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Posted at 1:40 PM ET, 02/10/2010

Uncle!... Winds, blowing snow still in high gear

By Capital Weather Gang

Closing in on D.C.'s snowiest winter on record

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West and south of the Beltway, the snow has become mainly light. But moderate to sometimes heavy snow has hung on inside the Beltway and to the north. Even as the snow gradually tapers from southwest to northeast between now and early evening -- another 1-3" is possible in places, especially north and east -- the winds will not let up. In fact, they may even get a bit stronger. Expect sustained winds at 20-30 mph with gusts to near 50 mph possible, leading to the potential for snow drifts of 2-4 feet, and up to 5 feet north and east of town.

Bottom line, we are a long ways from the end of this storm's impacts, and power outages will in all likelihood start to mount as the winds take their toll.

Total storm accumulations as of late morning were around the 5-10" range (and counting) for the immediate metro area, with 10-15" common in Frederick County and Baltimore. The 8.7" recorded at Reagan National Airport at 1 p.m. was less than an inch away from making this winter the snowiest on record. The current No. 1 was 54.4" in 1898-1899.


The NAM model shows an intense area of upper-level energy swings through this morning. Courtesy NCEP.

How did this happen? The explosion of heavy snow today resulted from the interaction of a monstrous piece of upper-level energy pictured to the right (which came through fairly similar to the way the models were showing earlier in the week) with an intensifying area of low pressure moving up the Atlantic coast.

Had the coastal low pressure formed too far north or moved too quickly toward and north of our latitude, the upper-level energy may not have caught up to it in time to squeeze out the intense rates of snow we've seen. But this is the winter of 2009-2010, in which everything seems to work out just right for heavy snow almost every time.

What's the forecast for after the storm? Check it out here.

By Capital Weather Gang  | February 10, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
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Posted by: OMGPonies | February 10, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Second? Sun keeps trying to poke through here in valley. I-81 was in really good shape between Winchester and Strasburg

Posted by: ValleyCaps | February 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, would like to see some apologies and retractions from some of the naysayers, i.e. fleciewool, Ivantheterrible, etc.

A blizzard like this is no bust in my book.

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 10, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Still low visibility here in Ballston. Less than 4 blocks from my apartment and at street level sometimes less than half a block when some of the gusts come through the buildings.

Fine snow coming down at a moderate pace and at times blowing up past my apartment rather sideways as it has been.

Posted by: JoeThePhotographer | February 10, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sun is trying to come out in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: meta2 | February 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

omgponies-is there some strange pathology that makes an individual want to cry "first!" on a blog? Or is it just infantile arrested development? I really want to know, because I fail to understand the pathology of this. Perhaps your screename gives a clue?

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Any thoughts on ffx county schools for the rest of the week? They are the only ones around not calling the whole week...

Posted by: mandarb77 | February 10, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Here in Manassas the sun is coming through and there is no more snow falling...not all that windy to warrant the blizzard warning now.

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 10, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

im sure DCA will come in .1 short

Posted by: rocotten | February 10, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

perhaps so, arrabbiato, perhaps so.

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 10, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

There is no "sun" here in NW DC, nothing but white out conditions since early this morning, snow still pouring out of the sky.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

When is the wind likely to die down?

Posted by: BrentwoodGuy | February 10, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

@rocotton, alas, you are probably so right!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

MDZ003>007-009>011-013-014-110000-
/O.CON.KLWX.BZ.W.0002.000000T0000Z-100211T0000Z/
WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-
MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAGERSTOWN...FREDERICK...WESTMINSTER...
GAITHERSBURG...COLUMBIA...BALTIMORE...ANNAPOLIS
103 PM EST WED FEB 10 2010

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...12 TO 24 INCHES. DRIFTS OF 3 TO 5 FT POSSIBLE.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. GUSTY WINDS
WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES...MID AND UPPER 20S.

* WINDS...25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 55 MPH. BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO A QUARTER MILE OR
LESS AT TIMES... PRODUCING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I would expect that the "storm is a bust" types will be deafeningly silent.

Unfortunately, I'm betting we'll continue to hear from the sad people who don't seem to (or want to)get that this is "climate change" we are experiencing. If anything, all of this is PROVING Al Gore's message....

Posted by: librarylady61 | February 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Alexandria section of Fairfax County: Snow still falling but much more lightly than before. Just under 0.5" accumulation in last 45 minutes.

Posted by: InVA1 | February 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Tsnownami?

Posted by: CeeJayVa | February 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I swear, as I look at the radar, it appears that we may get further pounded, this time from the north...

Posted by: KPosty | February 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Other schools districts haven't called off the whole week either. APS will most likely take it day by day, they have not yet cancelled for tomorrow. I get it, they want to open school as soon as possible, so want to daily evaluate road conditions. That said, I am sure APS will be closed all week.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | February 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

From Leesburg again - still snowing at a steady clip. The most amazing thing about this storm is the constant moderate-to-heavy rate of snow fall since about 7am. Impossible to measure how much has fallen because of the wind but assuming a minimum one inch-per-hour rate...

The wind has basically not let up since it started this morning. Its a steady ~15mph or so with regular gusts into the 25-30mph range.

Cant imagine how long its going to take to get the neighborhood roads plowed.

Posted by: TerpInTime | February 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is crazy! Seems like my power could go out at any mi

Posted by: halpern5b | February 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

snowing hard still and blowing in Reston

Posted by: RestinInReston | February 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

356th? LOL.

Laytonsville, MD (Upper MoCo):
We are still getting pummeled with near white-out conditions. No way to measure accumulation since the winds began. Drifting is getting significant. Visibility between 60' and 200' depending. Everything dug out has filled back in. We've only had a few lulls all day (Up to 1/4 mile visibility), and when we did you could see the wind-blown snow whipping across the landscape.

I think we're going to need a bigger shovel...

Posted by: dprats21 | February 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

@ OMGPonies There have been multiple apology posts...move on...

Posted by: parksndc | February 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Time to fire up the Prius, ignoring the brake issues, drive around in the snow to find an open Starbucks for a Mocha Frappachino with foam. Wish I still had that HUMMER. Whole Foods is closed, so what will we do to survive?

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

fine, I will move on......imagine how much colder and snowier it would be if it wasn't for GLOBAL WARMING!

How's that for a subject change.

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"Uncle" is right. I used to be one of those snowlovers, back when accumulating snow was rare and therefore a delight. I'm about delighted out. My wishcast now is for this monster to move on up the coast and away from us and a nice warming trend to commence, with temps in the 60s and 70s for about five months straight. Sheesh.

Posted by: 20009matt | February 10, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

sadly, library lady, you evidently aren't very well versed on the debunked myths of climate change-but go on living in your fearful little world, okay? Al Gore was publicly embarassed at the climate change conference, forced to retract what he said about the polar ice caps melting. That should tell you something, but some people don't want their articles of faith messed with in any way.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@halpern5b: Too funny.

Posted by: truyle | February 10, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Repost from last thread:

Just looked out the rec room window here in Gainesville... the sun is peeking through the clouds and it is windy but not gusting too bad, for the moment. My Weatherbug gadget reports 21-25 mph winds and 30 degrees at a school a few miles down the street. Looks like the storm is pulling out of PWCo. Wonder if the winds will pick up again or die down as the storm moves up the coast...

Posted by: jaradel | February 10, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Still falling lightly but steadily in Vienna. The sky is lightening up, but the snow keeps falling.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | February 10, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Ivantheterrible has apologized; does he need to again? Still moderate snow in Glover Park, and windy, but a bit brighter, looks as if the end, if not near, is in sight. How much on the ground? I don't know, but more than is in the air.

Posted by: doubtingdavid | February 10, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Do you really want 60 degree weather right now? Imagine how much flooding their would be when all this snow melts at once...

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 10, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I may get another shot at some heavy snow here in a minute...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

A couple of days ago, there was a post from a Chicagoan saying that this was a mild taste of what they experience in Chicago every winter. Chicago does have much colder winters than we do and gets way more snow on average -- but here is a list of Chicago's Top 10 storms. Out totals from last week's storm in Dulles (30+ inches), Upper Northwest DC (mid 20s), Montgomery Country, Fairfax, Loudon -- practically everywhere except DCA and downtown DC -- beat the highest total recorded in Chicago:

Chicago's 10 biggest Snowstorms:

23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967
21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999
19.2 inches Mar 25-26, 1930
18.8 inches Jan 13-14, 1979
16.2 inches Mar 7-8, 1931
15.0 inches Dec 17-20, 1929
14.9 inches Jan 30, 1939
14.9 inches Jan 6-7, 1918
14.3 inches Mar 25-26, 1970
14.0 inches Jan 18-20, 1886

Posted by: hrs123 | February 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It was hard enough to get my one car unburied, so I can imagine the work it takes to get all the school buses unburied.

Posted by: barbnc | February 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Just very light flurries here in Southern LoCo. 7-8 inches fresh on the ground and it looks like we are done. I got the NWS update at 1:12pm giving my area 8-14 inches total which was a bump from 6-12, so maybe they are counting on some backfill in the next hour or two to kick things up a bit. Congrats to DCA on the new record*

*(because we are on the juice, right? Only thing that explains this winter)

Posted by: DullesARC | February 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, for the love of Pete, will all of you get off the political discussions (and climate change) and concentrate on the here and now? That's what this blog is for. Go to Drudge or HuffPost to debate the other stuff. Sheesh!

Posted by: truyle | February 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and PWCS canceled school for the rest of the week, joining Loudoun and Fauquier in throwing in the towel.

Posted by: jaradel | February 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Took the garbage out about two hours ago, and the footsteps I took have been COMPLETELY blown/snowed over. It's as if I never went outside. There are about 18-inch snowdrifts here in Fort Myer Heights.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 10, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Are there any universities/colleges/trade schools around here that have programs in meteorology? Can you imagine what it would be like to be a student in one of those programs this weekend? Bet THEY still had class... probably lab work!

Posted by: alc_in_NoVa | February 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I see no "end in sight" doubting david-I don't know what you are, but where I am in Glover Park, it's neither brighter, nor has the snow level appreciably changed one bit since 8am this morning-the snow is still pouring out of the sky, still blowing sideways, and the winds are howling as much as they ever were.

@OMGponies-FUNNY!

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

So, what does Monday/Tuesday's snowfall look like? ;-P

Posted by: elizestrada | February 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Chesapeake Bay: Storm Warning up

30kt winds, 50kt gusts, 5ft waves all the way up past Baltimore.

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=lwx&wwa=storm%20warning

Posted by: RandC | February 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Winds are really picking up in Derwood. I have what I think is a pretty accurate reading of 12" on my deck which I thoroughly cleaned off before this storm started last night. It's relatively protected from wind, but not blocked or covered to limit the snowfall. I'm sure some snow is blowing off the roof on to the deck, so maybe that is adding to the total a bit. This has been really fun to watch - what a week!

Posted by: mo26 | February 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

this is so awesome - we have been right on the edge of this thing for hours now. it keeps threatening quit snowing, but then just keeps on giving....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, heavens, barbnc, I didn't think of that. Wow - can you imagine having to dig hundreds of buses out of a parking lot after these past few days? No thank you!!!

Posted by: alc_in_NoVa | February 10, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Sun is peaking out. Tough to tell if it's still snowing here in Alexandria, or if it's just snow being blown off the roof.

I love snow, but I think I've had my fill for the year.

Posted by: DrewinAlexandria | February 10, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@Brian- Good luck, you are about to get crushed... Remind you of upstate NY?? Take some pics. The radar keeps suggesting I will get a break, but it just...keeps...coming.....

Posted by: dprats21 | February 10, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A friend from Ottawa is going to try to fly home from IAD tomorrow. She wants to get away from the snow. ; ))

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a snowplow for the first time take the Iwo Jima Memorial exit and plow Arlington Blvd (i.e. the road that parallels Route 50).

Posted by: Juan-John | February 10, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A band of VERY HEAVY snow is moving through Eldersburg. It's a SNOWICANE!! We just lost our HD feed on Directv. Damn it!

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@jaradel - don't you mean "throwing in the shovel"? :)

Posted by: alc_in_NoVa | February 10, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Every person I've seen who's attempted to do anything in this storm other than walk has failed. (Random sample of humanity from my living room window in Bethesda.)

Business used snowblower on parking lot for 90 minutes and failed. Neighbor tried to clear car and surrendered. 4x4 trying to make it out to main drag fishtailed twice, turned around & went home.

The snow is falling at a moderate pace now, but really piled up since this morning. The wind is not as intense at the moment, but the gusts are still fierce. Skies do seem brighter and the fog has lifted somewhat. Looks like we may get hit by the tail of the next band swinging down from Baltimore, though.

Posted by: Cat11endofdays | February 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The snow appears to be DONE! at the 301 Bridge.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I for one will stop bringing up CLIMATE CHANGE, starting now. And, my apologies to Arrabiato and Walter. God bless you my brothers. Now let's all hold hands and sing, "We are the World..." It's a Wonderful Life!

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

God, the TV newscasters reporting on this storm are such d0uche bags...

"Oh My God, here comes a snow plow!!!"

Posted by: OMGPonies | February 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhhh yeah, there goes the visibility. Heavy, heavy snow with this Northern blob.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

No name calling OMG...

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Zero visibility here in Eldersburg. Heavies snowband of the day moving through. WOW!!!

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Newscaster: "where are you going, sir?"

"Going to work."

"You're not scared of the blizzard?"


Posted by: OMGPonies | February 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Brian - remind me, where are you?

Posted by: novajeffc | February 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

So, does this mean snow for Manassas is done? Is the radar reliable? Would any of the wrap around come here? I feel like we're missing out!

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 10, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

CWG: What are you talking about? The Northern Blob? Huh?

Is this what comes from carbon monoxide lethargy and karosene heaters?

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

OMGPonies

I saw that. I felt like he was hitting on those girls on the sidewalk, or he doesn't understand personal space.

Posted by: notdlo1975 | February 10, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Almost a foot of new snow here in upper NW DC and another heavy band coming down from north. I must say I did not think I would get another foot of snow out of this storm when I went to bed last night. This has been an unbelievable winter with three major snowstorms over a foot of snow. The winds have been incredible a real blizzard. I would not be surprised to have one more snowstorm before the winter is out.

Posted by: ajmupitt | February 10, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

As I went to bed last night, I thought most here were crazy that there would be anything bad Wed. afternoon

Ok so....looks like I was wrong

Still snowing hard....streets completely covered.....and blizzard type conditions outside

Posted by: Bious | February 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey CWG et al.

Anyone seen any bouy data so we can get a handle on what the lowest pressure is?

Posted by: pmichaels1 | February 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Novajeff, Columbia, Howard County.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I spent 5 years in Anchorage, Alaska, and rarely saw anything like this week. it must have been global warming, wink, wink.
Seriously, I love winters and snow, but I've had it! A week of clear and 43 degrees would be great!
By the way, still blowing and snowing sideways in Gaithersburg.

Posted by: formerwxman1 | February 10, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

OMGPonies, I heard them interviewing someone on the radio who was worried that the power would go out and all of the food in her freezer would be ruined. Can't you just stick it in a snow drift outside when the freezer starts to warm up (which takes a while when it's full of food)? I don't know, though, I've never had that happen in this weather, so maybe I'm missing something. *shrug*

Posted by: eventual_eventer | February 10, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Is this a sign the Vikings and Bills will be in the Super Bowl?

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I keep thinking it's about to stop snowing in Reston...but it just keeps snowing...crazy storm.

Posted by: parksndc | February 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I am seeing a good clip here in odenton now! Keep it going -- hoping to pick up another couple inches!

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I guess the snowfall could get a bit heavier here in NW DC, but I know the snow hasn't let up ONE BIT all day-is there another band supposed to come through here now? I eyeball estimate around 10-12" since last night.

Posted by: arrabbiato | February 10, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

You folks aren't experiencing Snowmaggedon 2. Isn't it more like Snowverload?

Posted by: wydafish | February 10, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

what a bust of a storm. I thought we would get 10 inches! I just measured 9 3/4.

AND I still have power. Next storm I am listening to my big toe!

;P

Posted by: notdlo1975 | February 10, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

NWS just updated for the Eldersburg area:

Blizzard Warning
Special Weather Statement
Hazardous Weather Outlook


This Afternoon: Snow and areas of blowing snow. High near 28. Wind chill values as low as zero. Windy, with a northwest wind around 32 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow likely and areas of blowing snow before 9pm, then a chance of snow between 9pm and midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as zero. Windy, with a northwest wind between 21 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Posted by: DLO1975 | February 10, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Great news - the snowmelt will result in Spring flooding.

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

CWG, is that northern blob about to spin its way into DC; based on composite radar, we may be about to get creamed:

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=LWX&product=NCR&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or do the number of power outages seem far less? Last weekend during the storm the Dominion Power Outage map looked like a Jackson Pollack painting, but today its only little more then 20 dots. I thought it would be more with the wind. Thoughts?

Posted by: shackleton | February 10, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

pmichaels1, there's a bouy south off Long Island reporting 28.92 inches and falling rapidly, that equals about 979 mb. Thats the lowest I can find right now.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Any chance the low continues to throw moisture back in the DC/Baltimore area for another 4-6 hours?

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Bringing up climate change right now is silly. It takes a LONG time to measure a climate. This is one storm. Or, rather, 2.
I'm not even one of the people who just dismiss it out of hand... its just that not enough study has been done to prove it. Science is not made by how many scientists vote for something. There are tons of them now making money from grants to study it, so why not climb on the bandwagon?!

Back edge struggling to get here to Montgomery...much brighter out but no sun. Praying for those winds to take some snow off my roof, and not put a tree into it!

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 10, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Too much snow here in Arlington, from a former New Englander's perspective, I feel I'm experiencing the Blizzard of 78 all over again. I remember having to go to school through June to make up for the snow days.

Posted by: ADmom | February 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Any tips on stemming dripping windows and basement leaks when not able to get to a store for supplies? I'm not sure how long towels and buckets will help.

Posted by: TerpzFan | February 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what QPR we're looking at out of this, or at least what ratios?

Posted by: AndrewRockville | February 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Temp seems to be going up at a nice clip with the sun breaking through - back up to 24 from 18 - and the icicles off the roof are dripping again.

I'm all for the slow melting vs rapid, but dealing with the refreeze every morning for a while yet is going to be a challenge in some areas.

My "studly" neighbor had wandered off in his 4x4 every day since Saturday, returning in a fairly short time. I don't think he's actually going anywhere, but just wants to say, "I got out of my place every day this week" based on some comments he made to me on Saturday. He's an interesting sort, that's for sure.

Posted by: bobosnow | February 10, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Blizzard warning just updated for me:

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING...

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 20 TO 30 INCHES...WITH HIGHEST TOTALS NORTH AND EAST OF BALTIMORE. DRIFTS 3 TO 6 FT.

* TIMING...HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES...LOWER 20S.

* WINDS...25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 55 MPH. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO A QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES... PRODUCING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

Posted by: RandC | February 10, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

We are seeing whiteout conditions here in Odenton at the moment!

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Old Town Alexandria update:
I just posted more photos to the slideshow of the whiteout conditions and heavy winds we've been experiencing in Alexandria all day. Also, I shot another video which I've embedded at the bottom of the post. I apologize for the audio but the wind is just too hard for the puny little microphone ont he Flip to handle. HD version is coming as soon as youtube processes it.

Posted by: joelhousman | February 10, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RandC | February 10, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Just measured the snow here in Berwyn Heights and now have 10.0" One more period of steady snow coming through right now.

Posted by: BH99 | February 10, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Check out this article, about cones being put out in Anticipation of snow in boston.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/02/saving_spaces_e_1.html

Posted by: ADmom | February 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Today is SNOVERTHETOP! I'd go out and shovel but I don't want to SNOVERDOIT.

Posted by: snowman2010 | February 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Jason,

Two questions. First an administrative question. You requested that people stay on topic. But what if an advocate of the catastrophic, man made global warming hypothesis is the first to drift off topic? If you don't say anything to them, is it alright to reply to their comments? If we reply to something an advocate writes, will you *then* ask people to stay on topic?

librarylady61 was the first to broach the subject at 1:55 PM when she wrote, "Unfortunately, I'm betting we'll continue to hear from the sad people who don't seem to (or want to)get that this is "climate change" we are experiencing. If anything, all of this is PROVING Al Gore's message...."

You must admit, that screams for a response!

Second question. Why do you not correct people who refer to day to day weather as if it proves AGW? You don't believe that day to day, or even seasonal, weather proves catastrophic, man made climate change, do you?

Same question to you Walter. You will pounce on any critic, but you don't say a word when the advocates claim the same thing in reverse. You turn a blind eye to their claims. Why is that?

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | February 10, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Still snowing heavily (and more or less sideways) in Aspen Hill/Wheaton area. The power went out for a couple of hours and then came back on.

Someone upthread asked about putting stuff in the snow. We did that last night, in anticipation of losing power. So we have chicken for dinner and some other munchies ready to go without having to open the fridge or freezer. We also put a couple bowls of ice cubes in the refrigerator to keep it colder without power.

We are the end of a dead end street. There is a 15-20 foot pile of snow in front of one half of our (double wide) driveway. The other side has only 3-5 feet in front of it for now but will probably have several more feet the next time the snow plow/front loader comes by.

Posted by: mrspeel25 | February 10, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

4' drifts in Edgewater. Wind howling off the South River. Snow falling hard now. Is the Anne Arundel NWS forecast still accurate for 20-30"??

Posted by: GeorgePuddy | February 10, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

To all of the CWG,

When some of your commenters make statements that this weather proves the hypothesis of catastrophic, man made climate change, and you fail to correct them, do you think they might misinterpret your silence as agreement? Because if they did make that incorrect (I presume it is incorrect) assumption, do you realize that your silence is tantamount to reinforcing their misconceptions? I realize it is a crappy situation to be in, but it is what it is. You either correct them, or you run the risk that they mistake your silence for agreement.

Just something to consider.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | February 10, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone point me to a good explanation of the form that the upper air energy takes and how it acts to intensify the low? Is it simply momentum transfer from the jet stream?

Posted by: wdoneil | February 10, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Capital Weather Gang had the best discussion I've seen on the meteorological events that caused all this - many thanks. A really remarkable coincidence of events

Help your neighbors everyone

Posted by: BrianValentine | February 10, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@Mr. Q:

Clear out of here, sir!

Or, Stick to the subject at hand: The February 10th 2010 Blizzard.

Thank You.

Signed, an independent voice in the wilderness.

Posted by: wxdancer | February 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

There's a new post up.

Posted by: Murre | February 10, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

wxdancer wrote, "Clear out of here, sir!

Or, Stick to the subject at hand: The February 10th 2010 Blizzard.

Did you make that comment to librarylady61, or any of the other advocates of the catastrophic, man made global warming hypothesis? Or just to little ol' me?

Are the proponents free to talk about whatever they like, but the opponents must stick the blizzard topic? Is that how it works?

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | February 10, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

All you "global warming" eco-nutcase fanatical supporters, let's see if you'll get some poetic justice if we send you to DC and get buried by 10 feet of snow.

Incidentally, CO2 or carbon dioxide is what we exhale and it's what the trees inhale. It's not poisonous and it's not a pollutant. Without CO2, the trees would die and there'll be no plant life on earth. CO or carbon monoxide is the pollutant. The "global warming" wacko politicians, including Al Gore and Schwarzenegger, and the "global warming" scientists often confuse between the 2 compounds.

Posted by: ry1975 | February 10, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

So, what's the longer term forecast for the rest o February and into March? I note that Farmer's Almanac mentions snow in the mid-Atlantic region at the end of February....

Posted by: droopyd | February 10, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

W Donnell, On a global scale, warm air rises in the Equatorial region because of the intense sun, and that creates a pressure difference for air to move from the Pole toward the equator (replacing the tropical air that rises). This creates (most of the) winds; air returns to the Pole in the upper atmosphere.

Localized regions of warmer air, possibly from the sea, rise from (turbulent) natural convection to the upper atmosphere, this intensifies any localized "low pressure" region associated with the warm air rising.

I'm not sure if I answered your question or not.

No point in talking about AGW from that notorious skeptic, me, at any rate - this storm said everything I could say about the need for fossil fuel in our civilization!

Posted by: BrianValentine | February 10, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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