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Posted at 7:15 PM ET, 02/ 9/2010

Snow sticking, intensity increasing

By Jason Samenow

Snoverkill kicking into high gear

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Snow has rapidly developed over the region over the last several hours and is sticking everywhere. Anywhere from a heavy coating to 1-2" (highest amounts south and to the northwest) has already accumulated throughout the area. Moderate to sometimes heavy snow will continue for the next several hours. South and east of town, some sleet may mix-in, but the predominant precipitation type should be snow.

Radar does indicate that snow decreases in coverage and intensity to the west and southwest of Fairfax County, but there are indications that may fill-in, keeping the snow going...even if it lightens in intensity or becomes more intermittent. The steadiest and heaviest snow will likely fall along I-95 and to the north and northeast of the District. By 11 p.m. -- the time of our next update -- most spots in the metro region should have 2-4" or so of new snow on the ground.

We are sticking with our accumulation map issued yesterday evening for storm totals. Refer to Ian's post from earlier for the outlook for later tonight and tomorrow.

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Comments

First!

Posted by: DaveB2 | February 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Fed Govt CLOSED Wednesday, 10 Feb, per OPM:

www.opm.gov

Posted by: h0db | February 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I watched the last storm develop while on vacation in St. Maarten and was slightly jealous. Was scheduled to come into BWI Sunday at 8pm and managed to get a 10:30pm flight out of Charlotte that was one of the first planes in around midnight. Pumped for one more storm this winter and then will be ready for spring. An inch on Federal Hill in Baltimore.

Posted by: snowdentist | February 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

East of Woodbridge (on the Occoquan), we have been seeing heavy snowfall for about an hour or so. We have approx. 1" on the ground and it is accumulating quickly.

Posted by: treetopvt | February 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

At 7:25pm, we have about a little over an inch accumulation in Fredericksburg, VA. Started out as sleet, then quickly turned to snow.

Posted by: cwspy | February 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Just shy of 2" in Takoma Park, but it's coming down very thick right now (7:27 pm)

Posted by: bhirshon | February 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I'd see the day when I'd be excited by "ONLY" 6" of snow.

Falling here in Manassas and sticking solidly to all it touches.


Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | February 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Steady snow in Fredericksburg.

Posted by: MOMINTHEBURG | February 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

@ 7:15pm, a shade under 2" here in Old Town Alexandria

Posted by: SJ43560 | February 9, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for putting up the new post so timely. There are so many fast-and-furious developments!

Posted by: krosseel | February 9, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Here in the River Hill neighborhood of Columbia, we have a little over 1" on the ground so far.

Posted by: beach57 | February 9, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing for a few hours in Lorton and we have about 1.5" of new snow so far.

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

CWG-You're doing a great job as usual! Thanks.

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

at least 2-3" in Kingstowne, VA, I swear that i was outside about an hour ago, and there was nothing.... crazy stuff

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

Have been shoveling our deck for the last two hours and now have 2" of fresh snow in Manassas. It's coming down heavy and fast.

Posted by: oakmoxy1 | February 9, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

4200 Block of Mass Ave NW: 1" snow sticking on street and sidewalks.

Posted by: nomorewholefoods | February 9, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Good time to recharge batteries for cellphone, flashlights, etc. if you haven't already done so.

Filled empty two liter plastic bottles w/water & stuck them in the freezer. If we lose power, instant blocks of ice for the fridge. Sorry Safeway.

Snowing heavily in Bethesda.

Posted by: Cat11endofdays | February 9, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Re: consecutive days of the Feds closing down for weather, I don't know what the record is. Maybe 3 days in 1996.

But the World Bank will now be closed for four consecutive days, going back to last Friday and I'm 99% certain this is a record.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I'll never complain about a "wintry mix" ever again.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | February 9, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the description of the snow so far, I must be in the 'lesser west of Fairfax' category. From what I can see, I've got about 0.5" in South Riding (SE Loudoun).

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

Wow that was fast -was going to ask SJ43560 where he/she was located in OT as I had just been out and there was just a dusting on the ground -but looked out the door again and stand corrected -2" and coming down.

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

almost 2" of new snow on the ground in Crystal City..

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

Been snowing steadily since 3:30 in North Arlington -- all snow so far. At least an inch, upwards of 1.5. It's impressive.

Not looking forward to 50 mph winds. Or another couple of days trapped largely indoors with all the juveniles. But honestly, I'll just be happy to keep the power on! I don't even mind shoveling.

Posted by: BadMommy1 | February 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

About 1" in Bethesda and snowing steadily.

moan, b@tch, whine, complain, snow removal budgets, seasonal affective disorder, blah, gurn, kvetch,stop behaving like children..

There! I've summarised thinksnow's comments for the next 12+ hours.

Posted by: DrLRonHoover | February 9, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

A little over 2" in Annandale near NoVA CC

Posted by: VAOrangeFish | February 9, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

About 1.5" to 2" in Parkfairfax (Alexandria) since 4 p.m.

Posted by: truyle | February 9, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Snowing at a moderate rate here at Ft Belvoir, almost 2 inches so far.

There was an article in the post that said Va would be rationing the salt to make it last. DC has enough salt to cover the storm.

Posted by: letitsnow | February 9, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

We have 1" here in the City of Manassas.

Posted by: irish031 | February 9, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

We have 1" on my driveway in Oakton. Coming down at a steady clip.

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

I have an even better idea than "Snowmageddon" or "Wintergeddon".

Let's call the whole thing "Martucci's Revenge".--I've noticed that all this snow has been happening since Channel 9 rather surprisingly and unceremoniously ditched Kim Martucci from Topper Shutt's weather team.

It's just like the Redskins' tailspin...which began soon after Dan Snyder decided to rename the stadium and change "Raljon" back to "Landover"...you can bet that Jack Kent Cooke is somewhere up there watching. The Saints have won the Super Bowl, but the "Raljon curse" is still in effect and could last as long as the Chicago Cubs' "goat curse".

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 9, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

1 inch in Silver Spring (East West Hgwy & 16th Street)

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

Nice. Looks like everyone has gotten a quick, solid coating of snow already!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Got new-posted:

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 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Just in case anyone was wondering, Ski Liberty is booked up. Rats.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Herndon reports in with 3/4 " of new, lovely snow on the walkway. Have any of you heard if UPS trucks have been pulled? Waiting all day for a roof rake to be delivered :-)

Posted by: sullivanva1 | February 9, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: bdeco | February 9, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Daughter in Sterling says it is snowing lightly, no noticeable accumulation.

Posted by: readingj | February 9, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

BTW--I understand that Kim Martucci is up in Utica, NY and may have landed a weather job up there--this could be where all the snow is coming from...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 9, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

More than 1", still less than 2" in Penrose, South Arlington... a steady, pretty falling snow.

Posted by: MosesCleaveland | February 9, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that folks in Vancouver, BC are salivating over our snow, since they are having to import hay and snow from outside the area to have enough for the Olympics. My sister there says that the temps are too high to make anything stick, even at Whistler. They can have my snow!

Posted by: krosseel | February 9, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Dear Weather Gang,,
I'm sure you are enjoying yourselves with your lucrative deal to provide content to The Washington Post.

For the record, here is the latest posting of the National Weather Service:

Tonight: Snow. Low around 29. East wind around 7 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Wednesday: Snow and areas of blowing snow before 3pm, then snow likely and areas of blowing snow after 3pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 28. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 14 mph increasing to between 21 and 24 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: A chance of snow before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Blustery, with a northwest wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

The Post in its headlines about your weather report are indicating winds of 50 miles an hour and accumulations significanatly higher than the NWS is predicting.

I feel about private weather forecasts what I feel about private health insurance. It's all about profit for the provider. This is the one time I am glad I am paying my taxes to keep the National Weather Service, our "public option" in weather forecasting alive.

Don't delude yourselves that what you are engaging in is either science or journalism. It isn't either. It's sensationalism and making a buck. That's all.

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | February 9, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Old Town Alexandria: I took a quick video with my Flip UltraHD when the very heavy band of snow came through an hour ago. I also made a Flickr set for this storm and will as I take photos and upload them to flickr, they should all show up on the slideshow that I've embedded within a post on my site. Additionally, any more videos that I take will also end up posted here as well.

Video & Photos

Posted by: joelhousman | February 9, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

2.25" outside my house in North Arlington

Posted by: bryankellogg1 | February 9, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

About 1" of new accumulation in NE DC.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | February 9, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

An inch-and-a-half to two inches in Adams Morgan, and coming down hard. Just went for a 30-minute run; accumulated at least half an inch in that time.

"And it's snowing, Sergeant! Great, glorious, fluffy, white flakes!"

Posted by: JCDV | February 9, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Question: Is the snow that is falling so fast right now part of the the Gang's accumulation model, or is this something that the computer models did not anticpate.
If it is something that they did not take into account, does this mean that the models for this storm are not as accurate as the storm we had a few days ago?

Posted by: thecavs1 | February 9, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Didn't see the new post was up. We're definitely beyond an inch here in Alexandria near Eisenhower Metro. Pushing two inches really quick and already past that in some spots.

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 9, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey eyemakeupneeded1 -

Obviously haven't been reading the blog for the past few days. The National Weather Service kept calling for 10-20 inches and the CWG consistently said it was too early to make calls for that and kept it at 5-10.

Posted by: tricia8 | February 9, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

ON the fed closure record -the gov't was closed for 4 days straight if I recall in January 1996 (maybe 5) -or it was closed for 3 days, opened on Thursday and then closed on Friday (this all following a 10 day closure over the big budget showdown).

Posted by: fedwkr | February 9, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

2" and moderate snow in South Springfield

Posted by: cmspsu13 | February 9, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

@eyemakeupneeded1

I can't disagree with you more abour your assessment of CWG. I know the management of the site and the group has expertise, experience, and integrity.

Posted by: krosseel | February 9, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

2" in Spotsylvania right now....trying to decide if I am going to the gym tonight...

Posted by: panthersny | February 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Question...for NWS, not CWG...

With all this threat for high winds, etc. later tomorrow why hasn't a ***BLIZZARD WARNING*** been posted???

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The post @ 7:41 by eyemakeupneeded1 was completely uncalled for and should be removed.

Posted by: bdeco | February 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

@sullivanva1

This is all I could find regarding UPS deliveries in our area. Kinda vague.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/transportation/fedex-ups-service-disruption-harsh-weather/

Posted by: Cat11endofdays | February 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

eyemakeupneeded1 obviously hasn't been reading this blog much.

Posted by: barbnc | February 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize that 8-16 inches (CWG for the last ~24 hours) was significantly higher than the recently downward-revised 7-15 inches from NWS. I guess I'll have to go back to grade school and study arithmetic again.
:-)

Posted by: Murre | February 9, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

1.5 inches in Tenleytown.

Posted by: Langway4Eva | February 9, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks to those that answered the question about my heat pump this morning. Turns out I had to get a brand new furnace and heat pump! What a disaster... but my electric bills have been out of this world lately. Replacing the system should cut those back. Had to bite the bullet...

Now trying to carry the 70 lb new heat pump through 2 feet of snow to my back yard was quite a few. I truly nearly died in the process.

Posted by: PoorTeacher | February 9, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

@eyemakeupneeded1

It is so painfully and hilariously obvious when someone stops by to post on this blog with a rant about their perceptions of CWG when they clearly are not a regular reader of CWG or have been following their forecast for the past 2 or 3 days leading up to this storm. I highly doubt CWG has much say in what the editors of the Post choose to put on the front page of the site as their headlines. You will, however, find no such sensationalist writing on their blog once you click through off of the front page to it. If you want to complain to someone, complain to the Post's Ombudsman.

Posted by: joelhousman | February 9, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

for the record, NWS is actually reporting a high end estimate of 15" for DC, which CWG isn't (not more than 10" from CWG). Also, NWS indicates 40mph wind gusts by late afternoon for inside the Beltway, which makes it not seem out of the realm of possibility that someone somewhere near DC will see a 50mph gust at some point.

Posted by: BH99 | February 9, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to whoever posted the link to the online coverage of the Saints parade. I'm watching it now and it brings back lots of memories. I lived on the gulf coast for 3 years (up until last Sept) and am missing mardi gras and the parades terribly (as well as the nicer weather).

Posted by: js2225 | February 9, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

about an inch of snow near layhill road, east of glenmont station

Posted by: bgaffney491 | February 9, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

2+ and falling fast in McLean

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

@ eyemakeupneeded1:

Your beef should be with the WaPo online editorial staff and not CWG.

CWG has done an excellent job covering these storms - both in managing expectations while also keeping readers informed of the situation as it develops. And as a previous poster pointed out, they've consistently been on the conservative side of forecasting the aspects of tonight's storm.

Also - as an aside - can we please stop naming our storms! This latest name is just awful! Or at least limit it to storms that are forecasted with accumulations in the feet.

Posted by: hrc2211 | February 9, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

@eyemakeupneeded1

Your post is unfortunate and ill informed.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 9, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Solid, wet, big flakes downtown (Thomas Circle). If this keeps up, we're going to get pounded again. Cars already slipping and sliding all over the place.

Posted by: bryc3 | February 9, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

@eyemakeupneeded1 -- A lot of us like this blog. If you don't, then who's making you read it?

Posted by: lydgate | February 9, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Regarding UPS deliveries--today my husband spent 1/2 hour with other neighbors getting a big brown truck unstuck on our unplowed main drag through the neighborhood in Annandale. They've been out, but severely hampered!

Posted by: fedwife | February 9, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I would like to share with you information on how to safely remove snow overload from a home, without climbing on the roof. This is a problem that is not a frequent one, but can, at times, be a very urgent one. Please consider the following information as a resource to supply to others when this need arises. It will show them:
* The parts they would need to purchase from the local hardware store to make the tool.
* Detailed steps, with photos, to build the tool.
* Instructions on how to safely use the tool.
* The link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Roof_Snow_Removal_Tool/.
I would welcome the opportunity to explain this further.

Joe Thompson
South Jordan, UT

Posted by: joethompson64 | February 9, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

1.5" in Forest Glen.

Big wet fat flakes falling fast and heavy...

Where all the naysayers at now?

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

Folks, ignore eyemakeup. He/she has the right to express his/her opinion and CWG knows they have complete confidence and total gratitude of 99.999% of the people who visit this site. There's gonna' be some noise now and then. That's life on the internet.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

In Court House I got repeated measurements of 1 5/8" of snow on the sidewalks that were clear when I walked home this afternoon - more in some spots and less in others. Seems to be sticking to the roads pretty well.

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

Wow, I can see us having 5" or more by midnight - is this a bit of a bonus, are we still supposed to see 6-12" on top of whatever falls by about midnight?

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Re: delivery

FedEx shut down delivery without delivering my package, which was a guitar that sat in that cold delivery truck all day without making it to my house. The kicker is that I saw the FedEx truck speed by my house on a quiet, cleared residential street in Arlington not more than 30 minutes before the online tracking system changed to "delivery not attempted due to inclement conditions." I think maybe someone decided get to Miller Time a little early. Arrgggh!!

Posted by: acoberst1 | February 9, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

1.5 inches in Bethesda, MD.

NWS is reporting different inches for zip codes which are right next to each other.

Posted by: carr530 | February 9, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Just measured- 2 full inches of new snow in Falls Church.

Its still falling very heavily.

Posted by: orchidinDC | February 9, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

2 1/2 inches at 8 pm, better raise that estimate......

Posted by: hollinmeadowsVA | February 9, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

2" of fresh powder, give or take, in Logan Circle. Thomas Cirlce showed asphalt for the first time since Friday. I walked up to Logan circle with the pooch, back to Thomas 20 minutes later - completely covered.

This is really remarkable.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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

We are number 2!!!!


(BTW for those who were concerned about me, I made it home! I was able to fly from Chicago with a stopover in Norfolk, VA yesterday when the snow stopped just for ONE day. Hubby had to rent a Subuaru to pick me up at BWI-- the drive home was a bit scary with the Baltimore-Washing parkway partially plowed!)

Posted by: SanDieganLostinDC | February 9, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Over 3" in Fredericksburg and has just turned to a mix of snow/sleet.

Posted by: cwspy | February 9, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

2.5 inches...north Stafford...is this over performing in the southern suburbs?

Posted by: tjack55 | February 9, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

About 1.5 inches in Tysons Corner right now

Posted by: lnoz | February 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

A little over 1 inch in Springfield. Method: wooden deck and yardstick. It looks like more on the deck rails. Snowing steadily, but not particularly heavy flakes or bad visibility it seems.

Posted by: DrMeglet | February 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Below is what the NWS issued for Fairfax County as of 6:01PM. Are they saying total for both days 8-12, or 12-20 between both days?

VAZ053-100230-
FAIRFAX-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FAIRFAX
601 PM EST TUE FEB 9 2010
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY...
.TONIGHT...SNOW. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES. LOWS IN THE
UPPER 20S. EAST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH...BECOMING NORTHEAST WITH GUSTS
UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.
.WEDNESDAY...SNOW. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW. SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES
IN THE MORNING WITH VISIBILITY ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 8 TO 12 INCHES. BLUSTERY WITH HIGHS IN
THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH...
INCREASING TO 45 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR
100 PERCENT.

Posted by: dustinmfox1 | February 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Here in Chesapeake Beach, Md., we've gone from a wintry mix to straight snow. Not a lot of accumulation yet -- maybe an inch.

Posted by: SwingsetAbby | February 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

300_sq_ft, we must live right next door to each other. I think we've got the same size apartment.

Posted by: bryc3 | February 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Eyemakeupneeded1 obviously needs less eye makeup. Methinks their vision is obscured a tad much. Although, I must say I like her (or his?) style of totally unpretentious prose! Not a hint of smugness or cerebral vanity anywhere in there! Not a hint... Please leave her comment for the mirth and merriment it brought me on this cold February evening.

More than an inch on the ground here in Bethesda, and coming down hard. If anything, I'm wondering if CWG was too conservative with this storm.

Posted by: nlcaldwell | February 9, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

total 8-12

Posted by: danuva | February 9, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

What happened to all the "this is a bust" posts?

Posted by: jaydreb1 | February 9, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"Don't delude yourselves that what you are engaging in is either science or journalism."

Looks like somebody has a case of the Mondays...er... Tuesdays!

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | February 9, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

1" in Garrett Park so far...

Posted by: Fab5Mama | February 9, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

If you zoom in here to the maximum on the left hand side, you can almost follow the storm neighborhood by neighborhood.

http://www.wusa9.com/weather/wxweather/default.aspx

Posted by: Cat11endofdays | February 9, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's the short term from NWS for Manassas:
ACCUMULATION THIS EVENING OF SLEET AND SNOW WILL REMAIN UNDER ONE
INCH.
I already have close to two inches on the deck in eastest Manassas, unless it stops now, what's up with the NWS forecast?

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 9, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

@eyemakeupneeded1 Anyone that doesn't know that 'writers' have little/nothing to do with the 'editors' that write the headlines (here, WaPo blurbs) is really out of touch with current media.

I've been here for three days, having found CWG when I didn't get my WaPo 'paper' paper this weekend and was poking about the WaPo site. And, I think I already know a lot more than you do about them. Good grief.

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

In looking at the Sterling radar, it almost looks like their is a rotation between Colonial Beach and Fredericksburg...

Posted by: SJMPARMAN | February 9, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you Missy. I think we'll get more than that.

Posted by: irish031 | February 9, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe 1/2" in Sterling. :/

Posted by: Sterlingva | February 9, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Snow going back & forth between light & moderate intensity. Just under one inch on the cleaned deck.
Looks like folks just to our east got a fast blast!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

It's so funny to hear the TV announcer down in New Orleans say "we're on the frozen tundra". Ok, it's 45 degrees. But the tundra is on Tunlaw Road and other nearby streets in N.W. DC.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

NEWB here...

Wondering if there might be a 10 mile or so swath of higher total (than advertised) just up the 95 cooridor - especially just south of DC - and just west of the rain/snow line. 30 miles west it looks like it runs out of juice - but the foreseeable future seems to have Quantico on North to DC as a pretty good accumulation area. Just a thought.

Posted by: bornin1775 | February 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if homeowners insurance covers tree damage? Not damage to the house but the cost to replant, stake, trim up trees damaged by the storm? My mom in Centreville has 6 or 7 15-20 foot pines that have fallen over and will need to be replanted. Thanks.

Posted by: CliftonJohn | February 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

RE "Why not a blizzard warning"

NWS needs to expect sustained winds of 35mph for the storm to be called a blizzard. Only the gusts will break this threshold.

Posted by: prokaryote | February 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

closing in on 3" in central Arlington, heavy band just to the south

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

In Alexandria coming down fast and looks like 2 inches already at 8:13. Not a good sign.

Posted by: ajw827 | February 9, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

We have 2-3 inches here in University Park (NE of DC, next to College Park). I am in a wooded area at the top of a hill so we tend to get a bit more than surrounding areas; for example we had at least 28 if not 30 inches after the snowmageddon. The accumulation is fairly rapid -- not as thick as the last one but still, in my neighborhood, the air is mostly snow.

Posted by: BobLHead | February 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@bryc3

Well if you're around 300 Sq Ft then we must be in the same building. There are only a few this small in the city, and probably one one building in the Thomas Circle that has them this small.

Tell me, when you're in the lobby of your building what do you see?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Lights already flickering here south of Ft. Belvoir.

But, in abiding by the new rules of this website that I used to treasure, let me say for the record that the possibility of my lights going out tonight is wonderful and gorgeous. I can't wait. Bring it on!

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 9, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

eyemakeupneeded1, lol. If anything CWG has been a little under on the previous storms. It's clear you have no idea what is going on here.

Posted by: juliusc91 | February 9, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

@Cat11
FedWife
acoberst

Thank you for your insights. I heard UPS pulled their trucks early on Friday, and locally FedEx was still running later. We got that package on Monday. have checked for my zipcode on UPS website, but nothing listed.

One package is "out for delivery" but the roof rake is "halted due to outside factors" as of 8:04 pm.

Back to watching the snowfall! Stay warm all.

Posted by: sullivanva1 | February 9, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

where was the dude that said about less than 3 inches?


coming down at a good clip here in East Falls Church.

Snow and LOST on tap here...

Posted by: jrodfoo | February 9, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 3" of new, fluffy loose snow on my back deck down in Alexandria, near Mt. Vernon...

Posted by: alc_in_NoVa | February 9, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

@CWG: Haven't been following the details on this storm very well. Can we expect a deformation axis to form over the area to keep the precip going? The radar doesn't look overly promising for Loudoun, at least at the moment.

Posted by: Sterlingva | February 9, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

1" in eastern Warren County, enough to push my season total above 72" for the season...

Posted by: spgass1 | February 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

tjack55, I agree that this is overperforming to the SW of DC.

I too live in N. Stafford.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

we have 3" on the front porch in woodbridge (22191, 1/4 mile west of the river) and it's still coming down. No sign of any sleet mixing in at this point.

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

2" in Annandale but we have gone to a light snow, almost a flurry. Temp 29. Wind light at about 4 MPH with gusts up to 7.

Posted by: amaranthpa | February 9, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

@300

In my lobby, I see GW students whose parents must pay a fortune for their apartment. Must be nice.

Posted by: bryc3 | February 9, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Just walked home from Adams Morgan, which had about an inch, now have nearly 2" on Ingleside Terrace in Mt. Pleasant. We seem to reach the higher numbers -- hillside effect? -- had 26" last Saturday on our back porch (i.e. not an open area, and under a tree too).

Posted by: goldgirl96 | February 9, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

About an inch and a half in Mount Vernon, snowing hard. A friend from Minnesota pointed me to Generac Guardian generators. About 4 grand provides a unit that runs your whole house and is powered by natural gas. Guess who's going shopping after this mess? Winter or summer, I don't want to be without power again.

Posted by: griffin1108 | February 9, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Just went outside-stuck my hand out-the snow has turned to a sleety mix, my balcony rail looks to have 1 3/4" here in NW DC, Glover Park.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 9, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@tjack55

I measured 5 or 10 minutes after you did and got ~3.1". So no, not under performing. :)

Posted by: SpeedLimit186000 | February 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

all the heavy precip wants to stay to along and east of i95. gonna need those bands to start forming to the west or else there's going to be some busted forecasts imo

Posted by: swishjobs | February 9, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am not sure what it is, but by all means, bring on the deformation axis! (if any of you could define that, I'd appreciate it. I have learned so much here!)

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 9, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Today's Washington Post editorial on the weather was nothing short of idiotic. Hey, we should just all pull an effort together to act like everything is normal. Never mind this was the first actual paper we've gotten since last Friday morning, never mind that municipalities don't have the money now for the bare bones, they should be socking away tens of millions for snow removal, never mind that the streets I live on are so icy that we can't get out because it's uphill and the car can't hit the ice fast enough to make it. What about all that advice about staying off the roads? How do we have it both ways, "normalize as quickly as possible" and "stay off the roads so lives (particularly of rescuers) aren't unnecessarily risked?"

What the Federal Government can do is enable every single person possible for telecommuting in the case of severe weather. My husband telecommutes from home every single day, thank God. He's not only worked, he's worked overtime without having to risk life and limb.

Posted by: elizestrada | February 9, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

@bryc3

HAAAA Then we are DEFINITELY in the same building.

Plates on the wall in ur lobby?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

acoberst1 -

Just an FYI on Fed Ex. My boyfriend delivers packages for Fed Ex. He got in to work at 8am today and is still not home. It's been a nightmare trying to deliver pacakges in the snow that is still left over, particularly with people not shoveling walks, etc. Believe me, they're just as frustrated as you and are really trying to get things out. Whatever doesn't get delivered today is just going to be added on to what will be waiting for them when they are able to get back to work.

Posted by: tricia8 | February 9, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Need a laugh?

Just called the folks to check on them...Dad is a 92-year-old WWII vet, and he and Mom live alone. Mom has dementia. Their daytime nurse/caregiver didn't make it over today, They live in Bethesda.

So, Dad answers the phone, and their TV is blaring in the background. I shout to him to turn it down so we can talk.

DAD: "Oh, it's not the TV. The neighbors have been stopping by to check on us tonight, so I broke out the Jack Daniels."

It sounds like a frat party. Hehe.


Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 9, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

prokaryote:

NWS accepts gusts for blizzard warning criteria. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/Defined/index.htm#Blizzard%20Warning

Posted by: jpl1019 | February 9, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Here in Sterling we have an inch at minimum with almost two inches. It is coming down very hard and the roads are very slick.

Posted by: justin-N-sterlingVa | February 9, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

28 degrees with moderate to heavy snow here in Eldersburg; it's been that way since about 5PM. Just cleared the driveway and measured from a few different spots. About 4.5 inches so far.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

looks like the area blossoming around Fredericksburg might be just west enough to give us a sweep

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

If the snow accumulation exceeds 3 inches in my area, I'll make sure I apologize.

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

@Hoyas4Ever: Fabulous. :) I did indeed need a laugh just now, so thanks for posting that story.

Posted by: --sg | February 9, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

We have almost 3" on the ground at 8:30 in Columbia!

Posted by: columbiamd46 | February 9, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"Snowverkill" (with massive apologies and full credit to Men at Work, whose song this really is)

I can't get to sleep
I think about the accumulations
It's piling up too deep
And possibly more precipitation
Especially overnight
I worry about power cessation
I hope there'll be lights
Perhaps I need a vacation
Day after day, snow appears
Night after night my face shows the tears
Plows appear, then fade away
A break between the sleet
Only brings desperation
Gotta walk the streets
Knee deep in frustration
At least there's a path in sight
And though it's a small creation
It brings me delight
From Snowverkill!
Day after day, snow appears
Night after night, my face shows the tears
Plows appear, then fade away
Please come back again today!

Day after day, snow appears
Night after night my face shows the tears
Plows appear, then fade away
Plows appear, then fade away
Plows appear, then fade away

Gotta keep a sense of humor in all this. Thank you, CWG for all you do!

Posted by: auntiem29 | February 9, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to the UPS page:

http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/about/news/service_updates/20100209_snow.html

They give zip codes not being served.

BTW, if you're expecting a package, it's worth creating a login, as neither UPS nor FedEx will permit you to see full address info without being logged in as either shipper or recipient.

Posted by: fsd50 | February 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

@300

Actually, no! Sounds like they're colonizing.

Posted by: bryc3 | February 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

When is the wind supposed to pick up? That is what worries us power outage weary!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | February 9, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

@nlcaldwell:

while i like cwg, this storm is going to underperform north and west of dc...including bethesda which i live in as well. i'm just not seeing it per radar, which i've been saying all afternoon...at least for the areas i just mentioned. we'll see though, i could be eating my words tomorrow morning.

Posted by: swishjobs | February 9, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

@elizestrada

I am a federal employee and have been working from home all week. Spent today doing a project review with contractors via conference call. The requirement for feds under telecommuting agreements is that they don't get "off" when the government closes if they work from home. If they report to a GSA-approved telecommute center, they may get off. I agree that there needs to be a bigger emphasis on telecommuting for those whose jobs can be done that way.

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

1.75" in Oakton, so that's .75" in the last hour.

Posted by: paige_va | February 9, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

@CliftonJohn

Generally no, homeowners insurance will not cover tree replacment, and if you file claims for relativerly non-catastrophic events, don't be surprised if they cancel you.

Posted by: h0db | February 9, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

6" in Keyser, WV, in the Potomac Highlands as of 8:15. Snow is fluffy and dry, very easy to shovel, if there was only some place to put it. Temp 26. Snow fell heavy and fast from 3 to 6, has slowed considerably since, but it is still snowing.

Posted by: fishe | February 9, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It looks like 1-2 inches here in SE already.

@eyemakeupneeded1
You either fell on one of the many sidewalks that have left to be shoveled and got a shovel stuck up or bum or you have been overcome by cabin fever. Either way if you don't like what the CWG has to say why don't you take yourself to the NWS site and stay there.

I came across the site by way of Twitter and so far their predictions have been right on the money. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: knd76 | February 9, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Intense red on wunderground radar over Stafford County, headed straight for the District.

Posted by: ShooterFlack | February 9, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we're up to 1.0" in South Riding (20152). Anyone out this way to confirm/deny?

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

@bryc3

Ha. yeah man, it's pretty bad.

One benefit, though, they usually have a lot of beer. And if you drink their beer quickly enough, you don't care what they're saying.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

@auntiem29

Great parody for a great song I had forgotten about!

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 9, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Clifton John

Homeowners usually cover trees only if it hits the house. She needs to check her policy.

Posted by: pmknp | February 9, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

CWG - it seems that this round of snow is not from the coastal. Is this bonus snow?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

2 inches 1/2 mile east of East Falls Church Metro

Posted by: Shiipon | February 9, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have any experience helping out with the hospitals in this weather?
I have a 4x4 pickup with snow tires and grew up driving in bad weather. Do they really use people or will I just sit around for hours until someone needs a lift?

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 9, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

@300

I'll drink to that!

Posted by: bryc3 | February 9, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Fedwkr - one thing I learned this winter when in doubt, dont estimate, measure.

After eyeballing it, I was gonna say, 1/2 maybe 1 inch max -- then I went out and measured. Will do so again soon.

Posted by: SJ43560 | February 9, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

2 and 13/16ths" five minutes ago in West Springfield, all since about 5:45 or 6. It's slowed down, with about 1.5" in the first hour.

Posted by: cypselus | February 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Guessing we're approaching 2.5" near Eisenhower Metro. Three in some spots. Snowing hard again.

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have any thoughts about why the mayor is so insistent on sending government workers to work despite dangerous conditions?

The federal government has been closed (which includes the House and Senate, and NASA), but apparently the work that we DC government workers do is much more important. If everyone stayed off the roads, our fire, EMS, and child protective services workers could get their jobs done without extra danger.

Posted by: djmich78 | February 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

@Hoyas4Ever, LMAO :D

Posted by: ChickenLady | February 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

oops - didn't see that the UPS page had already been checked for zip codes. Yeah - one of the reasons we need to clean up our sidewalks etc is so delivery people can provide the service we pay them for.

Posted by: fsd50 | February 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Re: headlines: we write our own headlines on this blog, but what the rest of the Post does is not really under our control (ie the national and local homepage), although we do try to coordinate so the headlines accurately reflect our forecasts.

And personally, I am impressed by the heavy precip so far. I'll leave it to Jason et al to decide whether to update amounts though in the 11 PM update.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

2" in Kensington, MD.

Posted by: h0db | February 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

@Andrewrockville

I did it once years ago for Laurel, and was running all over the place getting staff. I imagine experiences will vary though.

I would do it again, but of course this t

Posted by: juliusc91 | February 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Enough of the cutesy names... this is a bad snowstorm, nothing more, nothing less. I was born in N Dakota, and lived in Europe and Upstate New York. Yjis is nothing.

The melodrama, poems, and other nonsense illustrates to outsiders why Wash DC is a bunch of goofballs. And, please stop the mass hysteria at the grocery stores. None of you is going to starve to death, or suffer immeasurably without your $5 mocha frappachinos. And, the tap water is drinkable, so you don't need to hoard bottled water. LOL - ridiculous.

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 9, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

...this summer I traded in the truck for a mini

Posted by: juliusc91 | February 9, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"INCREASING TO 45 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON"

Dang, I hate it when CWG exaggerates their forecast. "Gusts to 50 mph..."

Next thing you know, you guys will increase the chance of snow for Sunday to 25%!

;-)

Posted by: mcaicedo | February 9, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

@autiem - Thank you for sharing your composition!

@fsd - Thank you, those are NOT the only zip codes. I just let Cust Svc know that the information needs to be updated, if they wish it to be of any value.

Posted by: sullivanva1 | February 9, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Out here in Ashburn there's barely a coating of new snow on the ground. What's up with that? Supposedly we are in the 8 to 16 inch range too!

Posted by: skbm1 | February 9, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

@andrewrockville
you are busy at shift changes and can be "on-call" to go pick up specialists--I did a run for an OB-GYN for an emergency c-section once. when I have been on-call, I have usually been at home, but I am only about 2 miles from the hospital, so it's easy for me to get back and forth. Best thing is to check with the hospital. Also check with the local PDs and FDs, I know the National Guard in DC has been helping them out downtown, not sure what the status is locally, though.

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

@HolyMoley

I come from the northlands as well -- Ontario, Massachusetts, upstate NY -- and find that this blog is a good mix of hard info on forecasting, reporting, and social networking. I find it amusing and engaging -- and also the best source of local weather around.

Posted by: krosseel | February 9, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Hoyas4Ever - thanks for sharing. I want to party with them!
AuntieEm - you rock!

Posted by: kathyb39 | February 9, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

First time I have been reading the comments, do the ****s of misery always post?

Posted by: juliusc91 | February 9, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

2.5 inches in Glover Park at 8.30 pm, light snow (no sleet yet or still), 30 degrees.

Posted by: doubtingdavid | February 9, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Looking at national radar, heaviest precip appears to be developing over Atlantic. Is that a sign that the storm is developing further east than expected?

Certainly heaviest precip appears to be north and east. Here in Ashburn, snow has been mostly light all night thus far.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Metro has now shut down all above ground stations.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | February 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

We are just shy of 3" in Fairlington

Posted by: altuckywmn | February 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

2.5" in Oxon Hill/National Harbor and snowing heavily ATM. Hopefully this will continue for awhile. Without the wind it is a very pretty sight. So bright out you could read a book without any added light. Hmm... what does that say about light pollution?

PJ in Oxon Hill

Posted by: pjdunn1 | February 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

We have over 7" new snow already today in Westminster, MD, out towards Manchester.

Posted by: windroad | February 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

1.5 inches in Vienna at 8:45pm. Radar looks much more ominous north and east of DC than on the Fairfax Cty side of the Beltway.

Posted by: BidsKids | February 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

@doubtingdavid, I haven't seen any sleet in Glover Park, either. Well, I haven't heard any on my window a/c unit and when it sleets, there's plenty of racket. Just waiting for the big band coming up I-95 to get here.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

coming down hard and fast in Alexandria. Just don't let the power go out before LOST is over.

Posted by: ajw827 | February 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Steady, soaking rain here in Hampton, VA, headed in your general direction...

Posted by: KPosty | February 9, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

@skbm1

Same here. Been little more than a strong flurry most of the night. Hope it continues that way.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Pouring snow now. 3 inches, here we come!

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 9, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

@ AndrewRockville, yes, they really need the help.

Posted by: ChickenLady | February 9, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I am certainly amused... the country is probably better off without the Federal Gummit at work... LOL :o)

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 9, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

we've got 2 1/2" in Dupont Circle

Posted by: eugeniaayers | February 9, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

If the last two snowstroms have shown anything, it is we (Washingtonians) can dig ourselves out sufficiently well, thank you. Almost all main roads were cleared 48 hours after the last storm, including multilane highways that were fully functional almost everywhere.

Are the newscasters --especially the capital gang-- going to stop their hysterical reporting each time we get any new snow? So far this winter, their reports have been stupidly emotional, and borderline unprofessional, not to mention getting the temperature highs wrong, week after week.

Posted by: RegisUrgel | February 9, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Just got in from my first shoveling - I didn't want to be caught with too much on my car this time. After I finished a quarter of an inch had already accumulated back on the car - FairOaks.

Posted by: barbnc | February 9, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

@djmich78

couldn't agree more. My husband works for the City of Manassas and is not an essential worker. They were on liberal leave yesterday and a whopping 20 people showed up. None of senior leadership of the city was among the group. When they got there, they found the parking lot only partially plowed and a 3-foot-high wall of snow blocking the entrance. The employees had to break through the wall of snow with their cars to get to the parking lot. They are liberal leave tomorrow and no one believes the lot will be plowed. My husband has decided to stay home.

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@js2225 Re: Saints Parade in NOLA.

I was watching it on CNN and online as well. When I took my dog out earlier I was listening to parade coverage on WWL/FlyCast on my iPhone. The snow craziness finally got to me and I did an impromptu second line on my dog walk.

Definitely beat my spirits/attitude from earlier in the day driving to and from work...

Posted by: tidalwave1 | February 9, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

wow. really intense bands just east of DC. Wonder if there's any sleet mixing in? Otherwise, that's gotta be some heavy snow!!

Posted by: BH99 | February 9, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

@regis

There are places that have yet to see a plow and conditions are pretty much awful everywhere. What on earth are you talking about?

Posted by: juliusc91 | February 9, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

@300_sq_ft

We're not considering this bonus snow. We accounted for this snow in our accumulation prediction and it was simulated in the models.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

This is an old link. Forecast by accuweather. I thought it's very funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt_IP93B2QE

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

3" in South Springfield

Posted by: cmspsu13 | February 9, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Is Metro now so paranoid they shut above-ground down with only a couple of inches? Someone explain this...

I just got a WaPo text at 8:50 saying they were shutting down at 8:45. Useful if I was on a train bound for Vienna.

WMATA news release timed at 8:39 from their website. Huh? Now I'm really confused. It's not like they didn't know this storm was coming.

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

We measured 3" along the river in Ft Washington a few minutes ago. Continuing moderate snow with big flake.

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

@eyemakeupneeded. I think you forgot that the Washington Post covers a large geographical area. The current NWS report for Greenbelt calls for accumulation of 9-17" and wind gusts up to 46mph tomorrow. Check it out if you want, zip 20770. From there, I not sure how anyone could characterize CWG as hyperbolic.

As someone who lives in a heavily wooded town that already lost power on Saturday, it really helps to know that wind speeds could get that high. I'm better prepared than I was last weekend.

CWG, you're great. I'm new here but I've become a real fan.

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

So if this strong band keeps up and we get some continuous heavy snow from the district southward for the next couple hours, will people still be complaining about DCA when it registers a higher snow total than upper NW/Bethesda/Silver Spring... I mean, its just not representative, right.....

Posted by: OldTownVA1 | February 9, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Up in Towson and near the university, we have 2-3 inches since it began around 4:20P this afternoon.
Already had 28 plus on the ground and looking for more than 12-14 inches more by this time tomorrow.
Golly!
Great job to the CWG and to all posters, stay warm and hope you keep your power on!

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

@RegisUrgel--

not sure where you have been driving, but even today on 95 north lanes disappeared under snow piles, route 1 was down to 1 lane between woodbridge and fort belvoir, the prince william parkway was a mess in spots and we still have not seen a plow in our neighborhood. All of these are Major thoroughfares. I would not consider that "dug out" If it weren't for my Subaru and my neighbor's Cherokee, no one on this street would have gone anywhere.

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


Two words: "Global Warming!"

Ha ha ha... why do we wait until the middle of the summer to fixate on the politics of this manmade hysteria?

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

I think this storm is going to under produce in Western FFX and Loudoun. CWG gang, do you agree? Looks like most of precip will move off to east, not to mention the dry slot in SW VA.

Posted by: bbv91258 | February 9, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

3" in Odenton so far.......

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

I'd say we've got 2 inches of new snow here in west Springfield.

Posted by: jbizzle25 | February 9, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

A little over 3 inches...now it's mixing with sleet..north Stafford.

Posted by: tjack55 | February 9, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse


Perhaps now we can sell all those SUVs that were sitting on lots when the $4/gal gas hysteria was percolating.

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

@bbv91258

Hope so. Radar is trending that way, but I know things can change. Depends on the low off the coast, I suppose.

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

...aaaaaand that's what I was waiting for. Tipped your hand as a troll too soon, HoleyMoley.

==

Two words: "Global Warming!"

Ha ha ha... why do we wait until the middle of the summer to fixate on the politics of this manmade hysteria?

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 9, 2010 9:02 PM

Posted by: mensan98th | February 9, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

2.6541223 inches in Old Town

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

Just measured in my driveway in North Arlington, between East Falls Church and Westover. Just over 2 inches in one spot, just over 1.5 inches in a more sheltered spot (between the five-foot piles of snow I've shoveled off so far this week). The snow isn't coming down as hard as it was an hour ago, but it has picked up again in the past 10-15 minutes.

Posted by: 27champs | February 9, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

@Andrewrockville To volunteer to drive for Shady Grove Hospital you can call: 240-826-7693 or check out their Emergency/SUV Volunteer page on their website: www.adventisthealthcare.com/SGAH

This is a wonderful service to provide and if I were in better physical conditions right now I'd do it myself. Thank you in advance for volunteering. Hope they are able to use you.

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

@djmich78 -- Possibly because (1) Fenty is an obnoxious jerk, (2) he wants credit for being a flinty steward of taxpayers' money, and (3) he hopes to distract people from his administration's inability to live up to his boasts regarding the speed and efficiency of snow removal. I have friends in the District who say that Marion Barry did a better job and that some major snow emergency routes had still not been plowed as of today.

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

The Weather Channel just reported 4" in DC already. And, a heavy band of snow is still right over the most of the city.

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

The snow has practically stopped in Glover Park-it is light icyness coming down now-still say about 1 3/4" of snow-not quite 2"

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

Just measured my driveway in Old Town, 30 feet.

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

9 pm measurement, just over 3" in central Arl, snowfall rates picking up

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 9, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain why metro is only running every 30 minutes? Are most of the trains still buried? Just thinking ahead to the potential for a horrible commnute on thursday. Even if the above ground stations are open - a train every 30 minutes will make for an extremely crowded and slow commute.

Posted by: nolagirl67 | February 9, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

@Snowlover2 - Not just milk, eggs, and bread, but toilet paper as well. (Do these people usually buy it one roll at a time?)

Conclusion: In a storm, people develop a craving for French toast,...which apparently has a laxative effect.

Posted by: mclean22101 | February 9, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

50 MPH wind gusts? Make me laugh. They've been forecasting strong winds for days on end for most of last week. The wind hardly blew over on Saturday, at last. How can it, really, when the temperature is above 30 F? Anybody who has lived in Montreal, New York, or even Pittsburgh would find these "blizzard" descriptions laughable.

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

Radar shows really intense bands in areas east of the city. Is this because of sleet or is it really coming down that hard?

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

@BH99

Think there's some sleet mixed in with that.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

0z NAM shows an addition .75-1 qpf for DC, more N+E

Posted by: Dylan0513 | February 9, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I live in Cleveland Park NW DC. Went outside about an hour ago to check on things and make a futile attempt to brush off the car. It's snowing like the dickens, and definitely not "sleet" or "wintry mix." Good 2" of fresh powder on the ground & more coming rapidly. Took some new photos for the Flickr set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/djmunz/sets/72157623360625686/

Also added a video: http://www.flickr.com/photos/djmunz/4345184664/

I sympathize with the folks who are sick of this snow, but it really is gorgeous.

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

@oldtown, DCA will measure more snow than upper NW in a given snowfall on the same day the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns meet in the Super Bowl.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The snow in Old Town is slightly crusty, 2.34 inches with a yellow coating in spots, where the dogs couldn't find green patches of grass.

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

Centreville VA Heavy snow huge flakes.
Phone call from chain of command: Prince William county govt has decided to close tomorrow.
A wise choice...thank you.

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

CWG -

I'm a little concerned about that huge dry slot in Western VA. I realize when the coastal completely takes over (it hasn't yet has it?) the precip shield will be tight and backfill, BUT from the looks of the latest regional radar it looks like that giant dry slot will be over us in 3 or 4 hours.

What's your take on that?

Thanks.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

So far, 2.75" in Alexandria just off 395 @ Seminary Rd.

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

looks like a very healthy line of snow pushing north now through dc and near bmore. should be interesting. radar is starting pop

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

Here just outside of Hampstead in Carroll County we have been getting Heavy to moderate snow since about 3:00 pm and already have at least 6+ inches and is still coming down at a very rapid pace. Roads are covered.

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

"The wind hardly blew over on Saturday, at last. How can it, really, when the temperature is above 30 F?"

Regis, please, please explain this? Either clarification in general, or how you've concluded that the wind can only blow when it's sub-30 degrees. Your choice.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

@Hoyas4Ever-
I've made a few neighborly "house calls" myself (RN) and that by far sounds like the best!

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

It's getting heavier in Alexandria. Not sleet. Just still straight snow.

Posted by: ajw827 | February 9, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Man, look at this about to pummel the District:

http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=DCA

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say... the moisture levels are higher than I expected. I think we are going to see some of the upper totals reached just south of DC.

Posted by: bornin1775 | February 9, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

CWG, you asked what we were doing tonight... I'm on my couch with frozen veggies on my cheeks while I watch Dirty Jobs. I got lucky (?) and my wisdom teeth were pulled just as the snow started. Schools are closed for the rest of the week, so me and my chipmunk cheeks don't have to show up AND I don't have to use any sick days!

Anyone else having fun?

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

The snow is wet and cold and falling from the sky in Old Town.

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

the radar is definitely starting to pop. that dry slot looks like it's several hours away. i might be wrong about my earlier forecasts...didn't think the bands of snow would form so quickly to the sw of dc

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

Eli-key point-AN HOUR AGO it WAS "snowing like the dickens" in Cleveland Park. IT IS NOT DOING THAT NOW. It's an icy mix-light precip. now.

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

2"+ in Huntington on cleared ground. I was hoping to keep a path to the street open but it looks like that won't happen.

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

Happy Birthday NWS!
1870 - The United States Weather Bureau is created.
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2009/02/dayintech_0209

Posted by: djm-01 | February 9, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

@leesweet, Metro typically shuts down with 8" of snow because it covers the third rail. From riding above ground on the red and green line today, metro was only able to barely uncover the third rail. 2" or so would easily cover it up again and make travel impossible. I agree that they could have explained this better in their closure announcement.

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

Wow, we are in a pretty good band here about 10 miles due south of BWI. It must be snowing at least an 1"+ an hour at the moment! Should have about 4" or a bit more by 10:00pm if this keeps up!

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

Here is a clip of the radar if you are interested:

http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=LWX

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

No sign of mixing here in Thomas Circle

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

WARNING: Don't lick any metal poles, your tongue will get stuck; no matter who double dog dares you. Now pass the Red Ryder BB gun...

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

Straight snow, moderate with big flakes in Adams Morgan.

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

Looks like the latest NAM gives us an additional 8-10, and that's with 10:1 ratios.

Temperatures here have been dropping since the onset of precipitation, maybe we're looking at more like 12:1 or 15:1 ratios

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

@ juliusc91, yes, there are some snowhaters (of misery) always here. There seem to be many more snowlovers, like me, though. Also lots of weather geeks, which I love about this blog, although I'm not one myself and don't understand 9/10 of what they talk about. Many of us have been following CWG (or CapWx to the oldtimers) for years, since before they joined the WaPo -- though for myself, I confess to coming around mainly to share the excitement of big weather like this.

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

Just a hair under 3.5" here in Montclair, Va as of 9:20 PM.

Posted by: bornin1775 | February 9, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Adam's Morgan:

1. What exactly is "straight snow?"

2. And, isn't "Big Flakes" in Adams Morgan an oxymoron?

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

Changed from sleet to very very light snow in north Stafford.

Posted by: tjack55 | February 9, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

ChickenLady
I love the CWG site too and the excitement of the snow!!

Posted by: celestun100 | February 9, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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

DCZ001-MDZ013-014-VAZ050>057-502-100445-
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-ORANGE-CULPEPER-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-
903 PM EST TUE FEB 9 2010

.NOW...

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

AN AREA OF MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE
ACROSS THE THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA...THE VIRGINIA
PIEDMONT...AND ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY THROUGH 1130 PM EST.
ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 2 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED...WITH ISOLATED
HEAVIER TOTALS POSSIBLE. VISIBILITY IN PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL
BE REDUCED TO UNDER ONE HALF MILE. TEMPERATURES WILL GRADUALLY
FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S THIS EVENING...WITH EAST WINDS AROUND 5
MPH EXPECTED TO CONTINUE.

Posted by: dustinmfox1 | February 9, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

@HolyMoley

Really not useful.

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

HAHAHA, HolyMoley deserves a rimshot!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

@AndrewRockville Plenty of hospitals or foodandfriends (they have suburban deliveries, too) will put you to work. Usually they will take whatever time/routes they can get. I know NIH Clinical Center was looking for drivers, as are pretty much all the hospitals. If they are covered they will tell you.

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

From the 9:04 update to the NWS "short term forecast":

AN AREA OF MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA...THE VIRGINIA
PIEDMONT...AND ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY THROUGH 1130 PM EST. ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 2 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED...WITH ISOLATED HEAVIER TOTALS POSSIBLE. VISIBILITY IN PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL BE REDUCED TO UNDER ONE HALF MILE. TEMPERATURES WILL GRADUALLY
FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S THIS VENING...WITH EAST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH EXPECTED TO CONTINUE.

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

Time for HolyMoley's "contributions" to be given their due.

Posted by: mason08 | February 9, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Still snowing heavily off of Wisconsin Avenue over by the National Cathedral. I would guess somewhere around 3 inches on the ground already.

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

ok...i'm pretty much done guessing what this storm is going to do and i'm just going to enjoy it. could be our last biggie, you never know. my final call for dc is 8 inches, a bit more north and east. the end. enjoy the snow fellow md, va, wv'ers, etc etc.

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

2 inches already at 9:20 pm in the Aspen Hill area of MoCo.

Posted by: B-rod | February 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

@tricia8

I know the FedEx & UPS guys work hard, especially in bad weather, and I normally get great service from them.

It's just frustrating to see the truck that 95% certain has my (fairly sensitive to cold temps) item in it, and not be able to get the package. I could get out to the street in time to flag him down. The result is that FedEx will probably load my (fairly sensitive to cold temps) item in yet another truck tomorrow and the following and try to drive all over N. Va. with it before being unable to deliver it to me. I just hope the guitar neck isn't all warped to hell after this. :(

Posted by: acoberst1 | February 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

krosseel:

Get a sense of humor. Snow is God's way of letting us know we are not in control of the weather. Are minute by minute readings of 1-2 inches really useful? :o)

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

@ 9:15pm, 4" here in old town Alex. That puts us at a solid 1 inch per hour for the last few hours.

BTW, for those out to the west who lament DCA being a "snow hole", this is good news as I generally get about the same amount as they do.

Maybe you arent seeing much yet, but at least DCA is likely going to post a bit high this time.

Posted by: SJ43560 | February 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Jason posted:
"We're not considering this bonus snow. We accounted for this snow in our accumulation prediction and it was simulated in the models." so...
Does that mean that tonight this is going to stop and take a break? and/or Does this mean that for us in Prince William, we aren't really going to get much of the storm tomorrow, mostly just bluster?

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

just under 3 inches of new snow near Fairfax metro station

Posted by: cosmo12 | February 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

@nolagirl67, Why is metrorail only running every 30 minutes? Answer: Fewer metrorail drivers.

You might have noticed road travel is difficult. Not every employee of metro lives close to an underground metro station and can report to work under the current conditions. Anyway, I didn't have a wait longer than 15 minutes in the noon-afternoon hours.

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

@920pm in Cleveland Park - snow pouring from the sky.
2 1/4" of fresh powder on previously clean sidewalk

Posted by: JDK4 | February 9, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

@HolyMoley

HAAA

Thank you. Thank you for reminding me that DC isn't full of vapid people without a sense of humor. Well, at least not ALL of them.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

@prokaryote AH, that makes a heck of a lot more sense. I thought they had the 'prime movers' clearing things down to zero, not 'just below the rail'. Yikes. Thanks much for the clarification.

It's this sort of idiocy (non-commonsense communication) that has helped make WMATA go way downhill. Without that one-line explanation, we think they are morons. I've lived here for 25 years and wondered for a while how to fix their management.

Oh well, now back to your regularly scheduled WX dissection!

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

NWS updated forecast for DC (20531) as of 9:04PM

Tonight: Snow. Low around 28. East wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Wednesday: Snow and areas of blowing snow before 3pm, then snow likely and areas of blowing snow after 3pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 29. Windy, with a northwest wind 14 to 17 mph increasing to between 26 and 29 mph. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling CWG accounted for some accumulation before midnight, but I have to believe those areas that are going to receive 5-6" by midnight are over performing by at least a couple of inches. If the rest of the storm performs the way it is supposed to, I could see 12" common with up to 18" in the baltimore area.

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

We have 6" at now at 9:30 in Old Town.... care to update those early evening snow totals?

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

@300_sq_ft

We anticipated the snow would probably diminish a bit later this evening due to the dry slot. It may lighten or even shutoff completely for a time.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Cabaretic-I'm just over the hill from the National Cathedral, and it's snowing now, lightly, not snowing heavily at all.. there's no 3" here, closer to 2"

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

Just measured 2.5" in Logan Circle. It was snowing at a moderate-high rate up until a few minutes ago, when it slowed down. From the looks of the radar, this lull won't last for long.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | February 9, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

CWG, honestly you ROCK...after endless searches for reliable, accurate, detailed, easy to read and up to date online weather reports...you top them all!!!

Ignore Eyemakeup...it almost cracks me up what he/she had to say!!

It is quite obvious that you all do your homework and know ur $ht...and figuring as how u live in Columbia I would assume you are young under paid college grads who unfortunately move on somewhere else (but let's hope not)

Question, with part of the reason for large precip this winter being blamed on "ElNino" that happens every 5? years...does that mean we exp tge large precip this last summer already or it will be this summer...

Keep rocking those spot on forecasts...your hard work is appreciated by many!!

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | February 9, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Cleveland Park:

Exactly how does snow "pour from the sky?" And when was the sidewalk cleaned? Helpful to know in order to estimate the 2 1/4 inch accumulation.

Just trying to be helpful.

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

I drove around in Crystal City a couple hours ago, and it was already getting dicey at about 1" of accumulation. We're now at about 3" with small flakes still coming down steadily. No sleet mixture here.

Posted by: acoberst1 | February 9, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

About 3 inches in Bailey's Crossroads right now and snowing steadily.

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

@Holymoley,
if you're so above all of this why do you keep reading and posting?

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

For the person wanting to volunteer to drive for hospitals; do it; you can check their web sites. Also Food and Friends (www.foodandfriends.org) needs 4WD drivers on Thursday. My wife and I did it today and I think it's a good thing to do; all 12 or so people we delivered food to seemed grateful. I might do it Thursday again if conditions seem possible.

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

CWG, has DCA gotten the .9" needed to set a new record there? I would think so...

Alas, the big bands are moving off to the east and the one in Fairfax Co. kinda' fizzled and is scooting into Montgomery County.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

@CWG - any update on the transfer of energy to the low off the coast? Is this still trending/going as planned? If so, is it going to intensify N/S of originally planned or right on target? Thanks!!!

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

Goodnight snow watchers.

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

4 inches on my balcony rail here in Carlyle Neighborhood.

@Hoya- great story about your dad!
@mclean22101, LOL!

Apparently, produce, milk, eggs, TP and bread were not the only things in short supply:

http://www.welovedc.com/2010/02/09/condoms-in-short-supply/

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 9, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know if its snowing in the mountains? Near Staunton?

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

Auntiem29, that was inspired!

Posted by: SubRosa2 | February 9, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Are Eyemakeup, Regis and Holey a trifecta of the same poster who needs to vent on all things? They certainly write very similarly, and if they are not one and the same, then they are all poorly informed citizens, I must say. And very, very angry at the world, it would appear.

9:35 report from Centreville: snow has been off and on for a while now, but as of the check I just did, it's back on with the steady snow.

Stuck myself out of the front dormer windows earlier today to knock as much of the ice off as I could and the larger icicles - there was a lot of melting going on and the lower half of that roofline cooperated, but the rest is frozen solid like concrete. Have the flat, mansard roof - faces north, so double trouble. But I walked around the neighborhood today and frankly, everyone is suffering from some ice damming, both townhomes and single families. Some worse than others, but I'd say 90% of the properties have it.

Will go to a proper measure in a bit.

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

CWG - Still very light in Loudoun. What about bbv91258 and other's comments re: this storm underperforming in Loudoun and points west? Or should we expect to get hammered later on tonight and tomorrow? (Am contemplating staying up late to watch Lost, but I should probably just head to bed soon!) Very selfish request, I know. Am not expecting an answer....

Posted by: skbm1 | February 9, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/KDCA.html

So DCA has reportd .08 inches of liquid so far. Assuming the first hundredth or two didn't stick, we should be at 6" for DCA already!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The Gulf Stream, as in most wintertime coastal storms, plays a critical role in why, where and when a storm develops. Most importantly is where the the SST gradient is maximum, i.e, where SST changes the most over small distances. In figure , that's approximately between the light green and light blue.

Correspondingly, there is a gradient in air temperature at low levels, i.e., a front, which is a major source of potential energy as a disturbance moves offshore. Rapid intensification can then follow.

That's just about to happen - big time. Back in grad school days in the Boston area we referred to this as the pre snowgasmic moment, to be followed, you guessed it, the snowgasm when S++ became the reality.

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm a "buster" and I'm still here; it's just that I'm in Charlottesville. Less than 1.5" on the ground, so I think my prediction of 2" is safe, particularly relative to the 5-10" we were supposed to get.

I'm envious of the snow lovers in DC and sorry for the snow haters.

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

@bobosnow, I was thinking the same same re: multiple identities.

CWG, my mistake in 9:39 p.m post. We would actually need 1.0" inches to set a NEW record. .9" would tie the DCA 46" inches record from 1995-96. Surely by now they've picked up 1" there?

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Just went for a walk around the apartment complex in Laurel... I haven't really been out much since Thursday because I've had the flu, but it is absolutely beautiful right now! The nasty piles of plowed snow are now covered with new powder and look like mountains of magic and wonder! SNOW!!!!!

I'd say we have about 2 inches of new stuff.

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

Bobosnow, are they more angry at the world than ChickenLady, who claimed in a comment on the previous thread that if someone suffers a roof collapse, they probably didn't properly maintain their home (and I guess, in her view, deserved what they got). Snow lover or not, that is an offensive comment. But those of us concerned about the snow, we are the evil ones.

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

Steve - translate please - DC/Baltimore gets hammered? If so, starting when?

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

I've seen all snow so far in Glover Park--2.5 or 3 inches.

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

2.5" in the Bermuda triangle of Falls Church, McLean and North Arlington.

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

About 4 inches in Alexandria.The intensity has varied over the last few hours. I keep hearing that a dry area may pass over us between the present storm area and the one forming off the coast. Is this going to change the accumulation amount by much?

Posted by: Frida7 | February 9, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

@300 Aren't you off by a factor of 10? 0.06" of precip would be 0.6" of snow, no?

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

9:00PM
3" Clinton, MD

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

HolyMoley, you are hilarious!

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 9, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Moderate freezing rain at DCA, with snow at slightly higher elevations all 'round? Can someone confirm (28F, also). Interesting.

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

I just ventured out of the basement to take a look and measured. Closing in on 6 inches here in Eldersburg with moderate to heavy snow. Temp has dropped to 26 and I have a feeling the ration here is closer to 15:1 than 10:1. The radar is starting to fill in more from what I can see. If this keeps up, we'll have our 18 inches here by the time this is over.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@leesweet |

Doh! Yes, you are right.

Dagnabit. .

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I just got back inside from shoveling about 3-4 inches of heavy snow. The snow stopped, but sleet and rain were falling now.

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

2.5" here in Dunn Loring (22027), snow still falling at a light-moderate to moderate pace. Had a nice little bit there earlier in the evening when we were getting those big fat flakes -- now all the snow piles that were starting to look grey and tired are looking all fresh and beautiful again!

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

32.4 degrees and 2.5 inches south of Hamilton, VA Loudoun County.

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | February 9, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

@300 Eh, decimal points are always fun... think what life would be like if the ratio *was* 100:1... :)

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

@JerryFloyd1

DCA has to have passed 95-96. No way they haven't gotten an inch.

@skbm1

Loudoun should see snow pick up again later on, but doesn't look to get as much as places to the east and northeast.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

DCA has recorded .26 of liquid as of 20:52. The latest observation, as of 21:52, is Light Snow with a temperature of 29F.

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

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
949 PM EST TUE FEB 9 2010

DCZ001-MDZ016-VAZ030-031-040-042-050>057-501-502-WVZ052-053-
101100-
/O.CON.KLWX.WS.W.0007.000000T0000Z-100211T0000Z/
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-CHARLES-WARREN-CLARKE-RAPPAHANNOCK-LOUDOUN-
ORANGE-CULPEPER-PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-NORTHERN FAUQUIER-SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-BERKELEY-
JEFFERSON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...WALDORF...FRONT ROYAL...
LEESBURG...CULPEPER...MANASSAS...MANASSAS PARK...FAIRFAX...
ALEXANDRIA...FALLS CHURCH...FREDERICKSBURG...WARRENTON...
MARTINSBURG...CHARLES TOWN
949 PM EST TUE FEB 9 2010

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

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

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...7 TO 14 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. HEAVIEST
SNOW IS EXPECTED WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30 LATE THIS EVENING...DROPPING INTO THE
MID AND UPPER 20S OVERNIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

* WINDS...LIGHT EAST WINDS TONIGHT. WINDS WILL BECOME NORTHWEST
WEDNESDAY AND INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH.
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WEDNESDAY WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES NEAR
A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES...PRODUCING NEAR-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: dustinmfox1 | February 9, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I got my UPS package today.

What is a "rimshot" again?

Also, where are all the people calling "bust" on this storm now? Is it time for our apologies yet?

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 9, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@leesweet

Maybe I should slow down on the beer consumption.

But, yes, 100:1 would be killer

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the delay. Snow has tapered off to moderate since I last posted. I'm further down Wisconsin about a mile or so from Tenleytown Metro. Tough sometimes to get a strictly accurate count since so much is falling on top of existing snow from the previous storm.

Posted by: cabaretic | February 9, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Freezing rain likely an observing/asos problem, as they issued a correction:
KDCA 100217Z 05007KT 1/2SM R01/4000V6000FT SN FZFG VV002 M02/M03 A2980 RMK AO2 FZRAB03 P0004 $=

KDCA 100217Z 05007KT 1/2SM R01/4000V6000FT SN FZFG VV002 M02/M03 A2980=

KDCA 100217Z COR 05007KT 1/2SM R01/4000V6000FT SN FZFG VV002 M02/M03 A2980 RMK AO2 FZRAB03E17 P0004 $=

KDCA 100217Z COR 05007KT 1/2SM R01/4000V6000FT SN FZFG VV002 M02/M03 A2980=

Sorry for the formatting, I cut and pasted quickly from the raw metars. Based on all surrounding observations, discussions elsewhere, and the correction they quickly posted thereafter, it's likely they never actually observed FZRA.

Posted by: dtkwx | February 9, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

hey CWG....keep the comments coming...

one recommendation...you should have a live forum set up during storms...separate from comments sections....

anyways keep it up...looking forward to seeing this "stormgasm"

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | February 9, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, still almost nothing (0.5") in South Riding (20152, SE Loudoun). In fact, I think it's stopped. Finest kind. Fairfax County is off tomorrow, so I'm off for the day. If I don't have to shovel, all the better.

But I'm not abandoning the CWG forecast that quickly. :)

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Olney 2.25 right now and snow is coming down steadily. No wind at all, just snow pouring down. Pretty powdery stuff.

Posted by: celestun100 | February 9, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

One comment as a newbie here... sure would be nice to have an auto-refreshing page, and perhaps separating 'live running storm comments' would be a good idea. But are there a lot of other comments when there isn't breaking weather?

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Dang, some folks are obviuosly getting cranky with their cabin fever. Sheesh folks. I've been following CWG since well before they came over to the Post, and they have maintained the same level of professionalism and effort as they did when it was just the guys doing this on their own. They are also the one place I rely on the give the whole picture on a forecast...and answer the questions of those of us who ask them, even if they do border on the slightly rediculous.

No one holds a gun to any of our heads (at least, I hope not) to read here. And I think most of us have discovered that once you give this place a try...it becomes addictive because you know that not only do these guys know their stuff...they educate...and often entertain...us as the give us their forecasts.

Just my 2-cents worth....

And there is a fresh layer of white on top of the other 3 feet of piled snow in my front yard. *sigh*

Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | February 9, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Sue Palka says wind will be biggest factor tomorrow. Dry slot rapidly approaching from southwest. Loudoun west will be feeling effects of lull in next couple of hours. Still saying 8-10 DC metro. Personally, I don't think Loudoun west makes that 8 number.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

4.5 inches in lower Huntington. Snow has slowed down but is still falling.

Posted by: kallieh | February 9, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Southdside FFX, I know you take a lot of heat about many of your comments, but having been an observer of this blog for a long time, although rarely posting, I would never, ever, equate your informed concerns with those 3 or 1, or whoever they are. I didn't see Chickenlady's comment, but, hey, she sounds like an idiot, if I can be that blunt.

I am a weather geek. Having reconciled myself at a young age, thanks to my dad, to the fact that there's nothing you can do to control the weather, I have taken 2 tracks: 1) respect and look in awe upon Mother Nature, whether a major snowstorm or a massive shelf cloud in the summer, along with the tornado warnings, heavy snow warnings, etc., and 2) understand the seriousness of severe weather and temper my enthusiasm with the real human cost, particularly of those who are not as fortunate as I am.

I have the means (and the insurance) to deal with most home hazards from weather, if necessary. And I have spent every day since last Friday concerned about my home and the possible damage, particularly water/ice damage. But, there is only so much I can do about it right now, and the constant worrying isn't going to fix anything. All I can do is stay appropriately vigilant about my property and hope for the best. But I won't deny I will always get a thrill from our changing weather, be it summer or winter, and even as I presently inspect my attic and gutters daily until we get our warmup.

Posted by: bobosnow | February 9, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Took a drive around Taylorsville, Carroll County 25 minutes ago and it's horrible out there. 5 inches and coming. Apparently too early for plows up here!
Light snow now.

Posted by: r_black1 | February 9, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Fox5 also stated that the heavy axis of snow roughly along 95 right now will virtually stay in place even though the western burbs dry out temporarily. Everyone should see snow once the coastal cranks up though.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

@OMGPonies

I wasn't one of those calling "bust", but I wouldn't beat my chest just yet on this. Where I live in Loudoun Co, we've seen very little and we're about to be dry-slotted. And I'm extremely happy with that development. Certainly this will be a big storm for areas north and east of DC.

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

@Jason, thanks. Sue went over some totals (e.g., 3.5" at Lake Ridge), shortly after 10 p.m., but didn't mention DCA.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 9, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Any reason Allegheny Power's outages never seem reported? That's who we have in my part of Germantown. Is it possible they didn't have any outages? That seems unrealistic. Nevertheless I don't see them listed above and I didn't hear them mentioned in the news once during Snowmageddon (I just wanted to type that word).

Posted by: nonfrequentflyer | February 9, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Reston 20191: 2.5 inches on the deck. Snow falling less than earlier this evening, but more than an hour ago.

Posted by: EricCarr | February 9, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

bobosnow, I get a thrill from our changing weather too, don't get me wrong. I am just a little torqued off because I posted one concern about my roof and about how many people these storms were going to strand way back on Friday, and I had all the "kind and gentle" snow lovers attacking me and claiming I must be a rotten soul with no ability to see joy and beauty in the world (this is a direct qoute). For some reason that irked me.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | February 9, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

DCA has at least 2". I'm looking at it from my balcony in Crystal City.

Posted by: DaLord | February 9, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

@300

Also, Palka said heaviest snow will be north and east.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 9, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

10 pm measurement: not yet 4" in central Arlington. Light to moderate snow

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 9, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

agree with Kim...I think some people are really just losing it being stuck at home...talk about cabin fever...

this place kicks A$$ in terms of accurate weather...

CWG, where did you go to school in Boston? I was up at Holy Cross in Worcester, you want to talk about some crazy snow storms...the winter of 02-03 was insane...

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | February 9, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

@ThinkSpring

Yes, you are right - that's been pretty consistent with all the outlets since way before the storm began.

I think the rate of snow here in Thomas Circle rivals the heaviest bands we had during the most recent and even the DEC blizzard. If it continues at this rate, the snow could stop at 1 or 2 AM and we'd still be in the lower range of CWG predictions.

Well done CWG!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I am 2 miles west of South Riding and just measured 2 inches with not quite moderate snow, although radar tells me its about to nearly shut off...if I wake up with 4 inches here in SE Loudoun I'll consider this to be right on track. Maybe those Bull Run Mts really do make a difference.

Posted by: DullesARC | February 9, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

wait, so Claire has been alive this whole time?

Seems like the numbers are tracking higher. Will the low form a little more to the south?

Posted by: notdlo1975 | February 9, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the coverage! Have a safe night everyone.

Posted by: cwspy | February 9, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Up here in North Bethesda it's still snowing like gangbusters... NWS hasn't changed it announcement for this area at least.

I did just see a team of frontloaders and Bobcats clearing snow off Rockville Pike @ Montrose Road.

Posted by: salf | February 9, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

And just as I made the last post, pingers here in Alexandria (heavily rimed snow/sleet)....but very light.

Posted by: dtkwx | February 9, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@DullesARC Disregard my earlier, and it does look like 2.0" in South Riding. It's coming down so fine that you can't tell it's snowing without going out and standing in it.

So, we are still indeed getting it in SE Loudoun!

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Light snow in Ashburn (just west of Rt 7/Rt 28), and eyeballing it on the cars outside it looks like maybe 1 1/2 to 2".

Posted by: natsncats | February 9, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Since it hasn't been mentioned, I guess there won't be any thundersnow tonight?

Posted by: celestun100 | February 9, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Still moderate snow falling in Fair Oaks area. Dry slot hasn't reached here yet.

Posted by: CM_in_Fairfax | February 9, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a brief lull in the action here in Lake Ridge. The small gap though is rapidly filling in. About 3.5 inches so far.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 9, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Some very light freezing rain mixing in here in SE DC.

Posted by: HillcrestDC | February 9, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Hubby threw back out--grabbing a case of beer--so I guess I get shovel duty tomorrow. Can't see how we can get to work Thursday when people aren't shoveling sidewalks en route to bus stop. Worse are those who shovel their cars out and ignore the sidewalk. Many streets in Arlington still not cleared.

Posted by: 1shot | February 9, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

just took a nice walk...i advise others to do the same when you have cabin fever...very refreshing. looks like we'll need that upper level low swing through to help these forecasts out. i'll still say 8 inches for dc, but i think that may be high. who knows. who really cares. its' snow, enjoy it. ok, this time i'm really out. we shall see what happens...

Posted by: swishjobs | February 9, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Sterling's latest. It addresses our concerns with the dry slot:

SOMEWHAT OF A DRY SLOT WAS WORKING INTO THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY LATE
THIS EVENING...BUT FIGURE PRECIP WILL FILL BACK IN OVERNIGHT AS
UPPER LEVEL ENERGY MOVES THROUGH FROM THE WEST. DRY SLOT MAY NOT
BE ABLE TO PENETRATE A WHOLE LOT FURTHER NORTHEAST...AND
PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH NIGHT ACROSS THE
REST OF THE CWA...ESPECIALLY AS LOW PRESSURE BECOMES BETTER
DEVELOPED OFF THE EASTERN SEABOARD.

HEAVIEST IS LIKELY TO OCCUR ALONG THE WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE
CORRIDOR...MAINLY FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON.
HIGHEST GRAND TOTALS ARE PROGGED FOR NORTHERN MARYLAND AND THE
BALTIMORE AREA.

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

TEMPERATURES WILL DROP TONIGHT AND WILL LIKELY CONTINUE TO DROP OR
BECOME STEADY ON WEDNESDAY.
-- End Changed Discussion --

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Now getting light sleet in Manassas

Posted by: patmanbnl | February 9, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Light sleet is now the predominate p-type in Fairfax City.

Posted by: dudster89 | February 9, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

CWG: I was wondering if there were any books that you could recommend for those who would like a more detailed and scientific overview of major weather patterns, without getting into the weeds of the mathematical proofs behind predictive models? Something akin to a layperson's reading list for a "minor" in meteorology?

Posted by: genestad | February 9, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

3" in NW Spotsy, now light sleet & freezing rain. Looks like we are on the back end of this storm. Looking at radar, most of this will soon b gone, just don't this lasting much longer. I'll gladly eat crow if wrong, but looks like all of this will clear the area by mid night.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 9, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

@leesweet

When weather is relatively normal, posts receive few, if any, comments. Major rainstorms or excessive heat draw more posts (but I think snow posts draw the massive amount of posts by far).

Posted by: jms8 | February 9, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

3 1/8" of new snow in Riverdale Park as of 10:15 p.m.

Sorry if this is a repeat. I posted 10 minutes ago & it still hasn't shown up.

Posted by: DwightinRiverdalePark | February 9, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Draw more comments, that is.

Posted by: jms8 | February 9, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

light sleet and rain in central Arlington

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 9, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Sleet mixing in here in Odenton - 10 miles south of BWI. There goes my nice 4.25" of snow!

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@jms8 As I thought... Veteran of many blogs, but real-time ones do benefit from auto-refresh. :)

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

3 inches in Germantown, MD in 6.25 hours (first flakes at 1600 ET). Time of report to LWX: 2215 ET

Posted by: goldiesc | February 9, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I was just out shoveling again here in Fair Oaks. I would say we have gotten about 3 inches if not more so far. I will go out with a tape measure next time. I have to keep up with it because last time it was overwhelming trying to shovel it all at once.

Posted by: barbnc | February 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Sleet for the past 10 minutes here in SE DC.

Posted by: mensan98th | February 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

At about 9:15, we had 2 inches in Fairfax/Burke.

Posted by: bud_49 | February 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Measured 1 1/2+ at 10:20pm in Centreville on what was a complete dry sidewalk a few hours ago.

The thrillseeker in me wants to see more and the homeowner in me say no way.

I'm so used to the "points North and West should see more snow..." that I can't really grasp North and East getting the sweet spot again in less than a week!

It's the annoying competitive part of my personality that can't quite seem to be graceful about this, even as I pace the floor over icicles on the gutters. A total dysfunction.

Posted by: bobosnow | February 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

VaTechBob: As is usually the case, once the secondary low develops off the coast it will begin to throw moisture back.

Posted by: JTF- | February 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

We are at just over 3" near the Bay Bridge, AA County.

Posted by: RandC | February 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

@genestad

The AMS Weather Book by Jack Williams would be a good place to start: http://www.amazon.com/AMS-Weather-Book-Ultimate-Americas/dp/0226898989

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA 30 degrees light snow.
1.7 accumulation since snow started.
Seems like plans for midnight sidewalk rescue mission might be premature.
CWG next update after 11:00??

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Snow has changed to sleet/freezing rain in Old Town.

Posted by: fedwkr | February 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

@genestad I'd also like pointers to even online refs for reading the model data. Perhaps a 'minor-minor'. :)

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Sleet just started to mix in here in Dupont Circle.

Posted by: orwell84 | February 9, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Didn't see Jason's ref, will check that out, thanks. This place flies too quickly... :)

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 2.5 inches - I live about a mile and a half west of the town of Vienna - and the snow has quit falling.

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 9, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

It's switched over to sleet down here near the Bay Bridge, AA county.

Posted by: RandC | February 9, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

@leesweet -- you're a FFX county employee? Me too, but being "essential personnel" I must be at work tomorrow; happy about the extra pay though!

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

Where are all the people who were saying "BUST" just a few hours ago??

Posted by: skaterman2297 | February 9, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

What's up with this sleet/freezing rain? I hope this is just a short stretch. I would hate to have ice then snow and wind tomorrow.

Posted by: Tom8 | February 9, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

3.5 in Laurel and snowing hard.

Posted by: juliusc91 | February 9, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a massive dry slot approaching. Storm seems to be moving quickly Northeast.
I am concerned about my roof - maybe the wind will blow some off tomorrow!!

Posted by: seasejs | February 9, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Looks like that lull in Lake Ridge was the transition to sleet/freezing rain. Hope this is temp.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 9, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Snow has changed to sleet for a while now in Alexandria. I'll be interested to see CWG's next update as far as snow accumulation amounts - still expecting 50mph winds and heavy snow tomorrow? Is this a trickier forecast than the last storm?

Posted by: Frida7 | February 9, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@natsncats I don't work for Fx but my company follows them for opening. So... :)

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

If we get a blizzard warning.. Has DC ever been under 3 blizzard warnings in the same winter season.. And, from the sounds of the potential wind, this could be the first "real" blizzard despite a lot less snow

Posted by: realclear | February 9, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Feels almost like light rain in Springfield right now. Looks like we've had about 2.5-3 inches

Posted by: mrwrinkle | February 9, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

@leesweet -- ah! Enjoy your day off :-)

Posted by: natsncats | February 9, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Is this supposed to end this evening and start again tommorow, or is this a lull and then it picks up again this evening?

Posted by: thecavs1 | February 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@realclear - the last storm was officially a blizzard: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/feb_6_2010_blizzard.php

Posted by: RandC | February 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Light freezing rain in NW Spotsy. as L pulls off the coast. This L will really have 2 bomb 2 bring a lot of snow, just don't c it happening. Not buying all this blizzard talk. Hope I'm wrong, but just c all this snow happening.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

3.5 inches on my garden deck at U Street NW. But it has changed to sleet and not much of that

Posted by: robinshuster | February 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

0z GFS shows additional .5-.75 qpf for DC, more N+E

Posted by: Dylan0513 | February 9, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

3-4" of new powder in Parkfairfax (West Alexandria City), now sounding sleet-y.

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

Looks like 2" here in Annapolis so far. Sleet is coming down softly now. This is enough to make a mess tomorrow.

Good job CWG!

Posted by: annapolis11 | February 9, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

@southsideffx,
you said, "I posted one concern about my roof and about how many people these storms were going to strand way back on Friday..."
If I remember correctly, you were accusing people who were excited about the snow of rooting for tragedy. So the comments made subsequent to that weren't exactly unwarranted.

Posted by: bhfairfax | February 9, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

light freezing rain and sleet mix in Berwyn Heights right now.

Posted by: BH99 | February 9, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Sleet in Tenleytown.

Posted by: Langway4Eva | February 9, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

CWG...update??? Freezing rain now in Dupont, DC

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | February 9, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

@Dylan0513

GFS just gives DCA 0.37" after 1 am

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Just spent 1.5 hours shoveling 4-inches of snow off 3 driveways and sidewalks. Snow changed briefly to sleet and now appears we are in a dry slot in 22191.

Posted by: drmammal | February 9, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

A new reader here; very interesting site and I'm quickly becoming a weather junkie! Regarding how much snow - I'm afraid to look here in Kensington - a little shell shocked from all the snow - be careful what you wish for comes to mind. I whined and moaned - yet another winter with no snow - then we get Dec snow, and blizzard, and now this one!! My friend says about 2" or so - totally unscientific - look out the window and no measurement.

Posted by: taylort2 | February 9, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Sleet and freezing rain and snow here in Thomas Circle.

I thought those flakes were looking large - figured the warmer temperatures aloft were working their way down.

Dagnabit.

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | February 9, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: natsncats | February 9, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@Dylan Can you either point me to instructions/a reference on how you reach that conclusion or clarify? I'm looking at the 0z 850Mb chart, and I can't see how to quantify it that closely.

This could be a newbie question... :)

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

@Jason - I was just going by total precip, how do you figure out that out?

Posted by: Dylan0513 | February 9, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Sleet is not altogether surprising and should be temporary. Colder air will work its way in aloft over the next hour or two.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Fairfax County employee and I'm looking forward to my day off tomorrow. I had to go in yesterday to oversee the crew shoveling snow off our roof (we have a flat roof and there was concern about possible danger), but that's all done now. Enjoy the snow everyone!

Posted by: thepostischeap | February 9, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Sleet in Shaw (NW DC) right now. I shoveled about 2 inches of snow around 8:00. Went outside to shovel before bed but decided to leave the 1 inch bed of snow down to absorb the sleet. I am not from a winter climate so I have no idea what I'm doing, but figured the sleet would turn to ice if it fell on bare pavement. Hope that wasn't a mistake!

Posted by: nicegirl | February 9, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

~3.5 inches in crystal city. now there is a lull.

Posted by: pzkpfw | February 9, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

DC Govt closed Wednesday, sez WaPo

Posted by: leesweet | February 9, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Just north of Del Ray - light sleet/rain at the moment. Got about 2-3 inches of new snow on top of the cars already.

DC Government Closed Wednesday:
http://www.dc.gov/
it's a miracle! ;)

Posted by: esmith22015 | February 9, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow with some sleet mixed in here in Eldersburg. The weird thing is its in the mid 20s but we can still hear dripping off of the roof. 7 inches on the ground as of 10:30PM. Judging by the radar, we've got at least another few inches on the way before the dry slot moves in...if the radar doesn't fill back in. Is Carroll County going to be the bullseye in terms of MD this time? Certainly feels that way.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 9, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Steady sleet in Centreville VA

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

It's downright rain in Oakton right now. Might actually be worse for road conditions, if temps drop. But it is definitely rain right now.

Posted by: punyandy | February 9, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Light freezing drizzle in Spotsy. Still sticking with my prediction that most of this precip will b out of here early am. Not sure were all these blizzard conditions 4 this area r coming from, maybe the radar trends r wrong.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 9, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

steady snow here in Leesburg with about 2.5 inches.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | February 9, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Wesley Heights-about 2.5", but now coming down as rain or extremely wet sleet.

Posted by: ah___ | February 9, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Sleet in Beltsville, can hear it pinging off the windows.

Posted by: ana_b | February 9, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

@Dylan0513

You can get the output in 6 hour increments at this site: http://leonardo.met.tamu.edu/Weather_Interface/index.php

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Confirming sleet (maybe mixed w/rain?) observation in Centreville.

Posted by: bobosnow | February 9, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

If I had just woken up from a long sleep and looked at the radar, I would have to say this storm is nearly over, but I do not claim to be an expert, just making an observation.
The radar imagery is just not impressive!

Posted by: seasejs | February 9, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

measured just over four inches of new snow on the deck around 9:30 in alexandria (have not checked since then), located right outside the beltway. it does not seem to be doing anything at all right now, no sleet/freezing rain or snow or anything.

Posted by: mmonty1205 | February 9, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like a frat party. Hehe.

Posted by: Hoyas4Ever | February 9, 2010 8:27 PM
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Great story!

Just a dusting at the 301 Bridge... really not doing much at all. Could we have dodged this bullet? At least until the wind comes roaring down the river?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 9, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Boby Ryan is saying 20" in northern PG county - Really?

Posted by: snowlover | February 9, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

given the latest GFS output of 0.37" at DCA, I was amazed to see Bob Ryan just mention snow totals still nearing 20" for spots as close as Howard County and Northern Prince Georges Counties. Is there a model that indicates this as a possibility? Will there be a very big difference even between Greenbelt/College Park and DCA, which I think are only 15 miles apart (maybe even less)?

Posted by: BH99 | February 9, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

some confusion on my part...is that 0.37" at DCA from 1am to 7am or 1am to the end of the storm??

Posted by: BH99 | February 9, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

@BH99

To end of storm.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan reported over 3" @ DCA. This puts us at just over 48" for the season - #2 alltime.

Stuck at a shade over 4" here in old town Alex. Sleet has been a factor as of late.

Posted by: SJ43560 | February 9, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Visual estimate, we have at least 2" of snow right now, maybe 3". I was walking through it with my snowshoes on, and at first my crampons were hitting pavement, but not anymore.

I was just out clearing an Evergreen too. I just stood on my deck, and tied some twine line to a plastic jug/container, and threw it overhand at the tree. I managed to knock off the heaviest of snow. I spent probably a good 1.5 Hours out there running with the dogs, climbing up pile-ups, sliding down them, climbing ice hills with the crampons on the shoes. It's fun! I ran into some other dogs too, and they had a huge playtime with mine.

Tomorrow I'm shoveling, then building an Igloo either then or Thursday, and I'm going to see if my Husky can help me pull some tree limbs which are currently blocking the sidewalk near my property (They were broken and leaning over, and a neighbor chainsawed them, but left the debris for later). This is how I manage to never suffer from cabin fever lol.

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

Hey Jason, thanks for staying up late to answer our questions tonight.

I think the dry pocket hit Gainesville, but I expect the picture will look different come sunrise. Not that I'll be able to go anywhere anyway...

Posted by: jaradel | February 9, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

re: 20" in north PG county...

Way overdone, IMO

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

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

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

@Jason - sorry, still confused: Where would I find the .37 on NWS's model page (http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/gfs/00/model_l.shtml), or would I need to use the site you linked to earlier? Also, why is the .5-.75 in total precip after 36 hours wrong?

Posted by: Dylan0513 | February 9, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Jim in NOVA here:

Definitely some form of mixed precip the last hour plus here in Fair Lakes. Sleet, from the sound of things. It also seems to be pretty light.

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

About 2.5 inches here in McLean. Very light freezing rain now.

Posted by: Curmudgeon4 | February 9, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Please be right. There's nowhere else to put it here in north PG, and our plows are way behind

Posted by: juliusc91 | February 9, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I have been following the comments both here and at the accuweather forums. Everyone is so into these models that say this or that. I also have the NWS Enhanced Doppler running for several hours. I consistently see precipitation develop just north of Charlottesville and head up our way. Until that stops, there will be no lull. And this has nothing to do with the low which will develop off the coast. So quit panicking and calling this a bust. It is still in the early stages. And don't become concerned because the latest model of the moment says a low number. At this point, look at the radar. They are more predictable than any model right now.

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

I've following the weather in this area since the mid 50's, long b4 radar was available on the internet. Just don't c where all this addditional snow is coming from. Looks like most of the precip. is going well E of here. The L appears 2 b heading out to sea. Hope I'm wrong, but th etrend seems 2 b going E of here.

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

The snow has completely stopped in Downtown Silver Spring.

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

Concerning the latest reports from CWG's followers and seasejs' comment on the radar, should snow lovers be worried that this storm is going to fizzle? Thanks to CWG for great work and detailed storm info. the team supplies.

Posted by: Frida7 | February 9, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

29° and freezing rain in West Springfield. Yuck. 3.5" of fresh white stuff, most of it before 8 PM.

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

NEW POST

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

WRC/Bob now down to 7 or so for SE Loudoun. We already have 2, so not much more for the 'heavy overnight' of the original forecast.

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

It has stopped in Clinton.
Soon after 10 it switched to sleet.
we probably got about another 1/2" to 1"

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

Light freezing drizzle in Spotsy. Precip. continues 2 head out 2 c. Even with some wrap around precip. I just don't c alot of accum. Sometime wonder what local mets. r looking at. Maybe CWG can explain where this snow 2 tomorrow is going 2 come from.

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

North Arlington, less than a mile from East Falls Church Metro. I measured 2" of snow several hrs. ago, and we're currenly hearing sleet/snow mix. I've remeasured and we're still at 2", I believe the sleet is compacting.

Time to call it a night and hope the power holds out till the morning.

Posted by: ericachpmn | February 10, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I can still see the pavement here in Arlington near Key Bridge. I guess I wouldn't mind a no-show!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | February 10, 2010 4:15 AM | Report abuse

Its baaaaack!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | February 10, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Never knew snow was so interesting a subject,no snow here in the south, yet... people snowed in should have a snow party.When its coming a hurricane we have a hurricane party, that is untill we lose the power and water, then the partys over in a instant.

Posted by: smorrow | February 10, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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