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

Forecast: Light snow exits as arctic blast arrives

By Camden Walker

Chilly, windy weekend with single-digit wind chills at night

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Today: Light snow ends early. Becoming windy & partly sunny. Upper 20s to near 30. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Gusty breezes. Upper teens to low 20s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny at least. Breezy. Upper 20s to near 30. | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Lingering breezes. Upper 20s to near 30. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Light snow finishes up this morning, followed by a surge of arctic air. Cold, windy conditions persist through the weekend, though not quite as windy as last weekend. Yes, it's yet another cold snap in this consistently cold winter of 2009-2010. We'll be lucky to poke above the freezing mark the next few days. So bundle up with all the winter gear, at least until the start of the next work week, when winds relax and temperatures rise a little.

A fresh coating of snow this morning in Oakton, Va., on top of snow remaining from the big December storm. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Today (Friday): Our light snow exits this morning. Driving will be tricky on some side streets and untreated bridges, ramps and overpasses. But most main arteries should be fine and, other than some delays and a cancellation here and there, we should escape this storm with minimal impact. The sun should show at times in the afternoon, but so do wind gusts upward of 30 mph, which will make highs in the upper 20s to near 30 feel like the teens. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly cloudy and very cold with frigid wind chills. Temperatures bottom in the upper teens to low 20s. And with winds from the west/northwest gusting to around 20-30 mph at times, many locations are likely to see wind chills dip into the single digits. You'll need to really bundle up if you're headed out tonight. Confidence: High

How much snow did you get? Let us know in the comments section below. And keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Breezy conditions (15-20 mph with occasional gusts to near 30 mph) persist tomorrow along with highs again only in the upper 20s to near 30, even with at least partial sunshine. Wind chills? No higher than the teens to near 20. Wow our heating bills are really adding up this winter, eesh. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Another breezy and very cold night. Lows will rival the coldest readings we've seen this winter so far -- ranging from the low-to-mid teens in the suburbs to the upper teens downtown -- with single-digit wind chills. Skies should be partly to mostly clear. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Mostly sunny and still some breezes around as temperatures refuse to budge -- upper 20s to near 30 for highs. I'll be wearing my stocking cap yet again! And drinking a lot of warm beverages. Confidence: Medium-High


We're in the deep freeze again Sunday night with lows in the teens. Confidence: Medium-High

Winds finally ease for Monday and Tuesday and temperatures moderate a bit as well with highs in the mid-30s to near 40. I don't know about you, but any day with highs above freezing and no gusty winds is a nice change of pace! Confidence: Medium

Updated: Friday Jan. 8 @ 12:30 p.m.

By Camden Walker  | January 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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For anyone concerned, FCPS has as of now declared a 2 Hour Delay.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | January 8, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Arlington schools have also declared a two-hour delay.

Posted by: lilyg25 | January 8, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Approx 1.5 inches in Lake Ridge. Main treated roads appear to be wet - side roads are snow covered.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 8, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Capital Weather Gang was accurate. I received a dusting to 2 inches. Exactly how much I will find out when I venture outside to clean off my car in a little bit.

Posted by: Murre | January 8, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

1.25 in Damascus, MD. Would like to know other amounts in Montgomery County particularly Potomac, Bethesda areas. Thanks.

Posted by: dave6 | January 8, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I measured 1.6" of snow this morning in Oakton, VA. I heard some areas southeast of DC got 2". I was a little surprised because when I went to bed last night we only had a dusting and it appeared the snow was ending.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

We got out 2 inches in New Baltimore. Fauquier closed their schools, so I am wondering if more fell out in the northern and western parts of the county.

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 8, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I measured about 1.6 inches in Silver Spring. This is the kind of snow I like!

Posted by: Murre | January 8, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Surprised a bit as well... Woke up to a snow shower and we got a good 2" east of Front Royal. The amount doubled overnight even as I interpreted radar to think it was about over. Snow is of the sweepable light variety. Getting gusty up here. Temp has fallen to 16F.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 8, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

There appears to be a nice snow shower approaching Stafford County.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Hey Kevin... I haven't taken a close look at the radar history this morning, but I'm assuming developent of the coastal low kept the snow going well enough and long enough (which was not totally unexpected) to get lots of folks into the 1-2" range. I think some of the late-night forecasts I heard last night relegating this storm to a dusting or less were premature considering the coastal low wasn't expected to do its best work until the overnight hours. -Dan, CWG

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

Thanks for the snow reports received so far. Would love to hear some more from around the area. Looks like just over 1" in NW DC.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Woke up at 4AM in McLean and it was coming down hard. Really beautiful in the streetlights. When I got back up at 630 the clouds were breaking up.

Posted by: wiredog | January 8, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

1.8 inches in Columbia. Light as can be too. Although the falling snow from the trees made the Beltway have almost white-out conditions this am.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

2.2" at 8:30 am on southwest side of Rockville. A lot of snow now blowing off roofs and trees. 25 degrees.

Posted by: DOG3521 | January 8, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

2 inches in Southern LoCo...and not really a worry on the roads at all. This puts me at exactly 30 inches for the year.

Posted by: DullesARC | January 8, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Upper NW DC, a little more than an inch. Very light and fluffy.

Roads--in particular side streets--which had been salted, were devoid of snow and only slightly damp.

Posted by: ah___ | January 8, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

In Huntington we got about an inch. However, our street (never gets plows or salt) got a bit icy. The nice thing though is that we still had some large dirty snow piles and now they are pretty again. Nice cosmetic fix.

Posted by: kallieh | January 8, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I too was in the 1-2 inch range in Fair Lakes. More on cars and such, less on the ground. Overall quite pleased with this event.

Posted by: jahutch | January 8, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

eyeballing at 1.5ish on my car and underfoot in town of Herndon

Posted by: fsd50 | January 8, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

About 1.5 in Olney.

Posted by: celestun100 | January 8, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

About 1-1.5 inches in Manassas.

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

confirming the existence of the "snow shield" over my neighborhood, i got 3/4" on my car (less on lawn and sidewalk).

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Interesting observation, but the batch of snow earlier just south of the DC area was initially moving in a general southeast direction but what is left of the batch is now drifting more to the northeast.. Just found it interesting.. any thoughts on that?

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 8, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Walter, how much do you need to make harvesting worthwhile?

Posted by: spgass1 | January 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Okay so can we go back to the longer term outlook again? So you guys are thinking its warming up next week to forties? For a couple weeks? And then say a small chance, medium chance or pretty good chance of cold, snowy but not until mid-February?

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 8, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I have about 1 inch or so...affected by blowing and drifting.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 8, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

About 1.5 inches at Circle Woods in Fairfax, atop a thin layer of ice that made driving on the untreated road out to Lee Highway just a treat this morning. Two of my neighbors got to know each other courtesy of removing the front grilles and assorted bits of each other's cars. The wind is awful now. Brrrr.

Posted by: greyK | January 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Down here in far Southern Maryland (near the US-301 Nice Bridge) at Cobb Island MD, I have almost 2 inches of snow. It's very pretty in the sunlight.

Posted by: rpike | January 8, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Just a wee bit under 2 inches this morning in Darnestown, MD. A little late to the party with my total because of work obligations.

Bravo CWG on the forecast!

Posted by: curtmccormick | January 8, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for reporting your snow totals!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

1.9" here in Arnold this morning, driving home last night around 1:30am I was surprised at the intensity of the snow. Roads were covered(not by much snow) and slick, it was pretty with the snow falling at night, as there were very few people out. Also I was surprised when I woke up at 7 this morning and checked the radar to see the snow had only recently stopped. You guys did a great job on this one, funny how a lot of people were calling for more snow north, the development of the coastal definitely made the 1-2" range happen. Hopefully this warm up isn't to warm and we can get some more white stuff and bitter cold after this week.

Posted by: arnoldkh | January 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

there is SOOO little where i am... i was able to brush 3/4" off my car... enough to fill our two plastic sleds.

we've had such a great stretch of cold days that the sleeping santa from dec 28 actually still looks like a person on the sofa - can't tell who anymore. i thought i'd try to revive santa and maybe add a puppy or something, but the snow is too dry... (i.e., cold!) i've put the sleds in the sun now...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

i got so carried away i didn't answer your question...

i don't usually bother harvesting if it's less than about 1.5" on the driveway and sidewalk (where the "clean" snow is). the car is usually good for clean snow too.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 8, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

2" in NW Spotsy. Now if the wind will quit blowing next week I'll beable fish 4 stripers at 301 Bridge.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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