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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 03/ 1/2009

Snow Delayed, But Still Coming

By Jason Samenow

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The snow is taking a little while to reach the metro area, but moderate snow has developed to our south and southeast in Stafford (Va.), Charles (Md.) and Calvert (Md.) counties. Up to an inch of snow has already accumulated around La Plata, Md. Snow will overspread the metro area between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., with accumulating snow starting mostly after 8 p.m. Our accumulation forecast of 4-8" for the metro area has not changed (more east, less west).

Please report what's happening in your area in the comment section below...

By Jason Samenow  | March 1, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
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Comments

I am still predicting 9" for DCA before it is through.

Posted by: Losercuda | March 1, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

patiently waiting for the first flake to arrive in Mclean

Posted by: snoinmclean | March 1, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

oh man. I wanted first post! Is second the new first?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | March 1, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Is the expectation that the storm duration will decrease (i.e., delayed start but same end time), or was the timeline just pushed back a few hours?

Posted by: joshua-frank | March 1, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Light snow's just now starting in Springfield...

Posted by: map408 | March 1, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ 1st post...ahhh, the old days back before the Post posts. ;-)

So...delayed arrival and a shift to the west 10 miles means...well...the kids will get no sleep, and the roads will be a disaster in the morning.

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | March 1, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 36.1 and lightly snowing!

Finally!

Just to let you know, Burke is in south central Fairfax County.

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 1, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

For now, radar loop showing heavier precip shunting off to south and east of DC as predicted.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

No snow in Manassas, yet.

Posted by: manassasmissy | March 1, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, the temperature is up a degree at DCA at 5pm, AND the dewpoint is down on degree.

Watch out for dry air to drain down from the north or northeast which may cut down precip amounts.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Just started snowing in SE DC.

Posted by: HillcrestDC | March 1, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Finally!

Just took the pooch out for a walk in Logan Circle. . .

It's light, but it's there - a bit of sleet and some really light snow. Maybe I was wrong after all.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | March 1, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Starting to snow lightly in Bowie (NE PG).

Posted by: JTF- | March 1, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool."

Proverbs 26:1

Speaking of first posts: I know we all love to get our comments in at the top, but scrolling through all the new ones can get tedious. Have you folks ever considered reversing the comment order, so that new posts go over old ones?

I know it would be a break from tradition, but imagine all the calories you'd save CapWX readers.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | March 1, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

CWG - With the snow arriving later, current track, etc. do we still have a shot at the upper end of the snow totals or even over perform, or is it looking more like the lower end of the snow totals.Thx!

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

My first post to "hands down"..the BEST website I've ever seen on weather. In fact, one of the best websites...period! Being one of the biggest snow lovers created(yes,I must be a conservative)I enjoy being part of a "community" of fellow snow buffs. I really didn't believe you guys existed. Until today, I thought I was alone in "snow lovers paradise". Anyway, my prediction, living in Herndon is 9" here and if the low I have been watching does not move eastward (which I thought by now it would have started)then 12" will not be out of the question. I'll keep praying for the low to stall right over Fairfax County!!!
p.s...God loves snow lovers

Posted by: MITCHRAPP | March 1, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Extremely light, barely-visible flurries starting to fall in Fort Myer Heights.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 1, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Zilch in Glenmont (Montgomery County) so far. The pavement is even now dry from previous precip

Posted by: GWGOLDB | March 1, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Dewpoints in Pennsylvania are in the teens.
If that dry air drains south, we could be in for a major forecast bust.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

snowing lightly in burke

Posted by: hikeguy23 | March 1, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Flurries just started in Arnold, MD.

Posted by: Pathseekerken | March 1, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dreaded "mixed precip" in Annandale. Best that I can tell. Could see snowflakes, hear the ice pellets, and see raindrops falling in puddles. I'm wearing socks and wouldn't walk out far enough to be REALLY sure.

Posted by: betterbegood4 | March 1, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Snow starting in Wesley Heights (NWDC)

Posted by: dc52687 | March 1, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

My prediction for the Rosslyn/Iwo Jima Memorial area: 6 inches. Enough to make me take the Metro to work tomorrow instead of driving, but not enough to close the Arlington Cemetery station and keep me home.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 1, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Just started sleeting in Rosslyn

Posted by: Losercuda | March 1, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I want the snow - I do. But this is gonna be a BUST. This place is simply famous for it. We get the party decorations all out, the hats, the noise makers, the festoons - and no one ever comes.

BUST.

Posted by: 125WMARION | March 1, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@MITCHRAPP, thanks for your kind comments.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Not exactly local, but my daughter called around 3:30pm from Blacksburg and told me that there were 1-2" on the ground. She left Fairfax around 11am and said that once she got to Roanoke the roads were pretty dicey.

Posted by: skipper7 | March 1, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

@joshua-frank

I think the storm duration does decrease a bit due to the delayed start...but I don't think it will have too meaningful of an impact on accumulation.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Just a light mix here in Takoma. I am revising my prediction down to 2 inches!!!

Posted by: SnowMonsterDC | March 1, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Now there are a few very light flakes blowing around in the City of Manassas.

Posted by: irish031 | March 1, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Snowflakes in Tenleytown. (More like freezing rain, but hey, I'm not picky.)

Posted by: cbvd | March 1, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

@snowlover

re: high end predictions -- I don't think they're as likely now given delayed onset...but can't rule them about because they're dependent on the possibility of localized heavy bands developing which are hard to predict.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Snowing moderately in NW Spotsy., ground is starting to get covered & temp 33.1. Time 2 take the dog out 4 a walk in the snow, haven't had 2 many of these the last few yrs.

Posted by: VaTechBob | March 1, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

We have light snow in upper NW DC...mixing with sleet.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Sleeting in Pasadena, MD (northern Anne Arundel County)

Posted by: irish00 | March 1, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

hurrah...precip in Manassas!!!

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | March 1, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

5:20pm, nothing yet in Western Gaithersburg MD (Darnestown). Kids losing faith. Send snow fast!

Posted by: megster671 | March 1, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

City of Fairfax area, Nutley Street exit off I-66, sleet and light snow started abot 5:10 PM at my house. Hoping we get enough to stay home from work. Hate those days when I have to struggle with the snow shovel and still show up at the office when I could be home eating scrambled eggs and drinking a martini. For muscle soreness, of course!

Posted by: greyparrot | March 1, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Light snow in Adams Morgan.

Posted by: CRS3 | March 1, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

light snow in Vienna

Posted by: Vienna8425 | March 1, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of first posts: I know we all love to get our comments in at the top, but scrolling through all the new ones can get tedious. Have you folks ever considered reversing the comment order, so that new posts go over old ones?

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Boooo! That forces readers to read down through a post, skip up through two posts, read down through a post, skip up through two....

Snowing on between Franconia and Telegraph roads

Posted by: mason08 | March 1, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Now it's raining in Fort Myer.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 1, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Tiny snowflakes are just starting to appear here in North Potomac, MD.

Posted by: bluegreensardine | March 1, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Light mix of sleet and snow in Silver Spring/Four Corners

Posted by: Terps98 | March 1, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't get all the AM/Logan/NW snow - NOTHING in G'town. Not a drop, not a flake.

Posted by: BHDC | March 1, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Still nothing in Ashburn. And I can still see the mtns to the west.

My gut is telling me that the real action may be just a little bit further east than expected.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

2-3" of slush in the immediate DC area with sad excuses from local weather celebrities explaining about how it went too much to the east so temperatures didn't fall quickly enough.

In the DC area, it's like watching the same movie over and over again in the winter.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 1, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Really wet stuff coming down in Chevy Chase. Looks more like heavy drizzle than snow, except it's white.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | March 1, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

In Stafford, snow is beginning to cover grassy areas and cars. The roads, however, are just wet at the moment.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | March 1, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Light mix here in Alexandria for the last 20 minutes. I have a feeling this is another bust of a snow storm, unfortunately.

Posted by: joshua-frank | March 1, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Scratch the rain -- make it sleeting in Fort Myer. :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | March 1, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Ombudsman - unfortunately I think you are correct. Rain here now in Logan Circle after a brief period of sleet/snow.

Big dry slot in NC, 4 hour delay of onset - these factors will make this yet another bust of enormous proportions.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | March 1, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I strongly urge *everyone* to not hit the proverbial panic button until at the earliest midnight tonight. If you see our time line, the heaviest precip is probably like to fall in the 10pm to 2am time period, and localized bands (yes, even west of town) could easily bring 1-2"/hour accumulations to some areas.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Light snow in north Arlington now.

Posted by: khmack | March 1, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

There is now nothing going on here in the City of Manassas.

Posted by: irish031 | March 1, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Raining in Merrifield: Arlington Blvd and 495.

Posted by: eomfd | March 1, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Granted, I'm not a pro, but looking at the national radar loop on NWS, it really looks like the western edge of precip is breaking apart right now.

Any "pros" care to explain? Is this expected?

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah seriously, people calm down. Everyone is calling this a bust prematurely. Some people just loved spelling doom-and-gloom apparently.

Posted by: PeterBethesda | March 1, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

In Damascus, MD - as of 5:35PM it is still dry but the local grocery stores have been cleaned out.

Posted by: sjohn | March 1, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 35.4 with light snow and wind.

The temperature is dropping a little now. The wind has picked up.

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 1, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

re: sleet and rain mixing in with snow...

This is not unexpected. Because it reached the upper 30s today, snowflakes are melting in the warm lower layer near the surface... But as the snow becomes steadier and cools the lower atmosphere via evaporation, all precip will become snow. This will happen everywhere within an hour of the onset of the precipitation.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

This is not going to be a complete bust, but I think accumulations will definitely be less than originally forecast. This is just as typical of a D.C. 'snowstorm' as you can get...

Posted by: wecndo | March 1, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah seriously, people calm down. Everyone is calling this a bust prematurely. Some people just loved spelling doom-and-gloom apparently.

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Nah. People just love being able to say, "I was the first one to call it and I got it more right than the 'experts'." As if there were any precision in predicting weather...

Posted by: mason08 | March 1, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Sterling, VA, is still snowless. My temperature gauge says it's 36F. All the snow that had fallen this morning is melted except for a bit on some roofs.

Posted by: kmcandrew | March 1, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Having lived in the DC area since the early 1970's I have seen too many over hyped storms to count.

The March storm in '93 and perhaps one of the larger storms in Jan of '96 are the exception that I can recall.

My rule of thumb is the more hype the less chance there is going to be a large storm, the less hyped storms always seem to be larger than expected.

Posted by: irish031 | March 1, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

It's 5:38. Do you know where your snow is? 'Cuz it ain't in Centreville....

Posted by: jkuchen | March 1, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Nothing in Warrenton yet either.

Posted by: LadyMac | March 1, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Light snow falling now in N. Bethesda

Posted by: Thundershock | March 1, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I echo wecndo's comments.

Won't be a bust, but the further west you are, the more likely you'll be on the low side of projections.

Just my gut feeling.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Couple of inches in So. MD. Dogs outside running around, playing, and making yellow snow.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 1, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Nothing happening in Herndon/Reston. CWG: Is Herndon/Reston considered a western enough suburb that we will only see 2-4", rather than the higher totals forecast for the "metro region"?

Posted by: CarefulNervousMotherDriving | March 1, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Light snow in Silver Spring... everything's just wet so far.

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | March 1, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Of course, no sooner than I type out my previous post, it starts...

...to drizzle.

Posted by: jkuchen | March 1, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Northerly winds are advecting drier air into the area from the north. Looking at the radar out of Wakefield you can see the precip shield really being eaten up by the drier air as it approaches the DC area.

The dry air and the relatively warm highs that we had today are going to keep snow accumulations down. NW suburbs may end up with very little snow.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Drizzle here in the Fairfax County part of Alexandria, south of the Beltway.

Posted by: dcn8v | March 1, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

About an inch in fredericksburg.

Posted by: morris4903 | March 1, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Right guys, I think we should wait until 9pm. If there's not heavy snow somewhere in the beltway or just west by then, I think we can safely jump on the "bust" bus.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | March 1, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

raining in S. Arlington, and a flock of robins is in the back yard.

Posted by: zmrzlina_35 | March 1, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Temperature has dropped about a degree here in Chevy Chase over the past 15 minutes; the rate of cooling will continue to increase over the next 90 minutes as snow becomes heavier. I'm currently 35.1 with a DP of 30.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Light snow falling in the Courthouse area of northern Arlington, VA as of 1715 ET...

Posted by: you-dont | March 1, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

What snow?

=P


but really... I don't see any here in Arlington.

Posted by: wecndo | March 1, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

85 degrees and sunny near Old Town, Alexandria.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 1, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

raining in courthouse right now. i won't count my snowflakes til the morning.

Posted by: matthew_lawlor | March 1, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

light to moderate sleet/snow changing to all snow at 5:53 in Alexandria, VA driving on my way home.

Posted by: Snakeheader | March 1, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Was planning on having a faux blizzard party, but it doesn't look like it's gonna happen now.

What should I do with all the Jack Daniels now?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | March 1, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Sporadic wet snow lazily making its way to ground in Cleveland Park, but not sticking.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 1, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

rain at logan circle at 5:50 pm

Posted by: jpl1019 | March 1, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Wesley Heights @ 6pm

34.5
Sleet
Not sticking.

Posted by: ah___ | March 1, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

A light drizzle on and off here in Glen Burnie.

Posted by: roxy83 | March 1, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 34.5 with light snow and wind.

The temperature is dropping, the wind is picking up, and the snow is coming down just a little harder now.

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 1, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

OK, So now it has decided to start snowing again here in the City of Manassas. Small flakes but coming down at a good steady rate.

Posted by: irish031 | March 1, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Still dry in Ashburn as we approach the 6 o'clock hour. Can still see mtns to my west too.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Ashburn reporting zero as of 6 p.m..

Posted by: bodyiq | March 1, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Nary a flake yet here in Columbia. Temperatres been dropping though, down 2 degrees since about an hour ago.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

This thing is falling apart on radar. Precip is being sheered and pushed SE out to sea.

Posted by: gen_coz | March 1, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

300_sq_ft,

What a silly question...

Posted by: wecndo | March 1, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I've been around CapWx for years, and people always jump on board the bust wagon very quickly.

Remember the 12+ inch snowstorm of Feb 2006? We had about 3 inches when I went to bed at midnight and everyone was calling for heads to roll since the forecast was supposedly bust. However, once the storm got going off the coast, we received our due snow.

Just calm down.

Posted by: JTF- | March 1, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

CWG - Any chance the storm is just moving a bit slower than anticipated thus a longer duration of snow - or was Virga the factor of the delayed snow at ground level?

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Nothing at this time in western Loudoun ...

Posted by: glastonbury27 | March 1, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

here in west end alexandria its rain rain rain, but I can see the ridge on francolnia rd where my sis in law lives( She says its snow) and an advancing curtain of snow is approching

Posted by: pvogel88 | March 1, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Starting to switch over in Centreville.

Posted by: jkuchen | March 1, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Very light fine snow in Odenton, MD at the moment. Was snowing at 2:30 in Calvert county when I was down there. Big huge flakes at that.

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

can someone tell me why the radar echos have been showing snow over Culpeper Va for the last hour and yet I have nothing falling?

Posted by: clintonportis17 | March 1, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan says there will be a dramatic cutoff from east to west for precip in his teaser. Details in about 10 minutes. Likelihood of => 8 inches only about 30%. More than 4 = 90%

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

2.5 inches already in Richmond...we're well on our way to 8-9"

Posted by: richmondreader | March 1, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

JTF - Good point on the 2006 storm, I rember it like it was yesterday. If my memory is correct temps were marginal on the onset as well.

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

You cannot seriously blame the temp drop in the last hour on the front.

It's because the *sun went down*. It would go down even if no precipitation was on it's way.

Temp drop is at -.33 degrees per hour at the moment, but as we're at 36 degrees at the moment, and this is the hour the sun goes down, this is not related to the storm.

There are flakes coming down, but they come and go. They melt and almost evaporate before they hit the ground.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Nothing here just west of Centreville.

Was watching News 4, apparently they haven't given up - reporter at salt dome, Bob Ryan, Chuck Bell explaining there is a 90% chance of 4+ inches of snow, etc.

Posted by: Xenon54 | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Better get better than this. Light flurries mixed with sleet in Arlington. No sticking. Feels like it's too warm outside to do much. El busto.

Posted by: jaydreb1 | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Dry in College Park but 34 degrees...and snow skies, definitely the look of it in the wings.

Posted by: CollegequaParkian | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

this is scaring me all i see in here in takom park is sleet and rain when do i expect the changeover??? plz reply

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Raining, slightly, in Arlington. It's past 6.

Posted by: RegisUrgel | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I left Bristow (just outside of Manassas) and it was lightly raining, mixed in with a little snow, at about 5:30. Switched over to light snow which has continued since I got home to New Baltimore. Once the temps drop and the precip fills in, i am hopeful we will see some accummulation!

Posted by: weathergrrl | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Rain and 36 at DCA at 6pm. Temp is up to 38 at IAD.

Radar out of Wakefield continues to show the precip shield being eaten up as it moves northward. Also would not be surprised to see precip shield to start moving more to the northeast.

A real possibility that areas north and west of the District are going to get short-changed.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Looks like major thrust of this thing may miss Loudoun. What IS IT about Loudoun that absolutely repells precipitation, year round? Seems that way, anyway.

Posted by: Craig_Colgan | March 1, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Precipitation that had been a mix of wet snow/sleet and even a little rain in Chevy Chase, MD has now shifted over completely to snow and is beginning to pick up in intensity. Currently 34.5; DP of 29.

Also noting that temperatures south and east of town, where snow is now moderate to heavy, have already dropped below freezing -- as expected.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Rain.drizzle on Capital Hill near Union Station. Temp 36 (down from 37 20 minutes ago)

Posted by: aneedell | March 1, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

It's raining in Chevy Chase.

Posted by: summerlover | March 1, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

IMHO I'm willing to bet just west of I-95 its 3 inches at best.

Posted by: clintonportis17 | March 1, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Joined the CapWx Gang Facebook page. Now you can see who the RAINMAN is....if you want.

As for the storm...

No comment. My kids are outside trying to sled down a hill of GRASS! I had visions of heavy snow by now and making memories with my kids.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | March 1, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

It's SNOWING in bethesda.

Posted by: PeterBethesda | March 1, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

snow in Montgomery Village at 6:10, still no wind.

Posted by: hawknt | March 1, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

where was this alleged 12+ inch snowstorm in feb. 2006?! cuz it sure wasn't in Arlington.

as for this one, i just want something, even if it's 4 inches -- we've had zilch-o snow here this winter.

Posted by: dinergirl | March 1, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Still raining in Arlington. My dog is wet. Everything is wet. The weathergang is wet...

Posted by: RegisUrgel | March 1, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

moderate snow 2 mi east ffx city; 34 degrees

Posted by: worldtraveler | March 1, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

@summerlover I don't know where you are in Chevy Chase (I'm intersection of Brookville & Connecticut -- 20815), but we're seeing big flakes coming down with moderate to, now, almost heavy intensity now here.

Folks, I'm taking a breather to make and eat dinner -- feel it's going to be a long night ;) -- I'll be back commenting and tweeting by 8pm.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Just finished walking the dog, just south of Herndon. First half of walk, very little precip and all was melted. Second half, a few flakes were making it to the ground. In the time I could go up 4 flights of stairs, changed to all snow. Still light, but intensity definitely picked up.

Posted by: packyderm2 | March 1, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Just switched over to large very wet flakes in Alexandria City. Just puddles on the ground though.

Posted by: kallieh | March 1, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I believe I read that ULL was supposed to transfer it's energy to the coastal low. Is that correct? If national radar is correct, ULL appears to be diminishing. Maybe transfer is happening now?

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Mostly snow now here in Silver Spring.... everything is still just wet.

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | March 1, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 33.8 with moderate snow and wind.

The snow is coming down a little heavier. Why am I the only one who seems to be getting snow in my area?

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 1, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

The reason many people are calling for a bust is because it usually is! It isn't cold; it is a balmy 36 at my house in Silver Spring. DC weather is always tricky. Try this, ignore the forecasts and see what happens. NEVER make plans based around anyone's forecast here. There are to many variables.

Posted by: eor11 | March 1, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The dreaded wintry mix just started here in Centreville. I'm not going out to check, but it looks like mostly sleet. Temperature is 35.

Posted by: Xenon54 | March 1, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow..38 at Dulles. at 6pm

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"Purify me with hyssop and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
Psalm 51:7

Temps in eastern McLean look to be 33 right now, which marks a steep decrease from 34-35 just an hour ago. The snow is coming down, but doesn't seem to be sticking to anything just yet.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | March 1, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Here in west end alexandria it is rain/snow mixed. The flakes are wet and huge. The trend is for more snow, less rain in the next hour. By 8pm everybody within 50 miles of dc that has precip will be reporting snow

Posted by: pvogel88 | March 1, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Snow in Manassas. Finally!

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | March 1, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Just shut up!! ITS GOING TO SNOW!

Posted by: snowlover | March 1, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Temperature change has begun to level off in NE Montgomery County, now only -.28 degrees/hour. Temperature is still at 36 degrees.

Barometer 29.86 inches and almost steady, but rising slightly in the last hour. Humidity is 71% and starting to drop. Wind speed has dropped almost to zero within the last hour. Dew point is 27.5 degrees.

Make of these readings what you will.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 1, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

No snow in Jeffersonton... yet

Posted by: soccersusi | March 1, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Lower atmosphere not cold enough for any accumulation anytime soon. Sleet in Arlington, perhaps some snow? Not much.

Posted by: RegisUrgel | March 1, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Temps at stations all around me, Andrews, Camp Springs Brandywine, Bryans Point on Maryland side of the river are down to 33. Temps look couple degrees higher on the Virginia side of the river. its continuing snow in Ft Washington with rooftops and grassy areas covered but nothing sticking on the pavement yet.

Posted by: ftwash | March 1, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Definite precip in downtown Bethesda.

Posted by: mfein2 | March 1, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Light snow near Wheaton, MD. Not sticking yet. Temp 34.5, dp 27.4

Posted by: landlaw | March 1, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I thought Rainman Greg would look more sinister.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | March 1, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Feb 2006 snowstorm started off as rain. It was also being called a "bust" by people.

In the end, we in Bowie got 14 inches. Columbia got 21 inches, mostly from a strong thundersnow.

How quickly we forget. It is going to snow quite heavily for 12 hours, so give it time people! The back edge of the precip is still in Atlanta for God's sake!

Posted by: JTF- | March 1, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

@Yellowboy -- You aren't. I'm in West Springfield right on the Burke line, and I've got snow. Pavement is still just wet, but the snow appears to be fine enough to begin sticking and accumulate soon.

Posted by: batwings | March 1, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Light/medium snow in Laurel.

Posted by: edwardappleby | March 1, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Here is an article on the Feb 2006 storm from Wikipedia if you need a memory refresher:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_blizzard_of_2006

Posted by: JTF- | March 1, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in 33.1 with moderate snow and wind.

The snow has accumulated on everything except the roads and sidewalks.

Posted by: Yellowboy | March 1, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Light snow in South Reston at 6:30.

Posted by: bvitale | March 1, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

where was this alleged 12+ inch snowstorm in feb. 2006?! cuz it sure wasn't in Arlington.

Posted by: dinergirl | March 1, 2009 6:13 PM

i've been wondering about this one as well. was this one that only hit the distant suburbs or something? i don't remember this storm at all, and i lived in arlington at the time, too.

Posted by: bryc3 | March 1, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Mix has changed completely to snow here just west of Alexandria. Sticking to cars but melting on pavement.

Posted by: bpayne1 | March 1, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Steady at 37.4 degrees since 3pm here in Ashburn.

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

Down another degree to 35 near Union Station. Rain now mixed with snow. Watching channel 9-2 radar and notice that almost all of the pink and green west of DC has disappeared (all white)over the lat 15 minutes.

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

JTF-
This is not gonna be Feb 2006 for anyone west of I95.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Topper confirms bullseye still to be east of I95.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 1, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Re: the Feb 11-12, 2006 storm

Not a lot of folks remember it because it was low impact "big storm" since it fell on a Saturday night. But generally 8-12" of heavy wet snow fell, with a few locations northeast of town getting 16-20" because of extreme thunder snow. Crews were able to get out and clear the roads on Sunday, and so schools/businesses were mostly unaffected for the start of the week.

New post up!

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Rain's shifting to snow in Springfield now as well...

Posted by: map408 | March 1, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Mix of rain and snow right now here in Chinatown

Posted by: dcbat | March 1, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

We've got steadily falling small, determined snowflakes now in Lake Ridge - and they're starting to stick to the grassy areas.

Posted by: meta2 | March 1, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Chevy Chase: moderate snow with temperature down to 32.5 and snow now colder surfaces like grass, wooden fences, mulch, etc; now even sticking to glass skylights.

I think we'll be below freezing in only a matter of mere minutes here now, with a half inch or more by 7:30pm and probably a good inch by 8pm -- wild guesses, though they are.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Definitely beginning the switch to snow from rain here in Chinatown

Posted by: dcbat | March 1, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

It started snowing steadily in Waldorf around 3:30 pm and was sticking to the road by 5:30 pm. We have over an inch on the grassy areas already, a little less on the road. And the heavy stuff hasn't even hit yet.

Posted by: katie91 | March 1, 2009 6:39 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 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Snowing and sticking by Georgetown Prep/Kensington.

Posted by: Fab5Mama | March 1, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Snowing moderately in Chinatown but not sticking yet

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

Please stop with the bible references. I don't think Jesus was a snow guy!

Posted by: eor11 | March 1, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Snow Falls in Falls Church: Coming down like those beautiful fluffy mashed potato flakes I remember from my childhood - more the heft and texture of Smash than Ore-Ida brand. Salt trucks flashing by. Pretty little snow globe view of the parking lot from my cubicle. Might just break out the cases of instant hot chocolate and candy canes, stay up all night and print reports.

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

I checked out the NWS and they have the
2-4 inch range out west in the eastern
West Virgina panhandle and now have Carroll
County in the 5-7 inch range. Currently in
Carroll no snow but is cold and getting
breezy. I also checked out the southeast
radar loop and notice the dry area in North
Carolina is filling in just a bit. Do the folks at CWG notice this also?

Posted by: jamesg2 | March 1, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

We've got about three inches. This time it looks like you guys are the bridesmaids and we are the bride!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 1, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

That's in So. MD, BTW.

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

Chevy Chase: moderate snow with temperatures now below freezing (31.8); thick coating on surfaces like grass, wooden fences, mulch, etc; now even sticking to glass skylights.

I'm guessing a half inch or more by 7:30pm and probably a good inch by 8pm.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

For the first time today it is sticking to the pavement here in Merrifield.

Posted by: eomfd | March 1, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Sticking to pavement in West Springfield now.

Posted by: batwings | March 1, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

9:15PM - Damascus, MD - first snowflakes and wind.

Posted by: sjohn | March 1, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

In NE Montgomery County, temperature is remaining steady at 36 degrees, relative humidity is dropping very quickly, now at 63% with the dew point at 24.3 degrees. Barometer is steady as well.

Precipitation has stopped.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 1, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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