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Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 01/ 7/2010

Snow dusting area, amounts likely to be light

By Jason Samenow

* Winter Weather Advisory tonight N. of D.C. includes MoCo, LoCo *

11:00 p.m. update: Light snow has expanded over the region over the last 90 minutes, though some areas to the east of town have seen few, if any flakes. Enough snow has fallen to dust parts of the west and north suburbs. This activity will gradually shift eastward over the next couple hours. Most of the region should get at least a few hours of snow overnight, with general amounts of a dusting to an inch.

From earlier (9:30 p.m.): Areas of light snow have been developing, mainly west of the metro region. Light snow has been reported in Fauquier and Loudoun counties, and in Frederick, Md. In the immediate metro region (inside the beltway), very little activity has been observed except for a few flurries. The best chance of snow in the metro region will be between around midnight and 4 a.m., but the latest guidance and radar trends would suggest amounts on the low end of the dusting to 2" range. We'll provide one more short update around 11 p.m. or so.

Comment and let us know what's happening in your backyard. And see Ian's post from earlier for our accumulation outlook, timeline, and detailed forecast.

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By Jason Samenow  | January 7, 2010; 11:00 PM ET
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As I stated earlier, this really looks like a non-event. Dry slot keeping snow away, with back edge of snow racing quickly east.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | January 7, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It's been snowing in Germantown for about half an hour. Just a very, very light dusting.

Posted by: ZF-MD | January 7, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

First signs of flakes in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 7, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

No snow in Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | January 7, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Close to 1/4" of snow in NW Spotsy. may end up with close to 1/2" when this event ends. Good chance this is it 4 the rest of Jan.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 7, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

A few, almost microscopic flakes here in McLean.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | January 7, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Another Forecast Discussion Update from NWS Sterling at 10:07 PM.



Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | January 7, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

No snow in Oxon Hill, just cold.

Posted by: tradervic1313 | January 7, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

can anyone report snow in , silver spring,or pg county??

Posted by: redskinsfan01 | January 7, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Tiny, sparse flakes just now starting to fall in Merrifield as I got home from a night at the NSO. Nothing tiny or flaky about that program! Znaider was divine on the Elgar concerto, and of course, Slatkin's return was triumphant. Go, if you get a chance - performances Friday and Saturday night, too.

Posted by: --sg | January 7, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Tiny flakes just started in N Arlington, thought it might have been raindrops at first. Not much too look at but its not as brutal as the College Football championship game.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 7, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

There's a pretty good batch sw of the city. Think range is still pretty good, best snow eastern sections.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 7, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, just make sure that isn't "bright band contamination" in the pretty good batch sw of the city. Looks like that's been an issue with the radar with some of the enhanced precipitation that has been showing up to the west all evening.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | January 7, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Coming down at a pretty good clip in Lake Ridge. Very fine snow..

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 7, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Nothing falling here in the Andrews AFB vicinity. Not nary a flake! Darn!! Maybe the rumor of a "big daddy" lurking for a run up the coast late next weekend might become reality. Here's to hopin'!

Posted by: johnnierat | January 7, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Very light snow in Friendship Heights, DC

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 7, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

1/2 inch now in eastern Fauquier. Beautiful, sparkley flakes. Keep it coming!

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 7, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Sticking to everything here in Lake Ridge - even the roads. Light coating. Radar not looking good though coming from the southwest

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 7, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

haven't seen a flake here in north Arlington yet...

Posted by: dinergirl1 | January 7, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Coming down pretty good now in S. Alexandria Mt. Vernon area-starting to stick.

Posted by: mcaicedo | January 7, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Streets/sidewalk covered in Friendship Heights, DC

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 7, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

At least based on radar, it looks clear to me that places southeast of the District (La Plata, Fredericksburg, Bowling Green) are likely to pick up the heaviest amounts...

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

There's a dusting of snow already on the ground in Columbia Heights, DC.

Check out the snow action on some of the best Washington DC webcams around the city.

Posted by: otavio | January 8, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

7/8ths of an inch on the Blue Ridge near the Fauquier/Warren line, but we may not get much more out of this...

Bama won.

Good night.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 8, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

@spgass1, are you sure it wasn't actually 14/15 of an inch? ;) ...but as a meteorologist, I appreciate the granularity of your observations.

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | January 8, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

WHOA! Got up from the computer at midnight and looked out the back slider. Coming down pretty good in So.MD at the 301 Bridge. We have at least an inch!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 8, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Josh: I thought my precise report of 1.1875" from the 12/31 event might raise some eyebrows ;-)

(I use a standard ruler with 16ths)

Posted by: spgass1 | January 8, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse


Yes, we must count every granule of snow since we aren't getting that much this time around. It'll have to last us a few weeks as nothing looks promising on the immediate horizon.

Posted by: otavio | January 8, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

This night owl reports that it is snowing in Loudoun and it looks like (peering out onto my deck), maybe a 1/2 inch?

Posted by: ThinkGreen | January 8, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

We have about 1.125" out here in Reston, VA.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | January 8, 2010 4:17 AM | Report abuse

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