderate to sometimes heavy snow over the next hour at least.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Snowing big flakes in McLean. Cars covered and streets are geting covered as well.

Posted by: Snow Bird | January 17, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

A few fat flakes falling in College Park, MD.

Posted by: J in Germantown | January 17, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Now snowing heavily in NW Montgomery. Everything covered. Temperature continues to fall. Now 32.3

Posted by: JT | January 17, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

At last!!! Big pretty snowflakes!! And I ask too, do they have a special name in this form?

Posted by: missy | January 17, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to see that back end of the precip band fill in. Looks like the back end of the precip is about fifty miles west of Roanoke.

Posted by: JT | January 17, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

It is coming down in hordes in East Loudoun, It is almost starting to stick.

Posted by: Joey DC | January 17, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Some love from the NWS for areas South and East- they extended the Winter Weather Advisory.

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

snowing pretty heavily in falls church!

what can we, as snow fans, do to increase the accumulation totals? (i.e., what has to happen with that "warm air" coming in this afternoon? - and what are the chances it will be colder air?)

Posted by: walter | January 17, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

New NWS Short Term Forecast:


A HEAVIER BAND OF SNOW FROM NEAR WINCHESTER VIRGINIA EAST THROUGH THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND INTO PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY WILL MOVE FROM SOUTH TO NORTH ACROSS THE WASHINGTON METRO AREA THROUGH NOON. THIS BAND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES AN HOUR. VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED BELOW ONE HALF MILE AS THIS BAND MOVES THROUGH.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Huge flakes. Ground is white--grass, concrete, everything.

Posted by: mcleaNed | January 17, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

NWS has extended the advisory here in Anne Arundel County, they've also put PG and and King George's county under a WWA as well. The latest models have continued the westerly for trend for the storm this Saturday....I'm starting to get excited....

Posted by: arnoldkh | January 17, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Salt trucks out in full force in DC spreading salt . . . good job . . .

Posted by: Uncle Dak | January 17, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Grass and side streets covered in Falls Church. Maybe an inch?

Posted by: skywatcher | January 17, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

1 to 2 inches an hour wow i hope that affects East loudoun

Posted by: Joey DC | January 17, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Moderate to at times heavy snow in Suitland at the Census Bureau...

Posted by: bernydoode00 | January 17, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Have a flight out of National at 5 pm today.... should I try to reschedule it (it's a fun trip and I work for myself so it's not a big deal to move a vacation)? I'm flying Spirit (ugh) so I have limited flights I could switch to - tomorrow morning's is already sold out and there are barely any seats left on tomorrow evening's flight as it is.

Thanks for the advice!

Posted by: als1626 | January 17, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

i love it when weather guys say things like "heavy bands of snow." is this storm "overperforming"?

Posted by: walter | January 17, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Huge Snowflakes (reminds me of soap foam). Sticking to the sidewalks, trees, and rooftops nicely. Roads look mostly just wet outside my window.

Posted by: In Bethesda | January 17, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Should note that if we hold these intense rates, sidestreets and sidewalks can become snow covered as is being reported. 1-2"/hr can be hard to melt off quickly even if above freezing

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how bad it is in Sterling/Leesburg area

Posted by: eric | January 17, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The Baby ARC has awakened from her nap and emerged from thy crib to declare that yes, there is ONE INCH of fresh snow on her back deck in LoCo...

...I'm going to make her a snowman tomorrow. The total joys of having a new baby! Meanwhile here in Foggy B, the flakes are the size of pancakes and its sticking on the sidewalks. And with a snowpack on the ground, our cold air should definitely be in place for Saturday's potential event. NAM looks strong for all snow.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | January 17, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Snowing COTTON BALLS in Metro Center.

I'm in one of the giant office buildings at the 11th & I intersection, and something about the wind tunnel among all these buildings is making the snow whirl around - it looks exactly like a snow globe.

When I stepped outside in Silver Spring at 9am this morning, I saw ~12 flakes during my five-minute walk to the metro (and still got excited, because I've been so snow-deprived). Arrived downtown, and saw no snow at all...and now this!! :D

- dcsnowbaby@yahoo.com

Posted by: DC Snow Baby | January 17, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Everything, and I mean everything, is covered by SNOW in Reston right now. For a period while driving around 10:30 I could barely see in front of me car.

Posted by: Matt | January 17, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Starting to stick to the driveways in Bowie, but not yet to the streets. Temps 31 degrees.

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Huge flakes...the type my Czech ancestors called "sedlacy" [peasants, farmers] here in Ballston.

Any thundersnow reports??? I ought to check StrikeStar or HazardPredictor for any neaby cloud/ground flashes.

Posted by: El Bombo | January 17, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Been snowing for over an hour out here in Ashburn, I would guess we've already gotten an inch or so.

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

So, if this is 1-2 inches per hour, imagine what Lake Tahoe looked like two weeks ago with 6-8 inches/hour! Again, they ended up with 132 inches in 72 hours...yes one hundred thirty two inches.

Posted by: Kalorama Park | January 17, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Snowing steadily in south Reston but not hard enough to impair building-to-building visibility.

Etta, my understanding is that a really GIANT snowflake (individual crystal) is just shy of half an inch across. If you'd like to look at technicalities of snowflakes, try here
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/

Posted by: hymncat | January 17, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Is it me or is this system trending further and further to the east?

Posted by: bernydoode00 | January 17, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Amazing snow. Not much sticking downtown though. Looks like we have plenty on the way, though.

Posted by: 16th and Irving | January 17, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Snowing heavily in NW Montgomery. At least 1 1/2 inches, roads covered, temeperature 32.3

Posted by: JT | January 17, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Snowing hard in Bethesda with BIG flakes. Our side street is covered. I bet MCPS regrets not closing early. I'm home now after my final exam and got to walk home in the snow. Nice out.

Posted by: Peter | January 17, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention:

Bethesda- 33.1

Posted by: Peter | January 17, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Centreville Snowing heavily for past hour roads are covered

Posted by: Justin | January 17, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Both HazardPredictor and StrikeStar remain "negative" for lightning, except SW of Tampa and offshore from Savannah. Could be that some cyclogenesis could be initiating off the Sea Island GA area.

Posted by: El Bombo | January 17, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

It started snowing here in Annapolis a little while ago. It's coming down hard now but it's the big soft fluffy stuff that's not sticking yet.

Posted by: KM | January 17, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Heavy and sticking everywhere, including the roads

Posted by: Fairfax | January 17, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to the adult world Peter where you don't get out of school because your sidewalk is covered.

Posted by: OldtimeMontgomery | January 17, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Grass on Farragut Square finally starting to white over. nice "snow glove" effect outside office windows. Maybe it will look like real winter downtown for a couple of hours before the changeover begins.

Posted by: jmbethesda | January 17, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Beginning to stick to roads and sidewalks in Beltsville. As others have said, HUGE flakes!

Posted by: Ryan | January 17, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm starting to think this forecast is going to be a bust. Deep cold isothermal layer. Snowing still in Southern Maryland. We're going to end up with more than 0-2 inches south and east of the City.

Posted by: climo | January 17, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Snow now beginning to stick to the roads here in Lincolnia. Measurement from deck in the backyard indicates 1.25 inches.

I guess with a 1-2 inch per hour rate, the snow would have to stop falling in 25-45 minutes for the forecast not to have "overperformed" (forecast was for 1-2 inches in DC and inner suburbs).

YEAH!

Posted by: Chris in Alexandria | January 17, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Great, then how much are we going to end up with out here by Dulles?

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Near Chinatown it's snowing at a decent clip -- and it's starting to stick to the sidewalks on the construction sites!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Snowing like "whoa" over here in Annapolis.

Posted by: Christopher Blunck | January 17, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

DCA reporting heavy snow

SPECI KDCA 171619Z 14005KT 1/4SM R01/1800V2800FT +SN BR OVC005 01/M01 A3030 RMK AO2 P0003

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This just came from my boss at work in downtown DC..."Given the fact that even one flake of snow falling on our beloved city and metro area has the potential for chaos, the office will close one hour early today at 4:00 p.m. All employees working earlier hours may leave one hour ahead of their normal departure time. I am sure that since I have taken this action that it will be 60 degrees later today!"

LOL - only in DC!

Posted by: Nader | January 17, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

To: "this area amuses me"
you sound like a dick (IMHO)

Posted by: I like snow | January 17, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Snow has really intensified in Calverton, the grass and sidewalks went from bare to covered in less than 30 minutes. The roads are still looking wet but with snow accumlating between lanes.

Posted by: Ana B | January 17, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Heavy snow and sticking in Hagerstown and south into I-70 corridor toward South Mountain.

Posted by: downsvillecc | January 17, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

OldtimeMontgomery-

Haha, I've actually got 4 more years. :-)

Posted by: Peter | January 17, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Snow has intensified in the last 10-15 mins out here in Ashburn/Dulles.

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Arlington/East Falls Church/Seven Corners at 11:45 AM

Temp: 35.7 F
Accumulation: 1.5"
Light east wind

Posted by: Tom | January 17, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Snowing big-time here - and sticking to roads - in Springfield near 395. Thank God for huge windows in this building, it's pretty beautiful out ...

Posted by: Andy | January 17, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

In SW DC on 12&D. Sticking to grass but not pavement. I am hoping the Fed will call an early dismissal!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Snowing heavily in Purcellville (west Lo Co), all roads are covered and beginning to get slippery! Should be interesting for afternoon bus runs! Have about 2 inches already.

Posted by: vatchr | January 17, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Where's Doug Hill and Tony Pann?

And how about that 12z NAM - Saturday has a real shot to give us a rare snow falling on a snowpack. Baby and Mrs. ARC report very heavy snow and "definitely more than one inch - probably more like two inches" out in LoCo. Radar echos are very heavy over that area so they may see that 1-2 inches per hour thru 2pm easily...its barely sticking on the sidewalks still here in Foggy B.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | January 17, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

2" on everything in Leesburg and snowing hard. Almost lost my white dog.

Posted by: Policymaven | January 17, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Snowing quite heavily in Bethesda. The funny thing is, weather.com still says "light snow". It's one thing to incorrectly project the weather, but to post it wrong as it's happening?! No excuse, especially for those in the weather business.

Thanks to everyone for keeping us updated :-)

Posted by: Noelle | January 17, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sticking to roads in Bowie - everything is covered. 31.5 degrees.

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Still have big fat flakes falling downtown, but still only accumulating on tree/dirt patches and car tops, not sidewalks or streets.

Posted by: DC Snow Baby | January 17, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Me too -- if OPM calls it, I'm private sector but I get out too. :)

Posted by: to vatchr | January 17, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm suprised we're seeing it stick at all with most temperature reports in the mid thirties.

Posted by: Kalorama Park | January 17, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Here we go - first sign of uncivilized behavior.

To: I Like the Snow: just drop it, he was probably joking. Even if he wasn't, New England does mock us! It is rather comical around here, just see the my earlier post about the email from my boss.

Posted by: Nader | January 17, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

You're kidding? An inch and a half at 7 Corners already? I better consider heading home. Fun is fun, but travel could get hazardous here.

Posted by: Fenriss | January 17, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Here in Reston, it's been snowing steadily and there is at least an inch on the ground, maybe more (hard to see from this high up). My dad, in Burke, left me a message saying that he thinks he's got 3 inches at his house and from his perspective, it's coming down hard.

Posted by: Jaradel | January 17, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Snowing moderately here in Arnold, snow sticking to sidewalks, and driveways...I was just out and driving around and started to see some spotty coverage on the roads...

Posted by: arnoldkh | January 17, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Snow on the sidewalks is definitely becoming an "adult" concern as my middle schoolers here in Bristow slip-slide on their way from the building across the parking lot and out to the classroom trailer...adolescents are a little less safety concerned and far more fun concerned at this point. Sidewalk clearing isn't keeping up with the beautiful flakes!

Posted by: missy | January 17, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Continues to snow heavily in NW Montgomery. At least two inches on the ground, side streets covered, and temperature stays at 32.3

Posted by: JT | January 17, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Heavy snow and road accumulation in Reston. Local road outside my office window with backup and marooned cars on a hill you wouldn't notice any other day.

Posted by: Lee Altman | January 17, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I am somewhat concerned. PGCPS won't close early now (past the 10.15 deadline), and the conditions are worsening.

Posted by: jerry | January 17, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

BCPS--closing two hours early! finally looks like winter here in Bmore!

Posted by: Baltimore Russ | January 17, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

apx 1 mile from DC border
11:56
streets covered and snowing very heavily- great big flakes

Posted by: chevy chase | January 17, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

To: I Like the Snow: just drop it, he was probably joking. Even if he wasn't, New England does mock us! It is rather comical around here, just see the my earlier post about the email from my boss.
Nader
-----------------------------------------
Oh, how true that is about New England mocking us!

I grew up in the Augusta, GA, area and did not see my first snowfall until I was eight years old. We got a whopping four inches of the stuff, and my younger sister and I were so thrilled. Our dad, who had been born and raised in the Boston area, snorted and said to us, "Hmph! Heavy frost!" :)

Posted by: Lynne | January 17, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

any rumors or thoughts about the gov shutting it down early?

Posted by: rumor mill | January 17, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Noelle your first lesson in weather watching. NEVER consult weather.com or even the Weather Channel unless there is a hurricane threatening your area. They forecast for a huge area and don't update anything because they don't have to because they know that the naive will go to their site.

Posted by: Bill | January 17, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

No one working in DC -- you all are posting comments about 1" of snow. No wonder our economy is in a shambles! Back to work!

Posted by: Jim | January 17, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Traffic starting to back-up in Tysons already

Posted by: JB | January 17, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

1.5" near Seven Corners no joke, just measured it. Flakes smaller now and snowfall somewhat lighter than during past hour, but still falling at a good rate. Pavement/sidewalks snow-covered.

Posted by: Tom | January 17, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! I de-jinxed it! It's starting to stick on the sidewalks now! :D

Posted by: DC Snow Baby | January 17, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

3.7" as of 11:45am.
Snow/sleet mix right now.

Posted by: Chase, Luray (THE Valley King) | January 17, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Re: Noelle , weather.com, etc

And that is the difference between what you get here at CWG and what you get at your big forecasting outlets. Because we are online, interactive, and to some degree a blog, we can more quickly react and adjust as opposed to the big boys where every change is a lumbering operation. And of course, we should have a new update on the site my mid-afternoon.

Posted by: Jamie Jones, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'm properly vetted now (actually measured the snow on deck) and it is 2.5" in SW Leesburg. [Previously I was sending the dog out every 15min. for 5min. durations and extrapolating the rate of snowfall from accumulation on dog's back. It was working well until the dog began to complain ... ]

Posted by: Policymaven | January 17, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

JB, traffic always backs up in Tysons during lunch hour :) Steady snow, about 2 inches on the ground out here in Ashburn.

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing pretty heavily all morning in Harrisonburg. Id say 4 inches on the ground right now and the major road ways are covered with snow. 28 degress right now

Posted by: Russ | January 17, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Almost 2 inches on the back deck. And still big fat fluffly flakes. Just salted my front steps.

And no plows. I almost slid into the neighbors car pulling into my parking spot. I am staying put until I see plows.... (there is an elementary school next door, so hopefully they will be by soon before the kids are cut loose)

Posted by: Kim in manassas | January 17, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

This snow wimp is bailing and heading home early today in Gaithersburg. Visibility bad and roads getting a bit snow covered it looks like.

Posted by: mark | January 17, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Ah, snow in Harrisonburg... I miss that. You could get a pretty decent snowstorm in the 'Burg when DC was getting sleet or freezing rain. Enjoy it, Russ.

Posted by: Jaradel | January 17, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

It started snowing lightly at 9:45; by 10:00 it was covering sidewalks. Now the parking lot has at least one inch of snow.

Posted by: Bailey's xroads | January 17, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like PWCounty is staying in school...still snowing steady here.

Posted by: missy | January 17, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

My side -- but heavily traveled -- road is covered.

Posted by: jerry | January 17, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

One inch of beautiful snow here in Bethesda, about two in Darnestown, according to the weather-wife. I am mostly staring out of my office (and blogging, obvisouly) instead of doing work. Life is grand! Enjoy the snow, everyone, it's nice when it happens.

Posted by: Curtis | January 17, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the Intellicast Radar the rain line is now north of Richmond, I'm going to be bummed to see this all washed away.

Posted by: Ana B | January 17, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

tried to make it from home to manassas and had to turn back. Roads are slow and fauquier side streets (unplowed) are completely covered. We have 3.5 inches. And it's all sticking. Flakes are huge and it's falling fast .....

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 17, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

anyone want to come up to buffalo ny for winter training?! LOL

Posted by: nall92 | January 17, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

At least 2" on deck here in Sykesville.

Posted by: jmr1 | January 17, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

heavy snow in rockville-,aybe 1.5-2 inches already

Posted by: BRIAN | January 17, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

when the government and schools too decide to close early, when do they make that call usually? 12, 1, 2?

Posted by: question | January 17, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Schools usually have to call it by 11, federal government has a web site: http://www.opm.gov/status if you're interested and also has a listserv if you don't want to bookmark the site.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Snow changing to sleet in Southern Fairfax/Northern PW. Seems like the transition is starting..

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

does the gov. usually have to make that call at a certain time?

Posted by: right but.. | January 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Probably about two inches of increasingly slushy snow outside my office in Tysons.

Posted by: Mark | January 17, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Alexandria City schools announced at 11:50 that they are closing at 1:00 pm. Nothing like a lot of advance notice for those of us working in the city or - like me - for the Feds up in MD on Fishers Lane...sigh....

Posted by: Elizabeth | January 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Noelle, Bill and Jamie:

Bill is right on about weather.com/TWC - they truly are hurricane experts there, but for your micro-climate here in DC, stick to the local sites - preferably this one - for your weather. The guys down in ATL just dont care about how 66 or 270 is going to be during the evening rush...the Red Cross sure does appreciate TWC during hurricane season, but they aren't much help during a developing nor'easter.

Here in Foggy B, the roads are just starting to turn white...

Posted by: Dulles ARC | January 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

There's some pretty potent areas of precip just west of the city, according to radar.

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I just heard they bumped the amount predictions up to 5 inches for points west of the beltway. I can't remember the last time I saw flakes this big for this long of a time.

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

All sleet now in northern PW/southern Fairfax - after about 2+ inches. Wonder if this will be the trend or if it may switch back to snow.. Any insight??

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hymncat- thanks for the snowflake info- that site is amazing! I am in awe of those snowflake close up photos.

Posted by: Etta | January 17, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Here just outside of Old Town Alexandria, the snow just turned to falling ice.

Posted by: Mike | January 17, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

OK I am seeing flakes (water not people)larger than I thought possible out the window here in Fairfax City. Everything is white, seems to be about 3 inches on the ground and growing fast. Snowing so hard you can hardly see across the street. I do not for see things warming up much or fast with this level of snow, the more snow the more energy pulled out of the air and the colder it gets. Local gov wont close but man its nasty out. Oops just changed over to smaller flakes with even more of them

Posted by: ThePlanner | January 17, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Godzilla-sized flakes in Bethesda.

Posted by: Peter | January 17, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Snow starting to stick on I-66 in Rosslyn.

Posted by: Rob | January 17, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking at the radar... and the precip is already ending around the WV border. Why is it forcasted (is that a word?) to continue precipitating all afternoon and into the evening when it looks like it's gonna end by 3-4PM...?

Posted by: Peter | January 17, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

snowing fairly heavily in Reston - about 3" alreday. Traffic seems to be slowing down.

Posted by: SR | January 17, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't FCPS getting out early!!??

Posted by: Travis | January 17, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

is dc going to break out the beet juice for the roads?

Posted by: iheartsnow | January 17, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Changing to sleet in Old Town Alexandria.

Posted by: JP | January 17, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Teeny flakes in Bethesda now. Still falling pretty steadily.

Posted by: In Bethesda | January 17, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Very light snow now out here by Dulles, what a difference 30 mins makes. Is this the eye of the storm or did we already see the worst of it?

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Roads are extremely treacherous.

Two people almost hit me and I saw three accidents -- just between Herndon and Reston.

I measured a little above 3 inches on my deck here in Reston -- starting to change over to snow/sleet mix.

Posted by: Jenn in Reston | January 17, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It is nearly 1 o'clock and the snow is still falling steadily in big flakes here in G'burg. We have about 3 (unmeasured) inches. It is beautiful. Fortunately, I can sit and watch it from my home.

Posted by: mlynn | January 17, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

sleet in ballston

Posted by: Anne | January 17, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

A block from the White House, within the past few minutes it went from large flakes to small flakes to what looks like a mix of tiny flakes and light rain. It's gonna change over, unfortunately.

Posted by: Winter Warlock | January 17, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

And now it is all sleet here in Bethesda

Posted by: In Bethesda | January 17, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Mixed precep in South Arlington

Posted by: Snowlover2! | January 17, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

33.8 degrees, Light Sleet, 2.0"

Mt Pleasant

Posted by: Matt Ross, Capital Weather Gang | January 17, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Sleet-Snow combo meal here at the Navy Annex near Arlington National Cemetery.

Posted by: Robert | January 17, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Even Loudoun County Public Schools remaining open.

On the mall maybe 1" on grass and on the cooler surfaces, very little on the roads.

Posted by: Peter in DC | January 17, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

2 Inches down in Spotsylvania. Last hour was a heavy, wet snow which layered the pines, red oaks, and dogwoods. Very scenic here. All Changed to rain 1/2 ago.

Saturday looks like round 2 maybe?

Posted by: StormChaser | January 17, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Back to all snow here at the Navy Annex in Arlington...large heavy wet flakes.

Posted by: Robert | January 17, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

To the moron in the red Expedition who was tailgating me on Conn. Ave. from Kensington to Aspen Hill: STOP IT!

Here I am, doing 38 in a 40mph zone, in the middle lane. My Prius' brake lights are showing me that it is slippery. I'm trying not to hit the other cars. And this MORON comes along and tailgates in all three lanes. This is why I don't like to drive in the snow around here. I can drive perfectly well. Some people (red Expedition) can't.

Posted by: Mary Beth | January 17, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Back to big flakes at 14th and Eye -- I'm not so sure the rain has arrived!

Posted by: Adam | January 17, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

It was a lull, snow back to the steady rate it was at earlier, but have noticed the temp at Dulles has risen to 34.

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It is now raining ice in McLean, VA. Does this mean that it will freeze up on the streets? If so, traffic will be pretty bad.

Posted by: Snow Bird | January 17, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Changing over to light sleet/snow mix in Bowie. I measured 3 inches on the table/grass, about 1 inch on the paved surfaces.

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

major sleet PLUS huge flakes in Rosslyn....

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and temps have been steady around 31/32.

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

... errr, change over, meaning, back to big flakes downtown, at least for the moment.

Posted by: Winter Warlock | January 17, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

For those who are wondering why the schools aren't getting out: it's exam week. They don't want to have to reschedule exams.

Posted by: Mary Beth | January 17, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I am sure this a perennial comment, but really, this snow would not get more than a standard mention by people in places like Cleveland or New England. I think all the hype just makes people more anxious when there is moderate snow.

Posted by: James T. | January 17, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

James T.: The reason we get excited about snow is because we aren't buried in it for the entire winter as in New England. It isn't an everyday occurrence, so it is something special/different in our boring lives. :)

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Sleet coming down at a good clip in Calverton.

Posted by: Ana B | January 17, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, it gives us something to talk about during work, don't kill it for us James. Plus, the snow doesn't fly here as much as it doez in Cleveland or New England.

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

actually, this snow would get mentioned (I say as a northerner) because of the ice. Thesnow I grew up with and learned to drive in was snow, not sleet and not ice or wintry mix. NO one, not even overconfident folks in their SUVs can drive on ice. You can plow snow and make the roads dry pretty quickly, but this mess is impossible to deal with.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

It looks to me from the radar like areas north and west of the city will not get rain. DC itself is right on the snow/mix line so it could go either way over the next two hours or so. Should be over well before rush hour.

Posted by: Winter Warlock | January 17, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow here in Crystal City. Not much accumulation, though

Posted by: Rose | January 17, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

VERY WORRIED ABOUT MY CAT!!! We JUST moved here from Tampa!!! He... is... SOMEWHERE?!?!

Posted by: Jesse | January 17, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

If traffic in New England were as bad as it is here, they'd be talking about it the way we do!

Posted by: Ken | January 17, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Its 1:30 and its still snowing in Harrisonburg with it picking back up within the last few minutes. 5.5 inches in front of my house and temp at 29. I think its possible that this could be an all snow event here, ending before it changes to a mix. Definitely more than I expected.

Posted by: Russ | January 17, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

nasty mix of lots and lots of sleet with snow here in Rosslyn. Looks as if it is sticking to everything, including roads, which have not been touched. Anyone have a report on City of Alexandria roads?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Just stepped outside, I can hear the sleet starting to mix in with the snow out here in Ashburn/Dulles, so be careful out there over the next hour or so if you start to head home.

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 17, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Sleet in Logan Circle with occasional bursts of big flakes...

Posted by: logan | January 17, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I've been watching WeatherBug, and temps have actually been falling at the sites around Bowie. Now around 29-31. Maybe no changeover to rain...?

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Btw, NEW POST UP.

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Back to light snow in Northern PW/Sourthern Fairfax.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

ABANDON YOUR CARS...

Posted by: MICHAEL1945 | January 17, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Jesse: Put some cat food outside for your cat! He's probably really freaked by this cold, wet stuff!

(I've got some 7-1/2 month old kittens. They're going to love going out on the balcony! NOT.)

Posted by: Mary Beth | January 17, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It was sleet and rain for a while in Fairfax City, but now it's gone back to snow.

Posted by: Wade | January 17, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Snowing in C-ville, fairly large flakes, and steady.

Posted by: Noel | January 17, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Out here in Silver Spring it has turned to frozen rain pellets. A nice glaze over top of the snow. The street looks slushy from here. My doberman and I ventured out to make snowballs earlier...excellent snow for snowballs but I think it won't hold up if the sleet continues. Drive carefully out there.

Posted by: snowflake sue | January 17, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Switched back over to snow here now.

Posted by: In Bethesda | January 17, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, freaking out in the snow is a source of hometown pride to us native Washingtonians! Other cities have great baseball teams or famous food delicacies. We have snow panic! You can't understand it unless you grew up here.

Posted by: A native Washingtonian | January 17, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I am sure this a perennial comment, but really, this snow would not get more than a standard mention by people in places like Cleveland or New England. I think all the hype just makes people more anxious when there is moderate snow.

Posted by: James T. | January 17, 2008 01:23 PM

IMO because the DC area has such a variety of driving experience it gets crazy when the weather changes. i mean someone from cali or fl, would be more anxious than say someone from cleveland or new england

James T.: The reason we get excited about snow is because we aren't buried in it for the entire winter as in New England. It isn't an everyday occurrence, so it is something special/different in our boring lives. :)

new englanders/clevelanders/new yorkers-we aren't buried the entire winter. but we know how to handle it!!! :)

Posted by: jtf | January 17, 2008 01:27 PM

Posted by: nall92 | January 17, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

to native washingtonian:

mr nall92 is a native washingtonian and after we moved to buffalo and got 7ft the next day he soon learned how NOT to freak out!! i still giggle to this day remembering the look on his face when he saw his first double bladed plow and a snowblower the size of a large SUV!! :)

Posted by: nall92 | January 17, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

About 7-8 years ago, I was visiting my brother and sister-in-law north of Chicago for Thanksgiving. They should have taken the first snowfall of the year in stride, right? No!! I saw all kinds of panic. I felt almost at home.

Posted by: Mary Beth | January 17, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The reasons why snow perturbs DC:

* All too often, its a slushy mix on the roads, unlike the snowier regions. Packed snow is easier to drive on.

* Many foreigners who have never driven in snow/slush before.

* Many arrogant people who disregard the previous bullets because they have SUVs, or big PU, or are, simply, too important to wait behind the riff-raff.

Posted by: AWWNats | January 17, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

It is again snowing the size of GOLF BALLS in McLean, VA. Traffic is going to be terrible. I am so glad I commute.

Posted by: Snow Bird | January 17, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Changed from sleet back into snow in Shirlington. Big huge snowflakes, too.

Posted by: JP | January 17, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

its lovely lovely lovely
hope mcps cancels school for friday
5 day vaca- ski slopes here we come or we will just stay home and nest, eat -take the break.

"no more beltway sluggish commutes"
"no more 6:40am student to boost"
SCHOOLS OUT FOR SNOW DAYS!!!!!

Come on everybody sing along

Posted by: btownbabe | January 17, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse


Schools out for snow daze

Posted by: edra | January 17, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Report from a DC Expat...

It's currently 0° (with a windchill of -6°), and we got about 2 inches of snow (though it blew around a bit, so hard to say how much exactly). No closings - hell, they barely plowed...

Oh wait - you wanted DC weather, not Western Wisconsin... :)

Love the blog. Makes me home sick...

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