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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 01/19/2009

Update: Scattered Snow Flakes Flying

By Jason Samenow

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Metro Region north and west suburbs (including Loudoun and Montgomery Counties, canceled to the south and east) until 10 p.m. tonight

Inauguration Day Weather Forecast (Tomorrow) : With subfreezing air temperatures and wind chills in the teens to near 20, it is going to be one cold day. And there could be a few snow flurries. Continue reading for tomorrow's Inauguration Day weather details...

Radar: Latest regional radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Full Forecast Through Thursday

Mid-day update: Patchy areas of light snow have developed this morning mainly in northwest portions of the District and points north and west and well to the southeast (south and east of La Plata, Md.). A few areas have received a dusting or so, although reports indicate the snow is not sticking to treated roadways.

The flakes are creating a buzz on Twitter. Here's a sample: DC's crazy, y'all. And now it's starting to snow

This afternoon, occasional light snow and snow showers, interspersed with peeks of sun, will likely continue -- possibly accumulating between a dusting and an inch. While the snow will mainly be light, a few bursts of moderate snow are possible which could briefly limit visibilities and slicken roads. The best chance of snow accumulation will be north of town.

Report conditions where you live in the comment area below.

By Jason Samenow  | January 19, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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Boo. DC gets nary a flurry while my hometown of Raleigh, NC, is looking at 3-5 inches of snow from the coastal system, with estimates continuing to rise. This system, incidentally, looks a lot like a coastal system that dropped 20 inches of snow in my NC backyard in 2000. The estimates went from 1-2 inches to 5 inches to 10+ that night, and we ended up with snow so high my poor cat couldn't get his head above it the next morning. North Carolina doesn't get much in the way of winter weather, but when cold air and coastal precipitation line up, look out!

The flurries have just restarted in the Palisades. Guess I'll have to take what I can get!

Posted by: jlspivey | January 19, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

At 11:57 am, the sun is weakly shining in Chantilly.

Posted by: bmschumacher | January 19, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the area ... 1" or so in D.C. and 1-2" north and west.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 19, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Ian-- I think the NWS accumulation forecast is a little overdone. I think more like up to 1" N&W and a dusting to half an inch DC and south and east, possibly less.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 19, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I have never seen this, its sunny to the south east, yet to the northwest there are dark clouds and it is snowing at a pretty good rate here nothing is accumulating like it was earlier due to the sun being out while it's snowing..

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | January 19, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Makes sense, Jason. Radar looks a bit iffy until you head north into northern MD. Main show out there seems to be a thin band of maybe some moderate snow headed into the area from the west.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 19, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

29.5 right now... snowing at a pretty good rate. Snow is beginning to accumulate on the roads.

Posted by: Sterlingva | January 19, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

37 degrees with NADA in Lake Ridge. I'll believe it when I see it. (Yes, I've become that hits ZERO degrees here, but decides to snow when it's 37. What the heck!?!?!?)

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 19, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

We've picked up a couple of inches of snow here east of Front Royal, but it seems to have stopped for now. Here's a video of the snow falling if interested:

Current conditions: cloudy, 29.7F

Posted by: spgass1 | January 19, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the Rockville/Derwood area and it's been snowing at a pretty good clip for the past 10 minutes. Grassy areas and streets are covered and possibly about 1/2 of accumulation on deck railings. We already had a coating of snow from earlier this morning. Current temp reading is 33 degrees.

Posted by: kswbns | January 19, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Lots of snow - unfortunately - in loudoun. Dusting on the grass maybe half an inch on my deck. Are you people happy now!? :) Can we please move into spring?

Posted by: rumbly45 | January 19, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

nws and twc both just updated to say 1-2 inches of snow in chevy chase...but that just seems incredibly unlikely

Posted by: cjespn | January 19, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

wow im so mad everything seems to go west of dc idont live in dc but i live in silver spring which is close

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | January 19, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a line of snow is approaching the area from the West. Anyone out there in Fairfax land reporting anything?

I'm assuming spgass1 saw this same line when it was further west.

Also, any reports from up 270? Radar has been showing good returns there for a while.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | January 19, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

That line west of us seems to be breaking up as it approaches the Metro area, at least on Sterling radar.

Posted by: bjackrian | January 19, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

ummm 65 Degrees and not a cloud in the sky here

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 19, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Sky is darkening here in Herndon, looks like the band is heading straight towards here

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | January 19, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Wife is reporting moderate to heavy snow in Leesburg.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | January 19, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Snow covered side roads in northern MD (Timonium) with about 1" fallen. Still snowing.....

Posted by: 3EyzBBQDan | January 19, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

What a nice surprise! Woke up from a short winter's nap to 2 inches of snow on deck and grassy areas. Still holding off before heading out for M,B, TP.

Posted by: SnowLoverOlneyMD | January 19, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Moderate/Heavy Snow here in Herndon starting.

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | January 19, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cjespn | January 19, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I have not seen it snow this hard since last year..

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | January 19, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Snow sticking on grass and side walks, and the snow flakes are becoming really big now.

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | January 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Nothing on the ground at McLean, but we do have some thick, juicy clouds hanging overhead. If only the radar were more promising.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | January 19, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

About .25ish of snow on the ground if i take a guess... still snowing at a very moderate pace, everything except the roads are covered with snow, even the grass is getting some snow on it. Flakes back to a smaller size.

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | January 19, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Very light snow in Oakton and the roads are just wet. I think we're on the southern edge of the snow showers.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 19, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

2:00 pm and here in G'burg I have an authentic 1 1/2 on the front walk, the roads and roofs are white. Light snow continues to fall with the temperature around 30 deg.

Posted by: MDScot | January 19, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

3-6inch forecast for Virginia Beach....this is ridiculous. I've had enough, I'm ready for Spring.

Posted by: tjack55 | January 19, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The sun is out now, Heres a quick picture I took when the snow fell..

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | January 19, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Mostly sunny here in Sterling. (?)
Most of the snow has melted.

Ah, a winter storm to remember!

Posted by: Sterlingva | January 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Not even one flake here in Silver Spring!!!!

Posted by: Ucfman3 | January 19, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The snow is tapering off here in Oakton and it was hard for it to stick to the ground since we had bright sunshine during much of the time it was snowing. I was on the southern fringe of the snow, with blue skies to my south and dark clouds to my north.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 19, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Here in Reston there have been slight amount of flakes flying by but nothing seems to be sticking. In fact -- at this moment the sun is out. Where is my snow ??? Grrrrrrrrrr :)

Posted by: photojenn | January 19, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

39 and sunny in Lake Ridge...Winter WX Advisory cancelled as quickly as it was issued. Boy, what a steaming, heaping pile of joy that round of snow was, lemme tell ya! It snowed so hard it's almost like it didn't at all! =|

I'm glad some of you guys got to see some. At least winter isn't quite over yet...

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 19, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

VLS (very light snow) began at 2:05 and has since turned faster. Digital thermometer is above freezing; mercury thermometers reporting 31-30. The snow does not appear to be sticking, but temps have been dropping...

NAM and GFS both seem to agree on snow for this evening into midnight.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | January 19, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Reston- flakes were heavy, then light, and now nonexistent. Sun is shining and any possible accumulation has melted by said sunlight :|

Posted by: strangldangel | January 19, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Moderate 2 heavy sunshine falling here in NW Spotsy. Expecting sunshine 2 fall until dark, then changing 2 moonlight b4 ending at dawn. Sunshine is heavy enough that sun glasses r required.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 19, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm ready for winter to be over. I'm sick of the depression due to a complete and UTTER lack of snow. And what's more, we can add Norfolk/VA Beach, and Raleigh to the places THAT HAVE HAD MORE SNOW THAN WE HAVE THIS YEAR.

It has gotten to the point where, if people are calling me from areas with snow, and they mention it, I hang up on them. Mercilessly.

Posted by: hobbes9 | January 19, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"Cancelled to the south and east." That tells the story!

After such a promising start (graupel pellets) the sun is now out & the thermometer is crowding 40! Another promising snowstorm melts into "plain ole rain". [Have yet to see the big band of precipitation/snow promised us on the noon weathercasts.]

Betcha Bob Ryan still has his Golden Snow Shovel by the time meteorological winter ends March 1st.

Speaking of Bob Ryan, did he ever put his weather almanac online the way he promised us last year? Don't think I've seen it on the WRC4 website, but will have to check. [Perhaps he relies on CWG for his historical info nowadays.]

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 19, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Hardly a flake fell here in Manassas all day. Had a little of that graupel early this morning, but pretty much blue skies all day.

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 19, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks! Guess what!?! 12z ECMWF has a HECS for the 26-29 time frame. hahahah You gotta love this winter! Not likely to happen but never completly count it out. I do believe the NWS favors the ECMWF model don't they? Maybe its on to something..just maybe? As for now, here in Culpeper we had a brief burst of snow today and thats about it. Sunshine most of the day. How many times are we going to see these near misses this year?!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 19, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Snow? I don't know what you guys are talking about. Is your office above ground level? Does it have windows? What's that blinding, round thing in the sky? Any ideas?

Posted by: chip36 | January 19, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

ETA 15z shows nothing fun. So pissed off at this winter. Ugh.

Posted by: hobbes9 | January 19, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

An occasional snow flake, mix of clouds and sun here in the Merrifield area of Fairfax. And I am so glad! All you folks who love snow must not have to shovel it and have lenient leave policies on your jobs. I always have to show up, and the snow plow driver makes his turn in our community right where my car is parked and leaves an icy mountain blocking me in. I hate the frickin' stuff.

Posted by: greyparrot | January 19, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Not a single flake fell here in Alexandria. It was cloudy for a while though.

Posted by: bdeco | January 19, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Sunny all afternoon in Kingstown/Fort Belvoir area - I repeat, D.C. winters, HATE.

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | January 19, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

2.25" from the earlier snowfall. Significant melting occurred during the afternoon, but now a very light snow has started back up again east of Front Royal.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 19, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: stinkerflat1 | January 19, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Only about 1/4 inch at my home on the south side of Rockville. However, I just drove through King Farm on the north side of Rockville and there was over an inch. People were shoveling and kids were sledding.

Posted by: DOG352 | January 19, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Vienna had a light flurry around 9:30, but not another flake after that and by 2:30 it was mostly sunny. So much for the forecast models.

Posted by: HenryFPotter | January 19, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

52 comments! Maybe a record perhapts? At least since I have been coming here lol

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 19, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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