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Posted at 9:30 PM ET, 02/ 2/2009

Snow Coating Western Suburbs, Heading East

By Jason Samenow

Some light snow possible tomorrow

* Umbrella In the Snow? | Front Brings Rain Changing to Snow *

Temperatures have now dropped nearly 20 degrees from their day time highs in the mid 50s. Precipitation, initially rain and now mainly snow, has moved into the area, with the steadiest activity affecting the western suburbs (west of the beltway). Some areas (e.g. in parts of western Fairfax, and Loudoun counties) have already seen a coating or a little more.

For the rest of the night, the light snow should gradually shift east (it may briefly start as a rain/sleet/snow mix). In the metro area, amounts should be light -- generally a coating to an inch, mainly on grassy areas (greatest amounts to the west and north). Some additional light snow is possible (50% chance) during the day tomorrow, but amounts will probably be modest. Some of the latest guidance suggest snow totals will be at the low end of the possibilities given in Ian's post -- i.e. generally an inch or less.


DC Schools:

Loudoun, Fauquier, and Frederick counties:

Everywhere else (including Fairfax and Montgomery counties):

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By Jason Samenow  | February 2, 2009; 9:30 PM ET
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Despite the "green" coloring on the radar, the precipitation falling here in McLean is actually part, if not all snow.

We cannot be sure what the ground will look like tomorrow morn...

Posted by: KBurchfiel | February 2, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse


I switched to the NWS regional radar, which doesn't show precip types... but most of the precip should be snow from here on out (although it may briefly begin as rain from the District south and east)

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 2, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Sleet turning to very light snow in Arlington (near Falls Church).

Posted by: schrute | February 2, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

light sporadic drizzle in falls church. the clouds look "patchy" rather than the nice "solid" look of a good snow...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 2, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Just damp pavement in Merrifield, VA.

Posted by: --sg | February 2, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

2" in Harrisonburg with a steady light snow still falling. Roads have a coating on them now.

Posted by: oriolesfan23 | February 2, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

2.8 inches at 10 pm. still coming down.

35 miles to my northwest at Monterey, 5.5 inches at 9 pm.

Posted by: AugustaJim | February 2, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

my dad just flew in from London after sitting on the plane for 3 and a half hours and de-icing twice.

we have a barely percent chance of nothing.

what up wit' dat?!

Posted by: dinergirl | February 2, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

BTW, don't know if this has been reported but that crazy guy on accuweather is back doing DC forecast videos!

Posted by: PeterBethesda | February 2, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CapitalClimate | February 2, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely nothing here near Landmark Mall in Alexandria. Maybe there'll be something when I wake up...

Posted by: MKoehl | February 2, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Folks: CapitalClimate is referring to the snow in London, which we posted about earlier.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 2, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

PeterBethesda - you must mean's Henry Margusity. He had an ultra-dramatic hissy-fit earlier this afternoon and left a post on his blog that he'd received "hundreds" of nasty-grams via email concerning his recent hypecasting (especially concerning the storm that models called for tonight into tomorrow) and swore he'd NEVER blog again because people are just "nasty."

We should be so lucky, but I knew that wouldn't last long - he posted another blog entry within a couple hours of his original hissy-fit that he'd received "hundreds" of emails from supposed faithful followers begging him to come back.

Bottom line - if there was nastiness and death threats and God knows what else Henry swore he received via email, he brought it upon himself by jumping on the "Big Daddy Bandwagon" and wishcasting storms direct from the GFS sometimes 10 days in advance. And you know what? He's right back at it tonight - he's already anticipating a BD storm on the 15th based solely on model forecasts.

Margusity will never, NEVER learn...thank you (again), Faithful CWG Team, for not "forecasting" like Henry and much of the rest of's team.

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | February 2, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

PeterBethesda - Are you talking about Jim Kosek? Looks like he may indeed be back.

Posted by: map408 | February 2, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

just shy of an inch, and it's quit snowing for now. Poo.

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 2, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Blue Ridge Mtns, elev 1900 ft
East of Front Royal

Current Observations 1030p:
very light snow
Temp: 27.1F
Accumulation: 3.75" snow

Posted by: spgass1 | February 2, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

You crack me up, VAStateOfMind!

Posted by: mwelsh | February 2, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse


Finally someone has said it right! Honestly I no longer go to accu, day in and day out there is always some kind of hype on the front page! Now JB is hypeing a cold/snowy mid atlantic for late month on march, solely based on model data more then 2 weeks out. I'm 100% sure he has not been right all winter! Although I do visit accu sometime for a good laugh with that kocet guy or whatever his name is, but he's not on I think anymore. Well enough bashing of accu for one night lol. nice post though!

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 2, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the NAO is going negative. We'll see what happens after the weekend warmup.

Posted by: mwelsh | February 2, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse


Thats a good thing but we need A LOT more then neg NAO for a snowstorm. Any thoughts on the long range?

Posted by: clintonportis17 | February 2, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Accuweather is a private company who is in it to make money. Henry Margusity is employed by them and therefore has to follow their guidelines on how he is to present his information. Obviously accuweather has a business model and he fits right into that model, because on almost any weather board you can usually find posts daily regarding his forecast(So he gets a lot of viewers). I'm in no way supporting the man, but really if you watch his forecast you should know what you are getting into, its entertainment, not information of the highest intellectual level, keep that in mind and take what he says with a grain of salt.

Posted by: arnoldkh | February 2, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Snowing lightly in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 2, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 34.9 with snow!!!!!!!

Sometimes I like looking at Margusity's blog because it makes me more optimistic afterwards. He's that light in the darkness of depressed snow lovers who always say it's not going to snow. He gives you hope when it comes to snow chances. I don't care if he's wrong or not, but I still rely on the CWG for the REAL forecast.

Posted by: Yellowboy | February 2, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Now have 2nd largest snow of the season, 1/4", still getting snow & temps cont. 2 slowly fall 33.4. Temps from Sat -mid Feb will b above average, so don't see how we can get any big snows during that time period.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 2, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Currently mist and 37.5 degrees in downtown DC. Curse you urban heat island.

Posted by: bjackrian | February 2, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Stopped down here in Earlysville 22935, is that it? Any chance of snow tomorrow? About 1" in the ground here.

Posted by: carrerascott | February 2, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Ha! Ha!


Don't you mean ON the ground? :D

Posted by: Yellowboy | February 2, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Hehe typo. There's about 2" IN the ground (it was rain) and 1" ON the ground. ;)

Posted by: carrerascott | February 2, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Light drizzle here in Silver Spring. Saw maybe a snowflake or two but that's about it so far....

Good batch of precip down near Richmond and Raleigh, but looking like it's going to slide just to our east (but still hoping it makes a surprise shift north).

CWG... great job handling this storm, as always!

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | February 2, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse


Maybe some snow showers and flurries tomorrow, but not much additional accumulation.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 3, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Light dusting in Gaithersburg, just enough to start showing on grassy surfaces and decks; otherwise just a mist.

Posted by: TheMot | February 3, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Snowing now in Silver Spring! Happy I got to at least see a few flakes....

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | February 3, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Finally some steady light snow in NW DC.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 3, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

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