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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 12/19/2009

New December snowfall record for D.C.

By Jason Samenow

*** Latest forecast, storm information, and commentary ***

As of 1 p.m., snowfall at Reagan National has reached 12", tying the biggest snowfall on record for Washington, D.C. during the month of December (set back in 1932 on December 17). By 2 p.m., we will have a new record.

As of 2 p.m., Reagan National reached 13", setting a new record for December snow.

Dulles had already received 16" as of 1 p.m. Other snow totals: here.

By Jason Samenow  | December 19, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Winter Storms  
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First!!!!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | December 19, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Also, 13 inches in Thomas Circle.

CWG - where do you see the official nws statement saying 12 at DCA?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | December 19, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the radar yo?

Posted by: fleeciewool | December 19, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@300_sq_ft

The 1 p.m. observation indicated 12" on the ground at DCA. It's not "official" official...but will be in a matter of time no doubt.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

merry christmas !

Posted by: leifur1 | December 19, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's a link to the observation: 12" at DCA.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

thanks. just measured thomas circle again - 14.5 inches in the middle of the circle - not a drift. Drifts approaching 30+ inches

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | December 19, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Let Jah be praised. Great forecasting guys, as usual. I'll report back with my snow totals from 34th & Q NW when it's all over :)

Posted by: fleeciewool | December 19, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

My kid just measured one of the non-drifty areas - 17 inches here in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: meta2 | December 19, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

16" in the Alexandria/Franconia section of Fairfax County at 1:20pm.

Posted by: InVA1 | December 19, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

At 1 PM, 15 inches snow depth in Burke/W Springfield. Up to 22 inches in wind-driven drifts.

Posted by: Burkies | December 19, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Just checked Accuweather.. and they are also calling it "Super Saturday Blizzard"..

Posted by: ZmanVA | December 19, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

At 1:19pm: 12.3" at DCA
At 12:59pm: 16.0" at IAD

Reference: http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=LWX&product=PNS&format=CI&version=1&glossary=0&highlight=off

No info listed there for BWI

Posted by: RandC | December 19, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

16" in Burke in the middle of a flat non-drifty spot . . . this is gonna take AT LEAST three runs with the snowblower before we're done. There's not a chance in hell that FX schools will be open on Monday.

Posted by: Gunga2009 | December 19, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Check out the latest PNS:
12.3" at DCA
16.0" at IAD!!

Posted by: tychicus98 | December 19, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The past 4 hours have rocked! 10am we had 8-9" in North Georgetown - roads were covered but not bad. Snow rates picked up with visibilty down to about 250 yards (with little wind). At 1:30pm we have at least 14" (on a 12" ruler) with Wisconsin Avenue littered with stuck cars and snow-plow piles 2-3' high in places in the middle of the road. 8" - a nice snowfall - over 14"? priceless!

Posted by: manatt | December 19, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Any thundersnow??? Nothing recorded here and Vaisala has only one recent strike, near Philly/Havre de Grace. We had more thundersnow with that little snow squall on the morning of 12/31/08.

Some TV mets are saying it might let up around sunset here.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 19, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

12 inches an hour ago on non-drifted and non-blown back porch in Silver Spring.

Yow.

Posted by: Murre | December 19, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

16" in Odenton.

Posted by: add1212 | December 19, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Tom8 | December 19, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

That's what she said.

Posted by: fleeciewool | December 19, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Definitely some heavy snow out there. 12.25 inches outside my McLean deck at 12:15; 14.25 inches there at 1:15! Even just a few more hours at that snowfall rate could get us close to 20 inches, and maybe even 24 if the storm does hold tonight.

If you consider yourself religious, please pray for all those who are put in danger by this storm: the poor, the sick, the elderly, the injured, those driving and stranded, those without heating and especially the homeless. I know most of us are having a fun time with this storm, but there are certainly those put in harm's way by them.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | December 19, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Sorry--by the storm, not by "them." I wish we could edit comments.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | December 19, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

and for anyone thinking about taking the boat out:

BALTIMORE CANYON TO HAGUE LINE S OF 1000 FM
1000 AM EST SAT DEC 19 2009

HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNING

TONIGHT
E OF 68W...E TO SE WINDS 35 TO 50 KT BECOMING S TO SW
LATE. SEAS BUILDING TO 15 TO 24 FT. W OF 68W...E TO NE WINDS 45
TO 55 KT...SHIFTING TO W TO NW AND INCREASING TO 50 TO 65 KT
LATE. SEAS BUILDING TO 19 TO 32 FT...HIGHEST S.

Posted by: manatt | December 19, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

16" in southern Springfield. I'd bet money that Fairfax Co kids won't be back in school until January.

Posted by: momof3g | December 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Just put a yard stick in the ground. 13.5 inches in McLean! We picked up six inches in a little over three hours!

Posted by: HokieTerp | December 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

How is it that National's totals are always so much less than Dulles and just about everywhere else in the region? The radar today would suggest that it should be on par or more than Dulles. It is always unfortunate that National is the official collector of DC weather information.

Posted by: rocotten | December 19, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

14 in resiterstown

Posted by: snowlover3 | December 19, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Can you still pray even if you don't consider yourself religious?
Unofficially - 12.5" in Falls Church

Posted by: Bobrebl | December 19, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If it doesn't stop snowing soon, Northwest DC is going to nothing but a cluttered mess of stuck cars.. Already, cars are getting stuck all over the place. Another 2 or 4 inches, and it literally may be hard for emergency vehicles will have a hard time getting through.

Posted by: realclear | December 19, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

it looks like it is going to end soon, with less than expected accumulations for DC...like usual. burbs look alright, but still lower end of predictions unless this thing spins out for longer than it appears.

Posted by: rocotten | December 19, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

rocotten, based on what? Did you read the previous hours of posts analyzing the storm?

Posted by: manassasmissy | December 19, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Old Town Alexandria update I just snapped a bunch of pics with my Canon 40D DSLR from our window. (I was being lazy earlier & using the iPhone). Lots of shots.

http://www.joelhousman.com/blog/2009/12/19/old-town-alexandria-154-pm.html

It's still snowing pretty hard here. Been snowing steadily, like this, since around 10:30 am this morning.

Posted by: joelhousman | December 19, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Just uploaded some photos I took from a covered area of the deck. No boots so I can't venture far. Also, I am no photographer. They were taken for my family back in CA.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2070503&id=21204317&l=284bbaaf20

Posted by: epjd | December 19, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I measured 17 inches at 1400 in the Alexandria/Kingstowne area.

If the models hold true, we may be talking about the Christmas Day Flood of 2009.

Posted by: bdeco | December 19, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Just took a walk around outside at the Suitland Federal Complex, SE of DC, inside the beltway, there's easily 12+ on the ground, and still coming down in masses.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

13" as of 2 PM at National

Posted by: CapitalClimate | December 19, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

15 or so inches here in Manassas/Bull Run. Still coming down. I just did step clearing round 2. Lets see how long this one lasts.

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | December 19, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The snow is up to my knees on the west side of Oakton, VA. Knee deep snow has always been my unofficial way to judge a really good snowstorm. Very few storms achieve that in the DC area. Now I need to find a yardstick for an official measurement.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

hey cwg is precip bulding agin for va??

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | December 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any measurements for Adams Morgan? I tried to go out earlier with a 12" ruler but found it kinda hard.

Posted by: BruinGirl2001 | December 19, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan has lots of shoveling in his future. Dang, I was 9 days too late in my prediction.
Did the mets underplay this so as not to ensue panic?

Posted by: mchristinaw | December 19, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

What a great day for snow lovers! Another heavy band of snow is coming through NW DC right now.

I bet this one gets a spot in the Top 10 DC snowstorms.

Check out some nice DC webcams, too, at: www.dcinfocenter.com

Posted by: otavio | December 19, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 15.5" in three different places in my backyard in close-in Silver Spring.

Posted by: PaLun | December 19, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

@otavio: "I bet this one gets a spot in the Top 10 DC snowstorms."

Not a problem, it already is.

Posted by: Murre | December 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

CWG - Reality check - how much more can we expect as of say 2:30 in central Anne Arundel county? I am thinking 6" or so but not sure.....

Posted by: snowlover | December 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The "back end" of the precip has been sitting over King George since 11:00 am, or at least that's what I've been seeing on radar. Could swear it's still filling in to our SW but who knows.

Posted by: fleeciewool | December 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

20" on my deck in centreville. About 7" in the past 3-4 hrs.

Posted by: saltydog75 | December 19, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Our deck was completely clear 2 hours ago thanks to the wind - not even a dusting for most of the deck. Then the wind dropped off from 15-25mph down to 5-10mph. In the last 2 hours, we now have foot deep drifts on our deck covering close to 1/3rd the deck surface. Pretty impressive change in an hour.

Posted by: RandC | December 19, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

19 inches in Lake Ridge. I'm starting to run out of places to measure the snow, this was the last flat place I could find before I run into a slight slope (that you can see in the background of the picture). We've now beaten the PDII (Feb 2003 storm) by 1 inch -- I measured 18 inches of snow in the PDII storm.

http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/2350/dscf0959e.jpg

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 19, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

So we have a record breaking snow fall. Any chance schools and the federal government will be closed on Monday?

Posted by: ClaireL | December 19, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

13in in rosslyn, measured at the marine corp memorial around 130pm.

Posted by: Peter_L_inmclean | December 19, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Looks like precip is trying to breakup in central PW expanding into Fairfax.. Hopefully this is temporary and that it fills back up.. Overall radar loop would suggest so..

Posted by: ZmanVA | December 19, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

15.5" in Potomac and coming down hard

Posted by: mkbf26 | December 19, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

manassasmissy, yes, I have read all the posts, I just need people like you to reinforce it for me. :)

I am still upset about National Airport as the place of measurement for DC. I think everything gets blown away or something.

Posted by: rocotten | December 19, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

18.5" in an enclosed deck area 1 mile from DCA.

I can't, for the life of me, figure out why this measurement is 40% more than National.

Posted by: Losercuda | December 19, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

18 inches Thomas Circle

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | December 19, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Just measured outside in Dupont Circle - about 13" - tough to get an accurate measurement though. Still coming down at a pretty good pace!

Posted by: TarHeel14 | December 19, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

We are near bdeco's measurement in Kingstowne since we're in the Hayfield Farm corner of southeastern Fairfax County - between 17" and 18" right now and still coming down strong. Here's a brief video shot in front of my home from about 1.5 hours ago - pretty much a whiteout: http://bit.ly/8m3Njc

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | December 19, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

About 14" on our second-floor deck in Capitol Hill. Still coming down nice and steady. Is it beer-thirty yet?

Posted by: mensan98th | December 19, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The explosion of the low seems like it will produce more snow for Philly than Washington.

Posted by: rocotten | December 19, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@18.5 one mile from DC seems high! I have 15-16" in odenton, where i have been receiving serious banding! Are you sure you did not measure a drift? I measured 10 "nuetral" spots and took the average.....

Posted by: snowlover | December 19, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Bobrebl: Of course you can still pray!

15 inches as of 2:20. Snowfall rates of less than an inch an hour after that point, but .75 an hour is still respectable.
I usually go sledding in a storm, but with so much snow, I thought a snow fort might be a better plan. Just the snow on the sidewalk, when added to that on the ground, was enough to make a pretty large hump. With some more snow, I think I'll be ready to start patting it down and sculpting.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | December 19, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | December 19, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

fwiw, the intl flights are coming into Dulles, flights from Vienna, Copenhagen, and London are on the approach pattern now, but domestic flights are all being held at origin

nothing coming into BWI or DCA, only flight at all that looks like it's taken off from region airports in last hour was a FedEx flight to Memphis

Posted by: TGT11 | December 19, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

@snowlover

I would say you're good for another 3-4 inches or so

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

@ClaireL

I think most schools will close Monday. Federal gov I bet will open with unscheduled leave policy.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Here is the mid-day DAILY GREG report. I also give a shout out to many Capital Weather Gang Peeps and promote the site!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzQhWTJhn44

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | December 19, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Still coming down hard in Logan...

So, what happened to the FedCast? I'm thinking 2 hour delay for Monday, but I can hope for more...

Posted by: MikeJC | December 19, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

can't really see how the kids are gonna have school this week. Didn't '96' and '03 give schools 5 to 10 days off?

Posted by: jpl1019 | December 19, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The radar seems to be filling in a bit. Could the city end up with close to 20 inches after all? A few hours ago, it looked like the snow line was already making its way well into Prince William. Now, its creeping back down towards Fredericksburg... Am I seeing that correctly??

Posted by: realclear | December 19, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

22 inches in my backyard here in North Arlington.

Posted by: wecndo | December 19, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the storm is starting to pivot around D.C. and we were able to avoid the dry slot! Hopefully, that will mean another 4 inches to top off what we have in Herndon!

Posted by: CMan62 | December 19, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Am I just being overly optimistic, or does the radar seem to suggest the moisture is increasing in NOVA and DC just when it seemed to be on the verge of dying out? The snow was really slowing down about a half an hour ago here in Dupont, but now has really picked up almost to the highest intensity I've seen today...guess I should have kept the faith a little longer!

Posted by: TarHeel14 | December 19, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Measured 14 inches on our porch roof here in Greenbelt, and it's still coming down vigorously.

Posted by: kevinwparker | December 19, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

To add on to what Realclear is asking:

What is the deal with the seeming rotation and backfill of the storm from west to east across the the Blue Ridge? Is that expected to be a significant factor?

Posted by: mason08 | December 19, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

YES, the wrap around means it is snowing again in Roanoke and Richmond which bodes well for all of us!

Posted by: rocotten | December 19, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Folks-Obviously my earlier statement that the heaviest snow would start winding down around 3 p.m. isn't happening. A new update will be up in minutes.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Sno9wing the hardest its been all day in odenton

Posted by: add1212 | December 19, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

14 inches at DCA!

http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/KDCA.html

just walked around, measured 18 inches in Thomas Circle!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | December 19, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Out in Calverton I measured 14 inches about 90 minutes ago, I'd say we are easily 15+ by now. It's a very light, powdery snow.

Posted by: ana_b | December 19, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

LOUDOUN HAS ALREADY CLOSED SCHOOLS FOR MON AND TUE!

Posted by: icecubedowntoilet | December 19, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I may have commited a fatal error in parking in the garage at work this morning, there's quite an incline I'll have to overcome to get out.....

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Loudoun County Schools closed Monday and Tuesday.

Posted by: SPS1 | December 19, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Brian - just keep it in there. Go to the store, get a 6-pack and enjoy!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | December 19, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I live in Fredericksburg and its been constantley snowing since 6:30 last night, with maybe a couple of lulls here and there. Hard to measure exactly what we have because of blowing snow, but 16-18 inches would be my guess. I don't think people have to worry about this stopping anytime soon in the DC area

Posted by: morris4903 | December 19, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

CWG-

Are you still sticking with the three apples for the school cast? What about dc, Alexandria and Arlington schools?

Posted by: icecubedowntoilet | December 19, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Still snowing pretty good here in North Bethesda, right on the Pike. We were just able to walk right down Montrose Road, and the road is a mess.

Posted by: salf | December 19, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Ok - just a word to the stupid.

Outside right now one of my idiotic neighbors is stuck in his Lexus on a perfectly flat, unplowed stretch of neighborhood street. Five of us tried to push him forward.

IF THE SNOW IS GREAT THAT YOUR CLEARANCE, YOU CAN'T DRIVE...UPHILL, DOWNHILL, EVEN FLAT.

Your car just rides up and packs down the snow until your tires are pretty much lifted off the pavement.

Duh.

Posted by: Losercuda | December 19, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

BRING IT!! I am going on record for another 5-8 inches before it is all said and done!

Posted by: snowlover | December 19, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

3:30 After a lull, in which it almost completely stopped snowing here in the City of Manassas, it's looking like a blizzard. Heavy snow and gusting wind.

Posted by: irish031 | December 19, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Yup...more snow falling here in Manassas. Gotta love it!

Posted by: manassasmissy | December 19, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

No accurate way to measure at this point - but in NW DC crossing an open area made me realize the value of snow shoes for the first time. I'm exhausted and didn't see any spot below knee depth - 18"+ seems like a fair guess. And yes - people are abandoning cars in the middle of roads - at least on the sidestreets.
...14" - priceless, 20" - call in the National Guard.

Posted by: manatt | December 19, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Easily 15 inches, and possibly 17, in my backyard in Silver Spring, at 3:30 pm. And the snow is still coming down at a good clip.

Posted by: Murre | December 19, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

CWG -- Update?

Posted by: snowlover | December 19, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

We easily have over 24" here outside of Charlottesville, with drifts 3-4' in my yard. The snow is still coming down strong here.

Posted by: palmyra | December 19, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

about 20 inches on my patio table in my backyard in Falls Church. This is a pretty protected area so I doubt it reflects drifts. Yikes

Posted by: tbva | December 19, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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