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Posted at 6:41 AM ET, 03/ 2/2009

Alert: Very Heavy Snow Next 1-2 Hours

By Jason Samenow

A band of extremely heavy snow has developed over much of the Washington, D.C. area. Snowfall rates will be 1-2" an hour through 8:30 a.m. or so. The heavy snow combined with winds of 15-25 mph will create visibilities near zero at times. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

For more storm information, refer to our earlier post. Comment with snow totals and what's happening where you live.

By Jason Samenow  | March 2, 2009; 6:41 AM ET
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I am pleased to report from Leesburg that we are receiving extremely heavy snow. When I went to bed I was worried that mother nature had it out for me.

RAINMAN

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | March 2, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse

It's snowing hard in Potomac now - how beautiful (if you don't have to drive anywhere)! So much for the commenters who were giving you a hard time last night - looks like you were right on target! Thanks for the great weather coverage.

Posted by: AstrosFanInExile | March 2, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Coming down pretty good here in Riverdale, with a few inches already on the ground (I haven't gone out to measure).

Chickenlady
(bummed, I have too bad of a cold to go out and play in this beautiful stuff)

Posted by: reginak | March 2, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Really cranking in Germantown. After being on the razor's edge of the snow and trapped in the dry donut hole much of last evening, it looks like for once the heaviest snow is centered around our neck of the woods.

And I hope all of those folks who stomped their widdle feet and had their 4-year old style temper tantrums on here last night are all hitting themselves in the face with custard pies this morning. It is what you deserve.

Posted by: mcj59 | March 2, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

These once a year storms are killing me!

I just tweaked my back on the first sled run. I am out of sledding shape.

Posted by: rightsaid | March 2, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

It's 7:00 a.m. and with about 6-7 inches of snow on the ground, it's still snowing here in Waldorf, Maryland, near Accokeek.

Posted by: somdmom | March 2, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Steve of CWG - Glad you weren't correct with your 1" or less prediction. Can't rely on the one outlier model :)

Posted by: snowlover | March 2, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

From Boyds, when do you think it will be safe enough to travel this morning? We have an 11:30 train on Amtrak from BWI station, and it looks like they are on time.

Posted by: Post43 | March 2, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

mcj59, those temper tantrums are now a crucial requirement for these late-developing storms. Without them, perhaps, we'd have had a dusting-to-an-inch. The whiners whined, and the weather gods smote them for their lack of faith. Thank you, whiners.

Especially for those of us who grew up in snowier regions than the mid-Atlantic, a good snow is restorative. Every winter should have at least one or two of these.

Posted by: novamatt | March 2, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Whoa - it's windy! I'm looking out the window and the some of the snow is "falling" up!

Posted by: AstrosFanInExile | March 2, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

it's SO beautiful out there. it's not 8" but it's the most we've had in a while.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 2, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Has President Obama already weighed in on we're reacting to the storm, or is it too early?

Posted by: ncc-1701 | March 2, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

23 deg snowing hard near Union Station.

Posted by: aneedell | March 2, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

I have about 5" our in AA county, could see 7ish by the time it is done

Posted by: snowlover | March 2, 2009 7:10 AM | Report abuse

The storm wasn't a dud...it was waiting till daylight, so we could all enjoy playing in it!

Posted by: paperball | March 2, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Looks like 4-5" in Burke, just eyeballing it on deck. Going out to snowblow the driveway, and will report back. Still snowing pretty hard, and it appears to mean it. I'm only 9 miles to work (Fairfax/Newington), but I doubt I make it to work before noon . . .

Posted by: TheManUpstairs | March 2, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Looks like about 4 inches in Alex (haven't gone down to ground level yet to actually measure) and its snowing very heavily. Looks great!

Posted by: AnneinSand | March 2, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

With our much colder temperatures now, the snow is accumulating fast. As of 7am, Dulles is reporting 4" and National 3". Also 3" on the ground in BWI. I agree with Jason we have 1-2 more hours of this heavy snow, low visibility situation before things calm down. Matt Rogers, CWG

Posted by: mrwx1 | March 2, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

So...about how much more before this starts to wreak havoc on the aboveground Metro stations? I don't want to plan to take advantage of the two-hour delay and then have no way to make it in after all...

Posted by: map408 | March 2, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

snowing hard and windy in gaithersburg

eyeball estimate 4-4.5 inches, will measure when its all done

Posted by: derrickd | March 2, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

4-5 inches in Chevy Chase MD, less than 1 mile from NW DC.

Just saw a cross country skier heading for the park across the street.


Posted by: SoMoCo | March 2, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Snowin' like crazy in Centreville. Our deck is catching the stuff blowing off the roof, so it's getting very impressive. It's also making getting a good measurement next to impossible, but there's enough on the ground to make discerning where my sidewalks and driveway are impossible as well.

Does anyone have any good recipes for crow for those who posted after 8pm last night? Man, they were getting brutal....

Posted by: jkuchen | March 2, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I have already heard a train was stuck on the red line in Rockville. Matt, CWG

Posted by: mrwx1 | March 2, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Wow, blizzard conditions in Courthouse. And only a 2 hour delay? BOO.

Posted by: matthew_lawlor | March 2, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

CWG - how much more are we going to see NW AA county - 2" or so?

Posted by: snowlover | March 2, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Good 3-4 inches on the ground in Fort Myer Heights and snowing and blowing all over the place. And I'm one of those people who, while I didn't whine or complain online, still felt disappointed when I went to bed last night, thinking this whole "storm" would be a dud.

Bravo Zulu, CWC! :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | March 2, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Here in Owings down in Calvert County we have 9.5" and it's still coming down hard. We were in the band that projected 6-10+" so I'd say you're right on!

Posted by: guitarsit | March 2, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Way out here in the Valley, the snow is mostly over. It will be very difficult to get an accurate measurement because of the considerable drifting. I have knee deep drifts on the pavement between my sunroom and garage.

18 degrees with northwest winds 15-25 mph.

Posted by: AugustaJim | March 2, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Snowlover, I think your 2" estimate looks good. The snow is heavier to your west and I believe that is because of some extra lift from the fall-line there north/west of DC. You'll get steadier snow for 1-2 hours yet. -Matt, CWG

Posted by: mrwx1 | March 2, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

We have a winter wonderland at Connecticut and Albermarle.

Posted by: mscott46151 | March 2, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Thx Matt.

Posted by: snowlover | March 2, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Phenomenal snow rates on Capitol Hill right now, what a sight!

Posted by: MikefromtheBlueRIdge | March 2, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Been dumping in Reston for at least 60 mins now with 4+" on the ground.

Congrats to the CWG for their good forecast and patience with us naysayers.

Posted by: 125WMARION | March 2, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Five inches on my deck between Glenmont and Olney and coming down hard. Not a plow in sight.

Posted by: tusekine | March 2, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see snow lovers happy this morning. Our original forecast of 4-8" for the immediate metro will probably verify on the low end. I think we made the right adjustment by reducing predicted totals west of 95 (to 2-5") last night, but maybe reduced them 1 or 2" too much, especially northwest of the beltway (where we downgraded to 1-3"). We'll have more in a post-storm write-up.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Good post, Jason.

Coming down hard in Ashburn. Will be glad when this is over and I can start looking forward to some spring like temps this weekend.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 2, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

4 inches in Shirlington and still coming down pretty heavily. Think I'm "working" from home today.

Posted by: jochpo | March 2, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Just walked to the Ballston metro and back. windy, snowing hard, tracks were mostly covered when I got back with my starbucks. What a wonderful morning

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

looks like a total whiteout right now in Baltimore--visibility of a couple hundred feet.

Posted by: bachaney | March 2, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Correction: Snowfall still coming down hard in Ashburn, but not as hard as it was 20 minutes ago. Looking at radar, looks like we're on the back edge of heavy precip now.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 2, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

The "At A Glance" graphic at the top left of this posting is showing an 80% chance of snow for today. Did anyone not get some snow today? Why wouldn't that percentage be 100%?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | March 2, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Is everyone who posted about how the forecast was wrong going to come back on the blog and show contrition now????

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 2, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Woke up to lots of snow here in Cleveland Park, easily 3 to 4" if not a little bit more. Major roads are being plowed and look passable. It has been and is snowing hard.

In the end analysis (and it's not over yet), can't be too disappointed by the end result or the CWG weather predictions. Good job guys.

I look forward to a full accounting (and individual apologies) by each person who whined and moaned on here last night as this storm was slow to start. I'll be anxiously awaiting...

Posted by: dh2009 | March 2, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I am sure there will be some photos released today of Obama throwing snow balls or building a snow man with the kids to make him look "Kennedy-esque."

E.T. will be all giddy as the Obama's continue to exploit their children for their own political gain. (And I voted for this guy?!)

Let it Snow!

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | March 2, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Its gorgeous!!! There is 4.5 inches in my backyard in Crofton, MD and its still coming down.

Posted by: nolagirl67 | March 2, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the world changed while I slept.

Looks like CWG was right in saying the secondary low would bring in additional snow. Congrats on being right.

I will take my beatings now! LOL

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 2, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

It's been a *very* long time since I last posted but I wanted to congratulate the CWx Guys for keeping on top of this. It looked like a non-event at 4:00 AM. Now, I estimate 4" in West Laurel at 7:40 and it's really comin' down. The grey and white "snowbirds" (juncos) are scratching away at the white stuff to get at the seeds under my feeders. Just beautiful! -Patricia in West Laurel

Posted by: ppitts2 | March 2, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Really coming down here in NW AA county! I would say the heaviest we have gotten this far and wouldn't be surprised if it is snowing at the rate of an inch an hour!

Posted by: snowlover | March 2, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Near-blizzard conditions in NW now. Where are all those people complaining about the CWG coverage last night? Asleep in bed, for the most part.

Posted by: lioninzion | March 2, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

5.5 inches in McLean and falling strong. To think some people were calling this a bust yesterday...

Posted by: KBurchfiel | March 2, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Visibility beginning to increase ever so slightly and snowfall rates continue to slowly decline in Ashburn.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 2, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Still snowing at a pretty good rate here in the City of Manassas. We have maybe 3" to 4" on the ground, the wind is blowing snow, so it is hard to tell exactly how much has fallen. Keep on coming snow.

Posted by: irish031 | March 2, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

It is so annoying to read political commentary on this blog. I don't go to political blogs to read about the weather and I don't come here to learn the political views of anonymous blowhards.

Posted by: SpiralStairs | March 2, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

The snow total here in Centreville VA western Fairfax county have really gone up these last few hours. Hard to be accurate because of the drifting but there's at least 5 inches. Very gusty stop and start winds here helping reduce visibility, but snow has tapered off some from heaviest about an hour ago. That was fun to watch.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 2, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Where are the naysayers? ;) Up bright and early in Chevy Chase and (though I've yet to officially measure), it's clear that we have over 5" on the ground with a temperature holding steady at 20; I'd think that before things are said and done (actually, quite soon -- maybe less than an hour -- as this system is racing off to the northeast), we'll be approaching, or at, 6" here. Whoo hoo!

If you're driving, walking, or otherwise traveling this morning, please be safe; otherwise, enjoy the snow!

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

In my little pocket of Gaithersburg, the storm sures seems like an over-achiever to me. Thinking we were too far west and north of I-95, nothing like going to bed with low expectations and waking up to a winter wonderland. Woo-hoo!

Posted by: nonfrequentflyer | March 2, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

This storm looks like a quick mover. Radar shows heavy stuff rapidly pulling away to the north and east.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 2, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I think I was rooting more for CWG to be right, than for my classes to get canceled

Great job guys! 6 inches in Huntington!!!

Posted by: emhochberg | March 2, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

in bethesda,snowing moderately, 4.5 inches on grass and 3.5 on the roads. doug hill was mentioning a "Deep Freeze" tonight because the temps are gonna be so low. is this possible?

Posted by: samdman95 | March 2, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the naysayers to come in and apologize. The ones that were rude and mean are especially redfaced today.

good job cwg, thanks for working through the night.

Posted by: markinva | March 2, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Just walked the dog and it looks like 4-5 inches in Vienna with light snow still falling. That was one heck of a 2nd band. Good job CWB!

Posted by: BidsKids | March 2, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Here in Silver Spring near the Beltway midway between the Colesville and Georgia Ave. exits -- so basically at 12 o'clock -- we've got 5.3 inches and fairly heavy snow falling right now.

Interestingly, the snow plows seem to have taken a break since their 5am runs. Streets getting pretty bad.

Posted by: PaLun | March 2, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Still snowing heavily here in Silver Spring. Looks to be getting a bit lighter now though. I'm also waiting for all the people who used the word "bust" last night to come in and apologize. Great job CWG. You guys are the best source for weather info in DC, regardless of whether or not a storm meets expectations.

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | March 2, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Six inches in Bowie on the grassy surfaces (less on roads, 3 inches or so). Snowing furiously!

Josh: I was loyal until the end! A pox upon those naysayers. As I said many, many times last night: PATIENCE.

Posted by: JTF- | March 2, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Markinva - I doubt any of those people will apologize. Does a 4-year old apologize for having a tantrum? They weren't getting their weather "candy" when they wanted it so they had a hissy fit. Embarrassing and immature, but that's the way some folks are.

Posted by: mcj59 | March 2, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

5.5 inches in courthouse, VA, although it's tough to measure with the blowing snow as it is, but I did multiple measurements, and 5.5 is closest to mean and median. The streets around here are also a mess, Wilson is barely plowed, and the side streets are untouched.

Posted by: ohioexile | March 2, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

What's going on with the District schools? On the radio they're saying "stay home, roads are terrible" and the District just has a delay? I this just to keep Pres. Obama from making fun of them?

I live at the intersection of 2 snow emergency routes, and the snow is filling the roads with slush again - even though we've been plowed.

Looks like 5 or 6 inches in my yard in Potomac.

Posted by: AstrosFanInExile | March 2, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

emhochberg -- believe me, we were doing some rooting of our own, too :)

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

AstrosFan: DC Schools are notorious for believing they can handle snow storms better than anyone else. I remember how they tried to open on time for the Blizzard of 96... that didn't work out too well.

Posted by: JTF- | March 2, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I just took the ruler out to the deck: 6 inches in NE Vienna! Wish I had the day off with the kids today....

Posted by: J2-D2 | March 2, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

From DC: The sidewalks we shoveled earlier (at 7:30 a.m.) are covered, and even though we live on a hospital emergency route, the plows are having a hard time keeping up. TV news reports roads as "treacherous." And yet, DC Schools are not closed. It seems perhaps we've gone a little too far to make the point that we are serious about education. Hopefully the standardized testing scheduled tomorrow & Wednesday, and the planned reviews today, have not eclipsed safety.

Posted by: SELD | March 2, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

With Obama kids in DC school system god help them...

Posted by: dealer1 | March 2, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

thanks for that update ohioexile (clarendon resident here). I'm very pleased to be drinking my coffee and following CWG until the roads become clear.

Posted by: novajeffc | March 2, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I may be an outsider to the hard-core weathernerd group, but, to those posters who are demanding an apology from those people who were calling all this a bust last night....

You're joking, right?

Posted by: Losercuda | March 2, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Just walked out to see the roads... Ugh! My development hasn't been treated at all, about 5.5 inches here. I walked down to King st. (right at king and 395) and it appears to not have been plowed at all! Just a brown slushy mess and cars going about 10mph. I'm staying put for now.

Posted by: AnneinSand | March 2, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Just watched a Metrobus get stuck on 11th Street between M & N. Driver had to get out and kitty litter the back tires. Did not look like the bus had chains on.

Posted by: bjackrian | March 2, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

For those of you asking "where are the naysayers", please remember this...

At 9:15 last night, CWG posted:

Here are some revised snowfall projections:

West and northwest of beltway: 1-3"
District and Inside Beltway: 2-5"
East of I-95: No change from earlier map, 4-8", with a narrow band of 6-10".

So, let's keep that in mind that even CWG backed off of initial projections. (Jason pointed this out himself earlier in the thread.)

Now CWG guys, I'm not criticizing you here. As I said last night, you did a great job of nowcasting the storm and for that, I'm grateful.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 2, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

the obama kids actually go to sidwell freinds which is closed and has its lower school in bethesda

Posted by: samdman95 | March 2, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Almost 6 inches in my front yard in Reston and it is still coming down. I can see the main road was plowed about an hour ago but already back full of snow.

I will predict Fairfax County School will not be open tomorrow either. And maybe a 2 hour delay on Wed. :)

Posted by: photojenn | March 2, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Fox5 weather was saying they felt that the storm was going to intensify just as it moves out over the next hour or so. Any truth to this?

Posted by: FallsChurchSnow | March 2, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Too bad the Feds aren't like the schools and won't call an outright closure after a 2 hour delay.

Ah well. Take what I can get.

Posted by: forget@menot.com | March 2, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

If Bush wouldn't apologize for the atrocities and crimes committed, than the naysayers....

Totally kidding. Agreed, no politics, just praise for CWG.

Posted by: emhochberg | March 2, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Just tried driving to work in downtown Silver Spring--had trouble immediately outside my parking garage with unplowed roads, slightly less trouble on Georgia, and ditched my car in the Wayne Avenue garage.

Posted by: Progressland | March 2, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 23.2 with snow coming down at a good clip and lots of wind.

SNOW! I'm going to go outside later and take the total snow amount when everything is over.

Right now, I just want to watch this show Mother Nature and Old Man Winter is putting on for us.

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 2, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Hard to tell how much snow here in Lake Ridge, only that there's a lot and it's still coming down pretty heavily...looks like six inches on the roof of my kitchen overhang, but only about four inches on my balcony. There's a lot of drifting, and the snow is of the heavy, wet-looking variety. The trees are absolutely beautiful.

Posted by: meta2 | March 2, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Losercuda:
It isn't about the people calling it a bust. It is about the people who were disparaging the great forecasters that run this site based on premature observations. Personal attacks always warrant an apology, particularly when the people who are making them are clueless and wrong.

Posted by: bhfairfax | March 2, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

@Dealer1:

Obama kids go to Sidwell, not DCPS

@SELD:

DC schools stay open in rough weather because much of their students cannot afford to eat square meals w/o subsidized meals from the schools.

Posted by: spankyman111 | March 2, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Part of the "problem" with a site like this, if there is a problem at all, is that it adjusts the expectations of some of its readers quite a bit upward, even though they may not admit it.
It also creates the illusion of a realtime "dashboard" for our our local weather, and weather is still something that unrolls on its own timeline and not the timeline of even the best most recent models.

It IS fair to say that those of us who grew up in this area or have lived here more than a few years know the unpredictability of the winter weather. Perhaps, on the part of some aside from the most uncouth naysayers, it was simple disappointment that this weather website seemed to provide them no benefit over the resources available to them in the past.

Weather prediction is like those silly investment disclaimers..."past performance is no guarantee of future results." What is frustrating is that sometimes predictions are dead-on, and other times they vary widely, and there is no way of knowing which is going to happen!

Posted by: AndrewRockville | March 2, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and Fox5 just upped their estimated snow measurements to 4-8" for the beltway area, and up to 11" South and East of DC. Sounds eerily similar to a certain forecast from a certain website.

Posted by: FallsChurchSnow | March 2, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I'll apologize for whining. ;) Glad to see the 2-4 inch estimate was low. Looks like about 5 inches here in Fairfax right now. Woohoo! The kids have already been out in it and back. Too cold for them!

Posted by: siestador | March 2, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

@JTF, Thanks for staying confident through the end!

@samdman95, yes deep freeze would be the appropriate word to describe temperatures tonight. Under fresh snow cover (which greatly enhances radiational cooling), temperatures drop to much lower levels than they otherwise would.

It appears likely that temperatures tonight will either be at record-breaking or near record-breaking levels. I could conceivably see temperatures dropping to 5-10 degrees above, whereas the record lows for the morning of March 3 are DCA (11); IAD (12); BWI (12). Brrrr!

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

@forget:

You can stay home if you feel you cannot make it safely to work.
The Feds have liberal leave, after a 2 hour delayed opening. I'm using the liberal leave option. What more do you want?

Posted by: AndrewRockville | March 2, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Skies brightening in Ashburn. Snow continues to wind down.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 2, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

@FallsChurchSnow

The snow will be decreasing in intensity...beginning pretty much now. I don't expect intensification.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh my GOD. Is it the end of the world? We got a REAL snowstorm in DC =)

I can't get a correct measurement because of the drifts and wind, but here in Lake Ridge I would say that we have about 4-5 inches of snow. Some of the drifts are well over a foot tall. Stepped off the curb and the snow went to almost my kneecap.

I was going to take pictures, but I'll wait until the blizzard-like stops and the visibility improves to more than arms length.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | March 2, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 23 exactly with wind-whipped snow.

I'm going to call this storm the "Dr. Seuss Day Snowstorm of '09" because today is Dr. Seuss day.

HAPPY DR. SEUSS DAY!

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 2, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Or what if I shortened it to the "Dr. Seuss Snowstorm of '09"?

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 2, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Spanky?, doesn't sidwell follow dcps? I thought they did. And I hear you about meals...good point.

Posted by: dealer1 | March 2, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey, it's gonna be about 70 in Albuquerque toay! Come on out!

Posted by: mikewoolsey | March 2, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Ok, snow lovers, which one of you is gonna come out and shovel my driveway?

This is the part that I hate the most, the cleanup.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 2, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Good morning. 8 inches 2 miles east of FFX city off of Rt.50 Arlington Blvd. 22.1 F

Posted by: worldtraveler | March 2, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

@AndrewRockville

You made a really insightful comment about the challenges in forecasting. However, I disagree with this statement: "this weather website seemed to provide them no benefit over the resources available to them in the past." Leading up to the storm, we provided different scenarios, communicated the range of possibilities (uncertainty)...which are things you wouldn't have found in the past. Not to mention the discussion of impacts, real-time updates, responses to questions from readers throughout the storm, etc...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

We broke the daily snowfall record at National today with the previous being 2.1" in 1994. Matt, CWG

Posted by: mrwx1 | March 2, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Still light blowing snow in Herndon/Oak Hill on the Reston line. My office is on "liberal leave" for now. We don't get a broadcasted decision like the gov't and school systems :-)

Posted by: kygurl94 | March 2, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Between 4-6 inches in New Baltimore, could be more because it's been gusting since midnite. One side of our deck has been blown clean, the other side is heaped with snow. And it's still coming down, no sign of a letup.

At 5:30 a.m., we barely had an inch or 2!

Posted by: weathergrrl | March 2, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I just want to take this opportunity to thank Jason and the entire team for this blog. I have been a fan since its inception, and you guys do a great job of keeping us informed and ajusting our expectations as conditions change.

We had a trip to Richmond this weekend, and it was nice to be confident that I could check in with CWG any time and get frequently updated information that was specific to our area. We paid attention and had no problems with I95 because we adjusted our plans based on the information you provided.

Even if we hadn't woken up to 4+" here in Great Falls, I would still be saying GREAT JOB, guys.

Posted by: CAlovesVA | March 2, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Also the reason fed should be closed ia because of childcare...when most counties, all counties decide to close it should be an automatic decision for opm to close. 6 hours of annual leave is ALOT of leave especially for people with kids.

Posted by: dealer1 | March 2, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Lincoln: very light snow, no wind, less than 1 inch of snow. Glad to be West of the deeper stuff.

Posted by: seahawkdad | March 2, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Measured just slightly over 6" of snow here in Chevy Chase (on the fence); perhaps slightly more on the grass. Current temperature resolutely steady at 20.2 degrees with occasional wind gusts of 10+ mph. I don't anticipate receiving any more than (at most) another 1/2".

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

CWG, any chance one of you will do an impromptu web chat today about the storm and the challenges faced in forecasting it?

Posted by: --sg | March 2, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

To all the busters: you were wrong. :) It's beautiful outside!

Posted by: PeterBethesda | March 2, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah...to all those who cried bust, a luncheon of crow will be served at noon in the CWG Lounge. It's all you can eat.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | March 2, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

6 inches or so here in Kensington.

I was one of the naysayers last night and yes, I'm enjoying some crow with my snow. Kudos on your predictions and I'll think twice before I doubt the gang again.

I'm just glad we got a decent snow this year, it's been too long.

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | March 2, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Around 6 inches in Vienna now. Looks like the original 4-8" forecast yesterday for the western suburbs just outside the Beltway afternoon was correct. Bob Ryan and Sue Palka both changed it to 3-5" last night on their TV shows. The secondary burst we got towards dawn, from the upper low, apparantly was stronger than they thought.
Generally a good forecast, though on Capital Weather's part, although things were quite slow to get going yesterday afternoon with the above-freezing temperatures and still-warm ground.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | March 2, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

i was one of those whining (but not complaining about the CWG guys) about yet another bust last night. i kept looking out the window and nothing. 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, barely anything and still not really snowing. i even woke up at 3-something and i could still see blades of grass. woke up this morning to a winter wonderland! it was still snowing hard and looked so beautiful. now...what to make with it? it won't be good for sculpting until tomorrow, so today i'll be harvesting (i don't shovel my driveway and sidewalks - i harvest...).

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 2, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

6" in my backyard on Capitol Hill as of about 8:20am. Still coming down.

Posted by: jakeDC | March 2, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The snow is still falling here in the City of Manassas, though,not as much an hour or so ago. The wind is still whipping the snow around pretty good. The sidewalks I cleaned around 7:00 are now covered.

Posted by: irish031 | March 2, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for all of your comments. New post up. We can move the discussion over there...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Losercuda -- It's not just the numbers, though. The CWG does a great job of explaining all the different scenarios involved. The drive-by idiots last night were just screaming at them after reading nothing beyond a couple of words in the headline.

Even if we'd awakened to little more than a dusting this morning, there's no excuse for that.

Posted by: BDVienna | March 2, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

So. MD report -

We have a two foot drift on the deck, dogs are having a blast, snow plow came through at 8 a.m., street covered again.

But it looks like it's all over now.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 2, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Close to 9 AM, and it is still falling steadily in Mantua area in Fairfax. Nearly froze my limbs trying to walk the dog a couple of hours back. As of now, seems like we have 4 - 5 inches on the ground, and more coming down.

In our neighborhood, the authorities seldom clean our street within the first 48-72 hrs (or so it seems) - we are at the mercy of nature to take care of it in due course.

Posted by: sairam1 | March 2, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

There is about 7 inchs of snow on the deck around Falls Church (Seven Corners, VA)

Posted by: onlnbddy | March 2, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

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