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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 03/ 2/2009

PM Update: Snow Moves Out, Cold & Wind Linger

By Ian Livingston

Mostly sunny, bright and continued chilly Tuesday

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Snow falls at the National Cathedral this morning. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston

Our biggest event of the season -- and since February 11-12, 2006 when 8.8" fell at National Airport -- has now come and gone. Some afternoon breaks in the clouds are not doing much to warm us up, as highs are now only reaching the mid-to-upper 20s. The cold air that helped produce significant snowfall last night lingers and deepens tonight, so be prepared for re-freezing surfaces as the sun goes down and don't forget to stay bundled up!

Tonight: After some evening clouds with temperatures falling through the 20s, we go mostly clear overnight. Expect bitterly cold conditions with temperatures falling to near 10 in the suburbs and into the mid teens downtown. To make matters more uncomfortable, a gusty northwest wind sustained at 10-15 mph will help wind chills flirt with zero much of the night.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Sun returns tomorrow, but snowy grounds and winds from the northwest will keep us in the freezer. Highs should top out around 30, with low 30s possible in the city and south or east. Winds that gust early should begin subsiding during the afternoon and lighten considerably by evening.

See Jason Samenow's full forecast through Wednesday.

How Does This March Snowstorm Measure Up?

About 7" of snow fell in Oakton, Va. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose

March often provides our last shot at accumulating snow, and this year it has brought the biggest event of the season. To put the 5.6" recorded at National Airport (DCA) into perspective, consider that the average snowfall for the whole month is just 1.6". Big March storms are infrequent in the area, with the last occurring in March of 1999 when 8.4" fell at DCA. The heaviest March snow on record occurred March 29, 1942 when 11.5" slammed DCA. Other March memorables? Of course, there is the Superstorm of 1993 which dropped 6.6" at DCA and more across western portions of the region.

By Ian Livingston  | March 2, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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Ahh, unclosed bold tag!

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I was just going to comment on how much I loved the bold. Thanks for ruining that Jason.

Posted by: wecndo | March 2, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Much better.

Everyone, report your snowfall....

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Spotsylvania schools are closed tomorrow. They are always one of the first. I'm thinking MCPS will get a 2 hour delay. But anyways... it's brutal out!

Posted by: PeterBethesda | March 2, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Loudon announced a 1 hr delay. How much snow did they get? I think they got less than most of us. Anyone know how much?

Posted by: hoyafan516 | March 2, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I remember the snowfall of March 1942. We had just moved to DC from Texas. But the one I remember most was in February 1966. We were trapped indoors for days. I'm in Phoenix now where it is almost 90 degrees, but still miss DC, even with the snow....

Posted by: Kidbuggy | March 2, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

FFX should be in school tomorrow, albeit with a delay.

Posted by: wecndo | March 2, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I have not ventured outside my house today in Centreville, I hate the wind! I'd say we got about 6 inches looking at my deck. The roads in my subdivision already are looking like they are turning into sheets of ice. I'll go out on a limb and say FCPS will be closed tomorrow.

Posted by: mchristinaw | March 2, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

9 inches in Hillcrest. Huge difference in depth between here and Capitol Hill, which looks to have about 5-6 inches and is only 2 miles away. Also, the trees here are completely plastered in snow, whereas most limbs are clear down by the river.

Could elevation have played a part? I'm about 250' higher than the river. The precip stayed all snow while Capitol Hill was raining for part of last night.

Posted by: HillcrestDC | March 2, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse


You bet elevation can play a role. We often see substantial accumulation differences within DC...especially between the Mall/downtown and upper NW.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

For climate wonks, here were the airport totals for this storm:

DCA: 5.6"
BWI: 6.9"
IAD: 5.4"

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

St. Mary's County schools closed tomorrow as well.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | March 2, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Never seen this on the NWS site before, a "Local Area Emergency"



Posted by: weatherdudeVA | March 2, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

You guys should start an interactive map where selected volunteers, who have the proper equipment, could enter temperatures and precip totals. Maybe one per zip code. I deleted Weatherbug because of all the imbedded spyware.

But you guys would be perfect since its not a program that needs to be downloaded.

Posted by: MKadyman | March 2, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

For those out and about during this evening commute- how were the roads in Arlington/Alexandria looking? The side streets around me in Alexandria are sheets of ice...

Posted by: Snowlover2 | March 2, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Here ya go hoya:

Montgomery Co Schools - MD - Open 2 Hours Late

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | March 2, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

WOOO HOOO!!!! 2 HR DELAY!!!! Sleep in! WOO HOOO!

Posted by: hoyafan516 | March 2, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Side roads are pretty brutal in Arlington.

Main neighborhood roads however are perfectly fine.

Posted by: wecndo | March 2, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

It was kinda weird that they called it so early. they usually make u wait until 530 AM! Why can't it be like this everytime. :/

Posted by: hoyafan516 | March 2, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

HillcrestDC: I noticed that the trees in central Fairfax County were plastered with snow while down by the Capitol the trees were bare. Our elevated and colder areas had a period of wet snow yesterday evening that stuck to the trees then later froze. The temperature down by the river was above freezing at the same time so the snow never stuck to the trees. The snow that began to fall in the early morning hours occurred when the temperature was well below freezing in all areas so it did not stick to the trees.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

YOu gotta admit, it'll be pretty unfair if fairfax closes annd we have a 2 hr delay haha. WHat were the snow totals for FFX, PG, and Loudon? 2 hr delay is good 4 me.

Posted by: hoyafan516 | March 2, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

At least for FFX, the amounts will be very different. I talked to someone who lives in Chantilly and he said that they got around 4 inches. In Falls Church (FFX for all purposes), I talked to someone who measured 8 in their backyard.

Posted by: wecndo | March 2, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody heard from SnowmonsterDC? Or seen a really big lobster?

Posted by: uprufssu | March 2, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

uprufssu: I think I saw his lobster roaming around earlier, not sure though. I'll listen to the police scanners for signs of a rogue lobster...

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | March 2, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Check out the National Weather service link in one of the other posts for snow totals. MoCo totals that are listed are lower than Fairfax (in general).

Posted by: HistoryTchr | March 2, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

@MKadyman - Have you checked out our new interactive snow reporting map?

I particularly liked this storm because of the amount of snow and the below-freezing temperature today -- there's still a beautiful coating on the trees (at least in NW DC)!

Also, I'd be curious to know where the best sledding spots were today...I may go tonight or tomorrow, if anyone has suggestions.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

When will the apples appear?

Posted by: edwardappleby | March 2, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

My call is 1.5 to 2 apples

Posted by: wecndo | March 2, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Ann: can I recommend my spot of choice for 13 years, Maddux Lane in McLean, Virginia? Go about a third of a mile past the Chesterbrook/Maddux [or Tompkins Maddux] intersection, and you'll see a huge bowl of snow. My only warning is that large chunks of ice make for a precarious trip down, though you'll certainly be going fast.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | March 2, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

re: elevation.. Last night in DC I walked from Mt Pleasant to Dupont Circle then swung into Georgetown on my way back to Glover Park. Both starting and ending destinations had a good bit more snow accumulation than the lower/downtown areas. In Dupont it was mostly wet, though it was during a lull and there had been some noticeable melting on cars at least. By the time I got back to my place there was about 3/4" on the ground with the return of snow about 20-30 minutes earlier.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

My Call:

West of beltway: Loudon, MOCO, Etc....SOME TYPE OF DELAY

East of Beltway: Chesapeake bay area...CLOSED

VIRGINIA: Fairfax: 2 hr delay

Most people will have delays. 2 apples west of beltway and 3 for east of beltway.

JUST MY OPINION THOUGH... WHat do you guys think?

Posted by: hoyafan516 | March 2, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Ann, there's a FABULOUS sledding hill on the northwest corner of Fort Reno. I bet it's already all torn up from today, cause it's pretty popular. But give it a try!

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | March 2, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

TWO HOUR DELAY 4 MONTGOMERY COUNTY! WHOOHOO!!! THIS IS WHAT I EXPECTED! by the way, when do you put up the apples?

Posted by: williamljjbccmlws24 | March 2, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Ann: There is a hill at Springwoods Elementary School (in Lake Ridge) that is fairly popular amongst kids around here. Actually there are two parts of the hill, separated by the steps going from the school down to the playground. The half closer to Marquis Place is the best for sledding, as the other half has a large bump at the bottom that can cause you to wipe out if you go too fast. I found that out the hard way a few years ago... Only bad thing is that the sun beats down directly on the hill, so the snow doesn't last too long. All that's left by the end of the day of sun and sledding is a sheet of ice.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | March 2, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Apples will appear around 7:30 p.m.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Ann and weatherdude - there's also a wonderful hill at Lake Ridge Elementary (also in Lake Ridge, hence the name). That's where I always used to take my son when he was small.

Posted by: meta2 | March 2, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

New post up with SchoolCast and FedCast

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"Could elevation have played a part?" wow i have been asking about this since like nov, when the nws added it in there snow forcast. but this time there was no mention of it??

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | March 2, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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