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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 01/30/2010

Powdery snow piles up, ends this evening

By Dan Stillman

Winter Storm Warning expanded northward

* Winter Storm Warning for entire metro area | Accumulation so far *
* Winter Weather Advisory well N&W (see map) *
* Outside now? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall *
* The storm on Twitter (#dcsnow) *
* News, traffic & storm impacts: Local home page *

If you're thinking that storms this winter have exceeded expectations more often than not, you're right. And today has been yet another example of that, which is why the National Weather Service this afternoon upgraded the entire area to a Winter Storm Warning (areas just north of D.C. had only been under a Winter Weather Advisory).


Snow falling in Cleveland Park this afternoon. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Accumulations: The snow is dry and powdery thanks to the cold temperatures and continues to accumulate. As of mid-afternoon, many spots across the region had recorded around 3-4 inches. Metro area totals should end up in the 4-8" range (lower end north, higher end south) by the time all is said and done this evening, with 5-10" possible further to the south in spots like Dale City, La Plata and Fredericksburg.

Rest of the afternoon into evening: Accumulating snow is likely to continue through the afternoon before moving out, from west to east, around the 6-8 p.m. timeframe. Light snow may linger later into the evening than that, especially east and southeast of D.C., but probably won't result in much more additional accumulation.

Why more snow than expected? For several days leading up to this storm, computer models waffled back and forth between bringing moderate accumulations to the metro area and keeping them just a bit to the south. The final trend, starting with yesterday morning's model runs, was a northerly one. And that trend has turned into reality today with the entire metro area seeing not a crippling storm, but certainly a more significant one than initially anticipated.

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By Dan Stillman  | January 30, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
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Comments

4+ in the Bel Pre/Layhill area.

Posted by: Hanz1 | January 30, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

4.0 inches in Silver Spring. That's an increase of 0.5 inches in 65 or 70 minutes.

Posted by: Murre | January 30, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

walter-in-fallschurch: I agree with manassassmissy and Murre - a preying mantis is exactly what I was hoping for! Can you do it with snow like this?

Also, thx for the lunch vs. spiked cocoa advice; I solved the whole problem with a slice of the strawberry-pecan bread I baked earlier.

Posted by: --sg | January 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA: Heavy snow with 4 inches on the ground. Very light & fluffy so it's easy just to broom off the sidewalk. Husband just returned from work to report that 66 is much impaired, too many people are driving too fast & "if you don't have to go out into it then don't".

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

over 3 in southeast baltimore!

Posted by: bachaney | January 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Pretty heavy right now in the Bel Pre/Layhill area. 3 pm. The huge snowflakes actually look as if they're miniature, lightweight snowballs.

Posted by: Hanz1 | January 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

4 in Fairfax. Gorgeous!

Posted by: ennepe68 | January 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Pretty heavy right now in the Bel Pre/Layhill area. 3 pm. The huge snowflakes actually look as if they're miniature, lightweight snowballs.

Posted by: Hanz1 | January 30, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Does it seem like the pattern here always is snow/rain on weekends and nicer during the week when I'm stucj in the office? I love the snow but would love it even more Monday through Friday!

Posted by: CliftonJohn | January 30, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, confused about the WSW getting extended to DC Metro and a few more counties but not out here in Winchester yet. I topped the 4-inch mark more than an hour ago and its still snowing. Got to figure we'll top 5 at this rate...

Posted by: ValleyCaps | January 30, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

About 4 fluffy inches here in Highland, MD (about 2 miles from the Howard/Montgomery Co line, east of Olney on 108). What a nice surprise! Cheers to the wishcasters and snow dancers, and CWG!!

Posted by: kathyb39 | January 30, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

9" in spotsy

Posted by: panthersny | January 30, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

CWG, what can you tell us about what may or may not be developing for later in the week?

Posted by: InVA1 | January 30, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Approaching 5" in Lewes, DE. Lower Delmarva is getting hit pretty hard. Moderate to heavy snow since about 8AM. Salisbury, MD is reporting about 6" as is OC. Winds are gusting over 20MPH. This is a rare cold snowstorm for the coastal region. Snow is predicted to continue here until midnight.

Posted by: Shoredanny | January 30, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Really coming down hard in downtown Silver Spring! Will go back out and measure soon.

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | January 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

More than anticipated? Must not have been listening to Joe Bastardi a week ago! Accuweather rocks again! (ok, so other guys on Accuweather said an inch or two - but hey, thats like listing percentages of 50% for an inch or less and 50% for an inch or more... who would do that??).

And since when do we have highs in the teens and snow? I just don't recall that as a kid around here. Usually 28 or 29... then 33 and rain. Just powder? Pretty sweet.

Posted by: manatt | January 30, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Murre, manassasmissy, --sg,

i like the idea of a cricket. the praying mantis scares me - that's such a long, slender insect. inchworm caterpillar could be cool too - in the "horseshoe" position. caterpillar, maybe. leaning towards cricket or locust or something like that. there are lots of cool "beetles" too. (as an aside, i believe there are 300,000 species of just beetles...) thinking, thinking...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 30, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

4.5" so far in Harpers Ferry, north of town. The NWS now allows as how we might get 5" through 11 p.m. instead of 1-3". At the rate it's coming down, I figure we'll be at 5" within the hour.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | January 30, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The whole snow-banding concept is quite interesting, I must say. B/c of snow banding, depending on where these bands set up and how slowly they move, you could end up having higher snow amounts than places south of that location, although, generally speaking, the "average" amts will be higher the further south you go. In other words, places like Frederick or Columbia may end up with higher amts than places that are say 20 miles south.

Case in point, earlier in the afternoon, by looking at the nexrad radar at the weather underground site, you could clearly see a visible band of heavier snow that straddled the upper third of Montogmery County, into part of Frederick County. I watched as that band actually made it's way down 270, although it weakened somewhat as it phased down. I live pretty much right smack dab in the middle of Montgomery County.

By the way, what's going on with the coastal storm? Has it formed yet? And should we expect that as it forms and strengthens the snow should come from SE to NW? Thus far the snow has generally moved from SW to NE.

Posted by: hskwak | January 30, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Yet the NWS continued to hold to the "little or no accumulation" well into Friday evening even though it was becoming obvious that the storm was not behaving as the models predicted. Yes not a crippling snow storm but if today had happened to have been a school day, then there would have been complete chaos. Kids would have gone to school, commuters would have gone to work only to be sent home early……….one can guess the rest. I assume that the science of meteorology has to be more than the interpretation of weather models. I also cannot believe that no one at NWS-Sterling saw this coming. However there seems to be an unwritten rule in the DC metro weather forecasting community where it is better to be wrong than right. At least when it comes to snow.

Posted by: ntrlsol | January 30, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@ walter-in-fallschurch a ladybug would be nice. After you do the more interesting bug you selected, and had some left over snow you could do that - I think it's shape would be good for snow sculpting :)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 30, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know how much snow is on the ground in Lake Ridge, VA? Since I'm in Alabama, I can't run out and measure like I usually would if I were home (although, it is 39 degrees here just a few miles from the Gulf and Mobile Bay). My mom keeps telling me that "it's just a dusting" but, after reading what everyone is saying, I have a feeling she's downplaying it a little bit. ;)

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

5-6 inches here in Loudoun and its coming down hard! You guys were the only ones that were calling it more right than any of the local news stations! I love it!

Posted by: justin-N-sterlingVa | January 30, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

walter-in-fallschurch :
What if you made it a female, gravid preying mantis with a thicker belly full of the egg sac? Then only the arms and neck would be extended. Or how about a nest of termites?

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 30, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 5 inches in Loudoun County!

Posted by: ThinkGreen | January 30, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how off the snow prediction was this time! Because of this, many people underestimated the storm and went out, only to spin out and turn back (my husband included). Also, very few streets out here in N. Bethesda/Rockville have been plowed. What is going on?? This seems almost as paralyzing as the Dec. 19 storm...

Posted by: csaah | January 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Walter - I like the ladybug idea!

Posted by: kathyb39 | January 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Silver Spring but too lazy to go out and measure. Anyone have a total?

Posted by: kjm1971 | January 30, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

5.5" here is Odenton, MD

Posted by: snowlover | January 30, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

looks like the dry slot is filling in!

Posted by: samdman95 | January 30, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@Weatherdude -- all I can tell you is we have about 5" near our front door in Dumfries (where we measured for the Dec storm). It's a light and powdery snow -- nothing like the one you were here for.

Funny you should post -- I was telling hubby this AM -- "I need to check CWG. I miss not hearing weatherdude's reports from Lake Ridge!".

Hope you're well, and warm. Let us know if you need something! :)

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 30, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Just outside the Beltway in Alexandria section of Fairfax County . . . coming down harder than it has all day.

Posted by: InVA1 | January 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Every snow this winter has, so far, substantially exceeded the forecasts...especially the initial ones. I think the main problem is that too much reliance is put in computer models. This is a notoriously difficult area to forecast winter storms for, and, as a forecaster, you just have to know its quirks, and the affects of the ocean, Bay, mountains, urban heat-island, etc....

That, and the fact that often our heaviest totals often occur from the notorious Cape Hatteras "NorEaster" storms that form or rapidly intensify over water, where is little input data for computers except for a scattered buoy network.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | January 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

7.5 inches in Stafford.

Posted by: tjack55 | January 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

weatherdudeVA - About half hour ago, I measured about 5 inches in Lake Ridge - still coming down..

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 30, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

4" east of Front Royal.

11.1F and lightly snowing.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 30, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Just under 4 inches in Alexandria.
Snow is coming down fast and swirling.

Posted by: librarylady61 | January 30, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA The heaviest snow appears to be over but fine powdery stuff is still coming down, with some very gusty winds.
Five or six inches here, hard to tell from the window. Will measure when we go out for the final shoveling session.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 30, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Hubby just came home from work in Vienna...reports that even though the snow is fluffy the roads were icy underneath....lots of folks driving too fast and learning the hard way

Posted by: tbva | January 30, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Weatherdude - there's about 5 inches on my balcony in the Vinings.

Posted by: meta2 | January 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

manassasmissy,
thanks for "gravid". a new word for me.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

5.5 inches in the Annapolis Neck area of Annapolis at 4:10 PM (out in the middle of the front yard). So much for just a couple inches! And it is not tapering off, by any means!

Posted by: ceblakeney | January 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

From the radar it looks like we might have a break in the snow soon, but then an additional band may come through later. We are in Ashburn and its still coming down!

Posted by: skbm1 | January 30, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Mitchrapp measured about 5" in Herndon (near Worldgate/267) around 4pm.

Posted by: kygurl94 | January 30, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Latest update from the front walk -- 6 inches of snow in Dumfries. Another moderate band of snow as well. Channel 9 ran a crawler about 15 min ago, saying 4-8 inches of snow will fall in the DC Metro by 9pm. Northern Neck of VA and Southern MD will see about 12".

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 30, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

MMCarhelp - Well, I guess I see your point, except I can't figure out what you think they should use instead. I mean, the best computer models use all the data & experience gathered during past storms, and the best forecasters use those models along with their experience & gut feelings to make a forecast.

What do you suggest, tea leaves & aching joints?

Posted by: bobsewell | January 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

around 4.5" NW DC / Georgetown - moderate snow continues.

Posted by: manatt | January 30, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

4.5" on my car. coming dow REALLY hard right now - must be one of those "bands" i'm reading about...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 30, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

9" in Lusby and still snowing steady.

Posted by: joann20657 | January 30, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

@justin-N-sterlingVa said: "You guys were the only ones that were calling it more right than any of the local news stations! I love it!"

We'll take the compliment, but frankly "more right" was not good enough in this case. Hopefully we'll learn some lessons from this one and do better in the future.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

4.5 inches here in Olney

Posted by: celestun100 | January 30, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Measured 5" in Volta Park at 34th & Q, NW, with more on the way. Particularly heavy band moving through right now. This has been a great storm; all you haters can go fly a kite. Peerless performance by the Capital Weather Gang as usual.

Posted by: fleeciewool | January 30, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Radar shows maybe one of the heaviest bands of the day settled right over 95 between the beltways. Great, I'm supposed to be in Balt. at 9 tonight.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This would have been the snow of the winter for most DC winters.

Posted by: GD1975 | January 30, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to add, just stepped outside, I'm guessing 3.5 inches right now in Columbia, light snow still falling.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

EXTREME SNOWFALL RATES IN NORTHWEST DC At THE MOMENT

Posted by: realclear | January 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, really heavy snow in Silver Spring right now!

Posted by: SkywalkerSS | January 30, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

With 6" already I don't think it is out of the realm of possibility that we get 8-9" out of this storm...What a great little storm!

Posted by: snowlover | January 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

What a disaster. Drove a buddy home from class today to Silver Spriing. Left SS around 2:30 to get back to Germantown. Just got home at 4:30. The beltway was a crawl. My gas light came on and I had to pull onto 355 to get gas. I've never seen so many cars stuck in snow before.

Posted by: PoorTeacher | January 30, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Anyone in Silver Spring with an inch count? Seems absurd -- think we are in a band right now

Posted by: kjm1971 | January 30, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

bobsewell.....I wasn't trying to sound arrogant or like a know-it-all (don't take it the wrong way), but I think that one reason why the models have been off (and why it has been futile to try and forecast by them)is that they underestimated the strength and effect of the Arctic air in the region during this winter's major snowfalls. Even today, mid-20's were predicted, but actual temps have stayed in the upper-teens to around 20. Temperatures that low, in the boundary layer, vastly increase the snow-to-water ratio (some 20:1 instead of the normal 10:1 or even 5:1 in very heavy, wet snow, making for a light, powdery fluffy snow that accumulates VERY quickly on anything it touches. Snow that accumulates that rapidly can easily run the totals way up over what they nomally are in this region, given any set amount of precipitable moisture in the air column. As an added bonus, temps this cold (20 degrees or so) can render normal road salt ineffective, because salt only lowers the freezing temperature of water some 10 degrees or so.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | January 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

5.5" in West Springfield.....currently moderate snowfall. Thanks for the updates!

Posted by: AyresGoober | January 30, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Silver Spring: At 4 pm, one 5 inch and two 4.25 inch measurements in my front yard (previous measurements were on the back porch). 5 inches on the neighbor's car across the street.

About 15 minutes ago, a burst of big flakes, intensity about as strong as any today. Now it has reverted to the earlier small flakes at the same intensity.

Posted by: Murre | January 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I'll let folks in on a little secret: The weather where I am is 82 degrees and I'm sitting on a beach chair watching the sun set on the Caribbean sea. Kind of strange coordinating snow storm coverage from the US Virgin Islands. Missing this storm is bitter sweet.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Anecdotal observations from 8 years in the DC Metro area and 32 years in the only place north of the Great White North: 1. When the winds come out of the East, additional accumulations will usually result. This is based on rotation of the storm and the accessibility of moisture in both geographical areas. 2. When the models do not converge to a single solution with high confidence, plan on additional accumulations above forecast. I follow wunderground for data and CWG for interpretation. When the discussions lose precision in amount but maintain high confidence in the accuracy of precipitation chances, I get concerned. This has happened more often than not this season, but I think that this season is atypical for this area.

Thoughts? Comments?

Posted by: goldiesc | January 30, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The reality is that there was or was not more snow than expected, depending the meaning of "expected".

If expected is either this or that, such as the NWS official prediction through Friday evening of "little or no accumulation" - without expressing the obvious uncertainty that there could be more or less - then the NWS forecast was clearly a bust.

If expected is to assume erroneously that THE forecast is the most likely possibility (highest probability, e.g., CWG's 40% for less than 1"), then more snow than expected is a valid assertion.

But, the complete forecast provided by CWG (and Bob Ryan) made it clear that "expected" included the a distinct possibility of a heavier snowfall (CWG's 15% chance of 3-6" and 10% chance 6"+)

Providing the probabilities of possible outcomes is not CYA, as some might assume, but recognition that there will always be varying degrees of uncertainty in forecasts, and to convey the impression otherwise, as in the NWS prediction, is a disservice to users of those forecasts .

For more on dealing with uncertainty, see my latest post

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Just over 5 inches and possibly 6 in the Bel Pre/Layhill area of Silver Spring. Heaviest band of the day just came through. Near white-out conditions.

Posted by: Hanz1 | January 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

CWG - Any chance that the storm could out perform from hereon out? We currentlty have 6" or a bit over in Odenton, and I was hoping to top 9"; what is the probability of that? Thanks!

Posted by: snowlover | January 30, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Jason, when it comes to snow, I wouldn't trade places with you, as nice as it sounds from the beach. I've had too many unfortunate experiences of missing out on snowstorms while "stuck" ae beach in Florida.

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks southbridgemom, ZmanVA and meta2! 5 inches of snow is still nothing to shake a stick at after the drought we had the last few years (save for the Great Snowpocalypse of '09).

southbridgemom: I miss reporting too, but Mobile has its own set of wacky weather that I'll tell you guys about from time to time (not constantly, though, since this is a DC weather blog after all). Thanks! :)

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 30, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe that a major player in the CAP Weather "gang" is allowed to take a vacation during the middle of the snow season. It would be like Ryan Zimmerman taking a vacation during the month of July.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

walter-I think the lady bug idea would be too much like an igloo to be distinctive.

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 30, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Two miles SSE from Crisfield, MD I have 10.25 inches of snow in my yard. Still snowing. Very unusual accumulation here.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 30, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

In N. Arlington I've been looking out the back window at the bird feeder all day.

And the snow is still just reaching up to the sparrows' bellies.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 30, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA The snow has tapered off sharply in the last hour.
CWG - I need a forecast please. Is this about it for the PWC/western Fairfax VA area, or can we expect another moderate batch of snow to come thru, with a couple more inches of accumulation before the certain end by midnight?
Shoveling activities depend on this answer.
Thanks for appropriately hedging all week on this storm. Glad it was Saturday instead of Friday.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 30, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What's remarkable is the combination of snow and cold; not often seen hereabouts as the 17 degree temp readings are pretty uniform around the region. I walked out to Wisconsin Ave. in the peak of the last band and was amazed at the number of people who are driving, some rather fast. Like someone said, must be all the Chicagoans who moved to town a year ago.

As for Jason's sojourn on the beach, there will be more snows and I'd imagine he's kicking back and enjoying the balmy breezes. Slogging around in six inches of fluffy snow and 17 degree temps is for us transplanted Floridians and a few other diehards.

We would have needed 6.4" of snow at DCA to reach the 24" mark for the year. Probably will miss by about an inch. Maybe next Friday we'll get there?

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 30, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - I just don't see how including 10 or 15% possibilities as part of a "forecast" makes it more accurate - all it does is cover multiple possibilities - i.e. - no forecast. The bigger issue is the unwillingness to even highlight the possibilities sufficiently in advance under the guise that you "need more data" or the "models fluctuate" a day out, two days out, a week out... The reality is the best you can do is identify storm potential well in advance (which is why people are already asking about the next "potential" event.) Pretending like you can make a more reasoned forcast by not making a forecast simply doeesn't verify. Overall I think you guys did well in tracking the developing potential (more so had you addressed it earlier on) - not so well putting a number on the details. Biggest props go to CWG Ian for sticking to his views on the storm which, I believe, were most on point! Those who proclaimed it a "bust" and limited accumulaitons too far South shall remain nameless...

Posted by: manatt | January 30, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I81 north and southbound in Shenandoah County is closed because of multiple accidents.

5 pm - 8 inches, light snow continues, 15.8 degrees.

Posted by: AugustaJim | January 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Olney snow accumulation at 5:30 is 5 inches.

A nice dusting!!!

I don't remember it being this cold during a storm here for a long time. (lived here 8 years)

Posted by: celestun100 | January 30, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Have to toot my own horn here -- I predicted 5"-8" as my only forecast in a post on Monday or Tuesday -- CWG can look it up. Like I said in that post, most storms this season have trended NW if not at least N. I will admit, I was very worried when I saw all of the model runs during the week that took the storm exit stage right out to sea. Glad I made a lucky guess! As they say, "even a blind squirrel can find a nut ever once and a while!"

Posted by: snowlover | January 30, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Almost 6 inches just east of Glenmont.

Posted by: bgaffney491 | January 30, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

New post up...

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | January 30, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

@celustun, the last really significant "cold snow" I remember was I believe in Jan. 1994, when a few inches fell as the DCA temperature ranged from a low of 8 degrees to a high of 18. Maybe there have been more recent ones, but that snow sticks out in my mind because the previous day the DCA low was -4 and the 24-hour high was plus 8. (Baltimore averaged out at exactly zero that day, from -5 to +5, the coldest day in BWI history.)

I walked about 2 1/2 miles to and from downtown D.C. on that really cold day and it was bitter! The city closed down the next day, not because of the snow but because there was so much strain on the electrical grid.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 30, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

5-6" in the Palisades. We spun out turning from MacArthur to Q an hour ago and turned around and went home. Anyone know how to find out when the snowplows are planning to come through?

Posted by: valerie16 | January 30, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Snowfall rate has tapered off and flakes look small in Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | January 30, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

At 8:17 PM, 2 miles SSE of Crisfield, MD, 3 tests of snow in my yard measure between 11 and 1/2 inches and 12 and 7/8 inches. Thermometer on my screened in front porch reads just under 20. Light snow is falling.

Around Crisfield, main roads (413, Somerset Ave. and such) are plowed with snow blowing back over them a bit, but very passable; residential roads outside the center of town are untouched.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 30, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

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