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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 02/ 9/2010

Snoverkill beginning to arrive

By Ian Livingston

Winds pick up tonight, gust to around 50 mph on Wed.

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Snow is a bit delayed but it will not be denied and neither will the big winds of Snoverkill. The storm's effects will begin to be felt across the area through evening as precipitation breaks out. Some sleet is possible early as far north as the entire D.C. metro before everyone goes back over to all snow during the late evening or overnight. The heaviest snow of Snoverkill looks to come during the early-morning through midday tomorrow as winds increase, causing near-blizzard conditions throughout the day.

Through tonight: Snow and sleet showers developing this evening consolidate into a general area of light to moderate snow into the night. Some mix is possible across much of the area early, still favoring D.C. and southeast, but we should flip over to snow within a short window around midnight. There may be some lulls in activity late with snowfall rates picking up again near sunrise. Lows range from 20 to 25 with winds increasing by morning.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Snow and blowing snow is the big story of the morning and very strong winds tell the tale of the afternoon. We should see a band of moderate to heavy snow swing through the area through midday before precipitation tapers late. Winds increase throughout the day and gust as high as 50 mph during the afternoon, causing reduced visibilities, drifting of snow and power outages. Highs should rise to the upper 20s and around 30.

Tomorrow night: Any lingering evening flurries or snow showers should depart early. Skies clear thereafter and winds slowly diminish, but still gust to around 35 mph. Lows mainly in the low-and-mid 20s.

Total accumulations: We still expect accumulations to range from 6-10" across much of the area with a band of higher snow totals ranging from 8-16" focused on the northern portion and northeast. The highest accumulation potential is up toward Baltimore and northeast. See our accumulation map.

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Comments

first?

Posted by: DCcola | February 9, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

first?

Posted by: DaLord | February 9, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Snow just started falling, sparsely at the moment, in northern Prince William county.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | February 9, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

CWG-

still seeing enough precipitation for feds/arlington schools to be closed tomorrow?

Posted by: DaLord | February 9, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Snowing here @ Dulles

Posted by: markinva2 | February 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

So no change in forecast accumulations?

Posted by: shackleton | February 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Radar filling in nicely. We should be seeing snow soon.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | February 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

so it looks like NWS has dropped their totals as well to closer to CWG....if only they had listened.

Wind sounds awful.

Posted by: DCcola | February 9, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

CWG: do you expect this late onset to affect overall accums, i.e. ending up on the lower end of your predictions?
thanks, as always, for all your great work.

Posted by: rhingo | February 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Not much happening in Fairfax (Nutley/29) yet . . . no wind increasing.

I'm taking the under for Fairfax/Burke. I think we're getting just under six inches, which, at this point, would be victory.

Posted by: Gunga2009 | February 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@shackleton

No change for the moment. We're waiting for another set of model runs (in the next hour) to decide if we need to make any changes.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

If I went into DC for a show that started at 8, what would conditions be like if I returned to Virginia around 10?

Posted by: Hemisphire | February 9, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Light snow beginning to fall in Arcola, VA near Dulles.

Posted by: Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom | February 9, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

PW County schools are on Code Red tomorrow.

Posted by: aquarnnr | February 9, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Jason: How often do the model runs, umm, run?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | February 9, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@CWG - Any news on when / where the coastal low is expected to be forming?

Posted by: krishnanswamy | February 9, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

FIRST FLAKES DOWNTOWN!!!!!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Snow now in Alexandria, Va

Posted by: thecavs1 | February 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@Juan-John1

The NAM and GFS models (those most commonly referred to in the US) are run every 6 hours.

Posted by: Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom | February 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@gunga2009

Hope you're right. Hoping for low end totals too. Worried about the winds though. Power disruptions will be a major story I fear.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Snow flurries just started in Old Town Alexandria (22314).

Posted by: joelhousman | February 9, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Light snow/sleet falling in Freindship Heights/Chevy Chase area...

Posted by: dc_tarheel | February 9, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Snowmaggedon 3: Snoverkill
"Snow is a bit delayed but it will not be denied"

If the worst of the snow is now going to fall tomorrow rather than tonight, that bodes poorly for work on Thursday.

Posted by: adbiosec | February 9, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA 33 degrees with first timid flakes.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Weather fans: Doing a WaPo piece on that small % of folks who are thrilled that the metro region is getting so much snow this season.

If you're that person, would you be so kind as to email me?

Thanks.

(Apologies to those who saw this post on an earlier thread. Just following the eyeballs.)

Posted by: jfdulac | February 9, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Light snow flakes in Downtown Silver Spring (East West Hghwy & 16th Street).

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

light very light snow in fairfax, va

Posted by: snowedin85 | February 9, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

On the west end of Alexandria - just starting to flurry (had to convince myself I wasn't just seeing snow from off the trees) and 33 degrees.

About to go out and get a couple things from the store with the roommate that didn't have to go to work today... I think we're getting out to get out, more than for any food necessity... we stocked well!

Posted by: MKoehl | February 9, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

First flakes just west of Fairfax City (Fairfax Villa) fell at 3:58.

Posted by: kevincostello | February 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Snowing in Olney. Looks ominous.

Posted by: celestun100 | February 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Is that flurries I see? Say it isn't so.

I still can't believe its been snowing every 3-4 days since Jan 30. This is incredible.

Alexandria/Fairfax County/22310

Posted by: brown3ml | February 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

little bit in Arlington/rosslyn

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Bring on the 3 inches of snow.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Flurries in Silver Spring

Posted by: Dylan0513 | February 9, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Few flakes in Vienna

Posted by: notdlo1975 | February 9, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

5-10 snowflakes, very sparse in Springfield, VA

Posted by: DrMeglet | February 9, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

krishnanswamy, the low is starting to form on the southeast coast.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@DCcola, only for south of the District. Montgomery, PG, Howard, Fredrick and northern counties are still predicted at 10 to 20 inches (however locally the accumulation have gone down to 9-17 inches) by NWS.

Posted by: srodens | February 9, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I went out to get the mail (second day in a row!) and saw the first, yes, timid flakes in southeastern Silver Spring. The sweet sound of a county contractor Bobcat moving snow from the street onto and beyond the sidewalk continues on our block.

Posted by: Murre | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Flurries in Fair Lakes.

I can't believe this is the 3rd time posting this in 7 days.

I moved here in 2005, and I've been telling people for 4 years that we hardly get any snow here... this year more than made up for it!

Posted by: veronica7 | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Snowing now in Rockville Town Center. Sky has become a thick, milky gray color...

Posted by: MRK33 | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Few flakes in Reston, VA but I mean VERY few...like I think I counted all 6 of them. Stoped falling quickly ...still dry out.

Posted by: parksndc | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Began with a light sprinkling of snowflakes around 4:ooPM exactly here in Rockville/North Potomac then promptly picked up.

Posted by: RoganStrong | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@Ivan - if there are more than 3 inches, will you promise to never post again?

Posted by: TheTim | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

first off, many many heartfelt thanks for your hard work, gang! as a household that is tv-free, we have been getting all our weather info from your page--TOP RATE! however, as we are southern marylanders, i was wondering if you can add SMECO (southern md electric co op) to your power outage map information??again, thanks so much for keeping us up to date!

Posted by: jboastfield | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Sue Palka saying 8-10" for most of DC metro. More well north. Less south.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Starting to flurry in Falls Church.

Posted by: Bworl | February 9, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Coming down and sticking in Derwood - it's here!

Posted by: syu9815730 | February 9, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

This is NOT going to be a bust! I'm willing to stake my entire reputation on it ;) I really think this will be a very high impact storm...look at how quickly that radar is filling in...

Posted by: snowedin85 | February 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Seeing the first small flakes in Lake Ridge...so it begins.

Posted by: meta2 | February 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

First flakes in South Arlington. NW DC also per the live shot on NBC 4.

Posted by: MosesCleaveland | February 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Del Ray - Light snow falling. Shoot... I was hoping it would at least start as rain.

Posted by: esmith22015 | February 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Just looked out the window, flakes in Old Town Alexandria.

Posted by: santanaf | February 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, thank you for your repeated prediction of 3 inches of snow. You can change the subject now.

Posted by: jochpo | February 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Sue says that the real stories will be very high winds tomorrow. Much higher than last storm.

Don't focus on snow totals, folks. For most of us, this will be less than a foot. But, a lot of people are gonna lose power this time. Be mindful of the dangers that come with that.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Flakes in McLean

Posted by: allisondt | February 9, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Hi All. I'm in Central Ohio. But all my family is in the DC Metro Area. We only have about a foot of snow here, so I feel for you guys. Enjoy the downtime!!!

Posted by: kweenbee | February 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

UH-OH, THE FLAKES ARE HERE...THE SNOW IS STARTING IN GLOVER PARK, FLAKES COMING DOWN...GO AWAY-AWAY!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Just starting to snow here in Silver Spring. @ Ivan - are you in Summit Hills?

Posted by: CuseFan07 | February 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It has begun in Wesley Heights.

Posted by: ah___ | February 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Very light snow here in Alex/Ft. Belvoir.

Posted by: letitsnow | February 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Just started in N. Arlington (Lyon Village)

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | February 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

@ ThinkSpring Don't focus on the snow totals? Ummm...ok. haha. 8-10 is quite significant. Regardless, yes, the winds will be bad and could have a huge impact...but ignoring the snow totals is ridiculous.

Posted by: parksndc | February 9, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry Ivan will make a timely exit when the snow picks up...

Posted by: letitsnow | February 9, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

TheTim, you said,
"@Ivan - if there are more than 3 inches, will you promise to never post again?"

i don't think we'd want THAT. but, WHEN we get more than 3", we would like a big tail-btwn-the-legs, head-hung-low heart-felt, sheepish apology....

everybody:
snowing here!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

why can't the CWG be the main forecasters for the metro area - they need to be elevated and promoted!

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm still saying bust (i.e., under 4" in the District). So I'm casting my lot with Ivan and the other doubters. But if I'm wrong, I'll post an apology on this board, and apologize in writing to the Gang with my real name, address, and handle.

Posted by: fleeciewool | February 9, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Snowing lightly in AU Park/Kent area of NW. These systems are difficult to predict but based on all the information, I say metro d.c. comes out somewhere in the 7-9 inch range.

Posted by: jdtdc | February 9, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Just started here in Mt. Rainier, MD (near NE DC)

Posted by: MTRainier_Resident | February 9, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, precip is blossoming on radar.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

snow falling in Central Arlington now

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@parksinDC

Disagree. The power outages will be the big story. The snow, while substantial, is not gonna be the paralyzing foot or more. Road crews will be handle that much in time.

However, people will be without power for a long time. So that is the real story.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Snowing pretty good here in Rockville / King Farm area... It is upon us my friends!

Posted by: kanned | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Light snow beginning here in the Wheaton/Glenmont area of Montgomery County.

Posted by: dowling855 | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Anything that sticks before dark will be bonus snow...just wait 'til the transfer occurs. :)

Posted by: Holt1 | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Big fluffy flakes in Germantown. I only knew it started because an opposing counsel called me to discuss a case and mentioned it. The only good news out of this is court called for the rest of the week.

Posted by: epjd | February 9, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Snowing in Crystal City.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | February 9, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

We're getting light snow in Fairlington.

Posted by: TeersFan | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Steady light snow at 7th and D NW.

Posted by: Ptarmigan | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I think it's hilarious how people expect weather to just stay the way it is. As if weather conditions don't change...

"Durr... I think I saw a bit of sun, I call bust even though the storm isn't supposed to form until tonight"

"How could it snow when it's 35 degrees out now?"

"we are expecting a snow storm this weekend? That seems odd, and I don't believe it because it was 60 degrees 3 days ago!"

"They called for thunderstorms today but it's clearly just sunny" (and humid with large puffy clouds shaped like anvils forming around us.. lol)


It's just baffling to me how clueless people are when it comes to the weather.

Posted by: markinva2 | February 9, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Light snow starting in Dupont!

Posted by: DC84 | February 9, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, you say you are looking at the radar, so I think you are looking at the storm going to the north of us. I mistakenly thought that storm was going to be ours and the High would make it track over us. But if I understand correctly now, the storm we are anticipating comes from the south and the Low has only just started forming, so how could you see it as a bust from radar. If I misunderstand your stance, well I still trust CWG and will expect the 8-16 for Baltimore

Posted by: craig19 | February 9, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Finially starting to come down here at work in Reston at a decent rate. I would love to see another 8-10 inches on top of what we have. I think it would be nuts. I also would love to be off work tomorrow!

Posted by: justin-N-sterlingVa | February 9, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Nothing in Ashburn. Would love to keep it that way.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

We agree about the winds and have hit that about as hard as the snow since the beginning.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

@kweenbee

My daughter teaches in Southwestern Schools in southwestern Franklin County. How are the reoads there?

Posted by: djm-01 | February 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It would a great use of federal stimulus funds to build a dome over DC.

Posted by: smoke111 | February 9, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Just started seeing first flakes here in Parkfairfax area of Alexandria about 4 p.m. Seems colder now then when it started last Friday.

Posted by: truyle | February 9, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@ThinkSpring -- hi neighbor. I'm in your corner!

Posted by: natsncats | February 9, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Light snow has started in Sterling, VA

Posted by: ajfishman1 | February 9, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Coming down in Tenleytown; since we have still not had a plow come through I do not anticipate getting out of here anytime soon. As long as I see one so that it enables it to catch my flight to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday morning, I am good to go.

Posted by: mjwies11 | February 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have any hope that the above ground sections of the red line will be open by the end of the week? (Specifically Silver Spring into DC) Would love to get to work again someday...

Posted by: CuseFan07 | February 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@natncats

Welcome to the team!

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

markinva2, you said,
"It's just baffling to me how clueless people are when it comes to the weather."

people are like that about just about anything with any science/math in it. we've somehow become a society of science/math-phobes or something.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

very first sparse flakes in Woodbridge

Posted by: teezee210 | February 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Disagree. The power outages will be the big story. The snow, while substantial, is not gonna be the paralyzing foot or more. Road crews will be handle that much in time.
===

I don't know about your street, but I've had one plow go by since Saturday. The primaries and secondaries are narrowed, and the tertiaries are chanelized and still snow/slush/ice covered. 8-10 will make the plows have to run everywhere again.

Posted by: mason08 | February 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Snow on Capitol Hill

Posted by: smharper1 | February 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Snoverkill is super lame...this should be called Snowdown (which could alternately be a variation of smackdown or hodown, and afterwards, you could ask if this was the final snowdown)

Posted by: enitro | February 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

We're in another lull near Front Royal. During the earlier snow, I thought I heard a bit of sleet mixing in.

Posted by: spgass1 | February 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@ justin-N-sterlingVa

Where in Reston are you??? You must be taking all of the moisture! We're barely getting ANY in Hunters Woods! This storm is toying with me right now...another one this year...haha.

Posted by: parksndc | February 9, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Storm already screwing Northern VA.

Posted by: rocotten | February 9, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Walter, you sound somewhat elitist!
Have some compassion for people not as brilliant as you!

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

flakes are starting to become larger in Tysons Corner now

Posted by: lnoz | February 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

this should be called "snowisawesome", not "snowoverkill", because, well, snow is awesome.

Posted by: swishjobs | February 9, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Snow is beginning to fall in Stafford.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 9, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Snow coming down harder in Olney.

Posted by: celestun100 | February 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Snowing in Logan Circle--very small flakes, but coming down at a moderate pace. Doesn't seem to be sticking to shoveled surfaces yet, but most streets/sidewalks around here have not been thoroughly plowed, so it's somewhat of a moot point.

And while I agree that "only" getting 6"-8" wouldn't in itself be disastrous, that to me is looking at this storm in a vacuum. Are we forgetting that most places in the metro region still have 1 1/2 - 2 feet of snow on the ground? Another 6"-8" on top of that makes things that much worse.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday's update in advance of the STORM:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9oe4NcO9jM

Greg

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | February 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Moderate to Heavy snow here in Eldersburg MD. About a half inch on the ground already. The radar seems to be filling in nicely. If it snows at this rate or harder for the next 24 hours, I don't see how the totals will be less than 18-24 inches. Not to mention it's colder this time around...at least up here...which should mean higher ratios of maybe 12 to 15-1. CWG...what do you think the totals will be for the Eldersburg area?

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I was keeping any comments of exuberance over the thought of another snowfall to myself for fear I'd be chastised on this board, but the feeling is there- oh, yes- I just...cannot...help...it!!!! Snow!!!!! (doing a little dance)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 9, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Elitist = knowing something about math and science?

Oy vey.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who uses the word "elitist" in an attempt to disparage someone for being smart and knowledgeable about a given topic should be muzzled. The problem, as evidenced by the Simpleton Palin, is that we have become a society of educationphobes.

Posted by: mjwies11 | February 9, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Starting to really come down in downtown Silver Spring.

Posted by: Tess89 | February 9, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring - you obviously can't see joy and beauty in this world if you don't want it to snow anymore. Wishing for no snow is against the rules here - haven't you heard?

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I must be close enough to gupta2009 to hit him with a snowball and I agree with his hope that southwest of DC we get the low end of this snow accumulation. It's snowing lightly @ Rt. 29 and Cedar Lane in Fairfax, but I am really scared of those predicted winds. Nasty stuff and will make safe driving impossible with blowing snow.

Posted by: greyK | February 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

After a big snowstorm, it looks like a beautiful winter wonderland for all of two days. After that, it's nothing but ugly piles of brown snow slowly fading to black. Solution? More snow!

Posted by: cja- | February 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Was snowing a few little flakes in Warrenton about 30 minutes ago, now nothing.

Posted by: bigwino24 | February 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I can already hear cars skidding around on 16th St in Silver Spring... let the chaos begin!

Posted by: CuseFan07 | February 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

If I'm wrong about my call for 3 inches then I will apologize but I don't think I'd want to leave this small community that has formed on the CWG section.

@cusefan

Yeah, I'm in Summit Hills

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Light snow has just begun in Annapolis.

Posted by: annapyr | February 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Unless I'm mistaken (new to model reading) it seems like the 18z NAM and GFS have come to an agreement now- 0.75-1.25" qpf for the dc metro, with the higher amounts northeast.

Posted by: markinva2 | February 9, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@mason08.

You're right that road crews will have to start over again, but I think that 8-10 will be more manageable than the 10-20 some outlets were originally forecasting. It will be a challenge for certain, especially with drifting becoming a bigger problem this time. It's just my opinion that power outages will be the lead story on this storm. Sue Palka echoed that sentmient herself somewhat.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

i used that word bc he seems to be chastising people for not being scientist/math experts, come on! Not all of us have talent in those areas. Give me a break.

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@Southside

I know. I should be publicly stoned.

You seeing sleet there? Looks like that may be an issue out your way initially.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@parksndc

A little snow falling in South Lakes. A little....

Posted by: EricCarr | February 9, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to promote another blog, but this guy has been spot on for years about DC snows. He says 6-10"
http://www.wxrisk.com/

Posted by: formerwxman1 | February 9, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I was wrong, said no snow b4 5, just started 2 snow in NW Spotsy.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 9, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

True ThinkSpring but remember that the 8-10 is on top of the already inches/feet still sitting on the ground

Posted by: Bious | February 9, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

OK for all the people who are complaining about Americans being education phobic and for the comments about not knowing about the weather...good lord...some people need to realize that weather for some people is a hobby and for other people it's not...enjoy the snow and let us stay on topic

Posted by: snowedin85 | February 9, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Snowing at an increased pace here in Logan Circle. Cars beginning to get a new coat. Temperature has dropped from 36 at 4PM to 31 now.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dsrice1 | February 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring - as a fellow snow hater in LoCo how about we put a big bubble over us and let everyone else have the snow?

Been snowing steadily for the past hour here... lets get this over with and move to spring, shall we?

Posted by: rumbly45 | February 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Light snow started @4pm in Vienna. Never saw a plow and now don't expect one until Friday. Cars continue to get stuck all over the neighborhood.

Concerned that there will be a lot of power outages due to wind. Also wondering how long 2 plus feet of snow sits on the roof before it finds its way inside the house. Drip, drip.

Posted by: BidsKids | February 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I love this blog, and one of the main reasons I love it is because the comments are substantive, sincere and sometimes even funny. You rarely see the harsh, personal and negative comments that are now so pervasive. Today I see a few posts teetering of the edge of gratuitous personal attacks. Please people, take it somewhere else.. let's keep this blog one that everyone can read and enjoy.

Posted by: squirrelgirl1 | February 9, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Arlington County Government and schools closed Wednesday.

Posted by: CourthouseGuy | February 9, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

300_sq_ft: Where are you? We're at 13th and R. Got a nice, moderate snow coming down, and it's starting to stick.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Follow northern area of convection on radar moving towards Hatteras: when that reaches coast and approaches Gulf Stream, that's where I'd expect coastal development to commence in earnest. Pressures already falling rapidly along coast in advance of heaviest precip.


on radar

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

NOt seeing anything at all - just south of Ft. Belvoir.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 9, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Joe Bastardi is calling this one the "Snow-a-cane"; but believes the biggest impact (1-2 feet+) will be from PHL to ABE to NYC and Southeastern New England. Just 8-10 for DC in Joe's mind. North and East of DC could still get 12+ though.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Ivan - I was just messing around with the never post again. But man, you must have posted a dozen times since 3 that this storm is a bust with 3 inches, tops. For those of us who know little about meteorology, and were hoping for updates, that wasn't so helpful. For the sake of my home and back, I'm hoping you're right, but I fear you're wrong!

Posted by: TheTim | February 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Snowing at 301 (Harry Nice) Bridge.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 9, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

8-10 is more than enough. We didn't even need that much.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

@ultrapop

13th and Mass here.

Man, just when the circle was starting to get navigable (for dogs) - looks like it's going to be buried again!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

good article in USA Today, a.k.a. McPaper.

They always provide such in-depth analysis and articles seem to go on forever...Or at least until the page ends


So will this Low form off NC or north of that? South is better for us, no?

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 9, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

D.C. Has 2nd Highest Snowfall of Any U.S. City This Season

http://dcist.com/2010/02/dc_area_now_claims_second_highest_s.php

Unreal !!

Posted by: photojenn | February 9, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Around 4:45 pm the first snow started falling in Cape St. Claire, one of the Annapolis neighborhoods near the Bay Bridge... it is beginning to pick up.

Posted by: pjwms | February 9, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

apparently Metro underground only again tomorrow....another Fed closure day?

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 9, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan just said 6-15" for the DC area. I'm pretty sure (though not certain, but based on other forecasts as well), that he probably means 6" for Stafford, Prince William, and other point well S and SW of DC, 8-10" inside the Beltway, and I'd bet the upwards of 15" from Howard/far northern Anne Arundel Counties northward (he is saying 20"+ from Baltimore N and NE!!). Generally sounds a bit like CWG's accumulation map. Bob Ryan does seem to emphasize a bit sleet and even freezing rain for the metro area. It's going to be a bad night!!

Posted by: BH99 | February 9, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The radar loop is just not impressive, unlike the last storm, Snow_hit!
I am totally amazed at how psychology plays such a large role in weather forecasting, just like investing and everything else for that matter. You know, the herd mentality of keeping up with what others are thinking.
For example, just because the last storm was big, the next one could be big as well...right?...The trend IS your friend!!

Posted by: seasejs | February 9, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

@Andrew_Rockville

Metro was above ground today. Where did your hear it was only underground tomorrow?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

dsrice1 - interesting article. Thanks for sharing! Snowing here in SW HoCo, my dry driveway that I broke my back clearing is covered again :-(

Posted by: kathyb39 | February 9, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

i still can't decide if i like what i'm seeing from the radar. i know it's filling in, but it just feels like we're on the southern edge of things. let me re-phrase that...it's been noted that we're on the southern edge, but i can't decide if that southern edge will be close enough to produce these significant snowfall totals here. i'm now nowcasting which may be a bad thing, but eh, not completely convinced yet... i do hope i'm wrong because "snowisawesome"

Posted by: swishjobs | February 9, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

CWG has been pretty consistent in their predictions of this storm for the past couple of days...if anything, they've been far more consistent than others who were predicting upwards of 20" for DC.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

seasejs- the radar to the west is not that impressive.... but that's not where we expect to get our accumulating snow from anyway.

Posted by: markinva2 | February 9, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@Tim

No problem sir. My lower back still hurts from all the shoveling I did on Saturday so I feel you.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

@300_sq_ft

somebody on Eastern US WX board. I guess I should have cited my source, since its technically hearsay. Sorry.

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 9, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I saw Fenty on the news saying metro will only be below ground tomorrow. Guess this means the Fed will close??

Posted by: nolagirl67 | February 9, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

@300_sq_ft

The DC Mayor held a brief presser that one of the news stations picked up. In it he said DC Metro would be underground only tomorrow. The previous poster probably saw the same presser.

Posted by: Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom | February 9, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Heavier echoes developing to the SW near Cville. Expect this to be the first heavier burst of snow across the DC area.

Posted by: triplephaser | February 9, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that the temperatures in DC dropped pretty fast from 35 to 32 within the last hour.

Posted by: otavio | February 9, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Fenty held a press conference and said Metro was underground only tomorrow. I saw it on Channel 4 around 4:50.

Posted by: tricia8 | February 9, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I shoveled over 12" of snow off of my boat today; got her all dug out and snugged up with double lines. Bonus: her little motor started right up and ran smoothly for me. She's as ready for snoverkill as I can make her, but I can't help worrying about the high winds that are forecast.

Posted by: --sg | February 9, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Mayor Fenty held a press conference and said Metro was underground only tomorrow."

And yet I'm sure he will expect all DC gov. employees to report to work on time, just like yesterday & today. *rolls eyes* good thing I have plenty of leave.

Posted by: esmith22015 | February 9, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

markinva2

I do not claim to be a trained meteorologist by any means, but this storm is very scattered and disorganized to say the least. It would seem many variables need to come together in order to get the originally forecasted result.

Posted by: seasejs | February 9, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

question for all the weather aficionados out there - the flakes falling here in Annandale were really small, now they're getting bigger. Why would they change size? Forming higher in the atmosphere, so having more time to grow, and gathering more material on the way down?

Posted by: plantlady1 | February 9, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone heard whether the President may declare the region a disaster area (or has it happened and I missed it?) I think we may need it.

Posted by: mhardy1 | February 9, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

esmith22015 -

I have been off work (thankfully) for the past two days, but I stopped in for a few things in case I was out tomorrow and Thursday as well. The streets in DC are terrible! No way they could handle rush hour traffic. My normal 50 minute commute would take at least 2 hours. And if metro is stil below ground - make it 3!

Posted by: tricia8 | February 9, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@--sg

Sending good karma to you and to your boat; hope she rides out the high winds with no problems!

Posted by: natsncats | February 9, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@Steve

Thanks for the update. I checked wmata's website, and of course, there's no mention of it. Can't say that surprises me.

Brief lull here in Logan Circle, but radar looks promising.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

looks like mostly light rain for eastern capitol hill right now. yuck.

does anyone know what time metro will run until tonight? can't seem to find the info anywhere...

Posted by: rhingo | February 9, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

can someone post a link of the fenty announcement regarding below ground metro only for Wednesday?

thanks!

Posted by: DaLord | February 9, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

But mhardy, this isn't a disaster - it is gorgeous? If you can't see that, you must not be able to see any beauty or joy in the world.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 9, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Not much happening here in Old Town Alexandria right now. Def feels colder...or is that because I'm not shoveling?!
Had lunch in the igloo...it was awesome!

Saw a few chilly people in hospital that didn't go to a warming shelter. Might be a good idea to get some where before the wind starts if you are inclined to lose power.

Did I hear the feds will decide in the am?

Seeing big flakes again...

Posted by: motherrunner | February 9, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I think I need to extend a hearty cheers to the CWG crew. I've never followed weather as much as I have the past couple of days and I credit the CWG crew for drawing me into their scene and also for creating this forum. Cheers lads!

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from Whole Foods on Wisconsin Ave., Glover Park-many people there, but it was, at 5pm SURPRISINGLY well-stocked, veggies, fruits-all there, also seafood-however, NO juices except lemonade, but milk, fresh bread and pastries-all there in abundance. I was in my car, the mix here in Glover Park is more sleet now than snow.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Seasejs
kuddos!

best, M

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I spoke too soon! It is REALLY coming down now here in Glover Park-it IS snow-big flakes variety!

I predict between 7-10 inches here in GP-we seem to get more snow in NW DC than other parts of the city.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 9, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

luv ya snowedin85
that's my point
best, m

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@Mhardy
No, it hasn't been declared but I wouldnt be surprised if the DC area gets a federal declaration once state/local resources have been exhausted. You can find the recent disaster declarations on FEMA's website:

http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters.fema

Posted by: js2225 | February 9, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Two inches already here in Hagerstown and coming down at a moderate clip. Roads are pretty bad.

Posted by: bendersx6 | February 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

@arrabbiato

So that's where all the milk is! Now I'm regretting my recent move from GP to Falls Church - we went to three different stores this afternoon, none of which had milk!

Snow is falling off and on here at EFC. Much bigger flakes now than earlier.

Posted by: serenefallschurch | February 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

snow has stopped completely here in tysons corner

Posted by: lnoz | February 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

MAYFREE34,

i said, "we've somehow become a society of science/math-phobes or something."

and you said,
"Walter, you sound somewhat elitist! Have some compassion for people not as brilliant as you!"

i'm just stating the basic facts. the u.s. has been dropping in science and math scores for decades now. some people seem to be embrace that....weird...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I really want big snow numbers....want to say I experienced it when I was here....it's history! no?

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@ Ivan - are you watching this thing develop? Still confident with the 3 inches max? Thing is starting to move like a hurricane (although a little late for us but still a big storm).

Posted by: parksndc | February 9, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Walter, I think most of us knew what you meant and took no offense.

Posted by: letitsnow | February 9, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

MAYFREE34, you asked,
"why can't the CWG be the main forecasters for the metro area"

seems like they are becoming that! they're awesome.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I do not know what the originally forecasted result was/is at this point?
That is my problem with weather forecasting...and the fact there is little variance analysis and accountability.
Anyway...it is snowing very hard here close to Camp David, MD with no wind.

Posted by: seasejs | February 9, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

@ serenefallschurch

I am right near the EFC Metro, I got a big bag of salt at a local hardware store, no shovels though, the phone was ringing off the hook there about shovels! ha.

snow falling here.. light.

Posted by: jrodfoo | February 9, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

OFF TOPIC - Walter - I agree, you are right! But, like I said, some don't have the ability, ok? But yes, we should push more, our kids are failing compared to the Chinese - trust, I've spent TONS of time over there.

For the record, I have an MBA, which, is pretty "technical" I guess - but I still feel stupid all the time around science/math types

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Just had a burst of light snow. Pretty big flakes, though.

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 9, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Plantlady1: Big flakes often are a bad sign for snow lovers, because they mean that the air temperature at about 5,000--critical for snow formation--is increasing a little and the flakes are starting to stick together. Next step is that dreaded 5-letter word that begins with s and ends with t.

Posted by: doubtingdavid | February 9, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

1.5 inches here in Eldersburg, but the snow is more light to moderate than heavy right now.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Flakes have stopped again...

SouthsideFFX
By the end of all this I want you to say one happy, positive comment. I'll let you hang out in our igloo and make you hot choc from scratch. And if the igloo is melted by that time...let you sit in my wee little garden in the spring!
I know my optimism may be annoying but in my line of work that is all we have sometimes.

Posted by: motherrunner | February 9, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

U.S. Teens Trail Peers Around World on Math-Science Tests

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/04/AR2007120400730.html

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 9, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Just got home and it's snowing pretty good in Columbia, car's already coated!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Light snow, picked up from a few flurries the last ten minutes or so in Clifton.

Question about measuring accumulation. Do you measure on a dry surface, allowing for some initial melting to reduce totals or, in this case where there are precious few dry surfaces, do you measure from previous base of snow where anything that falls will accumulate (although subject to potential compaction of the base snow)?

Posted by: CliftonJohn | February 9, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Motherrunner, if my roof doesn't collapse and power stays on through tomorrow, I'll celebrate that! :)

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 9, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I'm sensitive, I worked with Spec Ed kids....so I over reacted.

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Snow coming down at a decent rate here near Ft. Belvoir !

Posted by: letitsnow | February 9, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I would predict 6 to 8 inches for most of the area. On the low end are a bit below most mets earlier predictions but I wouldn't call it a bust either if that is what happens.

Posted by: CliftonJohn | February 9, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Steady light snow 32 degrees.
I think our house has grown the best ice spear on the block. It's gotta be 7 feet long. The gutter not be able to sustain this still growing structure....
The snow seems to be gradually picking up as we lose the daylight. Hardly a breath of wind....hard to believe the ruckus that is predicted for tomorrow.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

@sereneFC-well, I'll gladly trade MILK FOR GRAPEFRUIT JUICE! I'm lucky that my building has a VERY well stocked small store, and the owner never closes for snow, she never closes for ANYTHING-which is great-she has a huge stock of milk and bread, and most everything else-got a delivery earlier today, as a matter of fact. Beer and wine too! Sooo, if you were in this neck of the woods, you'd find all the milk you want-but I'm surprised that EFC has no milk-that's surprising.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 9, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Greenbelt, MD: Looked to be really getting going about half-an-hour ago, but not doing much at the moment.

Posted by: kevinwparker | February 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

after an hour of eensy-weensy flakes, now have steady snow larger flakes in woodbridge (22191)--bring on the FEETS AND FEETS OF SNOOOOWWW!!! yes I am loving this way too much, at least that's the prevailing opinion of everyone in my family except the 2 labradors, who are just loving it too!!! :)

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

ref: shoveling snow off boat

I don't think was mentioned in the news, but I saw two houseboats along the DC waterfront with collapsed roofs

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin hates snow!

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 9, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Snow (flurries) started about 4:30pm here in the western Annandale/Merrifield area. It is now (almost 6pm) beginning to accumulate on cold/dry surfaces, such as grass, existing ice and my slate walway. Not yet on the street or driveway.

Posted by: TheBorg | February 9, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

@parksndc

I'm still confident in my 3 inches prediction. No matter the final number, the commute is going to be horrible.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

SouthsideFFX-
Its a deal then! As I said-we are in OT...sweating the roof too...but hey that's why we built the igloo.
Be safe!

Posted by: motherrunner | February 9, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

MAYFREE34,
;-)

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Jim Vance looks very snazzy in his suit.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

WRC-Chuck Bell just made this statement about 'future flooding' from all the snow when it melts. Um, it's a max of 4-5 inches of rain equivalent, right? So, that's not so abnormal. Am I missing something?

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmm...a look at the four last runs of the 60hr precip in both models shows the larger amounts inexoribly creeping northeast. Not disastrously so (please keep filling up, radar), but enough to likely keep us from the AT season record. Hate to rely on another storm in this town!

Posted by: pmichaels1 | February 9, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Every time I hear a mention of milk I am reminded of a funny comment someone made the other day (sorry I don't remember the name and can't credit who it was) regarding everyone buying up all the milk, bread and eggs-
He/she asked why everyone in the are had a dire need to make french toast whenever it snowed. LOL!!! Some of the witty comments I read here really add to the overall enjoyment I have on this blog.
@motherrunner- your positivity is GREAT and always needed- especially in your line of work! I am a teacher who works with struggling readers- positivity is a must in my line of work as well :)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 9, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

drmammal, you brilliantly said,
"FEETS AND FEETS OF SNOOOOWWW!!!"

amen to that brother!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Snowing to beat the band and sticking here in the City of Manassas.

Posted by: irish031 | February 9, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

6-8" seems reasonable here. radar is filling in, but it seems like we're getting the disorganized, beginning parts of the storm. to the northeast, they'll be getting a more mature storm as it bombs out along the delmarva. can't win 'em all!

Posted by: swishjobs | February 9, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

snow beginning to accumulate on road surfaces in central arl

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 9, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

After a lull in the snow, it has started back here IN logan Circle and in earnest. Cars covered. I spoke to a friend between Martinsburg WV and Hagerstown MD, he has been in a band for the past few hours and already has 4 inches of new snow.

Radar is looking impressive. I suspect most of this will come down to nowcasting.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow falling in Reston, VA with a light dusting everywhere...I like snow again.

Posted by: parksndc | February 9, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Leesweet, if the snow melts quickly, that would be abnormal. I remember a weekend three or four years ago when we got that much rain over about 10 hours - the result was pretty serious damage in low-lying areas like Huntington. The other problem is snow and ice is often blocking drainage during melting of large amounts of snow like this.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 9, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Coming down pretty heavy in Alexandria now.

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 9, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The snow is falling heavily now with the previously-shoveled areas already covered in white. Looking at the radar, there is an intense band over us and to the SW.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 9, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Snowlover2-
do you work in FX county? Funny about the French toast!

Anyone have any news about the Fed Gov't...would love hubby home one more day!

Now it looks like a snow globe outside...shaken not stirred!

walter-in-fallschurch
did you post something a few days ago about a snow cat or dog...wonder if it is still standing


Posted by: motherrunner | February 9, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

@david-in-stafford

same here in woodbridge, everything is now covered over in new snow!!!

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

@SouthsideFFX Thanks! Normally, of course, it melts pretty slowly. That's why I didn't understand why he even mentioned it. He (Chuck Bell) also rolled out the 'roof load' argument, saying that he had weighed a column of snow from the ground, and the calc didn't seem to jibe with what's been discussed here.

Wish these people could calculate... :)

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Fed Govt-watchers: I thought OPM had their conference call at 6:00 and announced closer to 7:00. That's what happened for Monday and today, I believe.

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@motherrunner- no, I work in Arlington.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 9, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Snow is sticking on the roads near downtown Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | February 9, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Snow is already sticking to the few spots of bare pavement we had in our back parking lot. All shall be white again!

Posted by: serenefallschurch | February 9, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

When Should I start going outside to clear the snow off my car and around it?

Posted by: MTRainier_Resident | February 9, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Coming down at a moderate clip in the Alexandria Carlyle neighborhood. Previously cleared pavement is now white again, snow is sticking to everything- my balcony rails already have about 1/4 inch accumulation.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 9, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Another Southside Old Towner here, hoping that I don't lose power-though we seem to in any big storm.

Anybody know when the Metro and/or Dash will announce it's schedule? If no above ground service, I can't make it to work and I lose another vacation day..damn you government wonks:-)


Posted by: heatherfeather1 | February 9, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

@arrabbiato, I was at Glover Park Whole Foods at the same time you were. No brownies, no bananas, and I got the last turkey roll. But overall the store is better stocked than yesterday a.m., when the fruits and veggies were picked clean.

And one of these days mail service, garbage pickup, street plowing, and maybe even bus service will resume in this neighborhood.

On WRC, a short time ago, Veronica Johnson flashed a graphic with the snowiest months in D.C. history but I didn't get a good luck at. Does CWG or anyone else knows if this info exists online?

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Snowing moderatey in North Bethesda. Formerly down-to-the-pavement Old Georgetown Rd. is once again white...

Posted by: snickering | February 9, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA 30 degrees steady light snow.
Only paved areas treated with salt/chemicals are resisting accumulation.
Resistance is futile.
We'll have to mount the standard sidewalk rescue mission before midnight.
Never give up! Never surrender!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to add:This blog has been a godsend for a single gal who's been snowed in. Never knew weather could be quite so addicting!

Posted by: heatherfeather1 | February 9, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

snowing at a good clip in East Falls Church, all roads back to white.. here we go again!

Posted by: jrodfoo | February 9, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

That cell just north of Fredericksburg looks huge. Gotta be literally pouring snow under that sucker...

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in upstate NY and was practically born in snow (seriously - was born in a huge storm in late winter '72). Aside from the '96 storms here, I don't recall ever getting slammed the same way we have been this winter. I love snow and am extremely fortunate that I don't have to worry about getting to work (very understanding/flexible boss), about caring for kids or elderly parents or about shoveling a lot of snow (I live in a condo). Yet, when my power went out around 5:00 today, I nearly panicked. It was only out for about 15 minutes. Power was out on Saturday and everything turned out OK but the prospect of it going out and possibly staying out for days unnerves me. I am charging everything battery-powered now and have the air card at the ready in case power does go out so I can get back on-line to read the many entertaining comments found here . Thanks CWG (and WaPo) for keeping us so well informed.

Posted by: JLF03 | February 9, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

SNOWWWWWW!!!! in Manassas!

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@leesweet: I lived in Luray, Virginia, back in 1996 when we had a blizzard, nearly 3 feet of snow. They removed much of the snow from downtown by dump truck, but about a week later, it got up to 50 degrees and we had a decent bit of rain on top of the leftover snow. Major flooding. So we really need a lot of 40 degree days to melt this slow and steady...

Posted by: ValleyCaps | February 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

really coming down in Crystal City...still nothing on fed status/metro.

Posted by: DaLord | February 9, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

MAYFREE34, ThinkSpring, etc.

Are they acolytes of Sarah Baracuda, aka TEA BAGGERS?

Posted by: critter69 | February 9, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Evening all - I know some were watching water vapor images earlier - has anyone noticed the latest jog south of the northern half of the storm? If this continues, higher snow amounts possible? Thanks.

Posted by: 125WMARION | February 9, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Metro underground only Wednesday 10 February, NO Metro bus service, no MetroAccess:

http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4298

Posted by: prokaryote | February 9, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

metro is below ground only tomorrow...confirmed on wmata website.

http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4298

Posted by: DaLord | February 9, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

just heard on WTOP radio about the Metro tomorrow only being underground.. first time I've heard it since Fenty's press conference..

Posted by: jrodfoo | February 9, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Any idea when we can expect the big wind gusts to come through? Late tonight or tomorrow? Just trying to decide if I'll lose power in the dark or the daylight...

Posted by: CuseFan07 | February 9, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

If CWG is considering extending their coverage area I would really appreciate them taking in the Denver area. I love reading this blog. However, I would love it even more if we were getting as much snow as you. However, I guess I have had over 70" so far this season, so maybe I shouldn't complain much :-) Anybody available in Sterling to help my daughter shovel out? Hubby made it out of town during a brief lull in the weather.

Posted by: readingj | February 9, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Coming down VERY heavy now in Glover Park/NW DC! The roads are completely covered with snow now, and they were clean before.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 9, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

motherrunner, you said to me,
"did you post something a few days ago about a snow cat or dog...wonder if it is still standing"

i saw that post and responded that that WASN'T me. but i love the fact that more people make sculptures and that you guys now think of me when you see one....

i have not had a chance to do anything with this yet.... it's coming, though... and it'll be good - and BIG!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Jamie, the "cell" you refer to may be "bright banding" along the the axis of the boundary between frozen and non (completely) frozen precip.

Anyone down there to report what's happening at surface??

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

@Jamie Jones: I think that area is reporting sleet. The "cell" appearance of the radar also may indicate IP.

Moderate snow, right around 32 in Sterling.

Posted by: Sterlingva | February 9, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Coming down at a pretty good clip in Upper Marlboro, MD. Pavement is covered.

Posted by: dskinner1 | February 9, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to add - I doubt 5000' is critical to snow formation here - my house is at 5700' ;-)

Posted by: readingj | February 9, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Moderate to heavy snow in Logan Circle. I'm sitting in the Mid City Caffe looking down on 14th Street, and it's getting really messy. Snow is sticking everywhere.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

@DaLord, will you be measuring in Crystal City? Would love to know how your measurements compare with DCA, the Dead Sea of snow.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

very heavy in woodbridge as well, we are on the northwestern edge of the heavy cell tracking ENE into MD now.

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

if Metro (including bus service) is going to be effectively shut down, so will the Federal government. of course, given the forecast/expected 8"+ snowfall, that was probably inevitable, anyway. ;-)

Posted by: TheBorg | February 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

A very heavy snow cell is reaching into DC now. Looks impressive!

Posted by: otavio | February 9, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

@ Steve-T
we are on the northwestern edge of that cell and it's snowing to beat the band here. no mixing that I can see, feel, or hear out there.

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

with WMATA underground only and this snow, I think OPM will close the FG again tomorrow. Metro is often the deciding factor.

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 9, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

OPM just posted. Fed closed tomorrow -- Wed Feb 10.

Posted by: AlexandriaAnna | February 9, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow- this time around it stuck REALLY fast. Already about an inch on pavement/streets in lower Huntington. Coming down in moderate big fluffy flakes. It looks so pretty!

Posted by: kallieh | February 9, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Definitely no mixing going on in Logan, it's 100% snow. Cars sliding all over 14th Street, roads are definitely getting bad.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

@ValleyCaps Thanks for the example; I see how that could be a mess. But, as always, the way it was presented was that it would always be a flood. Usual hype. I wish more media mets would try to explain how they reach their conclusions (whether 'hard math' or not... :) ).

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

@AlexandriaAnna -where did you see that? I just checked OPM again and it still says Tuesday 2/9?

(Although I check this blog for the most updated info on the feds so not doubting)

Posted by: fedwkr | February 9, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I live in North Stafford directly under that purple cell north of Fredericksburg, and it is pouring snow. Big huge flakes.

Posted by: tjack55 | February 9, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Capitol Visitor Center at the Capitol is closed tomorrow, as is the House of Representatives.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | February 9, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Husband just found bananas at our 7-11. (Don't all rush there at once.)

It's already looking pretty again in Alexandria. Just like a previous poster said, what we need to cover up the dirty snow is...more snow!

That said, stay safe.

Posted by: DCinVA | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Jim Vance - Gov closed tomorrow

Posted by: amaranthpa | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Federal government closed tomorrow

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

OPM.gov showed me (held down CTRL and refresh). Washington Post's "Federal Eye" has it now too.

Posted by: AlexandriaAnna | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Large snow flakes only here in Garrisonville, no mixing, 1.5 inches so far.

Posted by: bob_north_stafford | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: prokaryote | February 9, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

High winds and low temperatures late tomorrow could make this storm more dangerous than its predecessor.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 9, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow with accumulations mounting in Adams Morgan.

Posted by: krosseel | February 9, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Yo, Who Dat fans: WWL is televising the Saints victory parade. It's cold in N.O. Upper 40s!

http://www.wwltv.com/home/Watch-Live.html

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Snow is coming down steadily in Gainesville and sticking already. We're still not plowed either. This certainly won't help.

Don't get me wrong - a winter like this is phenomenal, and after the snow drought of the last few years, it certainly is exciting - but I've got a bad case of cabin fever.

Posted by: jaradel | February 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

@Snowlover2

Native MN here and lactose intolerant. I heard about the "French Toast Drill' on a comedy show recently.
...also, on this lovely blog several days ago, someone mentioned this site:
http://www.universalhub.com/french-toast/

Posted by: sullivanva1 | February 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Snowing it's backside off in Alexandria. Looks like it is approaching ~1.5 inches on the ground so far.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | February 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Federal government closed Wednesday.

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 9, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Snowing heavilyy in Lake Ridge. Roads are snow covered completely and extremely treacherous.. Be careful!!

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 9, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan reporting the "mixing" he feared is heading south. He thinks all snow will likely win out now here in the immediate metro area.

Posted by: SJ43560 | February 9, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

ironically, i like the size of the flakes with this storm as opposed to the last one (which had a ton of small flakes). this reminds me of the somewhat surprise storm on tuesday night that overperformed here...was really nice to walk around in at night, big flakes and calm wind.

Posted by: swishjobs | February 9, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Really heavy snow coming down right now in central DC--looks frighteningly akin to last weekend. Ugh.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

it still looks like we're hanging onto the western edge of the good stuff per radar but i suspect it will continue to fill in to the west...question is, will it fill in with the moderate-heavy bands we see from 95 east

Posted by: swishjobs | February 9, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

@ Jaradel: Cabin fever...I have it too.

As far as snow, it's coming down nicely here in Alexandria. Just under an inch so far since 4 p.m. I'm expecting a tad more before late tomorrow. And I am over it.

Posted by: truyle | February 9, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Very heavy snow is falling with at least an inch on the ground already.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 9, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing in Carroll MD., between Hampstead and Westminster since 1:44 pm. Been snowing heavly since 3:00 pm and have received at least 5 inches already. Roads have been covered all evening. Almost white out conditions at times.

Posted by: jamesgree | February 9, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

There's already a half inch of new snow on the ground, and it is POURING snow out of the sky-I can't see most of the trees in the distance here in Glover Park, in NW DC, on account of the heavy snow.

Hmm. I can't decide what I want to eat. French toast anyone? That picture of french toast with bananas on the other blog about food looked REAL good!

No, I think I will prepare an easy but tasty recipe of shrimp and pasta, with basil, capers, and 2 cups of cut up roma tomatoes simmered in white wine with plenty of garlic, and a bit of onion!

And then maybe, bread pudding...but need some eggs, which I didn't get...

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 9, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Snow coming down pretty hard here in Annandale/Merrifield. Already an inch of accumulation on grass/walkway.

Posted by: TheBorg | February 9, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Snoverload!

Posted by: mdvaughan59 | February 9, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the timely fed update all -although now I have cabin fever and so am
Snooooo-over it.

Posted by: fedwkr | February 9, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

whats WWL channel, I love NOLA

Posted by: MAYFREE34 | February 9, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The Capital beltway looks like a mess. Stay safe out there folks.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Watching Bob Ryan, who--to his credit--backed off the sleet mixture between his first appearance around 6.05 and around 6.45. Good for him for "looking out the window," something forecasters don't do often enough. No big flakes here now in the Glover Park Sierra Nevada (lots of little ones).

Posted by: doubtingdavid | February 9, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow at the National Cathedral; sticking to Wisconsin Av.

Posted by: noahmamis | February 9, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Snowing heavily here in Eldersburg (about 15 minutes southeast of Westminster). We've got about 3 inches, but it sounds like Westminster might already be approaching 5? With totals like this already, I have a feeling were going to be on the high side of the estimates!

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow falling in Courthouse. All previously cleaned surfaces are covered - maybe 1" so far.

Posted by: matthew_lawlor | February 9, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

An inch more or less on the cars here in Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | February 9, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Just went outside and checked the balcony rail-VERY heavy snow coming down here in Glover Park-there is already an inch of new snow!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 9, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

thanks to the edge of the bright-band, we have about 2 inches and it's still coming down pretty good.

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

NWS update from 6:24PM says "little accumulation expected this evening". This rate of snowfall will have to stop pretty soon for us to end up with "little accumulation".

Posted by: matthew_lawlor | February 9, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow in Mt. Vernon area of Alexandria-about an inch accumulation over last hour or so. Whew!

Posted by: mcaicedo | February 9, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow coming down in Tenleytown. Roads are completely white.

Posted by: Langway4Eva | February 9, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

1 inch now in Berwyn Heights.

Posted by: BH99 | February 9, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

@dlo1975

Since you are never going to be able to leave your house, can I have your Vegas Tixs?

Posted by: notdlo1975 | February 9, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Dear CWG and other members of this board - sorry for my bs nowcasting and sarcastic "bust" comments from this afternoon. They were actually based on a good-faith but incorrect interpretation of the data, but I lowered the tone of the discussion considerably. Sorry. CWG, look for my postcard.

Posted by: fleeciewool | February 9, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

cwg--update coming? seems like you're thinking it over a little...

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 9, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Great to get your reports, all. Keep them coming!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

@Mayfree34, WWL is the leading radio/tv station in New Orleans. Garrett Hartley, the Saints kicker is riding on a high heel float. Only in New Orleans!!

There's a car directly across the street from where I live in Glover Park that hasn't had the snow removed since the cold Saturday snow (that was the really cold snow, yes??). That car is on the shady side of the street. It's turned into a white triangle.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hi from Rockville Town Center, big, fat, flurries coming down here. Took almost 45mins to get home from White Flint area. Rockville Pike is "plowed" down to 2 lanes and lots of pedestrians walking up or down lanes closest to sidewalk cause sidewalks aren't shoveled past City limits.

2 things:

Haven't been near a major food store for 2 weeks. Got milk, juice, etc at CVS, also good is Walgreens or RiteAid. Many of these stores carry food and a good selection of it.

2ndly, please, please can someone get the word out to people that are driving with 20" of snow packed on their car roofs to take an extra ten minutes and clean it off. Packed, frozen ice becomes a very dangerous missile in sudden stops and wind. I had a windshield wiper ripped of a car years ago.

Thanks again CWG you guys and gals are awesome.

Posted by: dibabe | February 9, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

heavy snow east of Glenmont. The thought of losing power again is depressing.

Posted by: bgaffney491 | February 9, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

At the rate it's snowing at my location in Stafford County, the Fredericksburg area may be the "bullseye" for this storm. Lesser amounts to the SW of DC may not be correct.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 9, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Hi tleckey15 - we're going to hold our next update till about 11pm. If that changes, will let you know ASAP. No major changes to our forecast to give right now.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

If the winds are going to be so high tomorrow, why no blizzard warnings? Is the wind coming after the snow stops? Or is it more of a high gust issue?

Posted by: notdlo1975 | February 9, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

@arrabbiato Whole Foods stock today was likely based around their ordering/delivery cycle.

Don't want to share too many secrets, but as a former Bakery Team Member, I can tell you that deliveries come 5-days a week... and Monday isn't one of them! :-)

Odds are those ordering knew what was coming and did their best...and thankfully trucks delivered timely and/or customers still left some for you and all others who were there.

Posted by: aquarnnr | February 9, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

This is incredible... if you include Saturday and Sunday, this will make 5 days (kinda) in a row that the Fed. Govt. is shutdown because of snow. Has the govt shut down for this long before in the past due to weather?

Posted by: B-Kraemer | February 9, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Ashburn; barely anything falling.

Posted by: leee2003us | February 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Lots of smaller flakes falling, flakes were bigger 15-20 minutes ago. About an inch of new snow so far in Adams Morgan.

Posted by: krosseel | February 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Dense snow coming down in Columbia Heights/Petworth border in NW DC. Snow is coming down/blowing towards the west, and accumulations are at least an inch on all surfaces.

Posted by: IanCam | February 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Reston 20191 - about 3/4 inch on my deck, and coming down steadily. Was bigger flakes about 20 minutes ago; right now they're smaller.

Posted by: EricCarr | February 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow here in Chevy Chase;

DC, Pepco and Mont Co all get failing grades for their general unpreparedness in dealing with the weather this past week. Just horrible. Pathetic.

Did global warming proponents lull DC and Mont Co officials into thinking winters here were over?

Sure looks like it.

These storms are not that different than what struck here in 66, 79, 96, and 2003. Yet this time, our local government and Pepco have failed in their most basic role: keeping citizens safe.

Posted by: ubimea | February 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I, too, would like to thank the CWG for their great forecasts.

Posted by: bgaffney491 | February 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

2 inches in West Springfield and still snowing hard!

Posted by: ladderlassie | February 9, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Fat flakes at a brisk rate in Falls Church. Streets are white, about 1" on the surfaces. Big bowl of survival choc. chip cookies at hand....

Posted by: tbva | February 9, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Moderate to heavy snow in Annapolis. Hope the band hangs together---our turn next.

Posted by: annapyr | February 9, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

If things are as bad as predicted tomorrow, I don't see how the Fedgov opens Thursday either.

Posted by: mcaicedo | February 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

We are approaching the 2" here in Odenton, MD - 10 miles south of BWI

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

@sullivanva1 , thanks for the link!

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

New post is up

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Solid 2 inches in FFX Station between Lorton and Burke. And still snowing pretty hard.

And the plow has finally arrived in my neighborhood just in time!

Posted by: cgang | February 9, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm in SW and already have almost two inches of new snow.

Posted by: bayma1 | February 9, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Still heavy snow, little wind in Glover Park at 7.30, 30.6 degrees. (My thermometer here never registered above freezing today and even the first few tentative flakes around 4.30 stuck to railings, leaves, etc., showing the thermometer didn't lie.)

Posted by: doubtingdavid | February 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

@B-Kraemer -can't count Sat and Sunday -gov't wasn't actually closed those days. In Jan 1996, if I recall correctly, the gov't was shut for 4 days straight (maybe 5? anyone remember) -snow started Saturday night, gov't scheduled to open Thursday but then another storm Weds night. (That also was the first week the gov't was supposed to open completely after the 1995 budget shut down)

Posted by: fedwkr | February 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Lots of beautiful big flakes coming down on Mt. Pleasant St. right now. The street (which was plowed down to the asphalt earlier today) is already thoroughly coated and the air is again filled with the sound of spinning tires. Most side streets haven't been plowed that I can see, and there seems to be a lot of skidding, including of people on sidewalks - yes, city has been called but can't do anything about it right now.

Add Snoverkill to the list of gorgeous and dangerous things in the world...

Posted by: paperball | February 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 2 fresh inches (Fairfax County-Alexandria South).

Posted by: bdeco | February 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Former TWC Chief Snow Geek Paul Kocin was just on his former channel (he works for NWS now), saying that if the snow we're getting right now persists, we can look forward to upwards of 12 inches.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 9, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

NEW POST

Posted by: Juan-John | February 9, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting radar pattern in eastern VA and NC. Looks like the low center may be coming up through SE VA. The rain/thunderstorms in the warm sector seem farther north this time than in the last storm. I may be wrong (I hope not), but there are signs that the offshore re-development is going to be farther north than last time....which, of course, has already been speculated and discussed here.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | February 9, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Last! (New post up)

Posted by: Murre | February 9, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I love snow, bring it on!

Can I just say, puhleeze, to those people who keep harping on about how dangerous these storms are? I'm sorry, but if you are on some kind of electrically-powered life-support equipment, then you need a back-up generator. Period. Otherwise, if it's dangerous to drive, DON'T DRIVE. If you have a well-built, well-maintained house, your roof won't cave in; if not, I don't want to hear about it. If you're 8.5 months pregnant and could go into labor at any time, get a hotel room near the hospital before it starts snowing. Otherwise, how is it dangerous? Food's not going to spoil, just stick it out in the snow. When you stock up before the storm, don't forget the canned tuna, or something else you can eat without cooking it. Prepare, then deal. Then get your butt out there and make some snow angels!!

If your power goes out, wrap up in blankets, light a candle and sit around it telling ghost stories with your kids and/or your neighbors. You probably have warm clothes, coats and hats and gloves and scarves, even. You might wish you were warmer, and you might not smell too good after a few days without hot water, but that's not the same thing as "dangerous". If you don't have a roof over your head, yeah, but life is always dangerous for people who are homeless. There are shelters for when it's just too bad to be out of doors.

HAVE FUN, for Pete's sake, were some of you never children?? I was, and by the way, I didn't just get snowed out of school a few times, we also lost power a few times. We also went camping a few times, who can't get by without electricity for a few days? Blackouts were an adventure. Still is, and I am 42 years old. You have to shovel snow? You're probably not going to make it to the gym for a few more days, so suck it up and make the most of the exercise.

And once more for good measure: DON'T DRIVE until the roads are clear. Make do with what you've got, that's part of the adventure.

/rant

Sitting here with the lights out, looking out over the top of the laptop at the beautiful snowy yard. Magically transformed landscape, the familiar made into something new. I love this.

Posted by: ChickenLady | February 9, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

We're pushing two inches already nearly Eisenhower Metro.

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 9, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

OMG, that is LONG, isn't it ... so sorry.

Posted by: ChickenLady | February 9, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

@fleeciewool

Your apology is the sign of a very mature professional. Your will do well in the future.

Posted by: djm-01 | February 9, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

ChickenLady, let's not pass judgement on the conditions that other people have to face. Some people, for example, have tropical birds or other warm-weather pets that can't take cold temperatures inside. I myself wouldn't own a pet like that in a climate like this area, where it gets cold in the winter, but some people choose to. Cold temperatires can also cause some people to have medical problems and things like arthritis flaring up...something you may not be experincing.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | February 9, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

@notDLO1975

No chance. We moved the flights to Friday AM; standby for Thursday afternoon if it ends earlier than expected. It certainly started early, fast, and furious. Coming down at more than an inch an hour here!

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Rappahannock County, VA, in a hollow off of the Blue Ridge, 1" so far, nothing going on at the moment, so I'm feeling grateful (so far).

Here's a Rocky Mountain west alternative to cabin fever: "the shack nasties." I've always preferred it, given the winters there compared to our winters here (except for this one, of course).

Posted by: NorthFork1 | February 9, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, no! Freezing rain just reported (9 p.m. obs) at National, though the temp has fallen to 28 degrees there. However, heavy (1/4 mile vis.) snow falling just 3 miles north in Logan Circle.

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

10:30, near Dumfries (22025): we got to 3.5 inches by about 9:30, then we had a brief bout of light sleet and now we're in a lull.

Posted by: fall_line | February 9, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

You go chicken lady. Looks like we have some freezing rain in Columbia Heights

Posted by: weatherwatcher | February 9, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

at 2+ inches in takoma park. 3+ in some other spots around long branch.

Posted by: andrewmatranga1 | February 9, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan just said norther PG county could see 20" of snow??? Seriously??

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan needs to be drug-tested. The man is a menace.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | February 9, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

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