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Posted at 11:10 PM ET, 02/24/2010

Spotty rains kickoff prolonged storm event

By Jason Samenow

Snow amounts expected to be low but winds a big deal

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Radar: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation over past three hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Scattered areas of rain have developed around the region this evening. With temperatures well above freezing, there have been no winter weather troubles. But this rain is just the start of what will be a long duration storm event, with the main impact being wind. Though wind won't be an issue tonight, it will steadily increase tomorrow. By late tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening, some gusts could close in on 50 mph. Considering how wet the ground is from recent snow melt, some trees may be vulnerable, especially as strong winds continue tomorrow night all the way into Saturday.

New model data coming in this evening continues to suggest the snow potential from this storm is pretty low. Not much accumulation is expected by morning (a dusting to at most an inch) and only scattered snow and rain showers are possible during the day tomorrow. There may even be breaks in the clouds at times, especially in the afternoon. However, the storm is forecast to retrograde south tomorrow night, possibly bringing bands of snow back into the region. The combination of snow showers and strong winds may create some rather inclement conditions for travelers. We'll provide additional details tomorrow...

Please see Ian Livingston's post for the detailed forecast through the weekend...

By Jason Samenow  | February 24, 2010; 11:10 PM ET
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Snow sad. ; ))

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 24, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

oops, should have been

Snow sad ; ((

Total bummer!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 24, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Snow? Fuhgeddaboudit...(she says, semi-confidently)

Posted by: natsncats | February 24, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

At least it may look like a blizzard for awhile tomorrow tonight with the high winds and snow only if we get a few inches.

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

Had some flurries in the sky from Liberty to about Frederick, thats about it though.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 24, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Glistening in Falls Church!!

(apologies, I couldn't resist)

Posted by: kirom | February 24, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyway we can see some significant snow from this storm? Either tomorrow or on Friday?

Posted by: aaf314 | February 24, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Observing light snow now and have a trace accumulation on the deck near the Fauquier/Warren line...

Posted by: spgass1 | February 24, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Nothing happening in eastern Loudoun that I can tell, thankfully.

Posted by: natsncats | February 24, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Flurries in Lake Ridge. Looks like a period of light snow filling into the immediate metro area.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 24, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Really pathetic this time. First total bust. Nobody's fault, of course, but we all got too excited.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | February 25, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

OMG! We have about 1 Ft. of the stuff over here in Reston, VA! Oh...wait, that was already there :-/

I first noticed snow falling here at around 2330 HRS EST (24FEB10).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 25, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Where's Walter? Time to stop dancing, Walter. Walter?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 25, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Snowing moderately here in Chevy Chase DC, but not sticking.

Posted by: ajmupitt | February 25, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

MarylanDChris - I think I do agree with ya. And it's nice to have a rational use of the word "bust" because sometimes I instantly think "oh no, what is disagreeable about the forecast" :) and, here in downtown DC at the Convention Center? Still RAIN! :P ah well.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 25, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Now the NWS is calling for the snowfall to taper off my 0900 HRS EST today (25FEB10), yet their graphic forecast still shows us getting snow through Friday. I am assuming that this is due to the wrap around effect that might take place later on, while the 0900 EST projection is for the current, initial passing or the storm Northward.

It's still currently snowing here in Reston, VA, but it's most certainly not sticking upon any of the hard surfaces. Only the current snowpack is allowing for accumulation.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 25, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Did everyone know that Bob Ryan was leaving WRC4? I just saw the link above. I had no idea. Though I hadn't watched the local news for several years, I started watching it again during all of the recent winter storms, mostly for the weather reports.

I just realized that Bob Ryan has been at WRC throughout the entire time that I've been in the Washington, D.C. area. I left for a few years and then came back and Bob Ryan was still here. I stopped watching local news for years and started up again and Bob Ryan was still here. But no longer. I guess it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but I'm still amazed that George Michael isn't still on the 11 o'clock news and that Abe Pollin is no longer the owner of the Wizards. And now Bob Ryan will no longer be the weatherman on Channel 4. Just one of those parts of being in Washington that are fading away. Good luck, Bob.

Posted by: 123home123 | February 25, 2010 4:44 AM | Report abuse

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