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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/ 5/2010

Snow underway: Some could see 2 feet or more

By Capital Weather Gang

Worst of it is this evening into early tomorrow

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The snow has started in many parts of the metro area, and as it becomes steadier and heavier, temperatures will drop and road conditions will go downhill. Treated roads should fare decently (not ideal, but probably passable) into mid-afternoon or so with temperatures near or a little above freezing. But as daylight wanes in the late afternoon, you'll want to get to where you plan to be for at least a couple of days. (Worried about what you'll eat whille stuck at home? Here's some Snowmageddon recipes.)

Confidence remains high that most, if not all, metro area locations will get a minimum of around 16 inches by the time the storm finishes later in the day Saturday. There's a pretty good chance that some or many spots reach near or over 2 feet. For more, see our detailed forecast, which includes an accumulation forecast map, timeline, answers to FAQs and more.

One of the most difficult aspects during winter storms, for meteorologists and news organizations, is actually knowing what's happening on the ground, because radar only tells you so much. So help us out with comments below about the conditions where you are, and any other thoughts you have on what has a very good chance of becoming the second history-making storm this winter.

By Capital Weather Gang  | February 5, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

Teensy weensy little flurries in Silver Spring! IT BEGINS!!!!!

Posted by: tubthumper | February 5, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Saw light snow falling near L'Enfant Plaza in the District at approx. 10:55am.

Posted by: greggwiggins | February 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

nothing as of 11:08 AM at 19th and M, NW

Posted by: jesmcb | February 5, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Steady snow in Fairfax. A very light coating is already on the ground.

Posted by: nmoen | February 5, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Snowing but not sticking in Arlington.

Posted by: roseglasses | February 5, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Barely snowing at Judiciary Square

Posted by: Bious | February 5, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Steady snow with light coating on grassy areas south of Alexandria.

Posted by: timandmelody | February 5, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Very small, fast moving flakes downtown near the White House. This is going to be fun. But I may have to walk home from the Caps game tonight. (Eight) miles to go before I sleep.

Posted by: BobLHead | February 5, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Very light snow in Bethesda.

Posted by: mfein2 | February 5, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

My boss alerted me that it is "snowing heavily" in Charles Town, WV as of 11:12 AM.

Posted by: jesmcb | February 5, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Very light but steady snow on Capitol Hill...Looks a little like wintery mix.

Posted by: WeatherWick | February 5, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Misty, sleety, tiny snowflakes falling at 19th and K.

Posted by: NoVAHoyaDan | February 5, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Here in the Fair Oaks area, started as light snow around 9:45. Now steady snow as of 11:10 am. 33.6 degrees.

Posted by: CM_in_Fairfax | February 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Steady, if light, snow in Reston. Very pretty and peaceful.

Posted by: Restondad2 | February 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Very light snow started about 10:10 and continues with absolutely no accumulation at all at the moment at Tysons Corners.

Posted by: amaranthpa | February 5, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Good snow falling in Sterling, VA, but not sticking to roads or driveway yet.

Posted by: ColoradoGambler | February 5, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

We need a technical term for the phase transition that occurs when accumulation forecasts shift from inches to feet.

Like, "Uh oh, AccuWeather just went pedal on DC."

On second thought ...

Posted by: Groff | February 5, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Light snow at 19th and M (11:15 AM)

Posted by: jesmcb | February 5, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Steady light snow in Culpeper the last couple of hours. Not sticking to the roads yet.

Posted by: licorice1 | February 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Steady, wet flakes in North Arlington; nothing sticking. Waiting for UPS to deliver my new shovel, which I ordered when it started looking like digging out of this storm was not going to be a one-person job.

Posted by: 27champs | February 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Has been snowing in Old Town for about an hour... nothing sticking to pavement yet.

At work - leaving about 12:45 to take the bus home... not expecting serious issues, but if all else fails, I can walk home (actually had to walk home 2 hrs in the snow several years ago. None the worse for wear.) :)

Posted by: MKoehl | February 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

It's been coming down for almost an hour in Tyson's Corner. It started off slow but has been pretty steady for a while now. No accumulation on the roads yet.

Posted by: SeanfromBoston | February 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm psyched.. think this should be largest DCA event on record and will push us pretty darn close to the yrly record numbers. Just crazy to get another blockbuster, enjoy all! (assuming you like snow, if not maybe sleep for a few days)

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Snow in Lake Ridge - started right at 10 am and has steadily been getting more intense. A light dusting on the deck, not sticking to the road.

Posted by: mamory1975 | February 5, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Flurries began about 10 minutes ago in Laytonsville, MD (Upper Mo. Co.) All snow.

Posted by: dprats21 | February 5, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Been snowing since 10am here in Reston at work but not sticking yet. Work just announced we will close at 11:30 and we are closed tomorrow!! Soon I will be putting the ribs on the electric smoker and cracking my first beer!

Posted by: justin-N-sterlingVa | February 5, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

light flurries for about an hour in Ellicott City. No accumulation of any kind yet.

Posted by: Finn1917 | February 5, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Springfield VA. Steady snow starting 9:48 a.m.

11:22 am
0.25 inch accumulation on grass and frozen surfaces.

Posted by: dawillcox1 | February 5, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

And So It Begins..
Saw first flake in Manassas at 9:23am as I was making my final run. It was beginning to stick to patches of neighborhood streets by 10:30 as I was arriving home. I've got a yardstick set up out front for running totals. IF it gets buried- it's been nice knowing you.

Posted by: ihuman | February 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Moderate to heavy snow in Fairfax City. Patches of grass where the snow melted turning white. Roads just wet.

Posted by: JW211 | February 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

36.4 degrees in Ashburn. Steady snow, now sticking to grass, not yet on pavement.

Posted by: Ashburnz | February 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Current conditions in Burke: 38.1 with big fluffy bunches of snowflakes falling at a good rate.

Snow has begun to accumulate on the roads and sidewalks...

Posted by: Yellowboy | February 5, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

OMG PANIK

Posted by: member5 | February 5, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Fairfax City/GMU - Moderate snow falling since about 11 AM...just hit 1/4" on the deck and sidewalk. Roads are fine.

Posted by: figgy_va | February 5, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Been snowing here in Woodbridge, about 1/4 mile from the Potomac River, for about 1 hour. Snow is coating all of the grass now, roof of carport, and starting to coat all the parked cars. Sidewalks are starting to ge a bit slushy. Current temp on the back deck is 31.8F. Wind is ESE and snow has increased in intensity.

Posted by: drmammal | February 5, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It is coming down pretty steady near Fairoaks. The snow is just starting to stick to the parking surface and my car is covered now.

Posted by: barbnc | February 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Way out west in Massanutten, we've gained maybe an inch over the past six hours. I'll be surprised if we reach 12 inches, much less break any records. Far too much media hype going on.

Posted by: kaxtell | February 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"Snowmageddon"--really? Can't we just call it what it is: a snowstorm? Why does the local media feel the need to fuel mass hysteria over some snow? Ridiculous...

Posted by: emcglaughlin | February 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Saw the first snow at 10:00 near Wheaton. We've got the same tiny little flakes that everyone else is mentioning. It's coming down pretty well, but doesn't look like much because the flakes are so teeny. Nothing sticking yet.

I'm all stocked up and settled in for a while. I'm just hoping our power doesn't go out, because I'm not sure what we're going to do if we lose our heat and can't drive anywhere.

Posted by: arcland | February 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Steady snow in Reston. Still 36 degrees. Sticking to cars, deck, last week's snow....

Starting to stick to the pavement.

Posted by: EricCarr | February 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Flurries started in Alexandria-Del Ray around 10am. They have since intensified to light snow though not really seeing anything on the ground.

Posted by: gtales | February 5, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Been snowing steadily in the Fair Oaks region of Fairfax since 10 am, but the past half hour has seen a shift to bigger flakes coming down faster. We have a light dusting on the roads and about an inch (all new) on the deck railing.

Posted by: JaclynChaudhuri | February 5, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Snow here in Fairfax...decent size flakes...sticking to grass and cars, but seems to melt on pavement...getting tough to see, hard to breathe...fading fast....cant last much longer...the white death has me...tell my mom I love her.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Steady snow outside the Capitol Building, but not particularly thick flakes. It's not sticking at all, not on the grass and not on the roads...it seems a bit too warm outside. It actually felt balmy this morning...hovering around 38 degrees.

Posted by: lworsley | February 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Snow flurries coming down in Downtown Silver Spring (16th & East West Highway(

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

In the last few minutes, the flurries have become actual snow in downtown Frederick, MD.

Posted by: dettiot | February 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Now sticking on cars in North Arlington and increasing intensity. If this keeps up as temps drop, I'll believe the two-foot forecasts.

Posted by: 27champs | February 5, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I would now describe what is falling in ParkFairfax/Shirlington as solidly moderate snow. Temps is now 30 at TC Williams HS.

Let's define some technical terms - those who enjoy/are rooting for as much as possible: "Snowptimists". Those who dislike snow, are rooting for a bust: "Poopinators" (props to Manassasmissy, IIRC, for that one...)

Posted by: snowpro | February 5, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Light flurries in Columbia at 11:30. Nothing sticking yet.

Posted by: columbiamd46 | February 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Snowing in Aspen Hill now, but it's 38 degrees here still so it's going to be a while before anything sticks.

Posted by: B-rod | February 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Here in Dulles... has been snowing since 10, now looks more moderate in intensity. 45 minutes ago I was showing 35 degrees, now I'm showing 32 degrees. Snow is now starting to stick and accumulate.

Posted by: markinva2 | February 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

@ mcglaughlin...you're missing a lot of context...did you just start following this blog? Calm down dude...it's sort of a fun play at the excitement buildling.

Posted by: parksndc | February 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Snowing at a good clip here in Falls Church. Temperature has dropped another degree (according to Weather Underground) in the past hour - from 34.5 to 33.5.

Posted by: UpstateSnow | February 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Weather newbie here, so please don't harsh on me. But here in Old Town the temp is in the mid-30s, and nothing is sticking. How/when will it get cold enough to actually start accumulating to tha "snomageddon" amounts? Is this just a bust?

Posted by: KEBV | February 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

KEBV, the storm will bring with it colder air. As the snow gets heavier the temp will drop. You will start accumulating soon.

Posted by: markinva2 | February 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Snowing steadily at the Vienna Metro. Sticking to any untreated sidewalks, but the roads are ok right now.

Posted by: waltraud82 | February 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Whoops posted in an old thread:

Huntington area of Alexandria- snow coming down at a good clip, temp down to 32 and it's just starting to stick.

Posted by: kallieh | February 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Still no accumulating snow in Glover Park. Too warm: 36 degrees.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Boss sent me home from work at 11 a.m.

Snow in Warrenton is coming down at a steady pace. Just starting to stick to the driveway.

Posted by: LadyMac | February 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

3.5" of snow water!!! Has to be overblown, but crazy to even see that. Roughly 35-41 inches of snow.

http://coolwx.com/cgi-bin/getbufr.cgi?region=VA&stn=KBWI&model=nam&time=current&field=prec

Posted by: dukenilnil | February 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

very small flakes falling in East Baltimore at 11.45...

Posted by: bachaney | February 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Snowing but not sticking in Crystal City at the corner of 20th and Route 1. Ground is wet.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | February 5, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Steady snow in the distant suburb of Charlottesville all morning, but no overwhelming accumulation yet...

Posted by: johnfredland | February 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Snowing now but not yet sticking in University Park, MD.

Posted by: NML_dc | February 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@KEBV

As snow gets steadier and heavier, temperatures will cool and sticking will increase. Believe it or not, this is actually happening all over again. Just like December or may even more. We're confident (and we only say we're confident when we really mean it).

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Snowing here in Olney (upper MOCo)too. Not really sticking yet.

Posted by: celestun100 | February 5, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Lots of tiny little flakes falling very fast. I had to break it to my daughter that if we get big fluffy flakes, that means no accumulation in this area. Not so in upstate NY -- I never saw powder before I lived there.

Posted by: elizestrada | February 5, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

No snow in Annapolis. Yet.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Public Service Announcement: I just spent the past 40 minutes firing my .30-06 at this inbound climate change. If you live in or near Alexandria, you may have heard me (I also threw a whiskey bottle, if that helps). The good news is that I think I winged the bastard, which according to an esteemed panel of IPCC scientists should either increase, decrease, or not affect snowfall amounts depending on your view of climate change and what kind of muffin you ate this morning. The bad news is that I'm running low on ammo and he could be back at any time. Since so many of us seem to be home early and passively observing this man-made assault, I would only request that you join me in the common defense and please help me fend off the horrible scourge of climate change. In particular, watch out for any accumulations forming into the proto-sentient "snowman" formations, which must be dispensed with by headshots before they become ambulatory (Prescott's admonition to not fire until you see the blacks of their coals is as true now as it was in antiquity). I also recommend gloves, because it's a bit nippy out.

The day may come when the courage of Greater Arlingtonians fails. But it is not this day!

Posted by: zippyspeed | February 5, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Sticking to road and sidewalk -Fairfax, just East of Fairfax City

Posted by: pmknp | February 5, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Sunny and 77 degrees. Wait a minute, that was in my dreams.

Snow started about 9:45am. Not sticking. Yet.

Posted by: BidsKids | February 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

About 3/4 inch just south of leesburg....birds at feeders are going nutzo!

Posted by: mandarb77 | February 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The NWS is now calling for 16-22 inches tonight alone in Montgomery county! Two inches an hour or more all night!

Posted by: barryg2 | February 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

CWG, is there a place to track hour-by-hour snow accumulations at least for DCA? Thanks!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

still snowing hard but not sticking in Ballston

Posted by: fedssocr | February 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

looks more like rain more than snow here in Dupont Circle with random snowflakes.

Posted by: Elkay1 | February 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Coming down at a nice rate here in the City of Manassas. Has not yet started to stick our side street, but has to the sidewalks, cars, etc.

Posted by: irish031 | February 5, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing steady here in Midland, VA (Fauquier County) for about 2 1/4 hours. Nothing really sticking yet. My wife is at home in Marshall, VA (Northern Fauquier) and she said we had 1-1.5 inches sticking to grass and driveway (can't see the road fro the house). Stay safe.....it's looking like the "BIG ONE".

Posted by: Smitty68 | February 5, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

@dukenilni 3.5 inches of water...

what says cwg on that number, gotta be too high...

Posted by: mandarb77 | February 5, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Snowing steadily in Fairfax/Alexandria. Just got back in from walking the dog and the sidewalks are beginning to get slightly slushy. Won't be long before it starts to stick to the streets in my neighborhood. Definitely a wet snow.

Posted by: beth_in_alexandria | February 5, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

NWS now says 20-30 inches - some with excess of 30 inches - and this is Arlington/Falls Church/Alexandria.

What are the mountains going to get - 4 feet?

Posted by: MKoehl | February 5, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what is worse: little old ladies in the grocery store not willing to move their carts from the middle of the aisle or little old ladies at the coffee shop ordering the craziest drinks imagineable when all I want is a vente coffee! Ah well, the kids are home watching movies, I am working on school and my wife is on her way...just hoping to power does not go out and we can stay warm!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | February 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Channel 9- Topper Shutt, just changed totals to 20"-30"

Posted by: pmknp | February 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

More and more medium sized flakes mixed in.
Not sticking yet.

I feel like eating my Superbowl snacks now-but if I do I won't be able get more soon, there are mini traffic jams getting into Giant and Safeway.

Posted by: celestun100 | February 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

It is important to remember that what is happening right now is NOT what will be happening later. We're seeing the leading edge - just because it's above freezing / not sticking right now, doesn't mean this storm is a bust. Let's not be so quick to castigate the forecasters when this storm has barely started.

Posted by: jaradel | February 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Snowing lightly in Fredericksburg, VA since about 10:45. Nothing sticking so far but I'm sure that'll come soon!

Posted by: ewlk2 | February 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

@Zippy: you seem to be under the mistaken impression that many living in Arlington would actually own a gun/guns. ;)

Posted by: spyderjerusalem | February 5, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

32 and snowing about a 1/2 inch per hour in Richmond. It started at about 8:30 a.m., just as I gratefully sat down in my home office because my boss said I didn't need to make the commute to Woodbridge today. Hang in there, D.C.!

Posted by: deebat2001 | February 5, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Snow started at 10:15 in South Alexandria, now sticking to grass but still nothing on the roads.

@kallieh, Howdy neighbor!

Posted by: AlexBike | February 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Lots of tiny little flakes falling very fast. I had to break it to my daughter that if we get big fluffy flakes, that means no accumulation in this area. Not so in upstate NY -- I never saw powder before I lived there.

Posted by: elizestrada | February 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a good 1/2" of snow has accumulated on the bushes outside my office window here in Chantilly.

Posted by: VelocityAtrocity | February 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Noon report for Tysons Corners...

I'd still call it a light snow but picking up in intensity from earlier (bordering moderate at times). Still no accumulation on pavement. Looks nice. Don't have temp readings here at work.

Posted by: amaranthpa | February 5, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Latest NWS gridded total for Washington DC just upped to 29.6, or 1.6 above the all timer. We shall see.

My guess is we're going to lose a couple of inches to the warmth of downtown here at the outset.

Posted by: pmichaels1 | February 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Started about 1000 at Parkfairfax in Alexandria, starting to stick to cars, grass, etc. I'm pretty confident in my call here: 21"

Posted by: truyle | February 5, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

From the 11:54 updated WSW:
• Accumulations...Widespread Storm Total Accumulations Of 20 To 30
Inches...With Some Locations In Excess Of 30 Inches.

It is sticking now on the cars and grass here in ParkFairfax/Shirlington.

Posted by: snowpro | February 5, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing in western Fairfax for about two hours; heavily for the past hour. It's beginning to stick to side roads. Just drove through Oakton and the roads off Vale have about an inch on them. In Burke now; same story. Visibility is down to a half mile. Since the corporate idiots declared "business as usual"; I'll keep you posted.

Posted by: massexile | February 5, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Coming down faster in N. Arlington/Lyon Village, but not sticking yet. Temp dropped from 36 to 34 already.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | February 5, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

1st flurries started at 925am and real snow started at 10am here in Fairfax City. Now 1.5" in grass and my residential road is covered here and there.

Posted by: dudster89 | February 5, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Why do these Virginians not think headlights might be useful? Drives me nuts. Oh grocery store parking lots are still jammed.

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

Coming down pretty good now in Silver Spring/Wheaton, right around 34 degrees, nothing sticking yet.

Listening to the National Airport control tower, they're starting to give out reports of how the braking action is on their runways. So far it's good, but that probably won't last.

Posted by: arcland | February 5, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The intensity of the snow flurries in Downtown Silver Spring has picked up a bit. However, no accumulations as of 12:13pm.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 5, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"Channel 9- Topper Shutt, just changed totals to 20"-30""

That's so wrong. You can't start changing totals after it's started. It's like placing bets on a horse race after the bell.

Posted by: prokaryote | February 5, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The 11:54 comment should be taken down.

And the poster should seek some help....

Posted by: DaveB2 | February 5, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing in Bethesda for a couple hours now, but it's still a little too warm for any of it to stick.

Posted by: nlcaldwell | February 5, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck to you all from Boston. But you got the wrong name for this baby. We had a big storm the day Scott Brown was elected which is clearly fallout from the "Snowy Day in Hell" it had to be. So, since Scott was sworn in yesterday, I figure this it either more fallout or Tedddy cursing DC from his grave. My name for it "Snow 41".

Posted by: igor2 | February 5, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

@Zippy...either you need to try harder....or just save the whiskey for Sunday when you are buried and home bound. :-) (Personally, I would save the booze for drinking...LOL)

Sitting in my office in Arlington thinking I shold probably get on the road back to Manassas before the commute gets too ugly.

Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | February 5, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Currently in Reston Town Center it is not sticking to the roads or sidewalks, but is accumulating on shop awnings and parked cars. The snow is fine and flurry-like, but coming down at a good clip. It is just starting to coat parts of the road near the curbs, but where cars are driving it is wet.

Posted by: jaradel | February 5, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

@AlexBike-Hi! Hopefully we won't be digging people out of snowbanks on Huntington Ave this go around like in December.

Lesson I learned from the Dec. storm- bring the recyclable bins onto the front covered porch. The get buried quickly and it's a pain having to dig them out or having stacks of recyclables sitting in your house for a week.

Posted by: kallieh | February 5, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't find my snowpants!!!! (please don't tell me they're on the ground).

I've wore them only once here in the 8 years I've owned them. They were nowhere to be found for the 12/19 storm, which made picture taking and long walks in the storm a cold and wet proposition. Moving through unshoveled sidewalks in high drifts makes it impossible to keep one's pants dry.

How do pants just vanish-poof!- into thin air? I suspect a conspiracy.....

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 5, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

NWS has upped totals for Centreville, 24-36."

Posted by: mchristinaw | February 5, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

@ prokaryote That's not wrong...that's normal...smart. They don't want massive panic.

Posted by: parksndc | February 5, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Over by Eisenhower Ave Metro, snow is sticking to raised surfaces, cars, and is dusting the grass.

Keep seeing VDOT trucks and plows go by. My hat is off to all the folks out there (VDOT, Emergency personnel, etc) who are working through this for all our benefit!

Posted by: AlexandriaAnna | February 5, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

12:17 comment is really obnoxious.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Snow sticking on grass in Columbia Heights West, South Arlington.

Vaisala has no evidence yet for thundersnow. All lightning is well south in the Gulf of Mexico.

I see that sheepherder wants to "neuter" us. Sorry, but that gets you back into the Rogues' Gallery...actually it's the right-wingers and "tea-party" bums that ought to be neutralized!!!...but I can buy into your observation that "Catamounts" are back in the Blue Ridge.

--El Bombo

Liberal Democrat Male and proud of it!!!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

We

are

all

going

to

die!!


[But not from a little snow. Panic is silly.]

Posted by: wahoo2x | February 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Still snowing steady in Manassas...accumulating slushy on the deck, but the roads and drives still just wet as temps are slightly above freezing. I notice the NWS updated the totals to 20-30 and some upwards of 30 inches for this area:
http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=VAZ052&warncounty=VAC683&firewxzone=VAZ052&local_place1=Manassas+VA&product1=Winter+Storm+Warning

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Snow now softening and thickening a bit downtown near the White House.

Posted by: BobLHead | February 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Kim in Manassas, I can see I-66 from my living room. West bound is already quite slow at Lee Highway/Spout Run.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | February 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

WJLA just claimed 20-30 inches for the DC area. Wow.

I had to hit 3 grocery stores before I could find one with a parking lot I could get into. Even then I had to wait 5 minutes for a cart.

Sticking to trees, grass and parked cars in northern alex.

Posted by: AnneinSand | February 5, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

agreed. pull the igor2 comment @ 12:17. let's keep this little snowy corner of the interenet free of such drivel

Posted by: thedude3 | February 5, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@ prokaryote At this stage, it's not a contest. It's public preparedness info. If it looks like we're going to get 20-30 based on the most recent info, then Shutt should say so.

I just hope we can clear all this by Tuesday. A three-and-a-half-day weekend cooped up is one thing. But then it'd be nice to be able to get to stores and, oh, the airport.

Posted by: BDVienna | February 5, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Almost two hours of a steady snow but it has yet to stick to anything in Rosslyn.

Posted by: annarky | February 5, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, my Internet connection is starting to get flaky (currently at 25% packet loss to my first hop.) Thank you Comcast! If this is anything like the December storm, it'll go down completely in about an hour, and not come back up until after the snow stops. Most TV channels will probably be unwatchable for most of the time as well. I really should have gotten FIOS hooked up before the storm came... oh well, I guess I've learned my lesson.

Silver Spring/Wheaton still around 34 degrees, still nothing sticking. Snow's now blowing from the other direction, it's actually lightened up a little bit.

Posted by: arcland | February 5, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

accumulation will probably be less than predicted at least here in Arlington because temperatures are above freezing and nothing is sticking to the warm roads yet.

Posted by: wmars | February 5, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Getting noticeably heavier now in Parkfairfax/Shirlington... it's exciting but getting to be a little worrying at the same time... and I count myself as a Snowptimist!

Posted by: snowpro | February 5, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I just measured an inch of new snow on my deck in Oakton, VA. There has been a good band of snow here for the past hour.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Sticking everywhere in Reston, including pavement, which is relenting under the onslaught of snow.

Posted by: EricCarr | February 5, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Stanton Park: snow started just about 11AM. Still coming down steadily in small wet flakes. Not sticking, no accumulation.

Posted by: stantonpark | February 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

NWS says 20-30

Posted by: mirrorball | February 5, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

wmars,

it's like that for everybody now. don't worry it'll cool down soon and it'll stick. mark my words!

Posted by: snowedin85 | February 5, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

wmars- this is just the onset of the storm. CWG and others even predicted that there may be a snow-rain mix at the onset. I don't think they were expecting roads to be covered in snow an hour after precip started.

It will get colder and snowier, everywhere. There isn't going to be 2 feet + on grass and sidewalks and roads are just gonna be wet :)

Posted by: markinva2 | February 5, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Small flakes but coming down steadily in McLean. I just took a tour of the entire area in my search to find a grocery store that did not have a 20 minute wait to get into the parking lot (went to seven before I finally found one) and traffic is really tied up all over the place already. Starting to stick to deck, grass, cars, etc.

Posted by: HokieTerp | February 5, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Husband reports 1" of new accumulation on our deck in Gainesville. Here in Reston it's still snowing but I don't know if it's sticking yet or not (I'm not near the window right now).

Posted by: jaradel | February 5, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Flurries started around 10:00am in Leonardtown, MD, now light but steady. Not sticking to the pavement yet.

Posted by: Jshaden | February 5, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@markinva2 -- That would be perfect, wouldn't it? Tons of snow to enjoy, but we could still go out for a bite to eat.

Posted by: BDVienna | February 5, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Bethesda:

Snow has been coming down here at a good clip, tiny little flakes, but not sticking to anything. What a waste!

Posted by: Langway4Eva | February 5, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I was supposed to fly from Denver (40 and sunny) today to spend some quality time with my grandsons. This storm better make it worth cancelling my trip! :-) I say, go for the record!

Posted by: readingj | February 5, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 3 places on the back deck, we have our first 1/2 inch in Woodbridge. Neighborhood roads are starting to get slushy and cars are leaving tracks in it as they go by. Snow is moderate and steady, wind from the ESE, temperature holding at 31.5.

Posted by: drmammal | February 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I just checked Georgetown's website... they are staying open today, and tomorrow plan to have the LSAT, Parents Weekend, and their basketball game as scheduled tomorrow. And are keeping the library open all weekend.

ARE THEY NUTS?!

Posted by: megamuphen | February 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry if the snow isn't sticking yet on roadways/sidewalks. As the day goes on and the snow picks up in intensity it will start accumulating on all surfaces. Thanks so much for the snow reports so far. Keep 'em coming throughout the event. Thanks!

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

1" in Fair Oaks area, sticking so some side roads and sidewalks.

Posted by: rocotten | February 5, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

It's been steadily snowing at a decent clip for about 2.5 hours here in Falls Church, but nothing is sticking to the pavement/ground. Seems like a waste!

Posted by: dstayl | February 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Annapolis - half mile West of Bay Bridge. First flake at 11:15am. Light snow now. Still not sticking to paved surfaces or cars.

Posted by: Timinator | February 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Snow here in Old Town is wet and coming at a moderate clip, but not yet accumulating on sidewalks or elevated surfaces.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that the radar is showing a dry slot - and even some rain - over Baltimore. It is still snowing here in south Baltimore, but still very lightly and not sticking yet.

Posted by: ryanem1 | February 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Never thought I'd see stuff like this from the NWS

Looking back at the biggest storm of record for Washington DC... the January 1922 Knickerbocker storm... 28.0 inches of snow was produced from 3.02 inches of liquid water. Current forecasts for this event have total liquid falling from this storm approaching 3 inches... which accordingly would create a snowfall that will rival the Knickerbocker storm total. Generally across the region... 20 to 30 inches of snow will fall by Saturday evening.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@megamuphen The Society of Jesus wasn't modeled on military organization without good reason. :)

Posted by: edwardappleby | February 5, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Rockville MD, snow is coming down steadily but currently 39 degrees so nothing is sticking...yet

Posted by: BullD | February 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Where are Snowy and Buster when you need them?

Posted by: Etta- | February 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Please improve the writing about the weather on the back page of the Metro section. See this article, where writers weigh in:
http://tinyurl.com/ygtgod6

Posted by: rabs1 | February 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Just walked from Washington Circle to Rosslyn. Constant snow but mostly small and wet. No wind except when walking over the Potomac where the wind was blowing up river and the snow became slightly heavier; enough that I could only see about 1/2 - 3/4 of the way across the bridge. No accumulation anywhere.

Posted by: djm-01 | February 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I know Metrorail will stop operating above ground if snowfall exceeds 8 inches. What's the chance Metrorail will close the UNDERGROUND stations early tonight (before the normal 3:00 am stop time for Fridays)? Any history of them closing early in the past?

Posted by: clang4 | February 5, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

From 4th and C St SW.. just very light flakes and wet pavement.

Posted by: john65001 | February 5, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

snow has intesified some over the last hour in Ellicott City. I would still characterize it as light. No accumulations yet.

Posted by: Finn1917 | February 5, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

DCA-aircraft reporting breaking action poor last 1000' of RWY 1

Posted by: genestad | February 5, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It's finally sticking a little here in the Penrose neighborhood of South Arlington. If I woke up to this, I would call it a dusting.

Posted by: MosesCleaveland | February 5, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the snow, which was moderate, is coming down with a litle more "mix". A tree outside my house looks shiny as in ice.

Posted by: letitsnow | February 5, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Hi Weather Gang and readers.

Two questions -
1. What will driving conditions and/or public transportation availability be like early Sunday afternoon for the superbowl parties?

2. Will Federal Government/schools at least have either liberal leave or delayed opening? I remember in December the Feds closed for Monday which I was very surprised. I remember I was supposed to take a GRE that day, but the GRE didn't cancel.

Posted by: superseiyan | February 5, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@megamuphen -- I agree with edwardappleby, as an SJ alumnus from Massachusetts, we were taught to tough it out under whatever circumstances. Key to all situations: having good reading materials with one, and bearing up.

Posted by: krosseel | February 5, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Greetings from another SnowTimist.
Light/moderate snow - nice large flakes - in the Town of Herndon. A bit is sticking to the warm car and the wooden walkway, but not yet to street or sidewalks. Enjoy the show!

Posted by: sullivanva1 | February 5, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Will the Capitals play tonight and Sunday as scheduled? As of now, yes, but stay tuned...
http://www.onfrozenblog.com/2010/02/05/snowy-situation-will-the-capitals-play.html

Posted by: oc_ofb | February 5, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@clang4, see the Get There blog. Dr. Gridlock has all the info posted on Metro's plans. Short version: underground stations will have trains every 30 minutes when the above ground stations close.

I just went down to turn my front-wheel-drive car around and the snow in N. Arlington is starting to stick to car windows. I can report it's a very wet, heavy snow right now.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | February 5, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Light snow/rain mix in Springfield. I am still calling for an all rain event!

Posted by: Firedude | February 5, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

1 and 1/8th in eastern Warren Co. Chuck Bell said heavier snow is approaching the area from Harrisonburg/Charlottesville.

Posted by: spgass1 | February 5, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I was pretty surprised at the federal government's Monday closure in December also. Given that we're supposed to get more snow this time, I'd say closure is a strong possibility, and that at least liberal leave is pretty much definite.

Posted by: arcland | February 5, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't speak for CWG as a whole, but personally I would expect the Fed Gov't to be closed on Monday, and main streets to be improving on Sunday afternoon.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Leaving DC now for Reston. No windows in my basement office, so no updates yet on what's out there. Will see what I can do from home.

Wish I wasn't so freakin' pregnant I can't enjoy the snow! Baby, stay put this weekend...

Posted by: BuffaloGal78 | February 5, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

New Market, MD: light snow falling for about an hour. Melting on contact. 1:11pm.

Posted by: rficken | February 5, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this storm a lot warmer than 12/19. We've gotten about 2 hours of solid snow inside the beltway and the streets are completely clear. Storm cancel?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 5, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I see that 'snowmageddon' is now number 18 at http://google.com/trends/hottrends. Congratulations, CWG!

Posted by: krosseel | February 5, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Firedude,

Go move to Florida!

Posted by: snowedin85 | February 5, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes still wet (only) here in DC at the Convention Center. 33F. But the storm will quickly change these conditions for the worse. be careful!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Just walked the dog in McLean. Snow is of the small flake variety but steady. The ground and parked cars are starting to get a light coating of snow. Still feels warm and it did not take much walking for me to break a bit of a sweat.

Posted by: TheDubb | February 5, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Please Mother Nature make the temperature drop a degree or two!

Posted by: rocotten | February 5, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

East of Annandale, the snow started just after 10:00, and has been pretty steady since. My grill has about 1/2 inch of snow on top of it, despite some melting, but the front sidewalk is still pretty clear.

Posted by: magicdomino | February 5, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Crofton: Light snow has been falling steady since before noon. Nothing is sticking. Radar shows light green up and down the western bay counties.

I want my 30" snow!

Posted by: Vingold | February 5, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It has been snowing in the Valley since 6 am. I have 3 inches at 1pm. Temp. has been 32 -33 degrees all morning. 33.1 at 1:15

Highways have a slushy buildup.

Posted by: AugustaJim | February 5, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Still steady in North Arlington, but only a dusting on cars and nothing on streets or driveways. Whoever said 1" by 1:40pm needs to guess again.

Posted by: 27champs | February 5, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

snowedin85, When this storm doesn't materialize at least I will be able to say I was right. I really want the storm to give us several feet of snow, I just hate all the hype. Schools closed, Feds out early, WJLA - 7 started continous coverage at noon. For this! Give me a break!

Posted by: Firedude | February 5, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Icing is beginning on some untreated exposed pavement, but snow is not sticking. my flagstone walk is getting slippery now. Snow began about 10 am here in Chevy Chase NW DC.

Posted by: jay4811 | February 5, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Snowing moderately in Oakton, VA. Nearly 2 inches on the yardstick I put in the grass this morning.

Posted by: FH59312 | February 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

In Franconia/Kingstowne part of Fairfax County: Light snow (much lighter than say an hour ago). Coating on grass, snow buildup on every twig (like Wed morning), but roads & sidewalks just wet.

Posted by: InVA1 | February 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

question for one of you weather experts

Norfolk NEXRAD shows a very heavy band of precip along I-85 between Richmond and the NC border, what are chances it pushes to our east and dumps on say, Annapolis, instead of DC?

Posted by: tgt111 | February 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Coming down lighter here near Fair Oaks. I don't think we are going to get the 5 inches they expected before the low forms off the coast.

Posted by: barbnc | February 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing in NW Spotsy. since 10 am but no accum., been very light 4 the last 2 hrs. At this rate I'll end up with 0".

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little bit confused at the people who are upset at the Fed. Gov't and schools closing early...(Firedude, namely)

Did you really want to spent Friday afternoon working? Is your job that supremely satisfying that you'd rather spend an extra 4 hours in the office and then drive home in a wintry mix during rush hour?

Posted by: SWester | February 5, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Light snow coming down steadily in Gaithersburg, MD

Posted by: Thundershock | February 5, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Just beginning to stick to grassy and untreated areas in downtown Bethesda...falling at a faster clip than 30 minutes ago...

Posted by: doczoidberg | February 5, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Southwestern Frederick County MD: been snowing for 2.5 hours, but not sticking to anything yet. Temperature around 33 degrees.

Posted by: LLLrrr555 | February 5, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

BUST! I haven't seen one single snowflake inside my condo.

Posted by: rightsaid | February 5, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Ian, I remember before the January 1996 blizzard the local news outlets hyped our forecast as being capable to produce snow totals that could beat the Knickerbocker Storm. I don't think I heard that messaging from the NWS, however. The storm in 1996 fell short of the Knickerbocker storm by many inches in DC.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey

We've said all along that accumulations in the metro area wouldn't be much, especially on paved surfaces, until we get into the late afternoon, evening and overnight.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@firedude-

Please stop, you sound rather silly.

http://tinyurl.com/yj2l7tq

That's 24 hour precipitation. With all of that, this bit that's fallen so far is just the tip of the iceburg. A storm of this magnitude is not going to be "storm cancel" just because of a few hours of not sticking.

Posted by: kallieh | February 5, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

1:30 pm in Rockville Md - Its been snowing steadily for about an hour. The snow seems to be melting when it hits the ground because the streets are still clean.

Posted by: annie54 | February 5, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Colombia Heights. 1330 EST. Snow started just before 1000 local. No significant accumulation visible on sidewalks, roads, grass or foliage. Snowfall light but steady.

Posted by: EGULGuy | February 5, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

In retrospect, it seems that there was no need to close schools in the DC area. At most, an early dismissal might have been appropriate.

Posted by: jaydreb1 | February 5, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

CWG, What time do you all expect conditions to begin to deteriorate in the immediate DC area?

Posted by: GD1975 | February 5, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Snow is just beginning to stick in Olney.

Posted by: celestun100 | February 5, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Snow back to moderate levels here in Alex/Ft. Belvoir.

Posted by: letitsnow | February 5, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

POST YOUR SNOW GUESS as FACEBOOK STATUS -- Post your status as the amount of snowfall you expect to get by Sunday! Spread the word to all of your DC/NE region peeps .... 32"

Posted by: cooldavej | February 5, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Home now in the well provisioned bunker....roads are wet with spots of slush & visibility is bad. Snow & spray & people not using their headlights.

33 degrees. Steady snow slowly picking up intensity. Have less than one inch of slushy accumulation thus far.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 5, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Ashburn, VA: Snow began at 10:00 a.m. and has not stopped. The grass is covered but the streets are clear. Not too much air traffic at Dulles (I hear every plane at takeoff). Nice pot of stew on the stove. Staying in touch with my octogenarian parents in D.C. via Skype. All is well.

Posted by: caspen62 | February 5, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

jaydreb, I'd agree with you if all the students and lived near their schools. But many teachers, bus drivers, maintenance workers, etc don't. While conditions aren't terrible, there's already enough chaos and the schools just want to keep everyone safe. At my school we weren't only concerned about kids on buses, but also teachers who commute across the county.

Posted by: Melewen | February 5, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Kevin -- if the temperatures were 5 degrees colder right now, would that change the forecasted snow totals at all, or is this sucker so big that it really wouldn't make a difference?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | February 5, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Glover Park - starting to stick now to cars, grass, and untreated sidewalks. Still coming down steadily.

...Time to start making the tomato sauce!

Posted by: gulickr | February 5, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@Ian -- wow, I've never seen anything like that from NWS for a winter weather event. Similiar stuff for spring/summer storms, but not snow.

Went to BK @ River Oaks about 45 min ago to get the family lunch (last time to see civilization outside the neighborhood for a while, you know). Roads wet, travel quite sane. We had a salt truck pre-treat our street (you should see our hill!). That is a first for us!!

3 hours of snow and just wet roads. Just waiting for the snow to hit the fan in Dumfries...

Posted by: southbridgemom | February 5, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Downtown Baltimore - coming down steadily but not sticking yet.

Posted by: chocokitty27 | February 5, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I was just getting ready to post a message snarking about how it's been snowing for two hours, but not sticking, but I just checked again and NOW it's starting to stick. So at 1:49, things are getting serious here in NW DC. Why can't any channel run a few four star movies today? It's the perfect time for it.

Posted by: NW_Washington | February 5, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me you all have seen this - http://www.accuweather.com/video-on-demand.asp?video=1671939093

Posted by: SamanthaP5 | February 5, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your reports. Glad I see there is planning to stay indoors (movies are a good idea)!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Thick and heavy snow continues in Richmond; my yardstick now is up to 2". We're only supposed to get 6" down here, but this is looking more robust than that.

The streets never got cleared from last weekend's 10" dump...Virginians, your state capital will grind to a halt right along with the nation's capital.

Posted by: deebat2001 | February 5, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Snow's starting to stick on the grass and other surfaces here in Silver Spring. Roads are still clear. Weather Underground has the nearest reporting station at 32.9 degrees.

Posted by: arcland | February 5, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Snow now coming down proper in Downtown Silver Spring (16th Street & East West Hghy)

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | February 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

starting to stick here in Glover Park!

Posted by: freezingtexan | February 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

In Beautiful Beltsville it's coming down, rather lightly by steadily. Not sticking yet on the road, beginning to stick on cars. Calories are beginning to stick around the waistline.

Posted by: MikeinDC2 | February 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@samanthap5-- Good heavens, that guy needs to switch to decaf, don't you think? ;-)

There's a difference between hyping a storm and completely spazzing out. I think he's crossed the line (or he's awfully close to it).

Posted by: southbridgemom | February 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

...rather lightly *but* steadily...

Posted by: MikeinDC2 | February 5, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Here in Stafford it was very lightly misting "snow" for a few hours, starting around 9:30, but now nothing.

Posted by: gimmegreen | February 5, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Gloucester, Massachusetts here..Nothing yet!

Posted by: JamesChristian | February 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Old Town Alex. about a block off the river: still no accumulation (except a bit on some cars + slight accretion on foliage & left over snow). Temp 37F on my thermometer. Negligible wind. Notice the Weather Channel predicts above freezing right thru tonight here.

Posted by: TonyWolfe | February 5, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@SamanthaP5
..Another excellent link from the comment board! My husband (a bah-humbug snow watcher) and I were heartily entertained by the refreshing attitude of that Accuweather Meterorologist.

Posted by: sullivanva1 | February 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Starting to stick on the back porch in Lovettsville now. Snow has been of the wet and heavy variety for the past several hours.

Posted by: map408 | February 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@SamanthaP5 - that video was hilarious! Thanks for pointing it out!

Posted by: CassieLucy | February 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

When I lived in Buffalo (yes, I was there for the murderous 3-day storm of 1977) we observed that the highest accumulations took place when the flakes were small (and numerous) and not when they were the big fluffy variety.

What is the present knowledge on this?

Could people please post what they see when the storm reaches it's full strength. It should be interesting.

thank you.

Posted by: stivgdgy | February 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Half jokingly posted that I had 800 gallons in my propane tank...now with 30 or more forecast and way out here at the end of a dirt road...maybe no joke at all :)
good thing I have 3 cases and a couple bottles.

Posted by: mandarb77 | February 5, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Just starting to stick in McLean on roads. Here we go! I am far too excited. Looking forward to a night in front of the fireplace with champagne and lobster. Have to celebrate the snow appropriately!

Posted by: HokieTerp | February 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

forgot to add that my 1*4 board with markings every 2 inches has covered the 1st mark out here near leesburg...

Posted by: mandarb77 | February 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

there's a new thread started.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

In-town Herndon - started snowing steadily around 9:30-9:45, has increased slightly in intensity. When I was out at 12:15 pm, snow was just beginning to show on my street in limited areas - main roads were just wet. Now definitely accumulating on our street, and my best guess is 2-3" total fallen so far (guessing from trees etc which picked it up first).

Posted by: fsd50 | February 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

There must be a lot of newbies to this blog or to weather...the forecast, all along, has been VERY LITTLE accumulation until tonight...overnight tonight is when the heavy stuff hits us and temps really drop to brrrrr level...this is just a warmup, there's a large amount of precip to come!

Posted by: parksndc | February 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Raining harder now in West Springfield, VA. No snow, no sticking!

Posted by: Firedude | February 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Weather.com calling for rain mixing with snow & sleet with only 1" of accumulation by 8:00pm.

Where's the storm???

Posted by: Firedude | February 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Alexandria/Arlington border (Shirlington). We have accumulation on the side streets now. Coming down thicker.

Posted by: scstemp | February 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Snow finally sticking to sidewalk and side streets in S. Arlington.

Posted by: Sanookdi | February 5, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Just went out to get the mail. It must have sleeted because the walkway was very slushy under the snow. Fairfax

Posted by: pmknp | February 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Old Town , an hour later: still moderate fall with basically no wind. Temp down a degree or so (36F in my yard). Now sticking to all cars, most plants, and here and there to sidewalks. Thin layer of slush on street. Most still melting.

Posted by: TonyWolfe | February 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Firedude, the storm is here. and will be terrible tonight. watch out!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Snow started at 6am here near Harrisonburg, moderate snow falling currently, visibility about 1/4 mile, total accumluation over 4 inches.

Posted by: estrunk | February 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Old Town again: snowfall significantly heavier over past half hour - falling faster; denser; smaller flakes. Noticeable breeze now. Snow sticking to streets and most other surfaces. Temp down a degree or so to roughly 35F in my yard. Notice Weather Channel now predicting dip below freezing here by around midnight.

Posted by: TonyWolfe | February 5, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

We drove back from Richmond today (tending a sick relative), leaving at 11:00 am and arriving in Arlington about 1:30. Snow the whole way, but it was a relatively easy drive because nothing was sticking to the roads (we passed a north Arlington time-&-temperature sign that read 35 degrees). But about an hour after we got home, we suddenly had a lightly-blanketed road, and the local sidewalks and driveways were pretty much covered. There's only an inch or so on the ground now at 4:00 pm but it's starting to stick/accumulate, and if the forecasts are right there's going to be a ton of snow on the ground in the morning.

Posted by: daltongang13 | February 5, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

New post up.

Posted by: Murre | February 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Dusted off the satellite dish a few minutes ago and noticed sleet mixed with the snow - 15 miles south of Fredericksburg.

Posted by: reds37win | February 5, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Old Town: snow still steady, dense, small flakes - about like 4:00, except has been sticking everywhere. Perhaps 1-2 inches on street. Wind stronger but still moderate, with gusts. Temp still around 35F.

Posted by: TonyWolfe | February 5, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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