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

Update: Double digit snowfall totals reaching D.C.

By Jason Samenow

Heaviest snow now through 3 p.m. or so

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Snow in Glover Park at 9 a.m. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston. Click to enlarge

Many parts of the metro region -- particularly in the south -- have received 10 or more inches of snow through 11 a.m. Around Charlottesville, totals have reached 15-20". Another 5-9" is likely, with locally heavier amounts, especially east of town. The worst part of the storm will continue through the mid-to-late afternoon hours, with snow decreasing in coverage and intensity from southwest to northeast. Overnight, snow will be lighter and more intermittent and should end most places before dawn.

On various media outlets and Twitter, folks are coming up with names for this storm. A couple examples include "Snowpocalypse" and "Capital Crippler." How would you name this storm? Comment with your ideas. We'll pick our favorite and you can vote on them later in a Capital Weather Gang poll...

By Jason Samenow  | December 19, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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Comments

11:00 Here in the City of Manassas we have close to a foot. The wind is blowing hard and the roads are in poor shape, almost white out conditions with the snow and wind blowing.

Posted by: irish031 | December 19, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

FFX City/GMU is at about 12-14" from my deck, falling about 1-2 inches per hour. Went out with the snow blower, and when I was done after about 90 minutes, the first areas already had about 1.5" on top.

Posted by: figgy_va | December 19, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Earlier, I was a little worried about sleet mixing in but a friend of mine who lives south of Richmond said the rain that was falling at his house this morning turned back to snow an hour ago. I doubt we have any worries about sleet now.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | December 19, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Snowpocalypes pictures from McLean here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitcase/sets/72157623030405866

CWG can use them if you want.

Roads passable for now, but I won't be driving anywhere this afternoon.

Note to the putz in the white Honda: The road is snowpacked, and therefore white. The snow is falling fast, cutting visibility, and turning everything white. You are driving a white car, on a white background. So TURN ON YOUR DAMN HEADLIGHTS!!!

Posted by: wiredog | December 19, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

it looks like on the radar the snow ios becomming a lot heavier. and the dry spot is filling in

Posted by: snowlover3 | December 19, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

On the deck of my house just south of Charlottesville: 22 inches. Probably a little less than that on pavement.

Posted by: shmoozer | December 19, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Dry slot update? Maybe filling in, but the only strong band left in our area is the one that is moving north over the southern half of the region. Am I just impatient? This makes me worried.

Posted by: rocotten | December 19, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

National is reporting 9", so we are closing in on the December (12") record.

Posted by: MattRogers | December 19, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

@wiredog: The irony is that the driver of that white Honda may actually see these comments while driving because they're also browsing the web.

Personally I love Snowpocalypse!

Posted by: dalison | December 19, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Snowfall measurements:

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

A few areas in Virginia have already reported 20+ inches.

Posted by: RandC | December 19, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

10-11 inches in Arlington.

Shovel out now, and again in a few hours and again after that. Otherwise, it will turn to ice and you won't be able to clear it until Tuesday or Wednesday.

Posted by: ooyah32 | December 19, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Beltway Blizzard 09

Posted by: espinak | December 19, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Pretty good agreement b/w GFS and NAM at least. Both calling for another foot on top of what we have before this is over. At least that is my amateur interpretation!

And once the storm really gets going off the coast, there is no need to worry about he dry slot. It'll just keep throwing moisture over our area. Like I said earlier, the same thing was happening with the 06 blizzard, but it filled in!

Posted by: JTF- | December 19, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Dear CWG, PLEASE don't forget to report on the next storm, due to arrive Christmas Eve. How bad is this one going to be? I am a traveler who will need to make tough decisions soon!

Posted by: earthshock | December 19, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

AAAAHHHHHHHHhhh I'm so jealous!!!!!!!!!

The winter before I moved to DC, you had that big snowstorm in 2003. I just moved back to Indiana this summer, and now you are having a blizzard! I missed it all!

Outside my Indiana window right now is a wintery mix.

You all should be glad I moved. Looks like this kind of weather follows me wherever I go. :(

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | December 19, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Here's a cool visible satellite image where you can see some of the heavier bands of snow over the metro area and eastern part of VA

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, it is still way early to get a good handle on the Christmas storm, but right now, the thinking is leaning toward a wintry mix start Christmas Eve with mainly plain rain on Christmas Day...but this can change quite a bit in the days ahead. There is also a hint of a storm toward the New Year's holiday...

Posted by: MattRogers | December 19, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Jason! Very cool.......
That image really explains the severity of the snow we are currently getting here in Brambleton. Heaviest I've seen it snow here in my nine plus year....

Posted by: bodyiq | December 19, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Cool visible image. Thanks

Posted by: Radz | December 19, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Most memorable names have dates-- "The Great DC Blizzard of Aught-Nine."

Posted by: ed11239 | December 19, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

If somehow this Christmas storm comes to fruition.....we will be absolutely buried!

Posted by: bodyiq | December 19, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

11 inches on the ground in Centreville VA; continuing to snow & blow hard. Temp at around 25 degrees. Drifting & brief periods of very bad visibility.

Posted by: cville4 | December 19, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

the FAA just ordered DCA to shut down until 1pm.

Snowing like mad here

Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | December 19, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Heavy snow in Sterling with this band coming in, 26.2 degrees and falling. Pressure falling slowly, currently 29.71".

I'm not quite sure what to make of the radar, I guess the band is expected to pivot?

At any rate, the southern edge of precip hasn't moved much; stuck on a line between C'ville and Fredericksburg. Now 25.8, very heavy snow and breezy.

Posted by: Sterlingva | December 19, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

For those wondering earlier when the heavier snow was going to be coming... I think it's here.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

RE Jason's satellite image:

Image loop of the visible satellite:
http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/flt/t1/flash-vis.html

IR loop:
http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/flt/t1/flash-rb.html

Posted by: RandC | December 19, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Old Town Alexandria update: I posted some pictures here of someone who tried to drive their 2-wheel drive sedan through a 3.5' snowbank made by a snowplow (not very bright). Shortly after this pic was taken, a police officer in a SUV and the local apartment maint. folks who were out shoveling the sidewalk helped him dig his car out. http://www.joelhousman.com/blog/2009/12/19/old-town-alexandria-1139-am.html

As you can see from the picture, it's complete whiteout here now. Can barely makeout the parking lot across the street and the beltway in the distance is not visible. Its been this intense for the past 30-45 minutes. I still haven't ventured out to measure yet, but I'd said we've picked up an inch or two in the last hour, at least.

PIcs: http://www.joelhousman.com/blog/2009/12/19/old-town-alexandria-1139-am.html

Posted by: joelhousman | December 19, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Ok, let us begin tomorrow's debate now.

Channel 4 just reported that the official measure of snow at DCA was 7". Now, while that number might be an hour dated, when I got up this morning to shovel (before the wind started) I measured 8" at a half-dozen spots all over our yard (mile from DCA).

Right now, in a very enclosed deck area, I have 13".

It isn't scientific, but it is a far cry from 7"-9."

Posted by: Losercuda | December 19, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

How protected from wind is the DCA measuring spot? Could be wind affecting the depth measurements.

Posted by: RandC | December 19, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The Christmas lights just disappeared beneath the snow. Go to your windows and enjoy; this will probably be the maximum snowfall rate of the storm.

Posted by: Sterlingva | December 19, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

It's always hard to get a true measure at DCA,which is why the "official" measurements for WDC seem to always come in lower than the outer burb's.

Posted by: irish031 | December 19, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

4 miles SW of Front Royal, snow depth 15, storm total 18. Heavy snow at the moment, but we have had quite a few lulls. Winds currently at zero, with one 5 mph gust since the storm began.

Posted by: eric654 | December 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"The last stand in '09"?

Posted by: irish031 | December 19, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Official 12noon observation at National is now up to 10"!

Posted by: MattRogers | December 19, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Hardest snow yet.... Time for a walk! I'll be back with pics from Silver Spring

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | December 19, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

13.5 inches in North Arlington! And snowing hard.. prob 1-2 in an hour rate.

Posted by: where_is_snowmonster | December 19, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Pretty much whiteout conditions off my 8th floor balcony in downtown Silver Spring.

Posted by: ianswank | December 19, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

this just screams irony, consdering the nexus of 'hopenhagen' and the worst december blizzard ever seen in the capital of the world.

"the global warming blizzard of 2009" sounds about right. it might not end up being those exact words, but it will be something along those lines.

trust me on this. im a professional trend consultant.

Posted by: dummypants | December 19, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

this just screams irony, consdering the nexus of 'hopenhagen' and the worst december blizzard ever seen in the capital of the world.

"the global warming blizzard of 2009" sounds about right. it might not end up being those exact words, but it will be something along those lines.

trust me on this. im a professional trend consultant.

Posted by: dummypants | December 19, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Is it really going to continue snowing hard until 7pm? The radar looks less than supportive of that many more hours of heavy snow.

Posted by: cassann981 | December 19, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I'd call this snowfall "Blizzardgate"!

Posted by: waltnsue | December 19, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

We have easily got over a foot in Rockville, and we haven't yet hit the blizzard part of the storm.

Posted by: StanKlein | December 19, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

What is the deal with the radar guys? The back end of the snow is coming through Charlotesville. Is it supposed to backfill?

Posted by: MKadyman | December 19, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Guy next door shoveled his car out about an hour ago. You can't even tell now that he did it. His car is as socked in as anybody else's.

This is a LOT of snow, especially since it's such a fine grain snow falling. Behold the power of mother nature. It's an awe some thing isn't it?

Posted by: NW_Washington | December 19, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Dulles reporting 11", National reporting 10"

Posted by: TGT11 | December 19, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Finally measured the snow depth here.

8" deep away from windy areas. Wind-cleared areas down to 0" (bare surfaces). Drifts up to 34-36".

This is just north of Annapolis.

Posted by: RandC | December 19, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@MKadyman

There will probably be some backfilling and wrap around...but prime time for this storm is the next 3 or 4 hours... after that snow will be lighter and more intermittent.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

DCA always has lowest totals, I'm just south of there and we 7" at 7 am this morning. How about the Santa Storm of '09?

Posted by: ftwash | December 19, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Keep the storm names coming, and thanks for the submissions so far..

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Snow still falling in Olney. Sort of heavy, but not what I would call white out. We must have about 11 inches.

Posted by: celestun100 | December 19, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

how about ***** THE DECADE DANDY" ***** !!!!!!!!!!

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

"White Out at the White House 2009"

Posted by: bmp246 | December 19, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Metro website (www.wmata.com) is reporting that all above-ground rail stations, and all Metrobus and MetroAccess services, will halt at 1pm today because of the snow.

Posted by: InVA1 | December 19, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I like the "Great Saturday Storm" because it is very rare that almost EVERYBODY is at home to witness a storm like this.

Posted by: Losercuda | December 19, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

A lot of us DC locals have been using the hashtag #snOMG on twitter since yesterday evening.

Posted by: joelhousman | December 19, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

FYI, Metrobus service is ending at 1:00 p.m. (I'm honestly surprised they've held out this long...considering how badly those buses drive on dry weather days.) and Metrorail above ground is also closing within the hour.

It's hard to believe the heaviest yet is still coming...I've lived in Buffalo, and I'll admit this is quite a bit of snow to fall for such a short time period.

Posted by: SWester | December 19, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Last measurement in Dumfries, VA was 16 inches (about 20 min ago). Please check on elderly friends/neighbors as well during this storm. My folks have had intermittent phone service out in Bristow since Thursday and right now I can't reach them. They don't have a cell phone (don't make me go there with THAT story). I'm worried, to say the least.

Posted by: southbridgemom | December 19, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

16.5" east of Front Royal, 19.8F

Not as fancy as StinkerFlat's productions, but here's a short video clip if interested.

Posted by: spgass1 | December 19, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

11" in falls church and coming down like gangbusters!

re storm name. it's got to be something indicating it happened so early in the snow year, BEFORE the winter solstice.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | December 19, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

How about "Snowbama in '09"?

Posted by: cmspsu13 | December 19, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I like Beltway Blizzard,that someone else suggested earlier, but that sort of excludes the Virginia, NC people who have had 1-2 feet.

Let's see...

Blizzard of '09

Mid Atlantic Memory Maker

Deluge in DC (not good-it sounds like rain)

I still think Beltway Blizzard is the catchiest.

Posted by: celestun100 | December 19, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Thankfully I decided not to metro it in from Greenbelt to save myself the driving time!
Still no signs of stopping here in Suitland!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Washington Whitewash

Posted by: celestun100 | December 19, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

13 inches at Fairfax Government Center. Hope to go for a walk shortly.

Posted by: Ginnie_Cricket | December 19, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Capital close-down

Posted by: celestun100 | December 19, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think this is just Mother Nature's way of celebrating Vinny Cerrato's firing? The timing is nothing short of predominant.

I nominate "The Ole 09er" for the storm name. RIP, John Candy.

Or "The Capital Conflagration".

I got a million of 'em. "Oh No Oh Nine".

Posted by: saltydog75 | December 19, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Snow still falling at a pretty good rate out here near AAFB. About 13+ inches have fallen already. Not sure how the "blizzard" warning is warranted. Just looking at the radar, it appears that the precip's back edge is rapidly moving northward, already beyond Richmond. Not much in the way of wind. Is the snow going to lose its punch around here much sooner than the current late evening forecast? Or is this sort a brief lull before blizzard conditions set in?

Posted by: johnnierat | December 19, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"Snowing Rogue"

Posted by: doug703 | December 19, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

15.5 inches of snow in Lake Ridge. Still 19-20 inch snow drifts. 16-18 inches of snow around the cars and in the parking spaces in the parking lot. 14 inches of snow in the middle of the road.

http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/9367/dscf0936d.jpg

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 19, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Rain on Christmas Day only makes things worse by creating a HUGE flooding hazard...!

Chances are it's going to be an ice storm or another snowstorm due to the prevalence of near-freezing temperatures with snow cover. We will need fifty to sixty-degree temperatures to melt this snow quickly.

Let's hope the much-needed rain crowd doesn't try to ruin our white Christmas...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 19, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

We are calling it the Birthday Blizzard here because it's my mom's birthday. Heck of a gift!

Posted by: ana_b | December 19, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

How about the Great Solstice Snowstorm?

Over a foot here in Ashburn, and near white-out conditions. Great day to sit back, watch some movies, and cook soup in the slow cooker!

Posted by: jlrpuck | December 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Name for the storm: S-Noel of '09.

Posted by: DCResident10 | December 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

14 inches in Poolesville. Could not be snowing harder. 24.4 degrees.

Posted by: MKadyman | December 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Or: Snow-Ho-Ho.

Posted by: DCResident10 | December 19, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

We should call this storm a snowicane, since it is coming up from the south with a counterclockwiselike rotation. Name suggestions? My best is snowicane Kris

Posted by: rpigati | December 19, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

just measured 12 inches on top of my car, but that has also been buffeted by wind.

You can find a few of my pics at: http://twitpic.com/u737h

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | December 19, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

17.5" in Fairfax Station VA. It's probably hit 18" in the 15 minutes since we took this picture.

Coming down harder than ever.

Here is a pic: http://www.1vsm.com/ffxsta.JPG

Ridiculous!

Posted by: 1vsM | December 19, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Isn't "the Christmas storm" most likely how people will think of it?

Posted by: InVA1 | December 19, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Like it DCResident10, how about Snow-Ho-Ho-9

Posted by: cmspsu13 | December 19, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

We're getting crushed in G'town right now. We had a foot on the ground about an hour ago, but that's got to be a lot more at this point. Now we know what things would look like "if this were all snow."

Posted by: fleeciewool | December 19, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The Furious Flurry.

Posted by: saltydog75 | December 19, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

CWG (or anyone!) -- Please tell me what 00z NAM means.

At least 12" in Chantilly/Fair Lakes. I'm heading out to take a first pass at the driveway.

Posted by: SamFelis | December 19, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I kinda like the "Snow-Ho-Ho" Storm best, (kudos to @DCResident10). It's short and I can picture the voices on WTOP saying it with dread and irony.

Posted by: doug703 | December 19, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

09 Shocker storm

pre winter blitz storm

I-95 whiteout storm

All i want for christmas storm

A good one will come haha ima be thinking all day

Posted by: jmc732msstate | December 19, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I've been shoveling for the past two and a half hours, but I finally gave up. The snow was coming down faster than I could move it out of the driveway.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | December 19, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Wintry Mix-Up.

Enjoy the veal, remember to tip your servers. I'm here all week.

Posted by: saltydog75 | December 19, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

InVA1 -- I think, no matter how many witty titles we give it, you're right. People will remember it as the Christmas storm.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 19, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

storm name: The Great Festivus Snowicane.

Posted by: kudzu13 | December 19, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Minor crisis, the internet went out when I overloaded the system plugging in the electric blanket. I can have warmth or internet. I chose internet.

I like Snowcaplypse. Shorter than Snowpocalypse. Beltway Blizzard is good too.

We know this storm has already impacted the Ravens-Bears game (Bears can't get here), but how about the Monday night Skins game? Will we still be digging out?

Posted by: epjd | December 19, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

How are BWI and IAD operating with minimal delays, but DCA is closed? http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

Posted by: edwardappleby | December 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

@SamFelis

NAM is a computer model(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Mesoscale_Model).

00Z means midnight Zulu time (effectively Greenwich Mean time), which is five hours ahead of us. That refers to the most recent running of the model.

Posted by: Murre | December 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Peter_L_inmclean | December 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I liked Channel 9's "Shopper-Stopper Storm of '09".

26.4 with moderate snow in Sterling. Looks like the band is pivoting and backfilling on radar.

Posted by: Sterlingva | December 19, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@SamFelis

NAM stands for North American Model... it's a model forecasters use for predicting weather.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

SamFelis: The 00z NAM means the 12AM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, -5 hrs from EST) North American Mesoscale Model, which is a weather model ensemble run by the National Weather Service.

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

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/

Posted by: JTF- | December 19, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

13" on south side of Rockville. Snow rates at 2"/hr since 10AM. LOVE IT!

Posted by: DOG3521 | December 19, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

It's officially 12" at National, tying the 1932 December record.

Posted by: MattRogers | December 19, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Great animated pic of regional wind forecast: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ofs/cbofs/wind_forecast.shtml

Posted by: --sg | December 19, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

BWI and IAD are operating with minimal delays because most airlines canceled flights. No flight, no delay. I heard this on TV from an FAA spokesperson.

Posted by: rocotten | December 19, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Black Saturday - a nod to the tragic loss of shopping days.

Posted by: saltydog75 | December 19, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

So, is the radar deceptive? -- because looking at it, it appears that the storm is nearly over for us.

Posted by: edwardappleby | December 19, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Has the coastal low "blown up" yet? I may be hallucinating but I think I'm seeing some in-fill to our SW near C'ville.

Posted by: fleeciewool | December 19, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Saltydog,

How about Black Saturday Blizzard? I like it.

Posted by: paperball | December 19, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

After checking blogs like this, you realize how behind the Weather Channel is. They still have people reporting from Roanoke, where everything finished hours ago, and they are still saying Richmond has 6 inches but it is expected to get 10-18. Hello? Can't these people just look at the radar to see that it is clearly finished in Richmond, or am I wrong, and is that area going to fill in again.

It really looks like we have a couple of hours left of this hoorah.

Posted by: rocotten | December 19, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The Health Care Bill Blizzard, because it is coincident with today's Senate deliberations. You can take the name as either positive or negative, as you wish...

Posted by: jimfergusonj | December 19, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

12 inches at both DCA and IAD


Posted by: TGT11 | December 19, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

NAM is the North American Forecast Model, but itself is NOT the ensemble run. Different versions of NAM are included in the the Short Range Ensemble Forecast (SREF) system, but it includes other models as well.

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | December 19, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

17" in level, enclosed deck area in Arlington.

Posted by: Losercuda | December 19, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

...or, actually, on second thought (to continue stealing saltydog's original idea), Black Saturday Whiteout?

Posted by: paperball | December 19, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Black Saturday Blizzard - I love it. Good addition.

Posted by: saltydog75 | December 19, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Measured 9-11 inches @ 12:00 p.m. in my driveway near Wheaton, with 9.5 inches the most common depth. Snowing hard now, visibility about 100 yards.

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

To those that think the storm is pulling out:


We currently on the N / NNW section of the storm. There is a dry hole that appears to be moving our direction on the local radar, but if you look the full conus loop below, you see that the western part of the storm arc is still to our W, and the storm is pulling NNE up the coast, which will pivot the W portion of the storm over our area as we go through the afternoon and evening, keeping the dry slot to the east of most of our area.

This is pretty typical of winter storms. The most intense snow is N of the low, with moderate snows wrapping around the W. The storm, off the coast, will continue to pump moist air over us as the W portion of the storm moves over our area.

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php

Posted by: RandC | December 19, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

How about Super Saturday Blizzard?? Since it is "super Saturday"..

Posted by: ZmanVA | December 19, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

16.5 inches in Lake Ridge now. Snow is so deep in our parking lot that one cannot walk -- one must shuffle through the snow. It's up to my kneecaps, so I just walk and shove the snow out of my way with my shin.

To those who think it might end...look at the Sterline base radar loop. Catch that in the last few frames? The snow out to our west looks like it wants to wrap around or align itself north-south so as to give us more heavy snow.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | December 19, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

More pics so I can live vicariously through you!!

The wintery mix here in Indiana turned into rain and 36 degrees, which = miserable.

So please, more pics!

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

Also, I want to vote for (and commend whoever came up with) "snOMG". Brilliant.

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

It's 1:30 pm in West Springfield and we have just over 12 inches.

Posted by: djohnson251 | December 19, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

weather channel's attempts to hype storm for central and southern VA getting sad, sticking a 12 inch ruler in the ground in Roanoke? They got 14 and are done, the ruler did nothing to make it seem more dramatic

radar's getting a little more encouraging for us snow haters, really like what I see down 81


Posted by: TGT11 | December 19, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

16.5 inches in Shirlington now, I was just outside taking photos and a neighbor is measuring. Snow's a bit lighter now than it was about an hour ago.

Posted by: jochpo | December 19, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

There's a new post up, guys.

Posted by: Murre | December 19, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

@CWG-Can we get an update on airport totals, as well as hours left of accumulating snow sw to ne? Thanks!

Posted by: snowlover | December 19, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Excellent cross-country skiing! Great glide! Getting kinda deep, though. Might have to break out the snowshoes.

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

My suggestion for the name of this storm is:

SNOWJOB

Seems appropraite for Washington DC

Posted by: kevin812 | December 19, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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

In Germantown at 1:47 pm, still whiteout conditions, though flakes have gotten bigger.

Storm name contribution:

Democratic Express -- though this would never win a popular vote -- for the Dems getting the votes to call a floor vote on healthcare in the middle of the biggest DC snowstorm in years, and a nod to the Pineapple Express storms that pound the West coast with sheets of rain.

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

Ho! Ho! Snownami

Posted by: hlipow | December 19, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

17.5" Clarke County, VA (Shenandoah valley)...still coming down at a good clip

Posted by: millhoo89 | December 19, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Snowman Express

Posted by: Xlnt | December 19, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

My suggestion for the storm name:

2009 Fender-Bender-Decade-Ender

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

Has the Sterling NWS or anyone else commented on the role of gravity waves with the bands of heavy snow in this storm? Would the radar data and pressure measurements form the networks of stations, such as WeatherBug across the area be useful for someone wanting to study this aspect?

A Web page with more on atmospheric gravity wavs:

http://www.amsweatherbook.com/AMS_09_explorations2.html

Posted by: weatherjack | December 19, 2009 2:11 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 2:16 PM | Report abuse

As for naming the storm, how about "The Great Solstice Blizzard of 2009". 18" measured on the ground outside our house in Alexandria as of 2:30 p.m., with heavy snow bands continuing.

Posted by: rickflet | December 19, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

of course it's snowpocalypse, and you got that from insidemdsports.com

Posted by: juliusc91 | December 19, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Storm name suggestion: Apocalypse sNow 2009. Jonathan Make, D.C.

Posted by: makejdm | December 19, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the storm is starting to pivot around DC and we are avoiding any dry slot... Hopefully, this means accumulating snow for 4-5 more hours!

Posted by: CMan62 | December 19, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

With all the past blizzards being named for years, why don't we go with the one-of-kind "aughts"?

Blizzard of Aught-Nine

Posted by: msmccormick3 | December 19, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Armasleddin'.

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

Thanks to all for the clarification re: NAM. It makes sense now.

Two hours later and the driveway is clear. After the first pass, there was another couple inches built up. Cleared that and then cleared the front walk and there was another one. I give up.

Total in Chantilly/Fair Lakes: ~17 on the grass, ~16 on pavement.

Posted by: SamFelis | December 19, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

celestun100, you have just inspired me on the name. How about

Capital Goooooose-Down

Posted by: zvzvzzz | December 19, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Snowmageddon!

Posted by: le_rod | December 19, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I call it Serious Blizzness.
All morning, the news anchors said that if you have no serious business, stay off the roads. Also - 1980's concert tour called the "Serious Business" tour was by Johnny Winter. Of course.

Posted by: juliainbethesda | December 19, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the (below) cold temperatures and record snow. Just think how bad it would be if Global Warming were not around!

Posted by: RoseFarm | December 19, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the (below average) very cold temperatures and record snow. Just think how bad it would be if Global Warming were not around!

Posted by: RoseFarm | December 19, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the (below average) very cold temperatures and record snow. Just think how bad it would be if Global Warming were not around!

Posted by: RoseFarm | December 19, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Blizzard of Aws--so beautiful, great timing before Christmas to slow down and enjoy, on the weekend so we don't have to be anywhere. It's just breathtaking outside. At the risk of sounding like a yogi, if you find that you're making snarky hateful comments despite the peaceful snow, might be a time to look deeper and see what kind of person you've become.

Posted by: jeanwl_82 | December 19, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Snowbamarama

Posted by: aussiebones | December 19, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The shopper stopper

Posted by: jimtitus1 | December 19, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The Santa-nator

Posted by: mrose2 | December 19, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The storm name came to me as I headed outside this morning: The Stimulus Storm of 09 -- It's shovel ready.

Posted by: bethesdaeconomist | December 20, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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