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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 02/11/2008

Alert: Potomac Primary Problematic Precipitation

By Jason Samenow

As if tomorrow needed any more excitement, two periods of light wintry precipitation should make the election day even more interesting.

Some light snow may break out pre-dawn, especially north and west of the beltway. Portions of Montgomery, Frederick and Loudoun counties could see a dusting or so by dawn. The snow may dry up before getting inside the beltway, but some flurries are possible everywhere. Given temperatures in the 20s, snow that falls will likely stick on most surfaces.

There may be a lull in the precipitation in the mid to late morning. Some more precipitation will develop in the afternoon, likely as a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and rain. The evening commute could be a bit nasty, especially north and west of DC where temperatures may remain near or below freezing (30-33). Inside the beltway, temperatures will be at or above the freezing mark (32-35), so travel shouldn't be as hazardous.

SchoolCast* (some potential for either delays or early dismissals mainly north and west of town):

  • Fauquier and Loudoun counties:
  • Fairfax and Prince William counties:
  • Alexandria, Arlington, and DC:

*Maryland schools are closed for students. State-mandated holiday.

By Jason Samenow  | February 11, 2008; 10:00 PM ET
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Yeah, it's four apples all across Maryland--we don't have school tomorrow.

Posted by: dynagirl | February 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

you have double vision?

Posted by: missy | February 11, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

No--just a double primary.

Posted by: Ned Burchfiel | February 11, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Freaking Maryland getting off because of primaries... =[[[[

Posted by: Period | February 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

So that's interesting. I like the fact that temps will be a tad lower than expected. Can't see any of this making a difference as far as a full day of school is concerned?

Also, did Maryland public school have school today?

Posted by: Period | February 11, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for informing me about the Maryland school situation. Any other schools closed I should know about?

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | February 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I just the new graphic at a glance is the National Weather Service forecast, not CWG? What's up with that?

Posted by: missy | February 11, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

It was always like that. I believe the other one may have actually been NOAA's forecast.

Posted by: Big Goob | February 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

There is a literary term for the title of your alert, but I cannot think of it right now. Clever. At least Fairfax has a half apple on Arlington (haha take that Arlington!).

Posted by: Period | February 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Technically, NOAA = NWS no?

Posted by: Period | February 11, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Maryland relies on the schools as voting facilities, but I'm not sure about other jurisdictions. I don't think any others are closed.

Posted by: jtf | February 11, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse


No, they certainly are not.

Posted by: Period | February 11, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

re: source of At A Glance -- On our old site and now on the new site, the at a glance has always come from the National Weather Service. The main thing that's changed from the old site is that we've replaced the NWS icons with our own, which we think depict and communicate the weather better than what the NWS provided.

In terms of why we use their 6-day forecast instead of our own? To be frank, they provide a constantly updating forecast feed that we would not be able to do on our own. So we focus our efforts on our detailed forecasts that hopefully act as an important supplement to the NWS at-a-glance and vice-versa.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | February 11, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse


It's alliteration.

Posted by: JT | February 11, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I thought everyone in the area had tomorrow off! Sorry, Virginia. Have fun tomorrow. ;-)


Posted by: Peter | February 11, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

wow i hope we get off tomorrow i live in loudoun and i am voting in a school and there are voting stations at my school parking is going to be a mad issue tomorrow will be thrilling

Posted by: Joey DC | February 11, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Solidifying band near FDK makes me think DC area might get spared by much of this, though the stuff west can make it in around daybreak?

Air is super dry still.. FDK another good marker, as they are now very near heaviest echoes and had a dewpoint of 0F last ob. If no snow falls there it can give a good idea of what we need to see before it reaches the ground here.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | February 11, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, link above seems to be bad.

Try this.

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | February 11, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

MDOT weather stations in SE Frederick Co. are reporting snow along I-70..

Posted by: arnoldkh | February 11, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

No longer snowing at the moment, but we have a dusting here at headquarters tonight.

Posted by: S,P. Gass | February 12, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

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