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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/10/2010

Alert: Blizzard warning for entire metro region

By Jason Samenow

Extreme snow and wind moves in

* Blizzard Warning until 7 p.m. area-wide (map) | NWS snow totals *
* Making history? | Watch out for ice dams | Top 5 driving hazards *
* Yesterday's Q&A | Snowmageddon's incredible output *
* Power outage maps for Dominion Electric | Pepco | BG&E | SMECO *
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* News, traffic & storm coverage: Local home page | Get There *

Snow has developed explosively this morning as an intense upper level wave passing through the region interacts with a rapidly deepening (or bombing) storm off the Md./De. coast. Heavy snowfall rates of 1-2" an hour have been common and may continue for several more hours (longer to the northeast). Winds are starting to pick-up and will increase, creating blizzard conditions. The combination of snow and wind is occasionally reducing visibilities to 1/4 of a mile or less. Stay off the roads unless travel is essential.

Later this morning, the snow should lighten in intensity and become more intermittent especially as you head southwest of the District. The snow should taper to flurries between mid-afternoon and early evening from southwest (Fauquier County) to northeast (Anne Arundel County). Even as the snow diminishes, winds will continue to increase, with gusts exceeding 40 mph causing blowing and drifting snow. Power outages, unfortunately, are a strong possibility.

Our next update will be between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. Refer to Dan Stillman's post from earlier for the forecast for tonight and beyond.

By Jason Samenow  | February 10, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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Comments

BLIZZARD! and first to post

Posted by: ajfishman1 | February 10, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Got about 4" in Laurel as of 7:45am. Expected more, but glad it's less.

Posted by: tall_one | February 10, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Near the Fauquier/Warren line, I measured 4.75" in the driveway. The deck has more, but is impacted by blowing snow off the roof.
16.7F

Posted by: spgass1 | February 10, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

The conditions outside right now in the metro region are some of the most extreme you will ever see here during winter.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

really coming down hard now in Gaithersburg

Posted by: Thundershock | February 10, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

From the 18th floor in Rosslyn - Snow blowing sideways and swirling between buildings. Maximum visibility varying between across the street to one block.

Posted by: djm-01 | February 10, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

ANGRY snow. Angry because people said it would be a bust! Seriously whiteout conditions in Alexandria/Fairfax Co./22310. At times you can barely see outside the window!

Posted by: brown3ml | February 10, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Jason, hard to believe that we will have had more snow this winter than any other major city in the US after this storm.

Posted by: Thundershock | February 10, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Addendum from Rosslyn - Dangerous chunks of frozen snow now falling from the tops of tall buidldings.

Posted by: djm-01 | February 10, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I feel like Roberto Duran- sNOw MAS!

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

Snowing sideways and lots of it in Mt. Vernon.

Posted by: dixiechick1 | February 10, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

What Jason said. WOW. Just got up, did NOT expect this-here in Glover Park, white-out conditions, wind blowing fiercely-I can't say I've seen a winter snow storm like this in my entire life! Don't see how anyone could be out driving now-the snow is pouring down!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain why on radar it looks like just to our west the snow has stopped as well as to our east? It's almost like the storm is "dipping" into the metro area.

Posted by: Thundershock | February 10, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

And here I was planning on going out and shoveling this morning before things get even worse this afternoon. Are people saying I shouls scrap the idea, esepcially considering 6-10 in is the new forecast?

Posted by: JefffromHuntington | February 10, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

white out conditions in crystal city. can only see the house across the street. wonder what the rate of snowfall is right now...

Posted by: pzkpfw | February 10, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I measured 5.5" down here near Mt. Vernon just before the wind picked up. It's going be hard to get accurate measurements now, as those inches come falling off the trees, roofs, etc... My front door is creaking, as that angry snow (thanks, brown3ml, for the image) tries to get in. Am feeling sorry for the poor birds.

Whoops - there goes a bunch of branches... today is going to be exciting!!

Posted by: alc_in_NoVa | February 10, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Just took the dog out into white out conditions here in Mt. Vernon/S. Alexandria. Couldn't see more than 2 houses down the block. Scary.

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

Has anyone seen Al Gore? I need help shoveling this record snow fall from my street and sidewalk.

Global warming. Ha. I wish we had global warming.

Posted by: win_harrington | February 10, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Wow, so this is what they mean by whiteout!!! Heavy snow blowing sideways to the point where u can't see 10 feet inf ront of you.

Posted by: Thundershock | February 10, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Whiteout here in Tysons Corner since about 7:45am --- can't even see across the street or down into the parking lot.

Posted by: lnoz | February 10, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

With the Government being open on Monday the feds will have to show up to get paid---won't they--- I know No work no Pay does not apply to Federal civilians but I think the taxpayers will make an exception for them on Monday

Posted by: syoung29 | February 10, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

White-out conditions in Pentagon City with heavy snowfall and high winds...And like the guy in Rosslyn said, dangerous flying chunks of ice coming off buildings...Not a day for travel at all.

Posted by: TuscanRed | February 10, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Wind has started at 301 Bridge. We can hardly see the trees in our backyard. Fortunately they are not close enough to the house to cause problems and our utilities are underground.

It's gonna be a long day.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 10, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Wow, it's really incredible outside.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

If you see any cars driving through this weather, be sure to pelt them with snowballs as they are risking the lives of many people.

Posted by: Thundershock | February 10, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Wind is blowing completely sideways at times, with visibility so low I can't even see across the street! Looks like 4-5" (in NW Alexandria by Bailey's x-roads), but I don't really want to open the door right now to check!

Posted by: sk_99 | February 10, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, don't bother clearing anything for "later" (unless you're really behind, *and* a glutton for punishment, and still need to carve through packed snow). With this wind, nothing short of a snow brick is going to stay where you put it.
For the record, I'm in Herndon 20170 - I can see accumulation since yesterday of about 3-4 inches, but it's snowing and blowing so I have no idea how much I've lost or gained to wind.

Posted by: fsd50 | February 10, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Hard to tell exactly how much snow in Annandale...looks like at least 5. Wind gusting and howling. Visibility at times the edge of my driveway. Wow. Really really bad. 24 degrees. To quote H. Solo - I've got a bad feeling about this...

Posted by: amaranthpa | February 10, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

With the Government being open on Monday the feds will have to show up to get paid---won't they--- I know No work no Pay does not apply to Federal civilians but I think the taxpayers will make an exception for them on Monday

Stop spreading lies. The government will still observe the President's Day holiday on Monday, as they should.

Posted by: Axel2 | February 10, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I measured 11" here in Hagerstown before the winds hit. It is really brutal out here now - the worst I've seen since the 93 blizzard.

Posted by: bendersx6 | February 10, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Axel2 - ignore that poster. Just a trol hiding behind the cowardly wall of the 'innnernets'.


Folks should not be outside right now...it's rough folks. Or at least be careful. LOTS of creaking and snapping in the trees.

Posted by: vaguypost | February 10, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I will heed the advice of others and hold off on the shoveling. I can get it done tonight, and got one side and the back ground started last night, and the otherside was too icy but got enough so I could back out in an emergency.

Posted by: JefffromHuntington | February 10, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

So dang jealous of you guys. Here in Seattle, we just experienced the warmest January in history.. Daffodils are coming up and we have not seen a snowflake all year. Enjoy this year. I grew up in DC and these storms are the best memories I have of childhood.

Posted by: where_is_snowmonster | February 10, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

There are some serious blizzard conditions over DC right now. I've not seen it like this in a long while! A heavy band of snow has set up shop right over us.

Posted by: otavio | February 10, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to the Gang, NWS, etc. for sticking to their guns and riding with the so much improved small to medium scale computer models since just 15-20 years ago (your tax dollars at work, by the way).

The "perfect storm" of lift and rapid cooling in the dendritic layer right over top of the DC/Balt area has indeed occurred at 12Z (7 AM). A look at radar shows a pivoting and somewhat back-building band of whiteout heading right through DC and the NW suburbs, indicating a continued SE flow of subtropical moisture into the snow growth layer.

The best news from a societal impact point of view was that everything shut down for Wednesday based on this forecast to occur at the peak of what would be a mid week AM rush hour. Hopefully, everyone is staying put.

Well done to the DC "Weather Enterprise". Now, everyone stay safe today!

Posted by: wxdancer | February 10, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

The white out in Vienna has been going on for about an hour now. This is the hardest we have seen it snow here over the the winter. Winds are picking up significantly. Crossing the fingers on retaining power here.

Posted by: KRob33 | February 10, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

This is amazing...

Posted by: jrodfoo | February 10, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

@Axel2
"The government will still observe the President's Day holiday on Monday, as they should."

The federal government observes "Washington's Birthday," not president's day. Just being nitpicky. Check OPM website if you disagree!

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 10, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

So what happened? Last night the biggest snowfall was north and east. Now its north and west with Fred and Wash counties in the 20" bullseye. 10" in Jefferson and Cavetown already. Geez.

Posted by: elkiii_2008 | February 10, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Amazing Blizzard and Whiteout conditions in Leesburg, Virginia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20wXkf4NyXk

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | February 10, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Almost complete white-out in Courthouse - can't see farther than half a block - amazing.

Posted by: matthew_lawlor | February 10, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

@CWG -- Are we going to eventually see these conditions in NW AA county and in B-more? Thanks! Or anyone if CWG doesn't answer?

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

For all the wind and snowfall, it is not very cold today. My thermometer says 37 degrees and the icicles are dripping.

I liked this Capital Climate post about this winter's snow, past snow storms, and the larger, long term climate conditions:

http://capitalclimate.blogspot.com/2010/02/welcome-weather-underground-visitors.html

"The other cases all had extremely cold surface temperatures in northern New England and southeastern Canada, frequently in the -20°F to -40°F range. That was not true in this case. As Dr. Masters explained, once all the other elements are in place, it doesn't need to be ultra cold in order to snow, just cold enough."

"The conclusion I would draw from all of this is that the 2010 storm was distinct from other similar events in the past by having moisture be the dominant element over temperature in producing the extreme snow amounts."

Posted by: member8 | February 10, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Temperature has dropped 3 degrees in about 15 minutes in Fairfax City.

Posted by: JW211 | February 10, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

In Silver Spring, the Discovery building got lost in the snow from my office a block away -- visibility cuts out maybe a quarter of the way there. This is absolutely marvelous.

Posted by: random-adam | February 10, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Know what's great? Getting a call from my structural engineer at 0730 today, him telling me he was thinking more about our discussion yesterday and genuinely concerned about roof integrity.
I briefed him on what I did to shore up the structure some and it sounds like we may be OK.

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 10, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

To you climate change scoffers out there, check out the post from where-is-snowmonster from Seattle, not to mention the news reports from Vancouver about the lack of snow for the upcoming Olympics.

Posted by: justmike | February 10, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

This is unbelievable -- in both a really cool and a really dangerous way.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

NWS now has Loudoun at 6-12 inch overall, down from initial 10-20. Kudos to CWG! You called this one right with lower amount than others.

Now that comment about Global Warming - many folks don't seem to understand basic math: Global Warming means an uptrend of AVERAGE temperature. Even at a highere average temperature mother nature is still able to pull this off - albeit at smaller likelihood.

Posted by: LoudounGeek | February 10, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Amazing Dan - I have been with you since day one of your original site and can easily say that we have seen all of the extremes for winter in the past few weeks. What a winter!!!

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | February 10, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Judging by the CHART traffic cameras, a sixteen-ton weight has just dropped on Frederick County with a thunderous BANG. My mother near Lewistown reports complete whiteout conditions, and now gale-force winds out of the northwest.

Posted by: the2belo | February 10, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

HolyMoley,
if you wish to continue evading my simple question, let's do it on the previous thread (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2010/02/update_heavy_snow_brings_area.html ).

as a courtesy to on-topic posters, i will not do it here.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

where is 3 inch ivan?

Posted by: bhfairfax | February 10, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

member8, take your marketing of Steve Scolnik's (or however you spell it) blog someplace else.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 10, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday, I called for this event to be a bust. I predicted a maximum of 3 inches. I just need you guys to know that I'm eating humble pie right now. I was wrong.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 10, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I just took my dog for a walk in Reston and in some locations the snow came up to my knee (obviously drifting) but the white out conditions were just incredible...not fun but awesome at the same time. Definitely worried about the wind today...wonder how many more heavy snow bands we'll see? Btw, what happened to Ivan?

Posted by: parksndc | February 10, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Just wow. During the last "blizzard," I thought, "That's it?"

No, this is it. I am stunned.

Posted by: paperball | February 10, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

For snow lovers it doesn't get much better than this - at grad school we'd call this snowgasmic

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

bhfairfax, you asked,
"where is 3 inch ivan?"

i believe ivan will be back to take his medicine - he promised as much yesterday. maybe he's trying to find his shovel under the well-more-than-three-inches of snow....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how our USG is functioning now-specifically, the White House-do you think SS go and pick up essential personnel to bring them to work in the West Wing? Or perhaps they were staying in hotels yesterday near to the WH so they could continue to carry on the USG's business? I can't even see how SUV's for the President could get out and about in this weather!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

For our viewers in MO+PG Counties:

MDZ009-013-102100-
/O.CAN.KLWX.WS.W.0007.000000T0000Z-100211T0000Z/
/O.EXB.KLWX.BZ.W.0002.000000T0000Z-100211T0000Z/
MONTGOMERY-PRINCE GEORGES-
INCLUDING THE CITY OF...GAITHERSBURG
746 AM EST WED FEB 10 2010

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 15 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING. HEAVIEST
SNOW IS EXPECTED THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES...MID AND UPPER 20S.

* WINDS...WINDS WILL BECOME NORTHWEST AND INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH
WITH GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL REDUCE
VISIBILITIES TO A QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES...PRODUCING
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND STRONG WINDS
WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS.

Posted by: Thundershock | February 10, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

oops...ivan...didn't see your post. but i was right. you did come back! yay!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

wow looks like there was a lot behind that dry slot last night! Beautiful, and I am struck by how 4-5 inches of new snow can look mighty massive on top of what was on the ground.
@win_harrington Global warming may be the reason for all this snow.
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1962294,00.html?xid=rss-topstories
All of you who are wondering, what happened to global warming, check out the link

Posted by: squirrelgirl1 | February 10, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Coming down hard here in Lorton VA 22079, near Ft. Belvoir. Visibility decent though, around 100 yards. A lot of snow so far- the path I cleared through the previous 16" accumulation is nearly filled back in.

Posted by: hairguy01 | February 10, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Holy Cow...think i just saw the lady on her bike from Wizard of Oz fly by. Everything is covered again...not even going to attempt to measure. After all this I am starting to get the picture why my friends and relatives in Boston have so many kids!

Posted by: motherrunner | February 10, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

What's scary to me is just how bad the whiteout conditions are in Rosslyn right now, and the wind is not even that heavy yet. Can't imagine this when the wind picks up even more.

Posted by: annarky | February 10, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to the CWG bloggers, you do a great job, but please stop with the qualifying comments that "this is the worst you'll ever see around here". As a native of Western NY and lake effect country, I can tell you that these storms have been as bad or worse than any that I have ever experienced, at least in terms of amount of snow and intensity. The only places that I could imagine having anything more intense would be the mountains in the West and New England, and maybe places like Watertown, NY on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario.

Posted by: JM222 | February 10, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Last time I saw conditions like this anywhere near here was the Blizzard of 1993.

Posted by: DontWannaMyPostID | February 10, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Here in New Market, I just cleared 11-12" of snow from my driveway (before my poor little baby snowblower can't take any more.

I couldn't tell you what the windspeed is, but it's like being sandblasted.

Posted by: mistergeeky | February 10, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

6-16", 10-20", whatever. Everyone has done a great job with the key impacts: The initial 3 to 8 inches (area wide) with the overrunning, followed by a lull(hence the freezing drizzle/light snow mixes), then the whiteout(heavy snow, blowing snow) as the forcing mechanisms moved in during the pre-dawn hours which was forecast to last through at least mid morning.

I suspect that most folks in the area expected to wake up to something like this, and even though it's easy to doubt at midnight when the "lull" set in, the atmosphere don't lie (and neither do the models when they are remarkably consistent in the short term).

Stay safe!

Posted by: wxdancer | February 10, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

The wind isn't obvious in between the houses. But looking out the street, conditions are worse than anything I saw during the last snowstorm. More falling snow, more blowing snow, less visibility. It's rotten out there.

Posted by: Murre | February 10, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

please - enough the global warming nonsense! awesome storm!

Posted by: aveimperator | February 10, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Very nasty here in SE LoCo - I can verify "about 4 inches" but now that the winds have done their thing, I have no idea how I will measure. Heres an idea - Im not going to. Power, please stay with me...

Posted by: DullesARC | February 10, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

@where_is_snowmonster said:
So dang jealous of you guys. Here in Seattle, we just experienced the warmest January in history.. Daffodils are coming up and we have not seen a snowflake all year.
-------------------------------------

Oh well, look at the bright side - you don't have people popping up every 10 minutes making lame "When is Al Gore going to help me shovel my driveway?" comments.

Posted by: mcj59 | February 10, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Any more storms on the horizon?

Posted by: KRob33 | February 10, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Anyone have pictures or a view of what Great Falls looks like? (the actually falls/water)

Posted by: motherrunner | February 10, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Very glad I worked my butt off shoveling yesterday. I at least cleared it down to the pavement/ground from that last snow monster. I will wait until tomorrow to tackle this. I have no desire to shovel the same snow 2-3 times.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | February 10, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

New post up...

Posted by: shackleton | February 10, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I just pray for the roofs on everyone's homes.. and mine..

Posted by: jrodfoo | February 10, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

For wx map lovers out there..."Bombogenesis" in action...wow.

http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/sfcloop/namce_wbg.html

Posted by: wxdancer | February 10, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

jm222 -- this is the worst you'll see in dc. that was the point.

Posted by: gsb11 | February 10, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the North Pole out there right now in Huntington.

Posted by: AlexBike | February 10, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Ha - guy on weather channel, reporting from DC, says the snow is mounting faster than the national debt. BaDaBing.

Hey Justmike - I think 'SnowMas' should be adopted as the new name for this storm... Or perhaps Gore-rageous 2010.

I'm from Falls Church, but riding out the storm from a $35/night (off season) hotel on the beach in Virginia Beach (my street wasn't plowed, haven't parked in my carport since Friday). It is even snowing just a bit here!

Posted by: KPosty | February 10, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Just got back from taking the dogs to Lincoln Park for a walk Started out with just a little snow falling. By the time we left an bour later the snow was falling fast and we had huge wind gusts causing near white out conditions in the park. The dogs and I had a great time. I am not sure about our new snow totals -- maybe 5-6 inches. This is great!

Posted by: sarahg1137 | February 10, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

So much for the radar!

1 foot or so and counting near Camp David.

I just hope the heavy snow ends early afternoon...this is the most persistent compacted winter storm I have ever witnessed.

Posted by: seasejs | February 10, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Conditions in McLean are scarily amazing. Wind gusts are really blowing and it's very hard to tell how much snow has fallen. I've measured between 5 and 10 inches.

Was out trying to shovel a little earlier and a huge wind gust almost knocked me over so I moved from my spot to crouch down by my car. When I stood up and looked back at my spot, a branch about three feet long was laying where I had once been standing...very lucky! I packed it in and called it a morning for the shovel and I.

Posted by: HokieTerp | February 10, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

member8: Don't know where you are but my thermometer her in Rockville, MD reads 19 degrees and falling. The dripping icicles may be another story. Too much heat escaping from your attic/dormers, etc. can cause that. It's something to pay attention to.

Don Lipman-Capital Weather Gang

Posted by: Weatherguy | February 10, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

7" in Kensington/Garrett Park, and coming down at a seriously fast clip.

Posted by: Fab5Mama | February 10, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Live in Arlington 1/8 off Columbia Pike near Walter Reed Rec Center. Just went out and measured what was a clean surface and is sheltered from the wind, 6" at 9:42

Posted by: VAresident2 | February 10, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Great -- Pepco just announced it will suspend its power restoration efforts because its too dangerous for its employees to be outside. But what about all the folks who STILL have no power, thanks to the great job Pepco has done during the last storm? I guess they're lives aren't as important. Heads should roll over this...never in my wildest dreams did I think areas outside of Washington, DC could suffer this much. Politicians should be ashamed at the condition of our infrastructure.

Posted by: csaah | February 10, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Just a reminder to the naysayers. EXTREME weather conditions have always been a stated byproduct of global warming.

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

csaah,

You think PEPCO wants their customers to be without power? You can't rationally believe that, can you?

In addition, I would rather some customers be without power than PEPCO employees lose their lives trying to restore power in hazardous conditions or do you believe "they're [sic] lives aren't as important."?

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | February 10, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Ken -- It's not that I want Pepco employees to lose their lives, but people shouldn't have been out of power for this long. Lots of blame to go around...

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

!!! This is unbelievable !!! We are sitting here watching the DC street-cams,reading the latest from Capital Weather Gang and reading your blogs.

Ivan White
Pat Bonneau-White
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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

csaah - I agree. There are plenty of factors to blame. The difficulty and expense of burying power lines, the cutting back of tree maintenance budgets, underspending on capital infrastructure, etc.

Apparently, I interpreted you comment as more harsh than you intended. My bad.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | February 10, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

csaah - I also have to agree. Many factors have made us vulnerable in this (NOVA) area where many years the dogma of politicians and business owners was growth without limits! Residents and the less wealthy have to pay for it. The stupid optimism that vital infrastructure only needs to work at 99.5% and weather patterns are not changing, is against any logic. The repair crews are doing a desperate job to fix things, that could have been fixed many years ago: underground cable, smarter grid system, natural energy etc. And we are supposed to lead the world in technology and science! Go to Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. If they get 20" they capitals are not shutting down. But what does a SUV or four wheel driven monster do for folks that have never driven in snow: They cause traffic jams and accidents where a car with stick shift and winter tires can drive on a snow covered road except for black ice or a blizzard like today.

Posted by: bengl | February 10, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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