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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/30/2010

Forecast: Cloudy and cold with powdery snow

By Jason Samenow

Lesser amounts north, deep snows south

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* Winter Storm Warning far southern suburbs (map) *
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Snow developing, and cold. 20-25. | Tonight: Snow ending west to east. 14-18. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Near 32. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Radar: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation over past three hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

The storm we've been talking about all week is finally here after plastering the southern Plains and Tennessee Valley with ice and snow. For the immediate metro region, around 4" or so of snow is likely mainly this afternoon and into this evening. The big time snow will be south of the metro area. Places like Charlottesville and Fredericksburg should get 4-8", with around 1 foot possible around Richmond. Very dry air to the north of the metro region means accumulating snow becomes less likely as you head north of Baltimore.

ACCUMULATION MAP AND TIMELINE
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5 AM to 8 AM TODAY

Snow developing south of metro region. Temps 19-24.

8 AM to 11 AM TODAY

Snow likely south, slowly developing in metro region. Temps 20-25.

11 AM to 2 PM TODAY

Snow likely, heaviest from District south. Temps 19-23.

2 PM to 8 PM TODAY

Snow likely. Temps 19-23.

8 PM TODAY to 12 AM SUNDAY

Snow diminishes west to east. Temps 17-21.

IMPACT FORECASTS

STORM FAQ

How confident are you in your forecast? Confidence is above average that we will get at least some accumulating snow, mainly due to the amount of cold air in place and the abundant moisture associated with this storm. Nonetheless, as we've been talking about all week, cold dry air to the north is causing this storm to take a more southerly track so we're at the northern edge of the accumulating snows.

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Where will the heaviest snow fall?
The heaviest snows will be south of the metro region, closest to the area of the low pressure. Double digit snowfall tallies are possible in Richmond and Norfolk. Even as close as Fredericksburg, 6" or so is a good bet.

When will the heaviest snow fall?
Probably during the afternoon in the metro region although moderate to even heavy snow may impact the southern suburbs during the late morning.

Could more or less snow fall than currently forecast?
Absolutely. Less snow would fall if the storm tracks slightly further south than forecast and/or cold, dry air to the north penetrates southward, eating away at the snow as it tries to head northward. On the other hand, if the storm takes a slight jog to the north, amounts of 6-8" or so could reach the metro region. In light of these plausible scenarios, here's our assessment of snowfall probabilities:

25% chance: Less than 2"
30% chance: 2-4"
30% chance: 4-6"
15% chance: 6"+

Any chance of a wintry mix of freezing rain or sleet?
None at all with this storm. Sufficiently cold air is firmly in place at all levels of the atmosphere for snow. In fact, with temperatures well below freezing, this will be a fluffy, powdery snow -- as opposed to a heavy wet snow. Snow to liquid ratios will be on the order of 15-20:1.

When will the snow start?
South of the metro region (towards Fredericksburg and Charlottesville), the snow may begin very early this morning. The latest guidance suggests snow may reach the metro region by mid-late morning, and the northern suburbs by early afternoon.

When will the snow end?
The snow should be winding down between around 7-9 p.m. and ending shortly after that from west to east.

What's the forecast for after the storm?
Sunday will be mostly sunny and cold, with highs struggling to reach freezing. Some slow moderation in temperature is likely for early next week, with high in the mid-30s Monday to near 40 Tuesday. Overnight lows will be cold, ranging from the teens (in the suburbs) to the low 20s downtown.

By Jason Samenow  | January 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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Comments

Another nice snowfall / storm for the season. Perfect timing for a day of napping and resting. Still waiting for the first flakes in Adams Morgan, DC.

Posted by: krosseel | January 30, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

First off....the darn pop-ups are driving me nuts CWG!!! I even have block-up-popper on and the HP ad keeps coming up.

Second, yayyyy for some snow!

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | January 30, 2010 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Good job CWG-but I have a feeling that you will be adjusting your map so that areas north of B-more get some accumulating snow. Anyway, great job on this tough to forecast snow storm.

Posted by: snowlover | January 30, 2010 5:54 AM | Report abuse

Snowing in Lake Ridge..

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 30, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Already a good coating/dusting of snow in Lake Ridge.. Snow into southern Fairfax.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 30, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

I admit that I'm a little envious. I came to college in Vermont hoping to get lots of snow, but there hasn't been all too much so far in Addison County--yet it's -1.7 degrees outside! You guys are 20 degrees warmer and have snow falling over you. It's enough to make me shake my head.
Oh well--enjoy it before it melts! Snow does tend to last longer here in VT.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | January 30, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

not to be a brat and expect an personal answer - but what does everyone think my chances of making it to baltimore and back to NW DC by noon for a 10am meeting - should I risk it?

Keep up the great work everyone!

ps - my boyfriend likes to be cautious, but loves CWG more than any other website, so I might be able to convince him to go if you guys think it's okay!

Posted by: shelley86 | January 30, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

A dusting of snow already in Mt. Vernon.

Posted by: dixiechick1 | January 30, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

I know we are all focused on today's storm...and rightly so...

but thoughts on the event shaping up for the 5-7?

Posted by: panthersny | January 30, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Great job with this one, CWG. Another tough one to call. Looking forward to all of the snow reports. Should be some nice powder, very light and easy to shovel.

Posted by: dprats21 | January 30, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

At this point, looks like the precip is having a tough time nudging more north. Snow continues here in Lake Ridge.

Best to check NEXRAD: http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=LWX

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 30, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

The roads in my neighborhood are already covered with a very fluffy snow. It is so cold outside that the first few flakes stuck immediately.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | January 30, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

first very fluffy and light snowflakes began to fall about about 7:20 in Fauquier. It's 17 degrees!!!!

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 30, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Very, very light powder here in the City of Manassas. It's not sticking much at all, except on very cold surfaces.

Posted by: irish031 | January 30, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

I completely disagree with your daily digit. Cold, snow = 0!!!!

:)

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | January 30, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

@stinkerflat: Are you using firefox?

No snow yet here in Silver Spring. I've had fun and lost many hours of productivity tracking this storm all week.

I think this morning will see people getting nervous that the snow won't come (in other words, BUST), then we'll get a nice heavy band or three that roll through later on, giving everybody a nice snowfall. Seems like that's how these events go.

My fearless prediction: Somewhere between 3-5 inches in Silver Spring.

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | January 30, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

@shelley86

I think you'll be ok if you don't mind driving in some light powdery snow for your return trip. This isn't a crippling storm and if you have experience driving in snow, should be doable. Just use caution.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Any advice about an afternoon event in the Leesburg area? It's supposed to be from 1-4. Should we cancel it? We have to decide now and I am nowhere near Leesburg.

Posted by: bnh123 | January 30, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Just started in Falls Church as I was on my way out of the grocery store...I was actually out of milk.

Posted by: tbva | January 30, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Definite coating on the roads in Dumfries before 8:00 am. It it snows all day I'd think we'll get near the upper of the 2-5 inches predicted.

Posted by: Goddess5 | January 30, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

@bnh123

Leesburg will get some powdery snow during those hours which may be moderate at times. This won't be a crippling snow storm, but the snow will stick on roads. I think you have to make a decision based on how comfortable you are driving in snow and whether the people coming to your event will be.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Nothing yet in Adams-Morgan. The radar makes it seem like it should be snowing now - lightly to even moderately. The air must be very dry - is that correct, CWG?

Posted by: cybdc | January 30, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 30, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Officially 1" measured in Spotsylvania as of 8:15am

Posted by: panthersny | January 30, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Snow overspreads the region, providing a little bit of excitement to what was going to be an otherwise VERY COLD day. Keep the local reports coming, both here and on twitter (@capitalweather, or via the #dcsnow hashtag), and check back later tonight for our snow mapping.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

@ZmanVA - Thanks for the link.... I am, like cybdc, in Adams Morgan watching for first fall....

Posted by: krosseel | January 30, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

No snow yet on the west side of Alexandria.

Ah... I want to take a walk in this stuff... c'mon, snow!

Posted by: MKoehl | January 30, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Great link, ZmanVA. Much more sensitive/accurate radar than the one I was looking at. Thanks.

Posted by: cybdc | January 30, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

@panthersny

The storm on 6-7 Feb could be epic IF it is all snow. One GFS run yesterday had over 3 inches of QPF for the DC area (3 feet+ of snow). However, the modeled temps are fluctuating wildly from run to run right now, so we don't know how much, if any, will be snow.

If it is all snow, we may be talking about the Great Super Bowl Storm of 2010 for quite some time!

Posted by: bdeco | January 30, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

awesome...i fully expected to wake up to find the snow had been "called off"...but instead, i'm going out to rake my yard now...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 30, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

It's snowing (barely) in Gaithersburg.

Posted by: hawknt | January 30, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I know that the GFS is getting better and better, but looking that far out is like predicting the value of a periodic function that you think is linear! (Which is how I felt about this storm a couple of days ago, with the way the track was oscillating!)

Posted by: jkuchen | January 30, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Hey, while this isn't the epic snowfall we got in December, is anyone doing some snow-related cooking?

I found a recipe for apple-parsnip soup that I am going to let the crock pot have at in a few hours.

Posted by: MKoehl | January 30, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

the radar makes it look like it should be snowing here in extreme SE Baltimore, but it's not yet. I'm guessing it's because the air is still too dry...dewpoint is at 4 degrees!

Posted by: bachaney | January 30, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

@MKoehl

The chili, minestrone, and chocolate chip cookies are ready to go here in FFX, but the guest of honor is still missing. Maybe by noon?

Posted by: ennepe68 | January 30, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the gap is filling in.. expect snow to most of the DC area shortly.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 30, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Moderate to heavy snowbands moving over Reston, VA...yet nothing but Virga so far!

Posted by: parksndc | January 30, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Just started here in my section of Falls Church...

First time using this blog. Been following the threads since yesterday.

It's great.

Posted by: Bworl | January 30, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Saw some very tiny flakes for a few minutes in Olney...now nothing.

Posted by: lilymama | January 30, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

The snow began in Oakton, VA at 9 AM.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Snowing in Vienna.

Posted by: Vienna8425 | January 30, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

JUST started snowing lightly in McLean. I am hoping for a good five inches of snow today. The ground outside is so ugly without a snow cover.

Posted by: HokieTerp | January 30, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Snow just started in Columbia Heights! The big picture pattern is shifting back to what we saw in December with a very low Arctic Oscillation and Greenland ridging. The fading El NiƱo combined with our typical better snow climatology in February means that this upcoming month should offer a number of snow event opportunities. Here comes winter part two.

Posted by: MattRogers | January 30, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

In NE DC ((Brookland) first flakes are falling!

Posted by: jawz33 | January 30, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

@ Bworl I suggest adding this to your favorites...it's well worth it.

Posted by: parksndc | January 30, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Only action earlier in Glover Park was at Whole Foods, which was fast filling up. Snow? It's just starting. I have a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Ken Cen. No car here. Will busses be running this evening? It's days like today I especially miss Steve Villanueva's warm personality.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 30, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

We're well into finishing up our 2nd inch and headed to our 3rd by the Harry Nice (301) Bridge. Snowing hard. :)

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 30, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

@ZmanVA, thanks for nexrad link, seems to match with what's on the traffic cameras, which shows most everything sticking along I-95 south of Prince William/Fairfax line, and very little sticking north - Lorton looks dry, Dumfries looks white

Posted by: tgt111 | January 30, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Super delicate flakes in Falls Church - just started about 10 minutes ago - nice!

Posted by: UpstateSnow | January 30, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Light snow in Adams Morgan, picking up quickly at 9:15 or so. Just putting a log on the fire.

Posted by: krosseel | January 30, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Snowing in Riverdale.

Posted by: ChickenLady | January 30, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

@ MattRogers Thank you for the big picture explanation...now I'm stoked for the rest of the winter (Feb). Btw, great name...my name, too, is Matt Rogers...you must be quite smart and good looking with a name like that. FINALLY SNOWING IN RESTON, VA! JUST STARTED RIGHT NOW!

Posted by: parksndc | January 30, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The flakes have become quite large in Oakton. The snow will accumulate fast if this continues. The temperature has dropped to 19.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Larger flakes and surface accumulations including streets and sidewalks already in Adams Morgan.

Posted by: krosseel | January 30, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

First flakes in "downtown" Silver Spring.

Posted by: joshvt | January 30, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

2" measured now in Spotsylvania @9:20

Posted by: panthersny | January 30, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Light snow made of very small flakes on the west side of Alexandria...

I knew it would start if I stopped staring out the window and did something else for a while. :)

Posted by: MKoehl | January 30, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Snowing in Odenton...

Posted by: snowlover | January 30, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Fine flakes in Wheaton... starting to stick to fence posts and car roofs.

Posted by: bnh123 | January 30, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

fine flakes coming down here in chevy chase dc at 9:25 am.

Posted by: jay4811 | January 30, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

@ennepe68 - Yummy! Where do you live? :P

I'm also making butterscotch cookies for a party tonight... still going to make the cookies, but watching for possible cancellation...

And now there's just a dusting on the cars... fun! Might wait an hour or so so that there's some accumulation before I go walking...

Posted by: MKoehl | January 30, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

coming down hard here. it's so beautiful! it's sticking just about everywhere it hits - especially on the roads sidewalks and cars. so pretty...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 30, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Quick update. Flakes are flying now in McLean close to the DC border and much bigger than just thirty minutes ago. Go, snow, go!

Posted by: HokieTerp | January 30, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Flakes just began about 5 minutes ago in Laytonsville, MD. (Norhtern Mo Co). Very light flurries. Looks like the hole is filling in.

Posted by: dprats21 | January 30, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Upper NW DC . . . Snow started about 9:15, and is not coming down at a good clip. Hard surfaces are almost fully white and the ground will be there soon at this rate.

Posted by: ah___ | January 30, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Centreville VA - Light fine snow started here in the last hour. Coming down much harder now with bigger flakes - sticking like glue. Break out the sleds!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 30, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

At 9 am, I have 4.0 inches with moderate to heavy snow continuing. It began at 2:30..... 15.8 degrees at 9:30

My forecast, first given 48 hrs ago for 6 - 10" to my Weather Group for Augusta County looks good. I predicted 1 - 4" for the DC area about 60 hrs ago. This may also be in the luck range.

Posted by: AugustaJim | January 30, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Snowing here in downtown Silver Spring!

Went out for a quick drive. It's so cold that any snow that's falling is just rolling along the road. Really cool to see as you drive and kick up clouds of snow.

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | January 30, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Snow restarted in Front Royal after a 2+ hour lull. I realize the air has to moisten, but also doesn't it take a while for the flakes to fall 8000 feet? The solid clouds are at 9000 feet according to the Winchester A/P closest to me. It seems to me that these large flakes are falling no more than a few mph.

Posted by: eric654 | January 30, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

After a brief respite, it's snowing again in Gaithersburg, a bit harder than before.

Posted by: hawknt | January 30, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Heavy snow in Charlottesville at 9:30 am -- about 4 inches on the ground already.

Posted by: shmoozer | January 30, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Weather Channel/Weather Underground have a Winter Weather Advisory up for Frederick County, MD, and predict snow. Since CWG has said I'd be in the dusting/flurries band, does this mean the storm has shifted north some, or is the cold air not so strong and thus is not allowing the northern edge of the precip to dry up?

Posted by: dettiot | January 30, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

snow is now sticking in upper nw chevy chase dc - to sidewalks and grass. 9:35 am

Posted by: jay4811 | January 30, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Still nothing reaching the ground on the north side. Radar looks promising for some actions soon though.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

It's snowing in Olney again...this time it means it.

Posted by: lilymama | January 30, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Dettiot, yes, the NWS expanded the advisory north into Frederick County for 1-3" now due a stronger lobe of precipitation along the northern edge. To the Reston Matt Rogers, thanks for the compliments. We have to look out for each other. I lived in Reston for two years that included the President's Day 2003 storm. That was the last time we had all the right "ingredients" for an active Feb.

Posted by: MattRogers | January 30, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Check that, we're under way.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I live fairly far north as far as DC is concerned (Laurel) and the snow is definitely already coming down. Will the slightly earlier than predicted onset affect the accumulation totals, or does it just mean it will be outta here earlier too?

Posted by: megamuphen | January 30, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Snow started lightly about 9 am in South Riding, VA. Coming down quite briskly now. Sticking immediately; road and driveway already have a light coating.

Posted by: cotterpinx | January 30, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Will the NWS have to upgrade to a warning?? I am thinking 5 to 10 inches may be the more realistic outcome for the city?? Am I wrong? Also, check out this link discussion from NWS...

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md0091.html

Posted by: realclear | January 30, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

What 6-7 storm???

Posted by: Akabang | January 30, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Snowing like crazy already in Del Ray. Do you think this storm will affect metrorail/bus? I'm supposed to be going to a concert tonight at the Kennedy Center but I don't want to get stuck somewhere.

Posted by: esmith22015 | January 30, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@MKoehl - feel free to send some cookies our way if the party is canceled. :) I'll be making stew myself. I'm certainly getting used to our snowstorms being on Saturdays this winter.

Dusting on roadways, just starting to stick to the grass in Woodley Park, DC. Definitely a dry snow.

Bundle up, everyone. It's very cold out there.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Coming down very hard in Reston, streets already covered, grassy areas quickly turning white. I'm guessing the high end of the forecasts may be low.

Posted by: flyingdonut | January 30, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

It's coming down good in Gaithersburg, and cars are now covered with a dusting.

Posted by: hawknt | January 30, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The ground is already covered outside my building here in downtown SS. Even the road is very lightly covered (but every car that drives by blows it around a bit). Instant stickage!

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | January 30, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

oh boy. again, it's just so pretty....

my qualitative report:
roads are covered. houses across the street roofs are covered. grass beginning to be covered. coming down really hard.

quantitative: 5/16" on backyard glass table.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 30, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

@realclear, the original prognistication last Tuesday was this would be a 6"-10" snow. Wonder if somebody got it right the first time? I've been watching the radar in Ohio and the snow is much further north today than yesterday. I'm thinking we'll do 6", maybe more, because this is is such a dry snow.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 30, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

very small flakes coming down in Baltimore at 10am!

Posted by: bachaney | January 30, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful out in OT. Left my house to walk to the store at 8:15 (no, NOT to get TP and milk, but ingredients for a snowy meal :) and when I returned at about 9:30ish the streets were white. It is coming down at a good clip. I have to believe we will be on the higher end of the predicted snowfall accumulation.
@MKoehl: I am making Ginger, Apple and Carrot soup (mine calls for parsnips as well) with cheese crisps. I'm not making dessert, but have some Scottish shortbread cookies to eat while I drink my tea and watch the snow fall :)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 30, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Very fine flakes now falling in Baltimore...

Posted by: ryanem1 | January 30, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Been dropping what can only be described as a snow/mist for the past 20 minutes or so. It's still very dry, but it's sticking on the lot. I'm also seeing more and more larger flakes starting to mix in.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Yes, VERY HARD snowfall in Reston right now...and very fine snow...EVERYTHING is covered now and grass almost gone...this is within 30 mins...starting to wonder if we either may get more than forecasted or just earlier than forecasted.

Posted by: parksndc | January 30, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Looks like its snowing at about 1/2 inch per hour here in DC. Looking at the radar and from the forecasts I've seen, it's supposed to become heavier in the afternoon for a few hours. I'm thinking we'll end up with closer to 6 inches than 3 inches here in the city. DCA maybe 4.5 inches.

Posted by: GD1975 | January 30, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

lots of big flakes coming down here in Beltsville. Road is already covered. I'll be making Asian style short ribs and a pan of brownies this afternoon.

Posted by: ana_b | January 30, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

New post is up... Let's move the discussion over there. Great comments!

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Latest short range model is around 4-6" in the DC and immediate suburbs for the storm. Heaviest potential between 1 and 4pm (earlier) with light lingering snow tonight.

Posted by: MattRogers | January 30, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Snowing very heavily here...expected to continue through evening...THIS IS AT WINTER-STORM RATES...1+ inch/hour.

WRF projects 8-10 inches, Arlington County...18-20 inches down around Richmond.

Snow is tapering off or changing to rain before ending in western North Carolina and East Tennessee. North Carolina totals are diminished, and the storm is a "bust" in South Carolina.

We might be getting more than forecast.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 30, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Well look at that, a Winter Storm Warning. I'm not surprised considering we've probably got half an inch in the 30 minutes it's been snowing.

Posted by: ana_b | January 30, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Funny, I once had a boss also named Matt Rogers - at the law firm where I once worked. He was a pretty nice guy. I guess all the Matt Rogers out there rock!

Posted by: JSTF | January 30, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

CWG Matt Rogers has rocked since middle school, which is where I first met him! And Matt, just so it's not creepy, it's McCann!

Posted by: chrissie413 | January 30, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

4.5" now in spotsylvania @ 11:15 with heavy snowfall

Posted by: panthersny | January 30, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 30, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

My brother and his family were trying to come to Arlington for lunch today. They turned around after making it about half way in an hour. 95 had not been treated nor had the highway signs been updated to indicate the poor road conditions and accidents. The road looked snowy but was really icy and thus hazardous. Any sign of salt or sand trucks in Maryland or Virginia?

Posted by: roseglasses | January 30, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

7 inches and snowing hard here at Wintergreen (south of Charlottesville). Here at mountaintop, current temperature is 6 degrees!

Posted by: SJ43560 | January 30, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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