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Posted at 11:10 PM ET, 02/ 9/2010

Double whammy: First snow, then gusty winds

By Dan Stillman

Wintry mix in some places for now, turning to all snow

* Winter Storm Warning through today (map) | NWS snow totals *
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The snow has already piled up quickly this evening -- 3 to 4 inches in many metro area locations -- and there's more to come. There have been reports of sleet and even some freezing rain mixing in, especially downtown and south and east of the District. Sleet and freezing rain will likely continue to be part of the mix for the next few hours, and longer for areas to the south like Fredericksburg and Southern Maryland, but for the immediate area the bulk of this storm looks to be primarily snow once we get into the overnight and tomorrow.


CWG team snowfall forecast for Tues.-Wed. Confidence: Medium-High.

While precipitation may be mixed and on the light side for the next several hours, snow will likely pick up again before sunrise and through the rest of the morning (as low pressure moving up the coast intensifies), before letting up at some point during the afternoon. We still expect final accumulations as depicted in the map to the right -- anywhere from around 6" to 16" depending on where you are in the metro area, with the highest amounts expected north and east of D.C. toward Baltimore.

Despite the potentially impressive snow accumulations, tomorrow's winds may turn out to be the biggest story of the storm. We expect sustained winds to increase during the day to 20-30 mph with gusts in the 40-50 mph range. Significant power outages seem likely, and blizzard warnings could be issued. From the National Weather Service...

AS STORM CRANKS UP OFF THE COAST...WINDS WILL QUICKLY INCREASE. GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY AFFECT THE ENTIRE CWA ON WEDNESDAY. THESE WINDS WILL PROMOTE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...AND WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES NEAR ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES WEDNESDAY. THE RESULT WILL BE NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND AN UPGRADE OF HEADLINES AT LEAST ALONG THE WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE CORRIDOR MAY BECOME NECESSARY ON WEDNESDAY TO ADDRESS THESE CONDITIONS.

Another note: While it's not offficial yet, Reagan National has almost certainly recorded enough snow already this evening to make the winter of 2009-2010 the second snowiest on record, and while it may be a close call, the No. 1 spot is within reach. See our "Making History?" post for all the relevant statistics on D.C.'s run at snowiest winter.

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By Dan Stillman  | February 9, 2010; 11:10 PM ET
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Comments

first!

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 9, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

No snow total updates?

Posted by: jase700 | February 9, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

2.5" in Forest Glen right outside the beltway...but it seems to have subsided for now

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 9, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOm WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM WOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

Posted by: shamuballeno | February 9, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Sounding the alarm again I see shamuballeno!

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

not an accurate measurement, but i'm guessing close to 3 inches in columbia heights. i just shoveled a whole lot of it, and that's what it felt like to me.

Posted by: simonecoyle | February 9, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

What is "WOOM?"

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 9, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

About 2 inches in Clifton. It had slowed to an almost halt but sleet is now picking up.

Posted by: CliftonJohn | February 9, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Snow's been stopped for a while here in Alexandria.

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 9, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

2 inches in Columbia, MD.

Posted by: bitner | February 9, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update CWG! Off to bed and looking forward to getting up to wind driven snow and another update in the morning!

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

So, with 2 - 3 in tonight and only .37" rain to the end of the storm, are you guys saying DCA will be at the low end with 6 - 7" of snow? For those of us flying Thursday, that would be great!

Posted by: BrentwoodGuy | February 9, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Jim in NOVA reposting from prior thread :)

Definitely mixed here in Fair Lakes for the past hour at least. Sleet, from the sound of it. Precip is fairly light too.

Posted by: jahutch | February 9, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

There has been a lull here in Vienna since about 10:00. Compared to recent events, this is a real nothing.

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 9, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

2.5" in Fairfax City. Sleet picking up some. Also mixed with a little freezing rain -- that ain't good!

Posted by: dudster89 | February 9, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

It's stopped in Falls Church at the moment. There's about 3 inches on my car.

Posted by: ChristyVA | February 9, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

4" just south of the beltway in alexandria, getting what seems to be freezing rain right now.

Posted by: mmonty1205 | February 9, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Also reposting from the prior thread --

CWG, a very belated thanks to all of you for your excellent work and reporting. Your site is essential to me as an emergency services worker. When I was snowed in at work over the weekend, and without my laptop in the evenings at the hotel, I was in serious withdrawal! I kept your site up and refreshed constantly during the day shifts while at work. You're the best!

Posted by: natsncats | February 9, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Got about 4" on Capitol Hill, and now it's raining. Really? Rain? Come on Pat Robertson, we haven't actually allowed a gay marriage yet. Cut us some slack.

Posted by: VacaGrande | February 9, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Really shocked that Leesburg is in the 8-16 inch range.

Bob Ryan - has 7-14 inches.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | February 9, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Power failures...I wonder why PEPCO has had so many more than anyone else, and has been taking far longer to restore power...seems to me that this is repeating a pattern established in the past couple of years with severe weather events during the spring and summer.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 9, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Had really heavy snow for awhile here in N. Arlington. Looks to be a couple of (new) inches. Without walking downstairs from my fourth floor apartment and going outside, I am thinking that it is very lightly sleeting at the moment.

Posted by: dinergirl1 | February 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Just came in from clearing snow. NE Montgomery county near Clarksville, about 2.5->3"

It's still snowing, but I consider it mainly decorative at the moment. I think the heavy stuff is awaiting us at 3 AM, correct?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | February 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

@VacaGrande

HAA. Good old Pat - haven't heard from him in a while.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

maybe 2"-3" in Ashburn, didn't measure accurately just kinda stuck my finger in somewhere that I thought was clear. It's getting harder and harder to find a place to accurately measure new snowfall. I prefer to measure in feet!!!

Posted by: matt555 | February 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

It has been stopped since 10 pm...about 4 inches in NW DC.

Posted by: Dest1 | February 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

All rain in Arlington. Getting worried about several hours of icing with the winds tomorrow.

Posted by: Tom8 | February 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

WMAR is sticking with 12-20"; also starting to talk about a Sunday-Monday storm which is starting to creep north. Radar seems to be redevloping a bit, but will it fill in before the dry air gets here? WMAR reported 7.5-8.5 inches here in Eldersburg; but I do think some sleet is mixing in for the moment...even this far north and west.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Just west of Ballston - just measured 65mm (er I think that's 2.6 inches) accumulated so far and there is still some kind of very light icy wet stuff coming down. Can't tell what it is, maybe gentle sleet, if there is such a thing. Its like daylight outside - I was just waving to my neighbour across the street who was also outside checking things out.

Posted by: platypus6 | February 9, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe those winds will come, since it was so quiet and pleasant to be out for an hour tonight. nice, light powdery 3-4 in Ijamsville. Easy to move. Still snowing at a good clip. Time to sleep, then plow am.
Thanks for the update. Tomorrow will be different...

Posted by: drc231 | February 9, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

posted this comment in the last post but just as this one went up, so didnt know if it would get seen. sorry for the double post.

Somewhat unrelated question... I opened up http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_con_3pres.html a while ago from a link that was posted. I just flipped to that tab in firefox and tehre is a rainbow ring sitting on the Texas/New Mexico Border. Looks like either someone sat on the pressure sensor or there is a small area of really significant pressure change. A tornado maybe? I certainly hope not. Any explanation from the CWG'ers? Thanks

Posted by: teegoff | February 9, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Spared so far. Here it is at 11:24 in Western Loudoun County (Lincoln), and I'd be pushing it to claim 2 inches (please, no remarks).

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 9, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Sleet still falling in Adams Morgan.

Posted by: krosseel | February 9, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Could it be possible that the CWG blog might have more hits than Redskins Insider??? :-)

Between 2 and 3 inches in Fort Myer Heights, Arlington.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 9, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

@teegoff

So it's clear, I took a screenshot of what you're talking about...
Just in case someone needs something static to refer to (the current map has already changed).

... and let it snow.

Posted by: davidjknauer | February 9, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Link to the animated wind forecast for the next 24 hours, from the Chesapeake Bay Office of Forecasting Services: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ofs/cbofs/wind_forecast.shtml

Black arrows are bad....very bad.

Posted by: --sg | February 9, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA light snow & sleety stuff.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

@seahawkdad: LOL! :-)

Posted by: --sg | February 9, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION:

@ teegoff

So it's clear, I took a screenshot of what you're talking about...
Just in case someone needs something static to refer to (the current map has already changed).

... and let it snow.

*disregard my former statement. mucked up my coding. blah.

Posted by: davidjknauer | February 9, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't exactly know how much we've gotten here in Adams Morgan, but it seems to have stopped for now. I'd heard something on the window panes kind of like sleet or hail, but couldn't really tell. It was snowing hard for awhile, but stopped. There's a guy in a bobcat outside my window trying to figure out where to put all the snow. For now, he's just putting it in piles on either side of the road-nowhere else for it to go.

Posted by: BruinGirl2001 | February 9, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

All we have are fire alarms and frigidness. Going to be 27 tonight, and there's a threat of accumulating snow Thursday Night/Friday. Yes, there is a threat of accumulating snow in Mobile, Alabama at the end of this week.

If any of you are still looking to get out of Siberia, there's plenty of swampfront property down here for the pickins.

BTW -- My mom in Lake Ridge is reporting that nothing is happening that she can see.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | February 9, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

@dylan0513:

I believe Jason was referring to 0.37" from 1 a.m. on, which is from 06Z on. The latest GFS run is the 00Z run. If you look at the first 36-hour total precip chart, you will see DCA in the 0.5-0.75" area, but that includes the 0.30" predicted to fall from 00Z to 06Z (i.e., from 7 p.m. this past evening until 1 a.m.). If you look at the second 36-hour total precip chart (i.e., going out to 42 hours), you will see DCA falls to the 0.25-0.5" area.

Posted by: rock_n_rent | February 9, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Sleeting in Cabin John, MD. About 2.5 inches on the ground.

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | February 9, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey/ New York big "winners" in this storm...reminds me of the many misses in this area over the last 20 years.

Posted by: seasejs | February 9, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Steady Freezing Rain here in Thomas Circle. Not a good sign

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Freezing rain -- no apparent sleet -- right now off Franconia Rd between Rose Hill and Telegraph (i.e. Alexandria, Fairfax Co.). 4" of snow on the ground, confirming someone's report a few minutes ago from what sounds like the same area. Add this to the 24" we received in Snowmageddon and the continued poor conditions of the area roads -- even main roads like Franconia -- and the rest of the week looks really, err, interesting.

Posted by: mrva1 | February 9, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

@davidjknauer

thanks. I noticed it had been updated too. I found that clicking the -1 hr link, you can get back to it. also, there is similar weirdness at -4hr, which seems to me to make it more likely to be some sort of an equipment issue rather than an actual weather artifact.

Posted by: teegoff | February 9, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Just got in from clearing the driveway. Light snow with sleet mixed in; no wind whatsoever at the moment. Feels warmer than the mid 20s out.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's just say NEAR misses...light snow, sleet no wind at the now undisclosed Northern MD location.

Posted by: seasejs | February 9, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Almost 3 inches in Olney; currently we have light snow. Shoveling # 1 complete. I checked to make sure not a mix since I have dripping icicles from the front porch; wonder if we did not shut the attic door well enough earlier today and it got warm. Chili and biscuits made along with a loaf of peanut butter bread. Ready to telework tomorrow, trees etc willing.

Posted by: johnslau | February 9, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Repost from previous: WRC/Bob now has 7 or so for Eastern Loudoun and we have 2.0 in South Riding already. 5.0 isn't much more for the "heavy overnight" of the original forecast for overnight and tomorrow!

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Famous last words in last post. Now some sleet mixed in.

Posted by: mrva1 | February 9, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

@--sg re: wind map

holy crap! Can't imagine what that's gonna do to snowdrifts, standing puddles, power lines, etc. Seems like Thursday aftermath could be very messy.

Posted by: eliwho | February 9, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Overrrated!

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | February 9, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

@rock_n_rent - Ok, that makes sense. Thanks!

Posted by: Dylan0513 | February 9, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Still a dry spell out by us in Gainesville. I'm calling it a night - check back with you in the AM!

Posted by: jaradel | February 9, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Just got in from a bit of shoveling. Live less than a mile from DCA. About 3 inches of wet snow, and now it's sleeting.

Posted by: concerneddemocrat | February 9, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and the storm should be called "Snow to Hell!"

Posted by: concerneddemocrat | February 9, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

@weatherdude--We've had about 2-3 inches of snow in Dumfries. When I came in about 40 min ago from shoveling we had some light freezing rain starting up. Not sure what's going on in Lake Ridge. With southbridgedad out of commission (broken ankle), I can tell you my back and wrists are a mess from shoveling snow. I can only imagine the panic in Mobile at the forecast of measurable snow.

May the force be with you. :D Take care!

Posted by: southbridgemom | February 9, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

3" at Parkfairfax (Alexandria) as of 11:45pm. Some sleet mixing in there.

Posted by: truyle | February 9, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

FYI, a PSA from a local science fair with a due date this coming Friday. (Before people complain, registration has been open since September.)

ScienceMONTGOMERY, the Montgomery County Science Fair, has made some changes to its 2010 Fair registration process, due to the snow.

Details are as follows:

The deadline for online registration remains the same: 8 p.m Friday, February 12.

All paperwork/forms must be received by Friday, February 19 (new deadline).

Students will receive an email as soon as possible after the submission of paperwork either: telling them that they are in the Fair, or describing any modifications they must make to their projects. Any required modifications must be completed (in other words, made, submitted, received) by 6 p.m. Friday, March 5.

Posted by: johnslau | February 9, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I measured 3" of snow in N. Arlington about 30 minutes ago. Light freezing rain and sleet coming down right now. The plows have been by twice so far this evening, the last about 25 minutes ago.

If we get much more than 5 or 6", I have no idea where we'll put it. Arlington might need to invest in the poles that they use up north and in the mountains in the winter that tell the plows where the edges of the road are, as well as fire hydrant locations. Both are buried now. A number of important secondary arteries are already only plowed to 1.5 lanes wide in places.

Many thanks to the CWG crew for your great work and keeping us in the loop.

Posted by: wx_bob | February 9, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

...And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. (with thanks to Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening") And thanks to CWG for the update.

Posted by: Frida7 | February 9, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Lightning in Old Town (no thunder snow however) -apparently not the great show from last Saturday a.m. but still weird. Still a light rain.
Gotta love Mother Nature -she enjoys messing with us.

Posted by: fedwkr | February 9, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Snow to Hell - PERFECT!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

2 inches. And the dry slot has apparently overcome us in New Baltimore .....

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 9, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Letterman just made fun of us. I watched the reply of the second half of the Super Bowl after the Saints parade. Seems like it stopped snowing for awhile in Alexandria (Carlyle). Guess I'll go to sleep and see what we got in the morning...

Posted by: tidalwave1 | February 9, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

@seasejs

Sorry. The undisclosed location is Eldersburg. A little more than 7 inches on the ground.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

@fedwkr -- How were the roads in Old Town today? Wife's job there has been closed all week, and preemptively cancelled Wed and Thurs (no good for us 'cause of lost commissions). Thanks.

Posted by: mrva1 | February 9, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

@tidalwave

What did Letterman say? i missed it.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

its only supposed to be a few inches tonight...the heavy stuff comes tomorrow morning and throughout the day, if i remember correctly. so i don't think we're off course for the projected snowfall.

Posted by: fp26 | February 9, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Raining (probably freezing) in Fort Myer Heights, Arlington.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 9, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Frz rain has turned to sleet here in downtown. A good sign that things are cooling aloft - and maybe eventually at the surface.

There's already a nice glaze on all the snow outside.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

In Del Ray, Alexandria no snow currently, but according to Yardstick Bob we have received 5" so far tonight... (Yardstick Bob is currently stuck next to a bush in my front yard, started Snowmageddon part B with a little under 18" and is now at 23")

Posted by: dcgypsy | February 9, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey 300 sq ft...

Fact of the matter is that we try not to personalize on this blog.

OOZ GFS is not a pretty thing, continuing the trend of waltzing the significant precip line (i.e. .5 inch) to the NE. It does this because it continues to progress the rapid deepening ever so slightly (but very important to us) to the NE. Radar is also very reluctant to show the same good pivot we got last time.

That's just the way the forecasting cookie crumbles. Sometimes reality exceeds snow expectations (as it did with the very far south--to RIC--reach of the banding on Saturday), sometimes reality doesn't meet expectations.

The one thing I hammered home in forecast classes (to the CWG founders) was to take the derivative of the forecast product, i.e. the model-to-model tendency, and that has not been very hopeful for the last 30 hours now. We've had a good string of great snow this year, much in excess of early model projections. But what was characteristic of most of those events was that the models tended either to increasingly focus precip on us or to move the dynamics in our favor. That's not the case this time.

It ain't personal, it's just real. Don't understand why you portrayed it that way.

Posted by: pmichaels1 | February 9, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

@frida7 et al

does anyone here understand the meaning of Frost's "Stopping by Woods...?"

Posted by: spankyman111 | February 9, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

And I echo the standing "O" (or should I say "SnO") for CWG -you all have done an amazing job this season; downside -I'm now a CWG-blog junkie, may affect my job performance (only 110 day til hurricane season? Although I wouldn't rule out an early March storm).

Posted by: fedwkr | February 9, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Old Town Alexandria update:

I just got in from measuring outside around our block. Depending on the location (hard to find areas that were scraped clean previous to this storm but have not been treated or shoveled already by our building maintenance people) I measures anywhere between 2" and 2.5" at three spots. The snow stopped about an hour or so ago and changed to sleet (I could hear it on the window). When I was outside 15 min ago, it was now steady freezing rain. Oh, and it's 30 degrees out. Despite two gentlemen outside salting the sidewalks on the block around our building, there were lots of spots that were frozen solid with the sleet/freezing rain combo. I took some snaps with my Canon 40D DSLR and posted them to my flickr set which I've embedded as a slideshow on my site. Additionally, since I last updated, my fiance captured a video of one of our cats attacking the snowflakes that got too close to our apt window.

Posted by: joelhousman | February 9, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

@pmichaels1

It ain't personal, it's just real. Don't understand why you portrayed it that way.

Can you explain what you mean? Did you take something I said as s personal attack of some sort?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 10, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Have you looked at the radar lately? Dry slot, my eye. More like a dry canyon. It's all good - all the helping people need a break.

Posted by: squirrelgirl1 | February 10, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Old Town Alexandria: Quick followup - if you check out the pics in the slideshow, I took a few of the road and the lights shining off of what could be ice or water. Since there is NO traffic on Eisenhower Avenue I stepped out into the road and thats not water. It's ice. Frozen solid.

Posted by: joelhousman | February 10, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1139 PM EST TUE FEB 9 2010

DCZ001-MDZ016-VAZ030-031-040-042-050>057-501-502-WVZ052-053-
100745-
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-CHARLES-WARREN-CLARKE-RAPPAHANNOCK-LOUDOUN-
ORANGE-CULPEPER-PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-NORTHERN FAUQUIER-SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-BERKELEY-
JEFFERSON-
1139 PM EST TUE FEB 9 2010

.NOW...

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE EXTREME EASTERN
PANHANDLE OF WEST VIRGINIA...NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA OVERNIGHT. THROUGH 3 AM...THE HEAVIER SNOW BANDS WILL
AFFECT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA...LOUDOUN...FAIRFAX AND PRINCE
WILLIAM COUNTIES THROUGH 3 AM. GENERALLY SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL
AVERAGE ONE HALF TO ONE INCH AN HOUR...BUT WITHIN THE HEAVIER
SNOW BANDS...SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES AN HOUR WILL BE
LIKELY.

NORTHEAST WINDS OF 5 TO 10 MPH WILL CONTINUE...WITH TEMPERATURES
HOLDING IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S.

Posted by: drmammal | February 10, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

@pmichaels

It looks like 300_sq_feet was referring to somebody else's reference to a pat, not you, but pat robertson. This is all a misunderstanding...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

@squirrelgirl-

lol

@pmichaels-

it wasn't so much that the models trended towards dc the last few storms, it's that they trended slightly more to north up until the last minute. and i think that's pretty much what happened with this storm.

Posted by: swishjobs | February 10, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

BTW, for all snow fans (from one), I hear the dreaded tinkle of sleet on my window for the first time in five storms.

Denizens of DC know how unusual it is to have four in a row without it, and will tell their kids, experiencing normal winters, that "back in the day" some fifty inches of snow accumulated in the District of Columbia without one awful iceball.

They just won't believe it!

Posted by: pmichaels1 | February 10, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

@joelhouseman -- thanks!

Posted by: mrva1 | February 10, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Crazy weather. The sleet has stopped here in Eldersburg and heavy snow has taken its place. Huge snowflakes at the moment. It will be interesting to see how much is on the ground in the morning and how much dry air makes it in before precip redevelops.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

@mrva1 -sorry to report that -although I was out and about on foot and via car today -travel in OT was pretty dicey all day (9 a.m. -8 p.m.) The main roads (Washington St and US 1) were ok but slow going -basically cleared on sides but big strip of ice/snow down the middle; GW Pkwy cleared once you're out of OT heading to DC (but a number of @##$(%&s insisting on driving at 60=70+ -have fun with the ice patches). Side roads in Old Town are in horrible shape -all of them -maybe 1/2 have seen a snow plow once but even those have huge piles of snow and ice and cars parked haphazardly -sidewalks on the main roads are pretty good but a lot of pedestrians in the streets. Traffic was bad all day-would have been much worse with fed gov and associated travel.
My bet is that your wife should be ok to work on Thursday unless we get 10" tomorrow -(but I don't know where she works so just a guess).

Posted by: fedwkr | February 10, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Annandale - still 2 inches of wet snow, light sleet just subsided. 29 degrees.

Posted by: amaranthpa | February 10, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

@jason CWG

Thank you for clarifying

@Pmichaels

I didn't know your name was Pat. But it's nice to meet you, I'm Gus. When I mentioned Pat in an earlier post I was referencing to something someone else posted about Pat Robertson. Not you.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 10, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Very cold rain, with the occasional frozen drops, in Silver Spring.

Posted by: dc_attorney | February 10, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, pfmichaels-what the EFF are you talking about, huh? "try not to personalize on this blog? -huh? Who died and left you in charge, huh? I couldn't make heads or tails of your post, which leads me to believe you must be on something, ha ha ha-cuz you're not making a d amn bit of sense! ha ha ha!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully I'll be proved right...but this, at least in Western Loudoun County, is so far a non-event. Two inches compared to 30+ is nothing.

I'll see what it looks like when I get up, but so far all that hard work with a snow rake on my roofs may have been great, but un-necessary, exercise.

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 10, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm getting 3" at my apt in Arlington, with the top layer a crusty ice from sleet. No precipitation right now however.

Posted by: cmbrese1 | February 10, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Whoever posts "first!!1!" on these boards should be forced to stand in the middle of I-66 and record how long it takes before a snow plow hits them.

Posted by: tristesse27 | February 10, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Tristesse27-don't be mad because you've been second or later. one day.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 10, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"Whoever posts "first!!1!" on these boards should be forced to stand in the middle of I-66 and record how long it takes before a snow plow hits them."

Second that! :)

Posted by: fedwkr | February 10, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Individuals who have a compulsion about posting "first!!!" have delayed development syndrome, some would say "retarded"- a la Rahm Emmanuel.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

This whole thing is hilarious!

Posted by: celestun100 | February 10, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Rain - make that warm rain - in Adams Morgan, beating down the 3.5" of snow we got between 7p-9p.

Posted by: rnelso | February 10, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

@spankyman111: Re R. Frost's "Snowy Evening" ... His lovely metaphor for man's dilemma between choosing nature (the beautiful snowy woods) vs. everyday life/work/responsibilities (miles to go) ... the main character in the poem stops by woods and is drawn by the beauty of the snowfall .... as so many of us here are. At least that's my take ....

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 10, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

2.75" in Vienna, sleet falling. I guess we'll awake to all that snow.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | February 10, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

3.0" snow/ice Beltsville at midnight. 0.35" liquid, currently freezing rain. weathertap indicated CG strike in eastern KY around 9pm, so hopefully some action with vort max.

Snow depth 21" 4pm reading, 19.5" of that from weekend event.

Posted by: rootboy | February 10, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

mrva1 & fedwkr
I'm in OT, was wondering if that was lightning. Thought I saw a couple of flashes, thought maybe utility trucks.
Roads are pretty shoddy in most places and the cars that are out are all over the place. A big problem was parking...or should I say taking parking. Most residents feelings "No diggy No parky!". Apparently a way to fix that is to park as creatively as you want. Hmmm. One problem we've seen is low cars bottomng out on uneven roads...a few muffler parts floating around.

Posted by: motherrunner | February 10, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

@weathergrrl

thanks. it makes me feel good to know that there are people on this thread referencing that poem who actually understand it.

Posted by: spankyman111 | February 10, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

3" in Spotsy., light mist. B surpised if I get much more snow. These 2 L systems almost always under perform. Keep an eye out 4 Sun. Time 4 bed.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 10, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Here in McLean we have just over 2 inches accumulation with thin crusty layer on top, nothing falling just now.

Posted by: mlmcronin | February 10, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

time to call it a night...2" of snow/sleet on the ground in Berwyn Heights. Currently some freezing drizzle. Wouldn't be surprised if the precip fills in a little but can't imagine it will get much heavier for at least the next several hours. Hopefully there will still be several more inches in the early to mid-morning hours as the low intensifies off of Cape May. Still, am thinking a total of 6 inches might even be a stretch at this point...

Posted by: BH99 | February 10, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

was able to get out on monday morning out of Philly airport to California. Sitting here in SF Bay Area, and enjoying reading about the snow...Now where are my shorts and sandals ? time to drink a margarita. My margarita has 4 inches of ice/snow in it. I can handle it

Posted by: japsingh | February 10, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

@japsingh

you're in shorts and sandals...in northern california...in february? i call horses**t.

you're probably staying in a cramped basement at your cousin's place in berkeley.

Posted by: spankyman111 | February 10, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Ah, but there's a wild card still to be played in this Wild Winter of 2010: The depletion of salt to treat the roadways.
The MD governor alluded to this in a press conference earlier today. He said that supplies are running low, and what's left will need to be used sparingly.
I saw this a decade before in Baltimore, and it resulted in frozen roads for days. Hopefully other jurisdictions are better supplied.

Posted by: mtpeaks | February 10, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

ha ha ha! TOTALLY agree with spankyman-yeah, right! SFO in February in shorts and sandals-I don't THINK so!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

2.5" in Fair Oaks. It seems to have stopped for now.

Any bets on whether or not my husband will make it home on his rescheduled flight into National at 10pm on Thursday? I would like to see him again sometime this month!

Posted by: bettylou1 | February 10, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

who wrote that awful dumb forcast ? some idiot weather weenie from EUSX??? at Midnight the dry slot has Punch its way into DC..

the snow has stopped. This was NOT suppose to happen

the new NAM has all the snow east of DCA by 11am wed...

DT WXRISK.COM

Posted by: wxrisk | February 10, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

The sleet and now freezing rain may be the biggest threat from this storm that seems not to be highlighted. Though not mentioned very much, the last storm had a prolonged period of mixed precip as is evident from the tree damage (think back to December when we had 20" of powder and it wasn't an issue.) Made it donwtown today and the carnage is astounding from the last event - far more wide spread than any of the tropical systems we had blow through. "Snow-bombed" best describes the area around the White House.

Currently in NW DC we have 2-3" of snow with 1/8"+ of ice coating the trees - with continued freezing rain. Add in high winds tomorrow, whether it is with more heavy snow or not, and I think we're looking at many more downed branches and trees (though much of what could have come down already has, there's probably still a lot that remains in a weakened state).

Posted by: manatt | February 10, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a misunderstanding. I think we also call that a Kerfluffle. Jason will attest to the fact that the Rev. Robertson and I are somewhat different in outlook. Anyway, mis communications Happen in internet/blog world, so back to the important thing, the weather at hand...

Living fairly high (12th floor) I can see the nonturbulent flow a bit, looking at the heat vents from the high rises. We are surely on the left side of a rapidly deepening cyclone--NEly streaming is very impressive. Now if only we could lower the clg a bit; the bottom of the clouds has lowered in the last hour and whitened. Hope for the worst!

Posted by: pmichaels1 | February 10, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

I think I saw the dry slot alluded to in an earlier CWG post. Think the bigger stuff is to come (but if it doesn't, for once, I won't complain ....)

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 10, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

It's a bust. 1:00 AM at Ashburn VA (eastern Loudoun county) and not a flake in the sky. Total accumulation is a mere few inches. The radar map in motion shows the whole weather pattern moving rapidly westward. The pattern of snowfall and rain on the radar map looked like it was breaking up hours ago. I thought sure there were going to be revisions in the forecasts.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | February 10, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Correction: The radar map in motion shows the whole weather pattern moving rapidly *eastward*.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | February 10, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Now I have non-snow freezing precipitation in Olney. I think the only thing that could be worse is straight rain. Off to bed and hope among other things I have power and all the trees in their current place this time tomorrow.

Posted by: johnslau | February 10, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

cmckeonjr...I think forecasters thought that perhaps we'd get another quick 3-5" tomorrow
as the coastal low develops and precip comes back into the picture for a good 5-6 hours. But I'm kind of doubting that even...guess I'll find out when I wake up tomorrow!!

Posted by: BH99 | February 10, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

but seeing how you're in Ashburn, that chance at 3-5 was less to begin with...could be just about finished.

Posted by: BH99 | February 10, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

3.5 inches just east of Springfield Mall, Springfield, Va. Snow changed to sleet about 11 pm. Wind calm at midnight. The calm before the (next) storm?

Posted by: ricschwartz | February 10, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

About an inch here in Front Royal and snowing at 1-2 flakes per hour. Looks like my forecast from yesterday of 3-5 may be a bust out here, but I'll still stand by my 5-10 Baltimore and NE as the secondary finally gets going (too far north for the rest of the area).

Posted by: eric654 | February 10, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Rootboy--

I presume you are named after (the late)Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band, a Maryland delicacy! Correct?

Posted by: pmichaels1 | February 10, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Why does the NWS bulletin say "Near blizzard conditions"? The projection sounds like ACTUAL blizzard conditions, not "Near".

Anyways, we had some sleeting here in Reston, VA, but the snow has been falling throughout regardless (It was a mix). No rain, that's for sure, but plenty of snow. Right now it's basically just misty & tiny snow/sleet coming down, and oddly enough, I hear melting drips from the icicles nearby (Even though my thermometer has us in the Upper 20's(F)). I measured around, and 2.5" is what I averaged out in terms of accumulation. It is extremely hard packed, and I have no doubt that the sleet compressed it down somewhat earlier (I believe it would be over 3" for sure if we never had the sleeting).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 10, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

@ MotherRunner, I saw some lightning earlier as well, but heard no thunder claps. It was only one flash the moment I stepped out the door, and I initially thought that one of our outdoor lights had blown-out, but it apparently wasn't the case, so lightning is the only other possible culprit (There was no air-traffic either).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 10, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Round 1 just about over in North Central Carroll County. We got about 7" to 9" inches. I hope round 2 there is a lot more snow and wind because I have yet to see blizzard conditions. The last true blizzard in these parts was in Jan. 1996.

Posted by: jamesgree | February 10, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

What in the world happened to this storm? Huge pockets of nothingness? Is the storm redeveloping to far to or north? Approximately 2 inches of snow here in Annapolis.

Posted by: jcmcgrath1969 | February 10, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

There is a small ray of hope, I noticed the rader ever so slightly begining to fill in between Annapolis and D.C.. Cross your fingers and toes this is the Coastal storm taking shape.

Posted by: jamesgree | February 10, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

I think the reason the storm looks so anemic right now is because the coastal low has not thrown enough moisture back inland yet to induce precipitation. What just went by was the low that was crossing the Appalachians from inland.

However I can't really see the same totals that the National Weather Service are predicting, or even the CWG. The wind remains to be seen.

Posted by: the2belo | February 10, 2010 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Just started to snow again here in Lake Ridge. Winds from the north now. Radar filling in from the south and west.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 10, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

My friend in Westminster has over 10 fresh new inches already!

Posted by: cja- | February 10, 2010 3:21 AM | Report abuse

snow mixing back in, central Arlington

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 10, 2010 3:28 AM | Report abuse

Here in Manassas, at about 0325, snow has resumed. It's a light snowfall but if the CWG forecast holds will likely pick up significantly by daylight. It'd paused around midnight; I went outside briefly then and saw people actually cleaning off their vehicles, and the hood of my car wasn't even covered at that point (of course, it was still warm from the drive home). Now, though, my hood has a decent dusting of snow and there seems to be about 2" - 3" on the car roof. We'll see how it looks come daylight, but I do expect to be stuck inside today, at least through morning. Considering that earlier report about ice covering the streets in Alexandria, I'm not risking my iffy rear brakes out there!

Posted by: jadmirel | February 10, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

Snowing lightly in Adams Morgan after some quiet. 3:35 am.

Posted by: krosseel | February 10, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

light snow and pellets in Arlington, wind from the north

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 10, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

Been snowing here in Hagerstown since at least 5:pm. Lighter earlier, heavier now. Have fun, all! ;-)

Posted by: EllenBedlington | February 10, 2010 4:21 AM | Report abuse

It has JUST begun to snow again here in Reston, VA (10FEB10, at 0426 HRS EST). The flakes are generally larger, and wet, but it is snowing nonetheless (At quite a quick rate I might add :-)

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 10, 2010 4:27 AM | Report abuse

We need to sacrifice Al Gore to the gods for the sin of believing in gorebull warming. Then the snow will stop.

Posted by: rgould22 | February 10, 2010 4:44 AM | Report abuse

I am on Capitol Hill eyeballing the shoveled steps and swept cars. It looks like 3-4 inches new snow to me at this time.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | February 10, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

At this time (0520) I'd usually be getting ready to leave for work. Not today; snow is continuing to fall in Manassas at this hour, though it looks more like a mix right now and has lightened up. Even if the main roads are clear, they're likely dangerously icy in many spots right now.

Posted by: jadmirel | February 10, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Early risers (and/or night dwellers) -- Thanks for the overnight reports. New post up.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

8 am Falls Church
If visibility is the measure of a blizzard, that's what we have here. I cannot see a large building that is about 1/4 mile from my balcony.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | February 10, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

This is freaking scary!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | February 10, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

@pmichaels1, yes indeed! a DC icon. saw him live a few times here and back in college at ODU (Norfolk). i'm doin' the gator with all this snow!

Posted by: rootboy | February 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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