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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 03/ 1/2009

Sloppy Snow to Become Steady, Then Slick

By Jason Samenow

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A mixed bag of precipitation moved into the area over the last hour or so, but has gradually changed to mostly snow. Over the next several hours, the snow will become steady, with possible heavy bursts. Accumulation will begin on grassy areas in the next hour or so and then start to coat roads after about 8 p.m. when temperatures fall to at or below freezing. In a Special Statement, NOAA's Storm Prediction Center mentions the possibility of 1" per hour snowfall rates around 8 p.m., and this could last for several hours...especially along and east of I-95.

Our snowfall prediction remains 4-8" although there may be a sharp cutoff in snow totals west of the beltway, where only 2-4" may fall or even a little less.

How hard/lightly is it snowing where you live? Is it sticking yet? Leave a comment...

By Jason Samenow  | March 1, 2009; 6:30 PM ET
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Comments

it have started snowing in takoma park md

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | March 1, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I think this storm is going to be one of those that crank up and give us most of our snow in a 5-8 hour period. I like 20 miles north west of the bay, and am predicting 8" by morning!

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

sorry, not like -- live

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow in Silver Spring at 6:35pm. Everything is still just wet. Bring it on!

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | March 1, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

At 6:35 it is 33.7 degrees at Mt Vernon with moderate snow. It is now starting to coat the cars and the grass. Not sticking on pavement yet...

Posted by: capsnumber1 | March 1, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I hate that these dc snow storms seem to fizzle out all the time. I will laugh out loud if I awake to a dusting on the grass on capitol hill.

Posted by: heatherdc1980 | March 1, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Snow starting to stick in Falls Church. This Indiana girl is hoping for a big ol' storm!

Posted by: ndygrl | March 1, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Starting to stick to deck, grass and cars here out near annapolis

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Light to Moderate snow here.

Posted by: Snowman_In_Herndon | March 1, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Ground and pavement temps still fairly warm, and surface temps still above freezing.

Going to be awile before we have any travel problems.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Just hit 32.0 degrees here in the Fairfax County portion of Alexandria. Wet snow is falling fast and furious now and is starting to give grassy areas a white coating.

Posted by: bdeco | March 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Would Gaithersburg/Rockville be far enough North and West of the Beltway that we may be looking at 2-4 or are you talking about even further places such as Leesburg, Damascus, etc?

Posted by: derrickd | March 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Come baby come baby baby come come, you know you gotta gimme lovin' and you gotta gimme some....

Posted by: lioninzion | March 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan of news 4 said 4-8 inches for the dc area. Weather channel says 3-5 inches.

Posted by: Thundershock | March 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

In Haymarket at 6:40 pm, 35 degrees, just a very light mist, small flakes. No accumulation at all, can't even tell it's snowing unless you stand and look up.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | March 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow here in Old Town, Alexandria and temps are @ 32 degrees :)
Not sticking yet.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | March 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

light snow falling here at 16th & U. maybe a light dusting on cars...

Posted by: maclean1 | March 1, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

light snow in North Arlington (Lyon Village). There is a consistent dusting on grass and cars. Roads are wet.

Posted by: dinergirl | March 1, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

35 degrees, no snow/rain/flurries in Gaithersburg so far

Posted by: derrickd | March 1, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Its looking like 2-3 just west of DC.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | March 1, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Snow in Rosslyn - sticking to cars and grass.

Posted by: cdog123 | March 1, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Light snow tending to medium right next to Silver Spring Metro, with no accumulation yet.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 1, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Go 'head lion. You tell that Low Presure "Who's yo' daddy!"

Posted by: gen_coz | March 1, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Small flakes just started flying up here in Columbia. Let's see what happens.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow south of Herndon. Roads wet, starting to stick on tops of cars.

Posted by: packyderm2 | March 1, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe an inch on the ground and starting to stick on the pavement within the last 15 minutes in Cape St. Clare (near Bay Bridge, NE of Annapolis).

Posted by: DMTerp02 | March 1, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

@derrickd

I think Rockville is right on the edge of 2-4, 4-8... if I had to guess...would say around 3 or 4.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Snow is starting to fall at a higher rate here in the City of Manassas, and it is starting to stick to the grass. Roads/sidewalks are still just wet. The wind is picking up as well.

Posted by: irish031 | March 1, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

CWG, I know you predicted Rockville, but how much snow for Bethesda do you think?

Posted by: swimdude412 | March 1, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Snowing pretty hard in South arlington. Sticking to cars and grass but not so much the roadways.

Posted by: topherbecker | March 1, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Mother Nature is pee-peeing on my party having RAIN in the past. I live out west and not even a FLAKE as of yet.

RA

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | March 1, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

RA = RAINMAN

(Computer issue)

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | March 1, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Nothing on the ground in Crestwood (Near Columbia Heights) DC

Posted by: albinosquirrel1 | March 1, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Just switched from rain to snow here in College Park a few minutes ago.

Posted by: camlyndc | March 1, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

snow at a good clip in clarendon - temp 32.9. sidewalks starting to accumulate slush.

Posted by: novajeffc | March 1, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

CWG - If we are in a region lucky enough to experience thunder snow - it can snow at a rate of 4" an hour correct? However, the down pour usually only last a 15 minutes or so. Am I way off here?

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

34 deg now near Union station. Moderate wet snow. Not sticking yet.

Posted by: aneedell | March 1, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

@swimdude

Bethesda=1-3" more than Rockville... But these individual location forecasts are really tough...and inexact.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Swimdude412. Since CWG predicted about 3-4 for Rockville, Bethesda is probably looking around the same, maybe slightly more like 4-4.5 inches. The further you go east, the more snow. Places further N and W of Rockville such as Poolesville will be looking at the lower end of 3-4 inches.

Posted by: derrickd | March 1, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Jason - I know you can't do this all night but if it is going to snow about 5 inches in Bethesda, I am thinking closer to 7-8 for Laurel - thoughts?

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Only 2-4 inches west of the Beltway? That's not going to close school in Fairfax! Are we looking at a 2 hour delay?

Posted by: siestador | March 1, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Here in Glen Burnie the snow is coming down and is already starting to lay to the deck.

Posted by: roxy83 | March 1, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the lastest regional radar loop, I'm thinking that no one in the metro area is going to get 8 inches of snow. I'm thinking 4 inches is going to be the most...and north and northwest 'burbs are gonna get a lot less.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

It started as rain adn we thought it was another full-hype non-event again for use snow lovers. However, about a half hour ago (6:30) it started coming in droves and sticking here in South Arlington.
Hoping for the best (and by that, I mean a couple of feet of snow) because we haven't had dididly squat this winter.

...

Posted by: sobolasobola | March 1, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

siestador - I disagree if it is still snowing around 6:00am then school will be cancelled - they are not going to delay school if it is still snowing

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Is the low still developing and strenghtening? In other words - what can happen that enhances our snow potential at this point? I am still calling for 7" or so in the Laurel, MD area.

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

i somehow thought it would move closer west this morning. but this evening it looked like it might just hit south side only snow west of va 29 corridor looks bleak

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | March 1, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the updated snow total projections, CapWx guys. Was thinking out here in Ashburn we were gonna see a little less.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow...it seems like you guys don't even read the CWG posts. Both CWG and the NWS are saying the heavy stuff and cold temps are expected late...after 8 at night. And why on earth would you ask about school closings now, when we won't know about the most significant snow for at the LEAST one hour from now? Sorry to be impatient, but read the blog before asking the obvious.

Posted by: manassasmissy | March 1, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

More moderate snow here in Silver Spring... finally starting to stick to cars and grassy areas!

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | March 1, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Quickly turning into a winter wonderland here in Lake Ridge...grassy areas are covered, and snow is also sticking to the trees. Can't see the road or parking lot from my third-floor aerie, so I can't tell how those areas are shaping up.

Posted by: meta2 | March 1, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

It is snowing steadily now in Bethesda out around the Beltway. The temperature appears to be above freezing, and the snow is accumulating on grassy areas only.

Posted by: captn_ahab | March 1, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

For those asking earlier about the Feb. 2006 storm, it's recapped here (Note in particular the rain/snow timeline):
Calling Inspector Morse

Posted by: CapitalClimate | March 1, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

33 degrees in College Park, snow coming down moderately and starting to stick to the deck, cars and grass.

Posted by: mdskater | March 1, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

33.0F and steady snow in FFX. CWG - do your accumulation amounts account for the slight westward jog of the main low earlier this evening? Also, what about the HPC update indicating heavy snow to include the DC area?

Posted by: worldtraveler | March 1, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing moderately to heavy in Alexandria city for about an hour now. Starting to stick to grassy areas, streets still just wet. Snowflakes still large and wet.

Posted by: kallieh | March 1, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Rain changed over to snow in upstate SC just about the same time that the snow began in the DC area. Around 5 PM the rain began to mix with sleet in Charlotte. Around 5:30, after a stray clap of thunder, the snow began. It is snowing heavily now (7:10 PM) and there is nearly an inch of accumulation on most surfaces. Surprisingly, despite many more days of 60+ weather in February than DC and nearly 2 full days of heavy rain, the snow accumulated immediately on grassy areas and shortly thereafter on the local streets. For some reason, maybe the location, a snowstorm in the mid or deep South seems more interesting to watch than in Bowie, where I live when not in the SC side of Charlotte.

Posted by: Pianokey | March 1, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

It is 32 here in the City of Manassas and the snow is still falling at a good rate. It is starting to stick on the sidewalks and steps.

Who remembers the snow storm in maybe 2000 or 2001, where it started off as being nothing much and then overnight due to a change in the track we ended up with a pretty decent storm. IIRC, it was 5-9 inches.

All the weather reports for the late news had it wrong.

Posted by: irish031 | March 1, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Sticking to the black top now, like a thin layer of gruel. Looking forward to some of that heavy, sour creamy kind of stuff that you can scoop. 33 in FC. Pine tree frosted pretty. Hoping.

Posted by: MiltonWaddams | March 1, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Just starting to stick to cars in Columbia. Starting to come down a little steadier and heavier as well.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Snow amouts have once again been overstated. Look 4 most of the DC area 2 get 3-4". Some areas E might see 5-7". Any1 dreaming of 8+ needs 2 wake up. Sorry 4 the neg. 4cast, but I never saw this as being a big snow event. I hope I'm wrong but I did call 4 less snow b4 the storm hit. Temps 2 warm 4 an epic storm & 2 late in the season. If I'm wrong I will eat crow.

Posted by: VaTechBob | March 1, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

33.4 here west of Centreville. Light snow, but the snow is very wet and flakes are rather big. Doesn't seem to be sticking to anything either.

Posted by: Xenon54 | March 1, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Snow has been moderate to occasionally heavy in Waldorf since about 5 PM. There's definite accumulation.

Posted by: JimmieBise | March 1, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Reports of thunder snow and whiteouts in the Carolinas. May we be so fortunate.

Posted by: worldtraveler | March 1, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

If it is precipitating at all in South Riding you can't tell via window check. Definitely no snow yet. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Posted by: cotterpinx | March 1, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Still snowing good and starting to stick to pavement in Ft Washingon....yippiee!!

Posted by: ftwash | March 1, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

It's snowing heavily in NW DC, with snow starting to cover cars and grassy areas. No sticking to roads or sidwalks yet, but that might change soon, given how heavily it's snowing!

Posted by: GeorgiaAve | March 1, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

It's been snowing since before 3 p.m. here in Fredericksburg. Have about an inch.
What's the word on how much we
will get here?

Posted by: MOMINTHEBURG | March 1, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

2003 - Am i mistaking that we got about 21" in one snow storm in Burtonsville in 2003?

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

irish031: It was 18-22 inches or more in the bullseye along on the PG/Anne Arundel county border during the January 2000 storm.

Sticking to everything now in Bowie, including the roads. Closing in on 1 inch in the areas where it started sticking first. It has been coming down at a moderate/heavy clip the entire time.

Posted by: JTF- | March 1, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

No precip. in Laytonsville, MD. 36 with Dry roads and a light breeze from the w/nw.

Posted by: dprats21 | March 1, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Bust . . . I'll say 2-inches max here in Olney. Still 34 deg F and barely snowing.

Posted by: uncledak | March 1, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I am a little worried about that large gap in the radar over Raleigh at the moment. Hope it fills in!

Posted by: JTF- | March 1, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

light to moderate sloppy snow in Arlington - Spout Run. not sticking to pavement yet, but definitely covering grass. I can see 66 out attic window - running fine

Posted by: sdefife | March 1, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

32 degrees and the snow is moderately heavy here in Bowie. The streets and driveways are now coated with snow.

Posted by: kel07 | March 1, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

One thing that bothers me is the fact that we haven't gotten a Forecast Discussion update from Sterling in over 4 hours. This is the season's main event - get some thoughts out there guys! Especially given the dynamics of this thing, I'm sure there is plenty to talk about. Heck, even SPC out of Norman, OK has a more recent comment about the dynamics around here than these guys do.

Posted by: 125WMARION | March 1, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

JTF,

I remember that storm well in January 2000...Drastic change in accumulaton with eastern burbs getting dumped on. If memory serves, a good 20 inches fell in Fort Washington for that storm...

Posted by: bernydoode00 | March 1, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Last weak I cudn't even spel meteoroloigist now i ar one.

Posted by: uncledak | March 1, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Jtf,

Thanks.

Posted by: irish031 | March 1, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Snowing steadily (not heavy...yet) for about an hour in Mt. Vernon area. Sticking on grass, bushes. I'm thinking 6-7" by morning.

Posted by: mcaicedo | March 1, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Raleigh has dry-slotted for a couple of hours after over 1" of rain. Snow is still to the west, however.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | March 1, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

33 near Uniom Station. Sticking on deck and grass, not roads.

Posted by: aneedell | March 1, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

In Franconia...

I left for 7-11 at 6:45 and the roads were just wet...

on the drive home, 10 minutes later, the roads were slushy and white in some places. I was home at 7:05.

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | March 1, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

"Come baby come baby baby come come, you know you gotta gimme lovin' and you gotta gimme some...."

Posted by: lioninzion | March 1, 2009 6:42 PM

===

Wow, lion, kickin it old school.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | March 1, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

HEAVY NOTHING HERE IN LEESBURG!

RAINMAN GREG

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | March 1, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Snow coming down fairly moderately here in Chevy Chase; current temperature is 31.5; just measured slightly more than 0.6" on an outdoor table's vinyl winter table cover. Snow is sticking to all but paved surfaces, but even they are starting to get slushy, so I would imagine it's only a matter of time before it starts accumulating there.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Just starting to stick on Capitol Hill -- exciting!

Posted by: rabs1 | March 1, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Lol, dak

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | March 1, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm worried! SNow isn't sticking to pavement! Will it? I hope so. If not then UH OH! Whats the schoolcast? When's the next post??? WHEN WILL IT START STICKING TO THE PAVEMENT??!!!!

Posted by: hoyafan516 | March 1, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Nothing at all here in Gaithersburg right now - some flurries earlier. 34 degrees

Posted by: MDScot | March 1, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Snow has stopped west of Centreville. Mercury remains hovering around 33. Hopefully it's just temporary.

Posted by: Xenon54 | March 1, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Mike Seidel on TWC just said 6-9in for DC. I Hope, but I don't see it.

Posted by: jrodfoo | March 1, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

7:45 PM, Potomac Village, 3+ miles W. of Exit 39 --- Nada.

Posted by: joe2chase | March 1, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

East of Olney, temps just dropped from 36 to 33 in a matter of minutes. Snow is moderate with pavement remaining wet but snow beginning to stick to grassy areas.

Posted by: NewHamp | March 1, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

CWG - Can you guys explain the current radar? It really appears that the storm might end relatively soon?
http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php

It doesn't look like all that much moisture is left. Is this a case where it will eventually fill in?

BTW - snowing at a good clip here with the roads covered in Arlington/Falls Church area.

Posted by: schrute | March 1, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

In Annapolis - my street is covered with about 1/2" (residential street). About 1.5" on my deck.

Very sticky/wet stuff, though. Not too good for sledding, but sticks to my satellite dish nicely. :-

Posted by: whosywhat | March 1, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Nice job guys . . . you blew it again. I know, I know . . . Washington DC weather is soooo hard to accurately forecast.

Posted by: lcaudle1 | March 1, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

It's coming down moderately in Falls Church, with less than an inch of accumulation so far. It's slushy on the streets and sidewalks but slippery enough to cause problems.

Posted by: bokamba | March 1, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

how come my post counter doesnt update until i post again

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering where Hoyafan was. Give it a little more time. Temps are dropping and the snows picking up. You should start seeing accumulations on pavement in the next hour or so.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

i just drove in (to falls chrch) from ashburn. usually, my sister out there gets all the snow. as i got closer to falls church the snow got heavier. there was basically nothing falling out there, but beautiful snow here. still not sticking to roads and sidewalks, though.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 1, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Also, Margusity seems to be a downer on this storm too. He is pointing at the huge dry slot forming over Virginia plus he claims this is a weakening storm. Any counter-points? Save the snow!!!
http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?partner=accuweather&blog=meteomadness

Posted by: schrute | March 1, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. Next post? YOUR schoolcast?

Posted by: hoyafan516 | March 1, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Hoyafan, please don't post 30 times an hour again like you did last time. The schoolcast was 3 apples, but I would say to go to bed on time unless we get drastic changes.

Posted by: Xenon54 | March 1, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

CWG - what do you guys make of the widening gap in the storm over Raleigh and central NC?

Posted by: richmondreader | March 1, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

P.S. THink schools will close tonight in MD? MOCO? PG? What so you think? Sorry for not putting this in the other one.

Hoya

Posted by: hoyafan516 | March 1, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Just came from Five Guys in Sterling...barely even snowing :( At least the little bacon cheeseburger put a smile on my face!

Posted by: kridgely | March 1, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

not a flake in ashburn as of 7:53

Posted by: dealer1 | March 1, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Flurries.. about 3-5 flurries per minute in Olney; but not giving up hope yet.. maybe we'll be in the band where 1" per hour will begin falling around 8PM. still just a tad under 35 degrees. Guess I'll go pack my lunch for tomorrow now, and quit looking out the window.

Posted by: SnowLoverOlneyMD | March 1, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

we're getting hammered in Calvert County. We've got 4"-5" inches already.

Posted by: jessiebrewer1 | March 1, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

@schrute for a massively contrary point of view, from Larry Cosgrove of WXAmerica: he's predicting 12+" for our immediate DC metro area!

http://www.examiner.com/x-3775-Houston-Weather-Examiner

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

After dropping to 29.97 inches, the barometer is now rising at DCA. I'm betting that high pressure is building in from the northeast, and that will continue to supress the precip.

Precip has ended over eastern NC, and is ending over southern VA.

This is turning into "SlushStorm 2009".

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Some light snow in Arlington. Moderate sticking. I'd say about .5 inch on patio, somewhat less on pavement. Pretty weak stuff.

Posted by: jaydreb1 | March 1, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

This smells like a bust to me. A glorious, got-to-go-to-school BUST.

It stopped snowing in Fredericksburg. 1.5" at most.

Posted by: Duke-of-Fredericksburg | March 1, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Blowing strong and the grass/roads are just about white here midway down Calvert County directly on the Bay.

Posted by: msok | March 1, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

LaurainNW, it's hard to believe it's been 15 years. Wow. We've got moderate to heavy snow in NW right now, starting to stick to sidewalks but streets are still wet.

Posted by: lioninzion | March 1, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

i was just in calvert county an hour aog - st leonard and we were just at about an inch at 5:00 and about 3 now - 4-5 is a little bullish

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Capitol Hill - It began sleeting a couple of hours ago and has turned to wet snow. Is now sticking to cars and grass/bark...but not pavement yet. Is it still to warm?

Posted by: WeatherWick | March 1, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Even the grass still isn't white here NW of Charlottesville...

Posted by: carrerascott | March 1, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Temps started falling but then they hit a wall at 31.5-32 degrees. Not liking that, especially considering how heavy wet snows tend to cause power outages as bad as ice storms.

Posted by: JTF- | March 1, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Anne Arundel has thrown in the towel for tomorrow. All schools and offices closed.

Posted by: Xenon54 | March 1, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

You've got to be kidding me, it just became 8pm, when the heavy stuff was supposed to start picking up. Give the storm a chance already. This would be like me saying you're a bust for not walking in the first month of your life!

Posted by: TheMot | March 1, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

D.C Schools just announced they were opening two hours EARLY!!! Dont even think about it kids!

Posted by: SA-Town | March 1, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Anne arundel County Schools closed tomorrow

Posted by: add1212 | March 1, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Just went outside-only a dusting on the top of the car. I'm in Warrenton. I guess I shouldn't expect much, but I was hoping for something more!

Posted by: jms8 | March 1, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Echo the Ashburn report. Nothing here in Broadlands. Had a few flurries earlier. Nothing now.

And as a fellow Hokie, I'll back you up VT Bob. You were on this one yesterday.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

CWG contributors have been noticably quiet on the possibility that the high pressure to the north is killing the storm . . .

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | March 1, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The moisture still stretches as far south as Atlanta

Posted by: TheMot | March 1, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I can confirm it is snowing quite heavily in AA CO.

Posted by: nolagirl67 | March 1, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

The present radar and precip. analysis indicate that many snowlovers in Va. south and west of D.C. may be disappointed tomorrow morning. I hope this changes, but the trend is not our friend.

Tremendous volatility with this system.

Consolidated moderate to heavy snowfall over s.w. Va. fell apart, dry slotted and began weak banding as it attempted to move n.e.

Posted by: AugustaJim | March 1, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. Not much happening here in Centreville. Will make the Post's fear-mongering headlines look idiotic...again.

Posted by: jollyroger2 | March 1, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

SouthsideFFX, I posted about high pressure building in a few minutes ago.

Radar is definitely showing the precip being suppressed to the south.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Capital Weather guys:
Will this huge dry slot fill in? I agree that the abundance of premature pessimism is quite annoying but the radar does look increasingly worrisome.

Posted by: bhfairfax | March 1, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Snowing heavily in Logan Circle but not sticking to anything but the cars and grass.

Look at the dry slot approaching.

CWG will you thing about revising your accumulation forecast? It seems painfully obvious we're not getting 4-8 anywhere within the beltway or surrounding area to the West.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | March 1, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Curmodge, I meant from the CWG writers themselves, not commenters.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | March 1, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Sterling, VA, at 8:10pm, same as Ashburn/Broadlands. Flurries for a bit, made the pavement wet, but it's doing nothing now. My outside temperature gauge shows 34F.

Posted by: kmcandrew | March 1, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Anne arundel County Schools closed tomorrow!

Posted by: add1212 | March 1, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Mot I hope you're correct, but I am looking at rising temps - up to 36 now from 34 an hour ago, nothing falling, and almost calm winds. I know the storm was supposed to be an all nighter, but this is not going to be the storm that was forecast, no way.

Posted by: MDScot | March 1, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Snowing heavily in Chesapeake Beach, MD (Calvert County). Already have about 2" on the ground.

Posted by: Methos_ | March 1, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Radar showing a big gap to the north-west, hopefully it will fill in.
http://tinyurl.com/dmq6uy
Still nothing here west of Centreville. Pavement looks wet. As for school closings, Charles MD, King George VA and Orange VA are closed.

Posted by: Xenon54 | March 1, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Gotcha FFX!

The precip shield is really getting squeezed.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post

Posted by: add1212 | March 1, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Snowing in Mount Vernon/S. Alexandria, and sticking to the grass. But my digital thermometer reads 36. I feel a MAJOR BUMMER coming on.

Posted by: KEBV | March 1, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe this is such a bust. I mean, I kind of suspected it but still, this is really awful.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | March 1, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

A very disappointing NOTHING coming out of the sky at the Vienna Metro. Not making me very happy...

Posted by: Ebbi88 | March 1, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

It has been snowing heavily and accumulating at a very fast rate in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County (Kingstowne). My mother is in Centreville, and she's reporting that it's barely snowing and melting over there. I think this system is unusual in that there's more snow expected East rather than the West, and the temperatures are also lower towards the East.

Posted by: adctvmonkey | March 1, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

give it some time, it was delayed to begin with... i mean, it's still snowing in Charlotte.

Posted by: jrodfoo | March 1, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

It has stopped snowing here in the City of Manassas. Just snow on the grass for now.

Posted by: irish031 | March 1, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Slight dusting in Ffx, but now it's stopped snowing. :(

Posted by: siestador | March 1, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

For God's sake there's still 12+ hours of precipitation to go. There's tons of energy out there with this storm.

Posted by: JTF- | March 1, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

what the @!%!%$!!!!!
it STOPPED here in falls church. this cannot be happening.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 1, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Total loser here in N. Arlington. Nothing but a dusting, roads are clear. Its stopped snowing. I suppose we'll be getting another wave, but our early precip was rain, so I'm not figuring that the totals will be too impressive. I hate duds.

Posted by: badmommy | March 1, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Folks-- This looks to be an underperformer if you live west of DC. New post just published.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Gaithersburg and it is snowing at the rate of 1 flake per minute as far as I can tell.

If you look got the local radar at accuweather.com, you can actually see the precipitation shield shrinking SE away from NW montgomery county. It was actually snowing harder 2 hours ago. What's going on? What causes that precipitation shield to shrink like that?

Posted by: hskwak | March 1, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

adctvmonkey - I'm right down the road from Kingstowne (right across from the Springfield Mall) and seeing very little accumulation, mostly wet right now with enough to coat the grass but not accumulating on hard surfaces yet.

Posted by: map408 | March 1, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

This is looking like a big time bust in lower Montgomery County (Kensington) right now. A dusting on the grass and not much else.

Guess I'll be going to class tomorrow (in rockville)

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | March 1, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

At 8:20, no snow yet in Potomac...

Posted by: AstrosFanInExile | March 1, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

JTF - Let it go...the handwriting is on the wall on this one.

It's gonna underperform....and for some people it's gonna do so drastically.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Still light snow outside here in Manassas. Not sticking to pavement apparently, but is sticking to cars.

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | March 1, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Big dry slot southwest of Richmond getting bigger and moving this way. Doesn't look good folks.

Posted by: MKadyman | March 1, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Still no snow in Carroll County but it is cold with a N.E. wind blowing about 10-15 mph. The weather channel and the NWS have upped the snowfall amounts in Carroll with the bulk coming in around 2 or 3 AM with 20 to 30 mph winds and the same for later Mon morning. I'm still hoping for a 12+ incher in Carroll.

Posted by: jamesg2 | March 1, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

If you've watched TWC, you saw Cantore on I-85 N in the middle of Charlotte. Last broadcast feed he jumped when lightning and thunder occurred at the beginning of the broadcast. In downtown Charlotte (very heavy snow), nearly 3 inches accumulation; here in neighboring SC, snow tapered off since my last post but has picked up again and moderate snow reported, about 1.5 inches on the ground. We're still ground zero for the upper level system and the snow continues to fill in, now inching its way toward Columbia. Snow may taper off in DC later tonight but I think it will pick up again as the upper system moves NE from here.

Posted by: Pianokey | March 1, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Latest SWS out of Greenville SC advises of a deformation band from roughly Greenville, SC to Statesville, NC with 2-3 inches of snow per hour and frequent lightning, may move eastward over Charlotte, same upper level system that could move into DC early Monday AM.

Posted by: Pianokey | March 1, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

In Glenn Dale, the trees have had that winter wonderland look since about 7:30. No visible accumulation on sidewalks and pavement, though there is a bit of transluscent slush. Wood steps and hand railings have about 1/2" of wet snow the consistency of a packed snowball. Jim

Posted by: jimtitus1 | March 1, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

no snow in rockville yet...

Posted by: bewilliams1 | March 1, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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