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Posted at 5:10 AM ET, 02/10/2010

Risky recipe: Snow, ice, snow, then wind

By Dan Stillman

* Winter Storm Warning for entire metro area | NWS snow totals *
* Blizzard Warning starts at 7 a.m. for far N&E suburbs (map) *
* Making history? | Watch out for ice dams | Top 5 driving hazards *
* Yesterday's Q&A | Snowmageddon's incredible output *
* Power outage maps for Dominion Electric | Pepco | BG&E | SMECO *
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* News, traffic & storm coverage: Local home page | Get There *

It started with around 2 to 5 inches of snow yesterday evening. Then, the late evening and overnight brought a period of sleet and freezing rain. Now, the entire metro area is changing back to snow and should stay that way through much of today. All this would be trouble enough on top of the 1.5 to nearly 3 feet of snow over the weekend. But add increasingly strong and gusty winds, and you have a perfect recipe for impassable streets, limited transit and power failures.

The snow: Any areas still seeing sleet or and/or freezing rain should turn over to all snow soon. Snow will be moderate to heavy at times through midday before tapering in the mid-to-late afternoon. Additional accumulations of around 3-6" inches are likely for downtown and points south and west (probably the lower end of the range as you head southwest from D.C.), with around 4-8" expected north and east of the city. That's on top of the 2-5" that's already fallen in much of the metro area, with 5-8" already recorded once you get toward Baltimore.

The winds: Probably the most severe of today's conditions will be increasingly strong winds, which will really start to crank up by around late morning. Sustained winds should reach 20-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph. That means blizzard or near-blizzard conditions are possible. Widespread power outages are a serious threat considering the combination of the wind and the snow and ice already weighing down trees and power lines.

AFTER THE SNOW

Tonight & Tomorrow: As the storm heads northeast into New England, the winds here tonight stay strong -- sustained at 20-30 mph with higher gusts -- as lows bottom in the low-to-mid 20s. Still blustery tomorrow with partly sunny skies, highs in the mid-30s, and winds sustained around 15-25 mph with gusts to near 35 mph before decreasing in the afternoon or evening.

Friday & beyond: Partly to mostly sunny Friday, Saturday and into Sunday with highs in the 30s and morning lows in the teens to near 20. The two caveats, however, are that we still have to keep an eye on a coastal storm for early in the weekend. For now it looks like it will stay south and out to sea, but that's not a done deal yet. And by late Sunday or Monday, an area of snow could be approaching from the west courtesy a clipper system originating in Canada. For now, there's not much confidence in whether this system will materialize and how strong it would be. We'll keep you posted. -Updated: Wed. Feb. 10 @ 2 p.m.

We'll return tomorrow morning with our regularly scheduled detailed full forecast into early next week.

By Dan Stillman  | February 10, 2010; 5:10 AM ET
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Comments

Looks like we have about 5" of stuff out here. A lot less than I expected at by now considering we had 4.5" when I went to bed. Sounds like the worst is yet to come and a long commute into work is ill-advised.

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Just woke up and it looks like we barely got anything in Logan Circle over the last five hours or so. Maybe an additional inch, making two or three inches in this latest storm. I guess downtown DC/near NW will be on the low end of the 6" - 16" prediction. Oh well; at least work's canceled already.

Posted by: EricinLogan | February 10, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Same in Adams Morgan, very little accumulation since the last posting around 11:00 last night. Moderate snow now, however.

Posted by: krosseel | February 10, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

Agree with snowlover. I have a 42-mile commute (round-trip) from Manassas to Tyson's Corner, and I'm certainly not going to risk it, at least not this morning. At this hour (0530) it looks like a light mix here, but will likely change back to all snow again soon. People were actually clearing off their vehicles late last night during the lull; talk about wasted effort.

Posted by: jadmirel | February 10, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse

wxrisk & cmckeonjr and those saying the storm is a bust are probably practicing "radar meteorology" -- trying to predict the weather by looking at the current radar. The complexities of meteorology don't quite work that way.

Posted by: paulhershberg | February 10, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

I sure don't see how this storm could be considered a 'bust,' as out here in Hagerstown it went at least from 5 pm Tues and continues now, snow snow snow. How can I find inches? I can't go outside to measure!

Posted by: EllenBedlington | February 10, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

4.25" in Laytonsville, MD at 5:30AM. No signs we had any icing/mixing overnight. Seems to be very fine grained wet snow. Still snowing lightly with fine, granular snow.

Funny that I went to measure the snowfall before making the morning coffee. What's wrong with me? Yawn... now off to grind some beans. I'll verify, and if necessary correct, my reading after a cup or two.

Posted by: dprats21 | February 10, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Just measured. The "Hello Kitty" ruler shows exactly 3.5 inches in North Arlington. One inch down, however, is a really solid ice layer -- I feel certain that compacted things pretty well.

So it definitely changed over to sleet while I was in the blissful unknowing. ;) Light snow now, low wind.

Posted by: BadMommy1 | February 10, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Centreville VA 28 degrees moderate snow.
Measured 2.5 inches of fresh stuff on the deck.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 10, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Changed back to all snow out here in NW AA county and coming down at a pretty good clip!

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Any updates on how bad the wind situation is likely to be?

Posted by: kjm1971 | February 10, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Practicing "radar meteorology" (which can be so very fun), I predict heavy snow coming thru the DC area by dawn. Radar down south is lighting up fast.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 10, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Morning fellow CWG readers and the CWG themselves! A quick glance outside this morning shows everything covered in white...including the black pavement we had so meticulously uncovered on Sunday. *sigh*

Any idea how much sleet/freezing rain fell to make the snow/ice sandwich we are going to end up with?

Kim in Manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | February 10, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

kjm, it looks like the winds will be strongest from around lunchtime through the afternoon hours. Still seeing 20-30mph with gusts at 40+.

Posted by: MattRogers | February 10, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

About 3.0" in South Riding (20152, SE Loudoun), and it's snowing lightly.

Posted by: leesweet | February 10, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey Kim, from the observations, it appears as though the drizzle was quite light, so a very 'thin' sandwich most likely.

Posted by: MattRogers | February 10, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Did the rain get to Loudoun? WRC's timeline last night showed it stopping short of Loudoun, and I just walked out to get the paper WaPo, and it seemed to be all powder.

Posted by: leesweet | February 10, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

4" in Fairfax City. Snowing as heavy right now as it was around 7 last evening.

Posted by: JW211 | February 10, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Tysons Corner at 6:30am: 2.5 - 3 inches with light snow

Posted by: lnoz | February 10, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

From weatherunderground:

Blizzard Warning in effect from 10 am this morning to 7 PM EST this evening... Light to moderate snow will continue across central and northeast Maryland early this morning. The heaviest snow will occur across Frederick...Carroll and northern Baltimore counties through 7 am. Snowfall rates of one to two inches an hour will be possible. Winds are expected to shift to the northwest later this morning and become gusty. Sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph will be likely...with gusts between 40 and 45 mph.

Posted by: EllenBedlington | February 10, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

@CWG - Any idea what the snow total with this storm is so far at DCA? I think we will need a good blast of snow there to top the ~9" of snow to top the 1898-1899 record, but I am pulling for it! Hoping we top 12" out here in AA county!

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

CWG, Thanks for all of your hard work. What do you think the final totals in Alexandria might be?

Posted by: thecavs1 | February 10, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

The snow on the ground in the city was extremely wet and heavy with ice mixed in. Only about 2 inches on my sidewalk, but it was hard work to clear it.

Posted by: false_cause | February 10, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

@snowlover

DCA got close to 4" before the change to mix last night. Another 5"+ from this storm may be tough, but not out of reach.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Falls Church: we have a multi-crunch with each step....like a sugar wafer with layers. Heavy snow for shoveling. About 3-4 on the ground

Posted by: tbva | February 10, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Just walked five blocks from my home to my office in downtown Silver Spring. Only cars I saw moving on the road were a dually pickup and a John Deere front end loader. Wore a wide-brimmed hat to keep the worst out of my face; noticed a lot of harder sleet hitting it mixed in with the fluffier snow: not a good sign for anything.

Posted by: random-adam | February 10, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Thus far, we have about 5" in Franconia/Rose Hill area of Alexandria (Fairfax, Co.) We had a thin 4" (closer to 3 7/8) last night around 11:30, so we haven't added much in the last 7 1/2 hours -- it had switched to a light freezing rain and some intermittent sleet when I went to sleep.

Also, the snow is very granular on top -- with the appearance of ice pellets in places -- and very wet on the bottom. In other words, heavy.

No wind...yet.

Posted by: mrva1 | February 10, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

It is really coming down in Fredericksburg. We had about 3in of snopw last night, intermmitent sleet over night, but now it is all snow. Temps are holding around 30degrees.

Posted by: tridentbulldog | February 10, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Now we're getting heavy snow in SE Loudoun. This could really be the extra five inches if it keeps up.

Posted by: leesweet | February 10, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

It started for us as sleet last night in Ashburn, VA, switched over to snow. As of 7am I measured 2 - 2.5" of fresh snow. Wind is just starting to kick up and with the blowing snow we have maybe 100' of visibility.

Posted by: dalison | February 10, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I posted that measurement and the wind REALLY kicked up. With all the snow flying around it is a complete white out. Under no circumstances should someone be driving in this - with limited road clearance (especially here in Loudoun County) and lots of slip already on the road it's as bad as it can be. Snow fall has really kicked into high gear too.

Posted by: dalison | February 10, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

It's snowing very hard right now in NE Montgomery. Not much wind (yet), but oh my, it's snowing.

It appears from my cameras that it has not snowing much since last evening. It must've just started within the past hour or two.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | February 10, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

It is snowing very hard in fairfax city, i can only imagine what it's going to look like with the wind in a few hours!

Posted by: snowedin85 | February 10, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

In central Calvert, woke up at 5am with about an inch of sleet...almost no snow.

Has been snowing now for about an hour and a half now...now have about 1 1/2 inches of snow on the ground (on top of everything else).

Posted by: ranincalvert | February 10, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

No wind and very approximate 4+ inches fresh snow mixed with sleet here in Silver Spring

Posted by: Murre | February 10, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Blizzard conditions in Centreville VA. Whiteout.
Please power stay on.....

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 10, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

It was sleeting here in Fort Myer Heights when I first woke up about 20 minutes ago, but it looks like it's beginning to switch over to snow. Doesn't look like much has accumulated since last night.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 10, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Snowing hard in Hagerstown now, with 'significant' wind.

Posted by: EllenBedlington | February 10, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

We will soon have proven the country runs just fine without the federal gummit for a week!

New term I learned thanks to this blog:
Radar Meteorology - trying to predict weather based on current radar. I gather this isn't a very useful technique

Funniest thing I saw yesterday: a person carrying an umbrella while huge snowflakes were falling - as a Norwegian son of N Dakota I have never observed this before

Best result from the storm: schools will be in session longer, reducing the number of people using the bike trails during the early summer - yeeeeeaaaahhhhh!

Another positive: Starbucks closed.

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Snowing moderately here in NW AA county, but Louden is getting hammered right now!

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

It is snowing VERY heavily now in N. Stafford. It's hard to see the homes across the street from me because of the snow's intensity.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 10, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Here in Leesburg - I was laying in bed, quietly when at 7:15 a big gust of wind picked up - then another and another - I got out of bed a couple minutes later and looked out the window to see - nothing - all white. Couldnt see the house across the street. Snow is coming down furiously now. Impressive and scary conditions outside.

Posted by: TerpInTime | February 10, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I take it back, the funniest thing I saw yesterday was a Mini stuck at a red light - did this person really think a Mini would make it on these roads? Why don't Darwinists allow the concept to work?

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Snowing very hard in Bailey's Crossroads now, though winds aren't too crazy just yet. Looks like we have between 4 and 5 inches of new snow.

Posted by: jochpo | February 10, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

It's snowing furiously outside... isn't that personification? Can snow be furious?

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Moderate snow and wind in Lake Ridge - near white out conditions.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 10, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Can winds be "crazy?"

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Loudon is getting "hammered" by snow? Think about it, snow is quiet...

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

...as a native Washingtonian who regularly feels cheated out of a decent winter of snow, I take all snowstorms personally!

:-o

Posted by: TerpInTime | February 10, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Looks like a sizable band of heavier snow is working its way east towards the cities now.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

"Can snow be furious?"

can it beat a band?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Dumping snow here in Oakton, near white-out conditions. We've also had some pretty impressive gusts of wind already. I'd say we have about 5-6" on the ground, but I haven't actually ventured out to measure yet.

Posted by: paige_va | February 10, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

6.5" in Laytonsville, MD @ 7:30am. Moderate snow, blowing. Visibility well under 1/4 mile, I'd say about 800 feet. We have a treeline about 600ft away which I can barely see now.

2.25" in 2 hours without the heavy bands, yet.

Posted by: dprats21 | February 10, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Dulles South area of Loudoun: heavy snow with strong wind gusts, hard to even see houses across the street, very blizzard-like. Had about 1-2" of snow at midnight, now have 4-5".

Posted by: AndreaMeyers1 | February 10, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Almost white-out conditions now with the heavy snow and very high winds. This occurred very rapidly.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 10, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Snowing lightly in OT with moderate wind gusts. Praying to Dominion Power that my lights will stay on.

Posted by: heatherfeather1 | February 10, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

geeze, check out this loop (give a second to load). Look at that band stretching from Lake Erie to SE VA. http://rap.ucar.edu/weather/satellite/displaySat.php?region=BWI&itype=ir&size=large&endDate=20100210&endTime=-1&duration=4

Posted by: johnnyd2 | February 10, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Guess we won't complain about no drought or Global Warming this year...

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Would you mind adding a link to the NOVEC outage map for those customers? Thanks!

Posted by: AndreaMeyers1 | February 10, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

About 5 inches total here in Clifton so far. Very windy now, blowing snow all over the place.

Posted by: CliftonJohn | February 10, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Whiteout in Reston right now. Power flickered twice. Snow plow truck is STUCK in the cul-de-sac.

Posted by: EricCarr | February 10, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

HolyMoley, you said,
"Guess we won't complain about no drought or Global Warming this year.

do you think the recent local snow and cold disprove global warming? serious question.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Farmers in North Dakota wouldn't cancel work - they'd be up at 0500 feeding the cattle; In upstate New York they'd be milking and have a half day behind them by now.

Now get out the Wii and get fit!

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

blizzard warning now issued for immediate metro 'til 7pm

Posted by: danog224 | February 10, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

WRC just changed upwards to 10-15" for all Metro counties and NWS added blizzard warnings for VA Metro counties at 10:00 (before was only MD). Was all this in the CWG plan?

Posted by: leesweet | February 10, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, that comment I made about 15 minutes ago saying winds aren't too heavy in Bailey's Crossroads? Forget it. Heavy winds and blowing snow now.

Posted by: jochpo | February 10, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Blizzard warnings now include D.C. at 10 a.m. although it seems like we're getting close to this now.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Wind has whipped up in Silver Spring. Snow is nearly sideways.

Posted by: random-adam | February 10, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

i can baaaarely see across the street right now due to snowing/blowing snow!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

It appears we have blizzard conditions in Oakton, VA right now. It's the worst conditions I've seen this winter.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | February 10, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

In Arlington here...woke up at 5 a.m., very light snowfall, almost quiet and still outside...went back to bed, just woke up again, at 7:50 a.m. it is a white out here!

Posted by: kregger | February 10, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Not whiteout in Rosslyn yet, but getting there very quickly.

I feel awful for the snow shovel crews that have been working practically 24/7 during these storms to keep our sidewalks clear, though I am grateful. (I think it's our BID at work, though the WJLA building seems to have a very large crew of their own.) They're still trying to tackle the large and exposed "Freedom Park" walkway right now as wind gusts are picking up.

Posted by: annarky | February 10, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Brother Walter, a serious question back to you, what is the ideal temperature of the earth? Careful.

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Starting to seriously snow and blow here by Fort Myer.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 10, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Wind and near-whiteout conditions have arrived in North Arlington. Visibility was fine 5 minutes ago, but now the snow is blowing sideways and coming off the trees in chunks.

Posted by: 27champs | February 10, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Heavy snowfall and blowing in Vienna VA. Looks like about 5-6" on the deck. I can barely see my neighbor's house across our back yards.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | February 10, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Blizzard Conditions in Leesburg, Va:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy5G7lhv9vU
Greg

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | February 10, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Do we have any updates on how far south the low formed compared to where it was predicted to form? And should we expect any adjustments in accumulation predictions at this point, either up or down?

Posted by: DCcola | February 10, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

In Herndon/Chantilly: Wow, this is amazing. The wind really picked up and is blowing snow all over the place. Snow is heavy. All I know is I'm not driving to work today.

Posted by: veronica7 | February 10, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

I took the metgro to work yesterday... there were a lot of healthy, fit people riding it. Coincidence? I think not. Once we recognize we are a country of fat people, perhaps we'll get off our high fructose corn syrup sucking 72 ounce Big Gulp mocha frappachino keesters and start getting fit. The winter represents a great opportunity to exercise. Now get out and start shoveling snow!

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

3 blizzard warnings in one winter in DC metro area - unprecedented. Incredible!

Posted by: johnnyd2 | February 10, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Hahha, Greg... "Give it to us!! Give it to us, mother nature!"

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

@Kevin CWG --
Agree...this stuff in Oakton is nasty. I didn't stay up all night during Snowmageddon, but what I saw of it didn't look as bad as what's currently coming down.

Posted by: paige_va | February 10, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Winds picking up in SW DC by the Washington Channel with moderate snow. A good deal of blowing snow adds to the lack of visibility but doesn't look quite like if the current conditions maintain could say blizzard. Mostly strong gusts at this point, as opposed to sustained.

Posted by: DCcola | February 10, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Whiteout in West Springfield...and NO, I'm not making any more snow-cream! (Sorry, that was for my son.)

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

@HoleyMoley: I've gained 6-7 pounds this week, sitting at home eating between sessions of shoveling out my driveway. So maybe this blizzard is not a big health-event in MY life.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | February 10, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Youzzah, it's nearly whiteout conditions here in south Old Town. The wind is rattling the windows and really wipping the trees near my window. Epp!

Posted by: heatherfeather1 | February 10, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Ijamsville, Frederick Cty: Someone threw a big switch out there. Wind is now involved, heavy snow. The high end accumulations on NWS are looking possible. Not looking forward to next plowing run.

Posted by: drc231 | February 10, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

HolyMoley, you said,
"Guess we won't complain about no drought or Global Warming this year."

and i asked,
"do you think the recent local snow and cold disprove global warming?"

you "answered"
"...what is the ideal temperature of the earth?"

that's NOT an answer. so, again, do you think the recent local snow and cold disprove global warming?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Wind gusts have begun in SE DC during the past 15 minutes or so. Nothing earlier this morning as I gazed out my home office window, enjoying my coffee.

Posted by: mensan98th | February 10, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

WHITEOUT!!! (near Old Town/Kingstowne)

This is probably my last post before the power goes out.

Posted by: bdeco | February 10, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Just North of Del Ray - Oh wow, this is crazy. I just woke up & looked out the window and all I can see when I look down the street is white. VERY heavy snow & winds. At least 5 inches of new snow on the cars.

Posted by: esmith22015 | February 10, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Thanks CWG for the forecasts and this blog. I love it!
In Montgomery Village, we have about 6 inches ( measured with a measuring tape in a clear area that we shoveled before yesterday). It's snowing at a pretty good clip right now. Keeping my fingers crossed that the power stays on! Stay safe and warm everyone.

Posted by: soleil2000 | February 10, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

That should be "whipping" not "wipping". Still hear some idiots spinning their wheels on Route 1.

Posted by: heatherfeather1 | February 10, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

wow! i don't think (at least i wasn't awake for) we experienced conditions like this during the dec 19th or feb 6th storms! wow! practically a white-out!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Heaviest snow now slowing up some.
Blowing snow.
Terrible visibility.
Stick my head out for a measurement of 5 inches. I don't know how accurate that is, as last hour's wind gusts have clawed huge amounts of Snowmageddon snow from townhouse roofs to add to the mix.
The wind appears to be having a great time with all of it.
Observations are difficult now, as wind has plastered window screens with powder.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 10, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

posted too soon....wow! white out in SW DC!

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

1/16th of a mile visibility (or less) in Glover Park. Temp down to 27.9. The worst weather conditions I've seen in DC, going back to 1966.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

CWG - When will NW AA county see the blizzard conditions with heavy snow? Seems like we are predicted towards the high end, but areas W and SW are getting the heavy stuff!

Posted by: snowlover | February 10, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

off topic to walter-in-fallschurch -- plz refrain from feeding the trolls.

...Now back to chatting about how crazy this weather is.

Posted by: random-adam | February 10, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Near the Bay Bridge, AA County:

We got about 1/8 inch+ freezing rain accumulation overnight; don't think it reached 1/4 inch.

Total accumulation as of 8am is 5" including a ice/sleet layer.

We are having snow pellets right now.

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

Has the Low officially formed and if so where? Is it more south than predicted which has led to blizzard warning or is the blizzard warning an output due to the winds rather than increased snow amounts?

Posted by: sgc4 | February 10, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Snow blowing heavily and sideways here in Adams Morgan. It's very dark out.

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

Moderate snowfall in Bethesda with strong, swirling winds. Snow blowing off trees branches & off roofs compound the white-out effect from the snowfall itself. It's a mess. Guessing we got 4-5" overnight, but any serious snow measurement tainted by the wind at this point.

Posted by: Cat11endofdays | February 10, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

wind is picking up, but what's kind of annoying is that the news outlets are saying this is part of the coastal which is not true. it's part of the upper level low coming through, that's why the winds have picked up with this last band moving from west to east.

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

Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions here in Manassas. I don't know how other people define "white-out" but, on looking out through my kitchen window, I can barely make out the auto workshop buildings on Euclid Avenue across the ravine from the condo complex where I live. On the other side of my building, the elementary school several hundred yards away is almost invisible and snow is blowing around briskly. I go directly through Oakton on my commute so I'm glad I'm not driving today. My work is supposed to be open but I'd be surprised if more than five or ten people in my whole department show up.

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

@sgc4: If you turn on Fronts on this animation, you can get the approximate location of the low (the fronts are not updated in real time, unlike the IR image): http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/eaus/flash-rb.html

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

Right as many were posting the "white out"/wind/blizzard postings, I was shoveling out my car in Woodbridge. Almost 90% complete and the winds started..

Came in, ate some organic apple sauce, and put out more feed for the birds... closer in on the the covered patio.

I'm resigned to not shoveling til tomorrow if I have to... why shovel then have it blow?

Snowing steadily with somewhat chunky/fluffy flakes at a rapid decent.

Oh..note to all... PLEASE clear off your cars completely when you can. That snow-sleet-snow combo is snow-missile material in the making...

Posted by: aquarnnr | February 10, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Just west of Ballston in Arlington. Last night measured 2.6 inches. Same spot today 4.9 inches. Had to push through a crunchy ice layer half way down. Heavy swirling snow falling now. Pretty out, but not very pleasant to be out in it.

Posted by: platypus6 | February 10, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

new post...

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

Walter, who made you the proctor of the Internet? I am not under any mandate to play 20 questions with you.

Recommend reading Chapter 27 of Bill Bryson's book "A Short History of Nearly Everything."

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

This is the day the Lord hath made, rejoice and be glad in it!

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

The Global Warming hoax is promulgated by the narcissistic generation that is going to save the planet from mankind. Well, hope is not a method and change is not a strategy.

I happen to revel in the current weather, thrive in it actually. Weather is not evil or bad, it is SIMPLY weather. Enjoy it.

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Band of heavy snow setting up right along I-270 right now. According to the NWS radar, this heavy band is on top of me.

As I type, I'm looking out the window. Let me tell you, the radar is not lying...

This is some of the heaviest snow I've seen -- HUGE FLAKES plus fierce winds! When the wind blows I can barely make out the house across the street 35 yards away.

I stayed up during the wee hours of the last storm (pre-dawn Saturday) and it is snowing at least as hard as it was then. Question is, how long will this band last and will there be other bands to follow? If yes, then we can easily get into double digit accumulations...

Kudos to the city of gaithersburg. I live on a small street and they're plowing it already. Lived here 7 years and they've always been excellent about plowing.

Posted by: hskwak | February 10, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

In North Bethesda, on the 15th floor, it's like being in a cloud. I can make out the parking lot ok, but beyond that it's all white. The windows aren't quite rattling, but are creaking... We're on Rockville Pike but can't see it any longer, and it's about 1000' away.

Best part was got an email saying the office is closed! No kidding :-)

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

HolyMoley, you said,
"Guess we won't complain about no drought or Global Warming this year."

and i asked,
"do you think the recent local snow and cold disprove global warming?"

you "answered"
"...what is the ideal temperature of the earth?"

i pointed out that that' NOT and answer and re-asked the question.

you non-answered,
"Walter, who made you the proctor of the Internet? I am not under any mandate to play 20 questions with you.

Recommend reading Chapter 27 of Bill Bryson's book "A Short History of Nearly Everything."

again, NOT an answer. 20 questions?!?! HA! you can't even answer one! so again, do you think the recent local snow and cold disprove global warming? it's a simple question, really.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

How are winds "fierce?"

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

Everything just disappeared...
Heavy blowing snow. Visibility has to be under 50 feet. No joke.

Posted by: dprats21 | February 10, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Walter, work on your grammar first..."i pointed out that that' NOT and answer and re-asked the question."

I doubt your qualifications to engage in a meaningful discussion about Global Warming.

Lighten up fella.

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

Oh, sorry. Location: Laytonsville, MD

Posted by: dprats21 | February 10, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Tep down to 24.4 in Glover Park (and dropping), down 3 degrees in a short time. Visibility, well I can still see the big tree outside my window....

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Looking at some of comments posted here, we are in the middle of a severe, potentially life-threatening weather emergency. There are other places that encourage and welcome discussions of theology and politics, but please not here, especially not today.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Just shoveled 6 1/2 inches in Crofton, MD. Trying to stay ahead of it this time.

Posted by: nolagirl67 | February 10, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

oh, brother...you got me on that typo - good one.score one for holymoley....

didja notice how they're trucking in snow to vancouver? i am trying to engage you, but you can't answer the question: do you think the local snow and cold disprove global warming?

if so, well, you don't understand "global" and don't understand statistics.

if not, why post something like "Guess we won't complain about no drought or Global Warming this year."?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Walter,

Do you think so-called Global Warming is related to variations in the length and shape of the Earth's orbit around the sun, given the rhythmic shifts in angle and orientation (tilt, picth, and wobble), formally known as obliquity, precision, and eccentricity.

Are you familiar with James Croll's theories of how Ice Ages start?
cles.

Wladimir Koeppen determined that the cause of ice ages is found in cool summers, versus brutal winters. If summers are too coolto melt all of the snow that falls, reflective surfaces exacerbate the cooling effect ancouraging greater snow fall in a self-perpetuating cycle.

Recommend reading up on Milutin Malinkovitch's cyles.

The prevailing pattern of the Earth has been hot, much hotter than present. We have had at least 17 glacial episodes in the last 2.5 million years (since the rise of homo erectus). The current glacial period is partially attributable to the rise of the Himilayas.

A massive freeze occurred 2.2 billion years ago, followed by a billion years or so of relative warmth.

Of course, there was the Cryogenian phase you are most familiar with.

Re: Bill Bryson's book.

Again, read a little Walter. There is a lot of interesting stuff beyond what you were exposed to by unqualified grade school teachers. As they say in DC, "No Taxation without Edumacation."

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

This is just ... exhilarating!

It's not a white-out in Riverdale, but it's pretty darn white out.

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

Walter,

You are probably too young to recall the same trucking of snow into Sarajevo for the Olympics. Are you now basing your Global Warming theory on the Alberta Olympics?

What do you think about the completely discredited East Anglia data used to support your Global Warming theories?

Back to you.

HolyMoley

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Walter and HolyMoley, pls exchange email addresses and continue your discussion away from here. The rest of us are not interested in or benefitting from your discussion.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Gotta go get some exercise. Keep up the great snow watching reports. Entertaining.

Posted by: HolyMoley | February 10, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

CWG, some TV weather forecasters are saying there is an upper level low in West Virginia that is moving eastward and will be absorbed into the coastal low.

If so, what does this mean in terms of additional snow and wind for D.C. today?

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

holymoley,
never heard of "Malinkovitch", but i am familiar with Milankovitch cycles. according to those we're not due for a warming period. the current warming does not fit that pattern.

i am also aware that for most of earth's history it has been warmer than it is now. (thank goodness you believe in "millions of years" - many denialists do not...).

the thing is, these massive climate swings in the past have been accompanied by widespread species extinctions. sure, species rebound. and after a few more million years new species emerge, but it would kind of suck for us to lose much of our familiar flora and fauna.

and still, no answer to "do you think the local snow and cold disprove global warming?"

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

JerryFloyd1,
we have continued our discussion here because there is a NEW THREAD - infact TWO new ones since this one.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 10, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Walter, bag it!!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

OK, thanks for the update, Walter.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 10, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Hard to tell with the drifting, but I'd guess 6" around the Logan Circle area. It's not impassable on foot but it definitely isn't pleasant. Wind is gusty and seems to be picking up.

Posted by: esande | February 10, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

By looking at that radar image, it looks like blue sky is not far away. But until then, bring some type of eye covering if you try to walk in this because tiny prickly snow flakes blow in your eyes and you can't see and have to walk backwards.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | February 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe it, we took my Jack Russell out in this stuff, with the snow falling and the winds really whipping something furious, and she started pulling all the way up the street from pure determination! My Husky is built for this, while the JRT doesn't usually like anything deeper than 6-8", but she was the bravest one of all in the blizzard! :-)

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 10, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

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