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Capital Weather Gang: February 17, 2008 - February 23, 2008

AccuWeather's Jim Kosek: Weather Idol?

Sometimes going over the top gets you noticed. When surfing YouTube yesterday, I stumbled upon a video forecast for the D.C. area by Accuweather meteorologist Jim Kosek which shocked me when I hit the play button... My reaction???...

By Jason Samenow  | February 23, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Forecast: Cold and Clammy Before Clearing

If you're up early this morning, watch out for a few icy spots, especially north of the beltway where temperatures hovered near freezing overnight. Also be cautious in navigating through patchy fog. The good news is temperatures will rise above freezing everywhere this afternoon. The better news is that...

By Jason Samenow  | February 23, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Some Slick Spots, But No Hard Freeze

Ice coats a car this morning in Oakton, Va. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose. *A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 9am Saturday morning* A final little batch of showers is departing the area off to the northeast with temperatures at all three local airports above freezing....

By Dan Stillman  | February 22, 2008; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Update: Icy Rain Down but not Out

A bit more ice possible; temperatures hover near freezing Latest mid-Atlantic winter weather radar loop, courtesy Intellicast. Blue is snow; pink is a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and/or snow; and green is rain. Note that parts of the leading edge of precipitation may be virga, precipitation in the...

By Jason Samenow  | February 22, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Live Chat at Noon

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. tonight You've got questions? Hopefully, I've got answers. Join me for a live chat at noon. Feel free to bring questions about how much more ice and rain to expect, how the evening commute will be, why more snow didn't fall or...

By Jason Samenow  | February 22, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Slow Improvement Inside the Beltway

Subfreezing temperatures and ice remain N & W Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. tonight School Closings | Traffic Federal Government Status: Open under unscheduled leave policy After several hours of icing, many (but not all) areas inside the beltway are near freezing. The rise in temperature comes...

By Jason Samenow  | February 22, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Update: Icy Mix Overtakes Region

Expect slick morning commute Winter Storm Warning in effect until 10 p.m. tonight School Closings | Traffic Federal Government Status: Open under unscheduled leave policy Light snow, which fell only in very small quantities (mainly less than half an inch) overnight, has changed over to freezing rain and sleet across...

By Jason Samenow  | February 22, 2008; 5:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: A Bit of Snow, Then an Icy Mess

*Winter Storm Warning in effect until 10pm Friday night* Snow has already moved into the Maryland suburbs north and west of the beltway. It is these areas that will likely receive enough snow to shovel by morning. In the immediate metro area (inside the beltway) and further south, perhaps just...

By Capital Weather Gang  | February 21, 2008; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Snow Sliding North, Ice Still on Track

*Winter Storm Warning in effect until 10 p.m. Friday night* Throughout the day we've been monitoring the potential for an approaching winter storm to serve up an appetizer of light snow tonight, and a main course of freezing rain tomorrow. Tonight: The latest data shows the heaviest of tonight's snow...

By Dan Stillman  | February 21, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alert: Winter Storm Warning Issued

Clear commute; deteriorating conditions overnight *Winter Storm Warning from 11 p.m. tonight to 10 p.m. Friday night* A STORM MOVING IN FROM THE SOUTHWEST WILL BRING PRECIPITATION INTO THE COLD AIR ALREADY IN PLACE OVER THE REGION. THE RESULT WILL BE LIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT...FOLLOWED BY FREEZING RAIN FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY...

By Ian Livingston  | February 21, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Photography: Monumental Eclipse

Eclipse at the Washington Monument, February 20, 2008 The eclipse begins: F7, 6 seconds, ISO 100 I was part of a small group of photographers last night trying to capture an image of the full eclipse, with the context of the Washington Monument in the foreground. I learned my lesson...

By Kevin Ambrose  | February 21, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Snow Tonight, Freezing Rain Friday

**Winter Storm Watch Thursday evening through Friday night** A one-two punch is taking shape for the metro area tonight through early Saturday. Tonight, as you go to bed, light snow is likely to develop, probably between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. Temperatures in the mid to upper 20s will be...

By Camden Walker  | February 21, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Photography: Clouds Break for Lunar Show

Lunar eclipse headed towards totality Wednesday's Alberta Clipper threatened to ruin local lunar eclipse viewing opportunities -- our last chance to see a total one here until December 2010. Instead, and almost on queue, clouds began breaking across the region just as the show got underway. By 9:30 pm, when...

By Ian Livingston  | February 21, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forecast: Brief Calm Before Next Storm

Light snow likely tonight; wintry mix tomorrow **Winter Storm Watch Thursday evening through Friday night** On the heels of yesterday's quick-hitting storm that brought light snow to the area, we have another -- more complex -- storm system that threatens more snow for the region tonight, and the potential for...

By Josh Larson  | February 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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If the Missile Misses

A satellite's journey through the atmosphere From the Pacific Ocean, a Navy ship is expected as early as tonight or tomorrow to shoot down, or at least attempt to do so, an out-of-control U.S. spy satellite that is falling toward Earth. Government officials say the satellite, primarily due to its...

By Dan Stillman  | February 20, 2008; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Alert: Winter Storm Watch Issued

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the entire metro area from Thursday evening through late Friday night. Excerpt: LOW PRESSURE ACROSS THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL BEGIN SPREAD SNOW ACROSS THE MID ATLANTIC REGION THURSDAY NIGHT. AS WARMER AIR ALOFT MOVES INTO THE AREA ON FRIDAY...SNOW IS EXPECTED...

By Jason Samenow  | February 20, 2008; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CommuteCast: Slow and Snowy in Some Places

Minor accumulations; more wintry weather late week **Snow Advisory in effect for metro area until 10 p.m. today** Latest mid-Atlantic winter weather radar loop, courtesy Intellicast. Blue is snow; pink is a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and/or snow; and green is rain. Refresh page to update, or click...

By Ian Livingston  | February 20, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lessons Learned: Road Crews Prepped and Ready?

On my drive around the area this morning, including the Beltway and I-66, I saw numerous sand and salt trucks prepped and ready to go -- around overpasses, on ramps, and other road surfaces in Northern Virginia. Heck, the Virginia Department of Transportation center on I-495 near Springfield practically had...

By Jamie Jones  | February 20, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Update: Light Snowfall Still On Track

Another storm could bring late-week wintry mix **Snow Advisory in effect for metro area from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today** Snow is on schedule to move into the DC area from west to east during the next few hours, and is expected to continue through the afternoon, ending by...

By Matt Ross  | February 20, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Forecast: Winter Puts on Its Rally Cap

Two chances to score, or strike out, with snow **Snow Advisory in effect for metro area from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today** It may not be the bottom of the ninth. But as we move into the season's middle to late innings, winter seems primed to stage a rally...

By Dan Stillman  | February 20, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Update: No Changes to Light Snow Forecast

We're still thinking light snow is likely tomorrow -- particularly between about 10am and 6pm in the metro area. Accumulations should generally be between a dusting and 1". Areas to the south of the beltway may get a little less, and areas to the north may get a little more....

By Jason Samenow  | February 19, 2008; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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"Huge Snowfall Shuts Down D.C. Area"

Floral St. in Washington, Feb. 19, 1979. Click image to enlarge. (Photo © Washington Post, via WeatherBook.com.) The greatest snowstorm in more than half [a] century left the Washington area smothered under at most two feet of snow yesterday -- a magnificent white menace that virtually imprisoned the city...

By Steve Scolnik  | February 19, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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CommuteCast: Quiet Before the Clipper

Some snow likely on Wednesday; accumulations minimal Morning sunshine has given way to numerous afternoon clouds thanks to cold air aloft. A secondary cold front has now passed through much of the area bringing with it fresh cold air. Expect dry and breezy conditions with diminishing clouds as temperatures fall...

By Ian Livingston  | February 19, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Snow Lovers: Double Pleasure or Twice the Pain?

We continue to closely track two potential winter weather events this week. The first event, tomorrow, should consist of mostly snow but probably not enough to shovel. The second event (or series of events), Thursday night through Saturday, has the potential to be a more significant snow and/or ice producer...

By Jason Samenow  | February 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Forecast: Colder with Snow Threats Looming

Flakes likely Wednesday, more possible Friday After yesterday's high temperatures in the 70s, a colder and more wintry pattern will set the tone for the rest of the week. Some light snow may fall and possibly accumulate a bit for the first time in more than a month Wednesday. Thursday...

By Matt Ross  | February 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Jefferson Dawn

Dawn at the Jefferson Memorial, February 16, 2008 The Jefferson Memorial at Dawn: F7, 2.5 seconds, ISO 100, 6:25AM I awoke Saturday morning at 5 AM for a sunrise shoot with the Jefferson Memorial as my target. The sunrise continues to occur earlier each day, now at 6:59 AM, eight...

By Kevin Ambrose  | February 18, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Tracking Two Small Chances for Snow

Next Two Chances of Accumulating Snow: Wednesday and Thursday night through Saturday Probabilities: 35% (Wednesday) and 30% (Thursday night through Saturday) Potential Impact for Wednesday: Potential Impact for Thursday night through Saturday: The Wednesday snow opportunity comes courtesy of a clipper, a fast moving disturbance from Canada, that will race...

By Jason Samenow  | February 18, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Forecast: Briefly Mild Then Cold Settles In

Update (3:45 p.m.): A line of mostly light showers has developed, stretching from southwest to northeast across the metro area. Shower activity may continue through the late afternoon, probably ending by early evening. For a part of today, spring will be in the air, but it will only be a...

By Jason Samenow  | February 18, 2008; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Where's the Snow? Ask a Badger

By guest contributor Bob Henson It's been a varied winter thus far in the D.C. area, with everything from freezing rain this week to thunderstorms a few days before. But snow lovers are craving the real thing (a possibility later this week). The season's snow total to date is a...

By Capital Weather Gang  | February 17, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Forecast: Cloudy and Wet, then Winter Wakes?

Yes, rain is coming. But the good news about the rain forecast during the next 24 hours is that most of it will fall at night. With the exception of late this afternoon and early tomorrow morning, the daylight hours of the remainder of the holiday weekend will be...

By Jason Samenow  | February 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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