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Posted at 4:15 AM ET, 03/ 2/2009

Snow Picks Back Up, Windy...

By Dan Stillman

Will we or won't we get close to forecast totals?

* Winter Storm Warning through 2 p.m. Monday *
* CWG on: Twitter & Facebook | Weather Wall | SnowCam | Snow Polls *

4:15 a.m. update: Snow will continue for at least several more hours...moderate to heavy at times -- accompanied by wind and very cold temperatures. 2-3" of additional accumulation possible - with locally higher amounts. Federal government: "Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under a DELAYED ARRIVAL/UNSCHEDULED LEAVE policy. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would normally arrive, and employees who cannot report for work may take unscheduled leave." Roads are slick and snow covered (temperatures have dropped to the low 20s), and visibilities are low. Please use caution.

From earlier: It's not unusual for D.C. snowstorms to start slow and leave all of us -- including forecasters -- wondering whether the end result will be as predicted. This storm has been no exception, with snow slow to pick up in intensity and slow to stick, especially in northwestern portions of the area.

But a period of heavier snow (which may be preceded by a period of little or no snow at all), colder temperatures and strong winds are expected overnight as an area of energy in the upper atmosphere comes through. While the jury is still out as to exactly how many inches you'll have when accumulating snow ends, probably by late morning, here's our best guess (no change from previous post, but reduced for D.C. and points N&W from our original forecast):

* 1-3" N&W of the beltway
* 2-5" inside the beltway
* 4-8" with an embedded area of 6-10" east of I-95
  (8" has already been reported in La Plata, Md.)

Whatever does accumulate will stick around through the day tomorrow, as highs likely won't get above freezing, and will be blown around by gusty winds.

Keep reading for SchoolCast and our other impact forecasts. Night owls and early-risers, please let us know with a comment below what's happening outside your window. And, get some sleep if you can, ok?


No snow sticking in Dupont Circle Sunday evening. Will this picture look different Monday morning? By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

IMPACT FORECASTS

SchoolCast (for Mon*)


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* SchoolCast only applies to schools not already closed.

By Dan Stillman  | March 2, 2009; 4:15 AM ET
Categories:  Updates, Winter Storms  
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Comments

ooooh, I like how the precip is *lingering* over DC right now (according to radar anyway). Normally it's the opposite.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | March 2, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Snowing lighter now in Olney. Cold. Looks like we have about an inch. Maybe an inch and a half.

Posted by: celestun100 | March 2, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Just got home from flying into Dulles. Landed right around midnight and the airfield looked almost in whiteout conditions. Definitely has tapered off in the last little bit, but still can hear/see blowing snow.

Hope all the snow lovers are happy now. Bring on spring! ;)

Posted by: joshnva | March 2, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

1-2 inches in Brentwood, not counting what the wind has blown away.

Posted by: stuckman | March 2, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

it looks like when one batch is finished another one comes

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | March 2, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

just saw car easily rush by on the streets of nw dc.. not much on the roads but a nice beautiful coating on houses and trees. would love to sleep in! :)

Posted by: musicfairie | March 2, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Coming down quite angrily in Bowie at the moment. Windy too. I would estimate about 4 inches or so on the grassy/elevated areas, and about 1-2 inches on the roads and other hard surfaces. I'm off to bed... hoping to wake up to an impressive winter wonderland!

Posted by: JTF- | March 2, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh and the temperatures have really come down! Temp was stuck at 32 for hours, but since the winds have kicked up it is down to 26. Everything is sticking.

Posted by: JTF- | March 2, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Let it snow!

Posted by: celestun100 | March 2, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Also, BGE is reporting 15,000 customers out, mostly along the Bay. My lights have been flickering quite a lot, and many of the trees are sagging under the weight of hours of heavy wet snow.

http://www.bge.com/portal/site/bge/menuitem.42d31413f80c584606370f10d66166a0/

Posted by: JTF- | March 2, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

1-2 inches on the grass in columbia heights, maybe an inch on the roads. hoping for much more by morning but growing increasingly doubtful...

Posted by: spankyman111 | March 2, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

1:45AM in Great Falls, VA

All of about 0.5" with some accumulations of up to 2" against the our home. Residential streets covered but it looks to be pretty thin.

Snow is crunchy and granular plus it melts fast.

Bring it on!

Posted by: WashingtonWombat | March 2, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

First batch over in Carroll. Second batch looks very good for west of I95. Already have about 2 inches in N.E. Carroll. Temp now 25 degrees and wind 18 to 30 mph.

Posted by: jamesg2 | March 2, 2009 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Still coming down lightly here in Arlington, but the wind is picking up too. I would guess 2-3 inches on my back porch.

Posted by: shoelson | March 2, 2009 1:44 AM | Report abuse

The snow and wind have finally picked up in University Park, Maryland, and the streets as well as the lawns are snow-covered now. I took the trash out a half-hour ago and was surprised to see so much white stuff in the air, a very rare kind of snowfall around here. It reminded me of my hometown of Buffalo. I hope the kids are home tomorrow so they can get some practice removing snow with a shovel instead of a broom.

Posted by: pundito | March 2, 2009 1:56 AM | Report abuse

I am in South Arlington (Fairlington). It looks like we have a couple of inches out there. The snow is thick on the tree branches and all surfaces are white -- it's quite lovely! Not much (if anything) coming from the sky right now, though, so I will hold out for that "second wind" that is due soon and hope that it at least doubles what we have now!

Posted by: azs1 | March 2, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow we are getting incredible wind right now. If it was snowing we would be getting blizzard like conditions in N.E Carroll. That storm has to be getting stronger the way the winds are howling out of the N.E.

Posted by: jamesg2 | March 2, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Windy and still coming down in Dupont, but not as intense as it was an hour ago. Atleast two inches on the ground right now. We need more snow so I can sleep!

Posted by: blacke90 | March 2, 2009 2:07 AM | Report abuse

In Silver Spring, MD, we have about 2 inches with severe winds.

Here is a photo of the snow coming down.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3559/3322172350_891f9f6556_b.jpg

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

Very cool pic, mindgutter! Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by: azs1 | March 2, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Leesburg on top of the little mountain just over the western part of town. Only powder in my flower beds. Nothing visible in the grass, on the sidewalk or on the road, other than little sleet-like spots. Noting coming down at the moment; no wind, which is unusual up here.

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

Forgot to post this earlier (Dupont pic.):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35924861@N03/3322224026/

Posted by: blacke90 | March 2, 2009 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Leesburg, again. Correction: Wind is now picking up pretty fast -- the evergreens are jumping around -- but still no visible precipitation from my 2nd floor bedroom window. I'm in Beacon Hill, just off the Route 7 bypass on the north side, just before Clarks Gap.

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

22.5 and light snow again (with snow pellets) in Fairfax. I'm guessing we have about 2" but hard to tell given how much the snow is being blown around.

Thanks CWG for all your work today and for withstanding the barbs tonight. Having taken Pat Michael's Weather Forecasting 101 class back in '87, I appreciate the difficulties in forecasting.

Snow has already picked up since I started typing. Bring on Round 2!

Posted by: dudster89 | March 2, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

3 am and OPM is still announcing that the Federal government will be OPEN Monday morning: http://www.opm.gov/status/.

Posted by: drwong | March 2, 2009 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Will Al Gore want to take credit for this??? Whoop's??? Wrong agenda!!!

Posted by: thgirbla | March 2, 2009 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Wind still blowing like crazy in carroll and saw a blue streak of lighting but no snow yet but it looks like its back on our doorstep.

Posted by: jamesg2 | March 2, 2009 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the snow's done in Springfield and we've shifted to sleet/ice blowing around pretty good out there right now...the walk to the Metro station's going to be treacherous in a couple of hours...

Posted by: map408 | March 2, 2009 3:51 AM | Report abuse

The snow continues to fall here and is really piling up. The wind is howling as well. This storm certainly is living up to CWG's expectations.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | March 2, 2009 3:55 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Al Gore, for all of the white, fluffy, pretty Global Warming that is falling outside???

Posted by: thgirbla | March 2, 2009 4:04 AM | Report abuse

4 am and it looks like we have about 2 inches in N. Bethesda. Snow doesn't appear to be falling at the moment.

Posted by: rg42 | March 2, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

About 2-3 inches with high winds on Kent Island (Stevensville, east of Bay Bridge)so far. The ectricity went out at midnight, and came back on at 4:00 AM, waking me up!

Posted by: forrest1 | March 2, 2009 4:17 AM | Report abuse

Fed Gov two hour delayed opening and unscheduled leave policy...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 2, 2009 4:22 AM | Report abuse

You'd have to be George Will to say there is more than an inch on the ground where I am in Alexandria. But, it's coming down pretty well and the radar looks promising!

Posted by: rightsaid | March 2, 2009 4:34 AM | Report abuse

It's snowing again here in South Arlington, and pretty windy. We do not have a lot of accumulation (I definitely won't have to dig my car out), but it's still very pretty.

Posted by: azs1 | March 2, 2009 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Gooood morning all! Can't tell how much we have on the street outside here in my temporary home in South Riding (haven't been downstairs yet), but a plow has gone through, and it was windy enough to wake me a few times overnight.


PS: Too all the folks who jumped all over the CWG last night...told ya to wait and look out the window this morning. ;-)

PSS: Plow just went by again.....

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | March 2, 2009 4:55 AM | Report abuse

Downtown Bethesda: Light snow coming down, maybe 2-3" on the ground, main roads clear, side roads snow-covered.

Posted by: mfein2 | March 2, 2009 5:19 AM | Report abuse

The last time there was a blizzard in DC was on Jan 28, 2009 ... Former vice president Al Gore spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Global Warming.

The so-called global warming protest is planned for today in DC during blizzard conditions. Is this a coincidence?

On Feb. 5th, 2009 - Buffalo State College hosted the national teach-in on Global Warming on the same day that the local temperature bottomed out at minus 6
degrees. Is this a coincidence?

Posted by: alance | March 2, 2009 5:21 AM | Report abuse

We definately got hit down here in Lexington Park, MD (near Patuxent River (Pax River) Naval Base). I count 7.5 inches and counting. Snow is higher in other areas and residental street is not plowed.

Posted by: beautiful12no | March 2, 2009 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Maybe 1/4" here in Walkersville, but it is coming down heavily. And sideways. The dog was coated by snow just waiting at the back door to be let in. What to do...

Posted by: phoebe0727 | March 2, 2009 5:57 AM | Report abuse

West Springfield (Accotink Lake/Mixing Bowl): Storm total as of 8:00am- 9" on grassy surfaces, 6-7" on paved surfaces.

Posted by: bikerjohn | March 2, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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