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Posted at 7:10 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Heavy snow piling up

By Jason Samenow

Terrible road conditions across region

7:10 p.m. As the snow stacks up, we're continuing to get reports of thunder and, unfortunately, power outages. Ground zero seems to be western Fairfax and Loudoun county with 6-8 inches reported in spots. Elsewhere, 3-5" are common.

Here are some photos from our Twitter followers:
Route 1 and Huntington (@AJFroggie)
From Clarendon (Joshua Reid)
Hyattesville (@lhawley3283)
Falls Church (4" in 2.5 hours. @flyerfly)
Video from Ballston (@Crashmaster007)

Here are some videos shot by CWG's Ian Livingston:
By the White House
In Cleveland Park

6:35 p.m. Everyone continues to get moderate to heavy snow. Contrary to what you might hear on the TV news - this is not ending earlier than we expected. We continue to expect 5-10 inches N & W and 4-8" most other places before this wraps up between 8 and 11 from southwest to northeast. Some areas N &W are already at or over 5" mark. Western Fairfax and Loudoun counties are really getting hammered. Radar shows the precipitation field starting to pivot with the snow wrapping around from the north as the offshore coastal low intensifies due to the interaction with the vigorous upper level disturbance (responsible for the thunder snow). This will keep the snow going for a while.

6:10 p.m. It's not just the heavy wet snow, and the thunder but it's also the wind. The combination of these conditions are increasing the risk of power outages. Dulles Airport at 6:00 p.m. reported heavy snow with 1/8 mile visibility and winds from north of 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Those conditions are close to a white out. National Airport reported it picked up an inch in the last hour and has moderate snow.

5:50 p.m. Reports of widespread thundersnow in NW D.C.

Keep reading for earlier updates...

5:45 p.m. As this is a heavy wet, snow falling fast, the weight of the snow may damage tree limbs and cause scattered power outages. I am hearing reports of lights flickering in different parts of the region and have at least one report of a power outage from a Twitter follower.

5:30 p.m. Roughly 1-4" has fallen across the metro region since this snow thump initiated between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. The highest amounts have been in Loudoun and western Fairfax counties. We're getting questions about when this will end and whether it will be sooner than we thought. I think at least moderate snow should continue through around 7-9 p.m. southwest to northeast and end between 8 and 10 p.m. (from southwest to northeast). That's what we've been expecting all along.

5:00 p.m. Moderate to heavy snow is falling pretty much everywhere although sleet and rain is still occurring near the Bay (should change to snow in next hour). Twitter followers in Centreville and Reston in Va. and Germantown, Md. report whiteouts. Dulles has received 2" in the last hour and is reporting heavy snow with 1/4 mile visibility.

Here are some pics from Twitter:

Silver Spring (from @TimWalkonWater)
Vienna (I-66) (from @map408psu)
NW DC (from @MissMeganEmily)

4:30 p.m. After a wild, intense opening act replete with rain, thunder, lightning, hail, sleet, and snow, precipitation has transitioned to mostly snow with some thunder for act 2. The atmospheric show is happening courtesy a very energetic upper level disturbance furiously spinning (as evident from space). Snowfall rates of at least 1 to 2 inches an hour are already impacting parts of the metro region. Radar shows heavy bands moving from south to north. Roads are rapidly deteriorating - particularly west of D.C., visibility is poor, and travel is discouraged.

From our Twitter feed (@capitalweather)-

@capitalweather Just heard thundersnow, got it on camera, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWuUnSYQrJ0less than a minute ago via web

Over the next several hours, snow will rapidly accumulate with 4-8" around D.C. and the eastern suburbs and 5-10" in the N & W suburbs by the time it winds down between 8 and 11 p.m. Some isolated higher amounts cannot be ruled out.

By Jason Samenow  | January 26, 2011; 7:10 PM ET
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Comments

Snow is coming down in NW DC!

Posted by: Dest1 | January 26, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

yay! new post!!

Posted by: shirlingtonvillage | January 26, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Only rain here in northern Calvert.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | January 26, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

CWG,

So when do you think it will wind down in Fredericksburg, VA?

Posted by: Showmethesnow | January 26, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Snow with only a little remaining sleet here in Capitol Hill. Squirrels insist on playing Texas Hold 'Em.

Posted by: mensan98th | January 26, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

South Arlington, snow has been coming down quickly since 4pm. Snow, snow go away, come back again somewhere else!

Posted by: ADmom | January 26, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The "winding down" is crucial for tomorrow's travel. If it's closer to 8 p.m., we can probably dig our way out and have a semi-normal day tomorrow. What are the odds of that?

Posted by: BDVienna | January 26, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Dest1 - good to know, thanks for the report. I think all of DC is now fully turned to snow.

shirlingtonvillage - thanks for continuing to follow us as we update into a new post for our readers!

SubRosa2 - give it just a bit of time. The atmosphere has plenty of juice and cool air from above to bring your way...soon!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Thumpageddon?

Posted by: DOG3521 | January 26, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

It was difficult to convince my office colleagues this morning that we were in for a substantial weather event today when all they saw was rain. Vindication!

Posted by: two2 | January 26, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely *dumping* in Reston - Vis might be a 1000 feet.

Posted by: 125WMARION | January 26, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

CWG,

So when do you think it will wind down in Fredericksburg, VA?

Posted by: Showmethesnow | January 26, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The snow's so pretty here in Alexandria (Carlyle)...

Posted by: tidalwave1 | January 26, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Snowing (and sticking) in Crystal City at the corner of 20th and Jeff Davis Highway.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | January 26, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

It was difficult to convince my office colleagues this morning that we were in for a substantial weather event today when all they saw was rain. Vindication!

Posted by: two2 | January 26, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The snow is coming down quite fast here, do you guys think this means the government and schools will be closed tomorrow?

Sure hope so. (And Friday too would be great!)

Posted by: McLeanAJ1 | January 26, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Showmethesnow - closer to 9pm rather than 11pm-- but that timeframe is still valid for you in Fredericksburg too.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

HEAVY snow in Silver Spring

Posted by: Dylan0513 | January 26, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

OPM blew it. Two hours was not enough.

Posted by: douglasfactors | January 26, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

So this upper level supposed to pass over us then regenerate off the coast tonite and head north right??
Lets get to 7 inches in MoCo!!

Posted by: redskins-95 | January 26, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The official bet for baked goos among teachers where I work...
I went out on a limb saying off wed, off thurs, delay fri...
It's looking good!

Posted by: mandarb77 | January 26, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Snowing heavily in Fairfax/Fair Lakes. We just walked a neighborhood friend home, and it was rough going because it was snowing so heavily. Still fun for the kids, though. :)

Posted by: jillber | January 26, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Its 34.5 degrees on Capitol Hill right now. Light snow, but a solid coating of sleet on the ground...

Posted by: IAinDC | January 26, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Still sunny here in Lihue, Kauai. No sign of snow yet.

Posted by: wanker16 | January 26, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The rate of snowfall has decreased quite a bit in Charlottesville. Perhaps we will end up with fewer inches than the greater DC area.

Posted by: shmoozer | January 26, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

still nothing in aa county...

Posted by: mdicken6388 | January 26, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

McLeanAJ1 - schools closed yes almost certain. Government less certain, but over 50% chance. Near 100% chance for delayed opening.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

some REALLY intense snow at IAD total accumulations of around 2" already... WOW!

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 26, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Stuck in the office in Reston til 6pm, can see the stopped Toll Road from my window :(

Posted by: jiji1 | January 26, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Finally @ 4:40pm- first snowflakes down here in southern PG county!!! :)

Posted by: rxs85 | January 26, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Any idea when the Upper Marlboro/Bowie area of PG County might see the transition? I feel like I'm living in an alternate dimension with all this talk of snow!

Posted by: ophelialit | January 26, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Anybody drop to 32 degrees yet? 33.6 in NW DC, although streets are now snow-covered. (It has dropped about 2 degrees in the past hour.)

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 26, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

It's coming down hard in Silver Spring now, but I want CPG to up their estimates to more than a foot!! Bring on the snow, baby!

Posted by: Lewd | January 26, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Videos from my balcony in Rosslyn showing SN, then +SN all in the span of about 15 min.
Note how in the last video the skyline (esp. the "Twin Towers" in Rosslyn) has disappeared
SN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkPgQGwIGoU
+SN (skyline nearly gone): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEOaD7Sc3XA

Posted by: genestad | January 26, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Report for Capitol Hill: Heavy steady snow has been falling for the past half hour. Currently, big big fluffy flakes, steady, falling very thick and fast. Poor visibility. Solid half inch accumulation.

Earlier: Thundersleet.

Posted by: NaomiHB | January 26, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Glad it's snowing, even if only a bit here in Charlottesville.

I have snenvy....

Posted by: cvilleSnowMan | January 26, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

moderate snow in Central Arlington, westbound traffic on US 50 has come to a standstill

Posted by: tleckey15 | January 26, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

32 in Centreville

Posted by: kat16 | January 26, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Very heavy rain and wind here on the south river, rumble of thunder way in the distance....maybe from the eastern shore?

Posted by: annapoliskev | January 26, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

We have a nice coating here south of Old Town (Alex) already! Think I'll get to use my X-country skis? Thanks, CWG, you guys do a great job and you're the only forecast I really trust!

Posted by: Myndiera | January 26, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Visibilities are extremely low in heavy snow, Oakton, VA. I cannot see the trees across the street. Blowing snow too. We have lower visibilities now than during any storm last year, except during the height of the blizzard on Feb 10. It's amazing to watch. Sorry Jason, wish you were here.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Falling thick and fast in Bethesda and roads are very slippery--RideOn bus skidded and braked all the way home. Fingers x'ed for a snow day tomorrow!

Posted by: angelicat | January 26, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Eagerly anticipating the onslaught here in Central NJ...ended up snowing until about noon today and then some freezing rain. Been quiet since about 2pm though.

Posted by: DaveB2 | January 26, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Update from Burke at 4:45:

Temp: 34 (has not budged for awhile)
Accumulation: ~1" (up from 1/2" @ 4:15)

Still snowing hard.

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Bowie's just started to see some flakes among the sleet.

Posted by: jace2 | January 26, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Actually slacking off briefly up north, smaller flakes, I'd call it light snow for the past 5-10 min.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Bowie, I just checked the traffic cameras and parts of MD aren't getting creamed yet...its an absolute white out in Fairfax right now and the temperature is finally below freezing.

Posted by: rocotten | January 26, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to CWG, I was able to get out of my office around 2:30. At that time, 495 North was fine.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

the back and forth between very light snow and sleet is making my heart race! Here in 'Eastern Woodbridge' 22191 we have yet to see any 'white out'/heavy snow. The Slurpee stuff that's been falling has stuck to the ground (not so much on the grass) and i am wondering if we are somehow in the dry spot of the possible 4-8 range. I hope not. I just want enough to go sledding in the yard with our 8yo daughter tomorrow =)

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow in Columbia. Road was covered quickly. 33.1F. Snow is wet and heavy and we've got some wind. Downed trees could be a danger with this one?

Posted by: Phils-in-Columbia | January 26, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Good to know Centerville made it to 32. Temps bouncing all over the place where I live (Glover Park); lowest so far is 33.4 but it's been like a yo-yo.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 26, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

FWIW (probably nothing), 18z GFS shows .75-1 qpf for the district with maybe even a little more for a small area.

Posted by: Dylan0513 | January 26, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

moderate snow in Cville. All roads are a thick slush and sidewalks have a thin coating of snow over a thick slush

Posted by: danuva | January 26, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lihue...Aiea hasn't seen a flake either!!
Was is DC for last year's messes....prefer Jan in the 50th state.
Everyone get home safely!!

Posted by: jawz33 | January 26, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

From 16 stories above Rockville Pike in North Bethesda, I can tell you traffic (what I can see) is crawling. Snow is piling up on the window ledges quickly. All very reminiscent of last winter - it's piling up fast.

Posted by: salf | January 26, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Thumper has arrived in southern Vienna. I can barely see my neighbor's house across our two back yards. Looks like about 2 inches on my deck since shortly before 4:00 (i.e., in about an hour).

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

CWG - how long is it going to take to melt? I heard someone say that it should be all gone by tomorrow - that it was going to melt THAT rapidly. Any truth to that?

Posted by: LadyMac | January 26, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

i have a bad feeling aa counties gonna get shafted

Posted by: mdicken6388 | January 26, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

plows came through and 5 minutes later the street was covered again in Leesburg. Already went sledding with the kids, but the wet snow makes you cold quick

Posted by: johninleesburg | January 26, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I need to stop talking. No sooner do I post "light snow", does the band strike up again...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a fast-moving storm....Get this.

Just received a text message from family just south of Roanoke, VA in Franklin Co. "Sun breaking out here."

Incredible

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 26, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

White-out conditions in Harpers Ferry. Snowing and blowing like crazy. I walked down the street with my hand up shielding my eyes so I wouldn't walk into a ditch. And that's just *walking*. Forget driving.

Posted by: tinkerbelle | January 26, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

CWG - how long is it going to take to melt? I heard someone say that it should be all gone by tomorrow - that it was going to melt THAT rapidly. Any truth to that?

Posted by: LadyMac | January 26, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

so moco off tomorrow? anyone willing to predict for friday? i'm getting greedy and want the whole week!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jenniel73 | January 26, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SpeedLimit186000 | January 26, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

On the amazing satellite image, do the deep orange and red bands indicate intensity of wind? or intensity of moisture? both? or temperature? Just a novice here ... loving the snow.

Posted by: DelRay49 | January 26, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

plows came through and 5 minutes later the street was covered again in Leesburg. Already went sledding with the kids, but the wet snow makes you cold quick

Posted by: johninleesburg | January 26, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Starting to see accumulation out of my window in Dupont Circle. Eagerly anticipating the showdown in the Circle a few hours from now...

Posted by: mlipin | January 26, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen the 6hr 18z GFS... bullseye for DC. .75 - 1" liquid... wowsers

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/gfs/18/images/gfs_ten_006l.gif

Posted by: finger11 | January 26, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah snow picking up in Columbia. Road covered again. Vis isn't extremely low, but I'm sure that'll change soon.

Posted by: adurante | January 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

1.25" in first hour of snow here on south side of Rockville.

Posted by: DOG3521 | January 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

i have a bad feeling aa counties gonna get shafted

Posted by: mdicken6388 | January 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Man oh man, is it ever snowing out there! 2 - maybe even 3" in NE Loudoun.

BTW, Topper Shutt just expanded the 8"+ range on his accumulation map to include nearly all of loudoun county, all of central MD and northern Fairfax county!!!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

@danuva - not sure what part of the city you're in, but must be the only moderate part.

We've had light snow since about 3:00 here off Rugby Rd. Temps still hovering just above freezing. Moisture has all headed up north.

Posted by: cvilleSnowMan | January 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

mdicken6388--right there with you here in Bmore...next to nothing but rain with some sleet. Zero accumulations.

Posted by: jdtdc | January 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

@LadyMac

No - it's not going to all melt by tomorrow. Will take days.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow & lightning in Timonium about 3 minutes ago. The winding is picking up & big flakes of snow starting to fall.

Posted by: lsquared58 | January 26, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Still rain here on the Eastern Shore...

Posted by: Spunkmeyer | January 26, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Roads really deteriorating. I can see cars are very slow going up the hill near my house. Visibility really dropping here in Montgomery Village. That thundersnow was amazing!

Posted by: soleil2000 | January 26, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

31 degrees with heavy snow in Eldersburg, MD now. No thunder, but it sure is accumulating!

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It was 32 in Alexandria 22310 at 4pm when I got home. Better than 1/2" of snow on the ground and still coming down heavily.

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | January 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Just changing over to some snow mixed in here in downtown Baltimore (or at least at the 14th floor level). Heading home now. Traffic seems light coming through the Inner Harbor.

Posted by: BMore_Cat_Lover | January 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Ladymac, it will likely compact due to being very wet and heavy, but it will take a few days to melt completely, especially with highs only in the mid 30s tomorrow.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

DC schools - 2 hrs delay tomorrow. Manassas City closed...

Posted by: djm-01 | January 26, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

jiji1 - A co-worker of mine in Reston, just left the office and she said it took her over 20 mins to drive one mile...the roads are TERRIBLE! Why still in the office?

Posted by: parksndc | January 26, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@Brian-CWG - stop talking?!? say "light snow" over and over if it means the bands will keep up...

Posted by: RASinDC | January 26, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow & lightning in Timonium about 3 minutes ago. The winding is picking up & big flakes of snow starting to fall.

Posted by: lsquared58 | January 26, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Hvy snow, viz 1/4 mile or less in Westover, N. Arlington.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Roads really deteriorating. I can see cars are very slow going up the hill near my house. Visibility really dropping here in Montgomery Village. That thundersnow was amazing!

Posted by: soleil2000 | January 26, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have snow!!!
***Applause***

The grass isn't covered yet, but the road is. Best guess (looking out the window to the front of the house) is about 1/2 inch.

Plow just came down our street (I'm in a cul de sac), did a circle, and went back up the hill. I think he laid down some salt/sand, but can't tell. Blade wasn't down on the truck, though.

Me thinks I'm not gonna get a lot of snow...

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 26, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Ok, was gonna whine about plain old rain, but decided to get up and look outside and saw small ice pellets bouncing off the deck. ice pellets are not what I'm looking for though....will Anne Arundel County (on the South River) even change over to snow?

Posted by: elizabethk611 | January 26, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Do I read the latest NWS forecast correctly that they are saying 3-6 for most areas? Or is that 3-6 MORE?

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Just changing over to some snow mixed in here in downtown Baltimore (or at least at the 14th floor level). Heading home now. Traffic seems light coming through the Inner Harbor.

Posted by: BMore_Cat_Lover | January 26, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@ GWG

Still sleeting so hard in Reston that I can't see the trees that are more than 20 ft away. Have completely lost track of the next development, which is 1/4 mile away. Can't believe how QUIET the snowfall is when I go outside. So beautiful.

Thanks for all your forecasts and help over the last 36 hours!!!!

Posted by: ksinva | January 26, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Hvy snow, viz 1/4 mile or less in Westover, N. Arlington.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Thumper has arrived in southern Vienna. I can barely see my neighbor's house across our two back yards. Looks like about 2 inches on my deck since shortly before 4:00 (i.e., in about an hour).

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

TV mets upping the totals as the storm hits? I think its time for them to stop thinking they're politicians and stop worrying about themselves looking bad! Two nights ago they told us to expect rain when computer models were coming in showing exactly what's happening right now! Now traffic in FFX is moving @ 2 MPH.

Posted by: MVPlaya8120 | January 26, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@cvillesnowman,

looks pretty moderate to me...i'm right off grounds on 14th st. I guess 'light' and 'moderate' snow can be somewhat subjective terms

Posted by: danuva | January 26, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Looks like NWS just downgraded totals. Or am I misinterpreting it?

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 26, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

THREE CHEERS, FINALLY SNOWING IN BALTIMORE!!!

Posted by: jdtdc | January 26, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

1/2in here in Old Town w/slush wet snow that's mostly melting on impact.

Washington and Route 1 are parking lots.

Should get interesting when the slush freezes tonight!

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Just so you know...awesome beautiful snowfall here in Manassas. Been waitin' such a long time...

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 26, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

1/2in here in Old Town w/slush wet snow that's mostly melting on impact.

Washington and Route 1 are parking lots.

Should get interesting when the slush freezes tonight!

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Hvy snow, viz 1/4 mile or less in Westover, N. Arlington.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Looks like NWS just downgraded totals. Or am I misinterpreting it?

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 26, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Just looked at 18z GFS on wunderground... Would that put a foot of snow over a good chunk of the area?

Posted by: flyersindc | January 26, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

A loud clap of thunder (finally) amidst the very heavy snow in southern Vienna. Visibility is very low: I can barely see my neighbor's house across our two back yards. About 2" of snow on my deck in the past hour.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, had lightening and thundersnow in Rockville. Near whiteout conditions. I cleaned off one side of my car, simply brushing it off with a scraper and by the time I cleared off the otherside, the original side was again covered. Amazing rate of snow fall right now!

Posted by: homertuckumd | January 26, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

OK, throw me a bone, CWG.....is the Upper Marlboro/Bowie area just REPELLING the snow at this point? Will it truly ever get here? Help!

Posted by: ophelialit | January 26, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

This snow is very heavy. I suggest getting out there early and often to shovel or your back will hate you!

About 3 inches here in Clifton and coming down real quick.

Posted by: CliftonJohn | January 26, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Just over 2 inches in Leesburg. Radar makes me think this will end earlier than planned, I think 5 or 6 inches is the max we will see.

Posted by: 4seamed | January 26, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Stepped outside for the first time just a minute ago and got -- THUNDERSNOW! :) Nice clap of thunder. Still snowing hard near Falls Church.

Posted by: badgergirl917 | January 26, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Have a meeting at 5:30pm that wasn't cancelled :(

Ugh, it looks like it's only getting worse out there.

Posted by: jiji1 | January 26, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

aa county sucks...nothing at all here

Posted by: mdicken6388 | January 26, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, had lightening and thundersnow in Rockville. Near whiteout conditions. I cleaned off one side of my car, simply brushing it off with a scraper and by the time I cleared off the otherside, the original side was again covered. Amazing rate of snow fall right now!

Also, this snow is HEAVY. Just shoveled my front walk, maybe 2", and it was painful!

Posted by: homertuckumd | January 26, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Moderate rain changed over to sleet here in central Calvert around 4:55. Now (5:05) starting to mix with large snowflakes.

Posted by: RandyH_Calvert | January 26, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Yup, looks like NWS just downgraded to 4-6 from the 5-9 they had predicted earlier. Crud.

Posted by: nymomma | January 26, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

@danuva - I have high expectations, so that's clearly it.

About to go have a "slushball" fight with the kids. Wish I were 100 miles further north with them.

Posted by: cvilleSnowMan | January 26, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Arlington County FD dispatch - All units put chains on.

Posted by: djm-01 | January 26, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

back to rain/snow mix herein chinatown. weird. I'm thinking this will hold down accums.

Posted by: rhingo | January 26, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

A little rain, a little sleet, a few flakes in Crofton. Waiting for the real snow to arrive.

Posted by: nolagirl67 | January 26, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

4seams is right. NWS seeing that this is moving away faster than anticipated.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 26, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Finally dropped below freezing in NW DC.

Posted by: petworthlad | January 26, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

So, besides refreshing here every 10 seconds, what are y'all doing to enjoy our first snowstorm of the season? I plan on cracking a bottle of worldwide stout I've been cellaring since last year!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Visibility 1/4 mile or less here in NW DC. What is it where you live?

Also, did anyone hear thundersnow in DC?

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

It's just now (5:09) starting to snow hard in Brandywine, MD in Southern Prince George's County. There's still some sleet mixed in, but the ground is getting white. Waiting for all snow!

Posted by: nnewlin | January 26, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

We got Thundersnow in northern Montgomery County in Laytonsville! I've watched in the last hour as visibility has fallen to 1/2 mile to 1/4 mile and I think we are at about 50 yards now. It's a whiteout way out here!

Posted by: ashliew | January 26, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

@4seamed Don't be fooled by that, these bands can form out of no where and looking "up stream" is not really predictive of what is coming.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

CWG: Judging by the current radar, it is hard for me to believe this will continue through the evening. I think I'll see 4 or 5" MAX here in Sterling despite Topper Shutt predicting 8"+...sigh...

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

As of 4 p.m. DCA had 4.4" for the season. Want to see double and better yet triple that figure before this one is over. Put some distance between DC and the snow totals in Florence, AL, Greenville, SC, etc.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 26, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

We got Thundersnow in northern Montgomery County in Laytonsville! I've watched in the last hour as visibility has fallen to 1/2 mile to 1/4 mile and I think we are at about 50 yards now. It's a whiteout way out here!

Posted by: ashliew | January 26, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

@4seamed Don't be fooled by that, these bands can form out of no where and looking "up stream" is not really predictive of what is coming.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'll be drinking either rum or port, and cooking dinner. And peering outside. At least I work at home now...

Posted by: Murre | January 26, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Watching Jim Cantore in the District and glad I'm in NOVA where the snow is way more significant than DC. Looking a bit drier too. Definitely blizzard conditions out here and about 2-3 inches in Fairfax/Fair Oaks.

Posted by: rocotten | January 26, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

@ 5:11 : It's been 1/2 hour since I lost sight of the trees that are about 40 ft from my back windows. Snow still coming down very, very hard and fast. Snow, snow, snow!!! :) YAY!

Posted by: ksinva | January 26, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Neighborhood streets that are unplowed have cars that are getting snowpacked wheel wells and the cars are getting stuck. DOn't go out if you don't have to.

Posted by: ejbrymom | January 26, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I've been watching this storm with the crew on American since last week. Told a guy in my office yesterday that we were going to get thumped. He didn't believe it and promised me Chipotle lunch if we're closed tomorrow.

Just came into my office and asked me if I was going to want a rice bowl or a burrito :D

Sad thing is, we're local gov't and may very well be open. But my kids will be off and I intend to stay home w/them!

Posted by: concepcion611 | January 26, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Near white-out conditions in Laytonsville, snow is coming down in sheets with the wind it looks like a white hurricane! Temp is down to 30.0 This is very cool. BTW, roads are very bad.

Posted by: tonester_xm | January 26, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@johnnyd2

Sun is out in Roanoke, Va. This thing is truckin' along. Radar is valid on this one. NWS saw something and that's why they've apparently lowered totals.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 26, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Radar shows that the heaviest precip is now east of the Potomac and the back edge is rapidly approaching from west to east. It looks like this storm is winding down.

Posted by: bdeco | January 26, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

It's moving pretty fast...looks like the back edge is around I-81 to the south.

Posted by: tjack55 | January 26, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Coming thick and fast here in Frederick! I wasn't scheduled to work today--I've found out my work closed early.

For those who are heading out the door soon, take a bottled drink or two (and maybe a small snack) with you for the drive home. It'll be longer than usual...

Posted by: eabgarnet | January 26, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Besides constant refreshing here, pecan pie is cooling on the back porch. Whiskey later.

Posted by: petworthlad | January 26, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I think people have to be asking...What was OPM thinking? Only a 2 hr.early closure? I hope the people who made that decision are stuck in traffic trying to get home. It is a disaser out there. There was clearly advance notice given about what the weather was going to do. OPM should have closed the Fed Gov't at noon and given people ample time to safely get home. Idiots!

Posted by: Novalife49 | January 26, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Going to make a pilgrimage to favorite dive bar in Silver Spring to celebrate snow appropriately with beer and burgers. It was a tradition during the Snowpocali last winter.. continuing it into 2011.

Posted by: CuseFan07 | January 26, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

@4seamed Don't be fooled by that, these bands can form out of no where and looking "up stream" is not really predictive of what is coming.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

33.3 now...

yeah, the radar is looking a little meager for my liking. is this moving faster than everyone thought?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 26, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

After 1.25 hours of snow in North Potomac, we only have about 1.25 inches of snow. 1"/hr rate so far.

Posted by: MadSkipper | January 26, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Very jealous of all of you who've received thundersnow. Nothing like that in Metro Center so far. Rats!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Update from Burke @ 5:15:

Temp: 33.7 (down from 34 @ 4:45)
Accumulation: ~2" (up from 1" @ 4:45)

Wow! That's 1" in 1/2 hour! Keep on snowing!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

There is still precip from this system in North Carolina... I think it will keep going for awhile.

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/southeast_loop.php

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | January 26, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

@Brian... nice. Have any more Schmugglies beer?

I-95 looks awful. Total crawl.

Posted by: adurante | January 26, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Got about an inch here on my deck at 5 pm with more to come..SUE PALKA...take your 1-2 inch forecast and shove it up your...................

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan just confirmed that storm will be moving out a little earlier and that will keep storm totals down slightly.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 26, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Just lost power for about half a minute. Everything's back on but I wouldn't be surprised if that happened more than once tonight, with such wet and heavy snow weighing down the trees and lines. Anyone else had a power blip?

Posted by: angelicat | January 26, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

steady snow continues until at least 9pm in DC??

Posted by: BH99 | January 26, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Out here in Centreville, picked up a rack of BBQ ribs and slaw, poured a drink and am hunkering down the family for the night. Kids are hoping for (Fairfax County) school to be closed Thursday. I wouldn't mind telecommuting but would be fine with a 2-hour delay.

Posted by: CntrvilleCitoyen | January 26, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Less than an inch has fallen here in Woodley Park, in DC, and nowhere near whiteout. I'm skeptical that we will get big totals here. Am I in some kind of pocket?

Posted by: yepitsme1 | January 26, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

@ 5:30 : snow gusts in Reston, Va. Can't even see the trees which are ~40 feet from my back window. Gusts coming about every 90 seconds. Wonder how long this hard snow is going to last. If until midnight as CWG says, I think we'll have 6+ inches.

Posted by: ksinva | January 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

My husband is stuck on Rt 7 near 123 and is ready to abandon the car and walk home to South Vienna. I don' think it is the road conditions that are bad, it's the traffic! But the kids are thrilled with Thundersnow!

Posted by: daisyheadx | January 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Less than an inch has fallen here in Woodley Park, in DC, and nowhere near whiteout. I'm skeptical that we will get big totals here. Am I in some kind of pocket?

Posted by: yepitsme1 | January 26, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I was planning to drink a bottle of MD 20/20 (Orange Jubilee) while watching it snow to beat the band, but alas, i've come down with a cold. I'll have to settle for sitting at the computer and hitting refresh every 10 seconds.

Posted by: bdeco | January 26, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I just measured 3.9" of snow on my car top, just west of Oakton. That's over 2"/hour since it started here.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Less than an inch has fallen here in Woodley Park, in DC, and nowhere near whiteout. I'm skeptical that we will get big totals here. Am I in some kind of pocket?

Posted by: yepitsme1 | January 26, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Less than an inch has fallen here in Woodley Park, in DC, and nowhere near whiteout. I'm skeptical that we will get big totals here. Am I in some kind of pocket?

Posted by: yepitsme1 | January 26, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks CWG for correctly predicting freak winter weather conditions. Nice work.

Heavy snow continues in Centreville. We have about 2 inches. I will wait a while longer & then break out the new shovel. This is very wet sticky stuff. The trees here are bending. If it keeps up there are certain to be power outages.

Please don't drink & sled. Dangerous. You need all your wits about you when hurtling down a steep icy slope on a scrap of plastic or some wooden slats.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

CWG guys - any comment on the downgrade to 3-6" from NWS? Is that because it's moving out of here even faster than anticipated? I think we've already got about 2.5-3" on the ground here in Derwood, and still coming down pretty fiercely.

Posted by: mo26 | January 26, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@4seamed - sorry didn't mean to post twice, this site is jammed! Roanoke may be sunny, but this storm continues to deepen and NOVA is downstream of the low and closer to the ocean i.e. moisture source so I'm sticking with 8in here in Arlington. What was your total down there?

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Man - go check out the traffic condition on Google Maps for DC.

*wow*

Posted by: 125WMARION | January 26, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The TV weather people who think they can still tease accumulation maps for 1/2 an hour in this www era are delusional.

Posted by: ArlingtonSnowGal | January 26, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ryan and Doug Hill just said to expect lighter amounts because the storm is starting to exit faster than expected. NOOOOOO!!!!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

AD, yep, Schmugglies is conditioning as we speak and is scheduled for testing this weekend. Still moderate snow up this way.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Whiteout conditions have not altered in western Loudoun.

Took a 30 minute walk on our gravel road--could barely see for snow at times. Beautiful icing on the fences.

Praying for all the people still driving out there.

Posted by: celt1 | January 26, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

1 inch on my formerly cleared sidewalk near the house, so perhaps 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 new inches have actually accumulated since roughly 4 pm. Who knows how much has actually fallen? Snow is coming down in small flakes at a moderate to heavy pace. No whiteout, no thundersnow.

Posted by: Murre | January 26, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Latest Pictures from Bethesda. It sure came in fast. From 3pm to 5pm we went from misty rain and drizzle to full fledge snow.
pictures of before and after at
http://www.bethesdaactually.com/

More pictures to come. News just showed all the people stuck in traffic! We are sooooooooo sorry for all of you. Hang in there!

Posted by: snowlover11 | January 26, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hi Ann-cwg,

We had thundersleet on Capitol Hill -- haven't heard much thunder during the snow however. Visibility is very low. Hard to see across the street!

Posted by: NaomiHB | January 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

lighter amounts expected!?...what do you think CWG?

Posted by: BH99 | January 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Basically stopped here south of Old Town. Kind of a dud so far -- maybe a good inch.
And as I type that, now snowing moderately again. Whew. Bring it on.

Posted by: bodypolitic1 | January 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I predict that the snow stops falling between 7 and 7:30pm in Silver Spring.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Still just light snow here in 'Eastern Woodbridge' 22191 we have yet to see any 'white out'/heavy snow. The Slurpee stuff that's been falling has stuck to the ground (not so much on the grass) and i am wondering if we are somehow in the dry spot of the possible 4-8 range??? Grass still not totally covered and some are saying it's already winding down, esp. for those of us more South...BOOOOOO!!!!!

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Traffic in Fairfax City is not moving in the cameras.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Been getting battered here in Annandale. Little River Turnpike is a parking lot.

Posted by: LordPye | January 26, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

@johnnyd2

I'm not in Roanoke. Family is texting me from there. They got very little there.

As I posted, Bob Ryan and Doug Hill also stating that storm is moving faster than expected and they have slightly lowered their totals. NWS has done the same.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 26, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

We've got 1- 1 1/4 inches outside in Old Town Alexandria. Continuing to come down at a fast clip.

Posted by: concepcion611 | January 26, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

No power in Kingstowne. Fantastic.

Posted by: 1Amy1 | January 26, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

CWG, you mentioned rapidly falling temps a couple of times but there are lots of folks still coming in above freezing.
Wunderground is showing Dulles at 32F down from 35F at 1pm - not really a huge drop - has this aspect 'underperformed' a bit and will keep the snow slushy and depth totals down? It's been coming down heavily for over 2.5 hours near Dulles but I've (only) got 3.25" on my deck.

Posted by: jlexi72 | January 26, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Calm down everyone! precip is over NC still and the storm will intensify off the coast. As you can see from yesterday when they were predicting 1-3 inches, TV weathermen are n00bs!

Posted by: samdman95 | January 26, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Will definitely be enjoying a warm beverage and watching it snow. Cars are now stopped on the streets, visibility very low in Montgomery Village . Power flickering on/off. Stay safe everyone!

Posted by: soleil2000 | January 26, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Wish SUE BALKA WAS HERE SO I COULD RUB HER FACE IN the 2 inches on my deck..she had said 1-3 total last night.....for the duration...what a snow hag!!!

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

So NE of DC, roughly halfway between DC & Baltimore, we had spectacular sleet with thunder and lightening for about 30 minutes. We switched over to snow, and its snowing hard with a lot of blowing. Easily 2 inches so far (not counting the inches from early this morning), with no end in sight.

If things end at 9-10 PM, I'll be out with my snowblower with a chance I'll be to work on time. Otherwise, I'll be working the snow early tomorrow.

But really spectacular stuff here once the main "front" (whatever you call it) came through.

Temps here are just over 32 degrees (32.1) with temps declining since the sun went down.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 26, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

A co-worker just called and said she has been sitting on the Reston Parkway for 1.5 hours without moving!

Posted by: parksndc | January 26, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'll be happy with a half foot ;-)

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The little putz-boy who can't stop fixating on Sue Palka's forecast last evening -- please get ahold of ourself.

You're making all of us very uncomfortable.

Posted by: singleseatbiggermeat | January 26, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

hhhmmm.... 1.25 inches in falls church. let's get this thing going...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 26, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Snowing only lightly now just outside Beltway on Van Dorn Street. Is there more to come?

Posted by: InVA1 | January 26, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Totals will be less than predicted, no way any1 within 40 miles of DC sees 10". Immediate DC area, inner beltway 2-3", Warrenton - Dulles 3-5". Some areas farther N&W 5-7". Looking at radar most of NOVA will b prec. free by 8:30.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 26, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@petworthlad, it's an apple crisp and a chicken pot pie here.

We've got white out in N. Arlington, and people are still driving like morons. Darkness falling and we've got at least 3 inches, perhaps more. Absolutely incredible. Now I have to get out and get a starat on the shoveling - I'm going to have a buttered rum when I get in.

Posted by: BadMommy1 | January 26, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 3.5" here in Clarendon already and coming down fast and furious.

Posted by: ironmanjt | January 26, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anybody reaches 8+ unless some serious bands hammer the same area for the duration of the storm. There seems to be no back filling, and it has picked up in speed.

Posted by: tjack55 | January 26, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring - hmmm, Bob backing down on totals is a little disconcerting but I have 2in so far in N. Arlington, another 4 gives 6, I'd be content with a half-foot ;-)

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Darn. Put the wrong image up earlier.Just got back in from shoveling the heavy, heavy snow. Hopefully that was all the heavy stuff and it'll be lighter later. :)
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs276.snc6/180404_1835981185438_1417726737_2043687_661222_n.jpg
^Pic from 5 minutes before I started.^

Posted by: SpeedLimit186000 | January 26, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

In NW DC near Chevy Chase, it looks like we've gotten at least 2 inches so far, and it is still coming down steadily. Just came back in... nice, wet snow for snowballs, snowmen, etc.

Posted by: batsandgates | January 26, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

BRIAN....cellared worldwide stout? Wow I wish i was there sharing that awesome beer with you! I'll be cracking open a hopslam and an old rasputin russian imperial stout...not for the fainthearted! CHEERS!

Posted by: braque | January 26, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Freaking snow plow trucks :(

Posted by: McLeanAJ1 | January 26, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

A few comments. This is my first time posting but I think whomever envisioned this blog when it first started must now be given proper credit...the fact that we can use technology to report the weather as it happens by us, the everyday person, with the reaction and color that only we can provide and then having the professionals (like the CWG gang) comment on our observations is really what characterizes a successful blog. Kudos to the CWG team on this vision.

I live in outer silver spring but am stuck at work in Georgetown cause I am an IT Manager and must keep the remote access up and working for those who stayed home to telecommute :)) One of the CWG gang asked what are we going to do to celebrate: well since I am stuck in G'Town and don't intend to start driving at the moment, there is nothing better than walking around Washington DC taking in the monuments and sights when it is snowing and stopping at the occassional bar for a nice glass of wine or pint of ale to dry off !!! Enjoy the weather everyone, be safe and look out for your neighbors. Here's to the CWG Gang one more time for a stellar prediction and providing us one of the best weather forums in the country! Hope my bartender at the local watering hole made it in ))

Posted by: GtownG | January 26, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

As of 5:30 pm just over 5.5 inches of snow on the ground in Woodstock. Intensity has tapered off just a bit.

Posted by: runningpoet | January 26, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

You can listen to the fairfax county police here

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?feedId=6164

Lots of gridlock and accidents

Posted by: PlowKing1 | January 26, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Doug Hill still puts DC at 4-5" or so. I have 1.25" in Berwyn Heights. Coming down steady, but not heavily. I'm betting no more than 4" here in total.

Posted by: BH99 | January 26, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

ThinkSpring - hmmm, Bob backing down on totals is a little disconcerting but I have 2in so far in N. Arlington, another 4 gives 6, I'd be content with a half-foot ;-)

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

In Arlington still, though going home early. Buses don't seem to be running on schedule, understandably, but am hoping a cab will be here soon. In the meantime, enjoying a beer or three at Capital City Brewery. ;)

Here's some pics from around 5PM: http://goo.gl/UTNhf

and from around 5:40PM: http://goo.gl/4vfQ5 and http://goo.gl/xuZF0

Posted by: DCMacNerd | January 26, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@VaTechBob

Agree completely. This thing is truckin'. The precip in WV is falling apart. This is behaving like a clipper on steroids.

@johnnyd2 - Yeah, 6" is possible. That's probably the upper end inside the beltway now.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 26, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

jiji1 - Co-worker of mine just called and has been sitting on the Reston Parkway for 1.5 hours w/o moving! 4 other co-workers gave up and got hotel rooms. I would suggest AT LEAST waiting for the plows. The roads are REALLY bad in Reston right now. Visibility is terrible!

Posted by: parksndc | January 26, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I got stuck on a steep hill in McLean, right about 4:30. I was in a bad spot, holding up a ton of people, but two very kind gentlemen used my floor mats under the front wheels, and pushed my car until I got unstuck. I didn't get their names, but if either are reading this, thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. I hope you got to your destination(s) safely, and with no further hassle. And to any other drivers who got stuck behind me, please accept my sincere apologies for that mess!

Posted by: hoya_alumna | January 26, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I know beggars can't be choosers but after the massive amounts of snow last year I still sit here unimpressed. The snow is beautiful yes, but still not enough to confirm that there will be no work tomorrow. Because that is always a part of the fun...Snow days.

Posted by: Rcmorgan | January 26, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The best tip I remember from last winter is to oil your snow shovel - it makes such a difference when the heavy wet snow slides right off with every load rather than sticking to the shovel. The other tip was to throw ice melt into your gutters to prevent snow dams.
(I may not need to use these tips - I am down on the Potomac south of Alexandria and have only gotten about 1/2" with nothing much happening at all now.)

Posted by: Etta- | January 26, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

GtownG, I'd make your company spring for a night in a moderate hotel. Georgetown Inn or that one on 30th below M.

That being said, it's not that bad in G'town right now. Moderate slanting wet snow, but there're still bald spots on my garden brickwork patio and cars aren't having any trouble climbing up from M.

Unless there are more bands coming up, I'm thinking this is another bust.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | January 26, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

5:42 pm. Layhill and Bel Pre in N. Silver Spring. We had thundersnow about 5 minutes ago. Flashes of light in the near blinding snow were surreal. Power also went out in our townhouse community for about 30 seconds.

Posted by: Hanz1 | January 26, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I know parts of the area are still getting minimal accumulation, but don't worry about that break near the shenandoah valley. the radar never shows anything there even when it is precipitating. have at least 3 inches in Fairfax and coming down hard.

Posted by: rocotten | January 26, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Traffic on 270 looks crazy. Other roads very snow covered:

http://atms.montgomerycountymd.gov/jpgcap/TL/

Posted by: BusyMom1 | January 26, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Capitol Hill, medium to large wet snowflakes, perfect for catching on your tongue. Turning into half-and-half (snow and slush) as soon as it lands. Unless things pick up, doesn't look like much more than 2" - 4" at this rate.

Posted by: Trulee | January 26, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Snow intensity is not an issue up here in Carroll County. Heavy snow and an occassional flash of lightning in the distance!

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 26, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

2" in South Arlington and it's barely snowing. Looks like this one is a dud.

Posted by: metrodc1 | January 26, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

@samdman95,

Don't hate on our local mets such as Sue Palka, Veronica Johnson, Topper Shutt etc

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

IAD down to a 1/8 of a mile.

Posted by: adurante | January 26, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

2" in South Arlington and it's barely snowing. Looks like this one is a dud.

Posted by: metrodc1 | January 26, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Finally snowing hard here in Brandywine, MD (5:47 PM) in Southern Prince George's County near the Patuxent River.
Beautiful intense heavy wet all snow. No more sleet.
This is what I desired. Just snow.
Keep it comin'!

Posted by: nnewlin | January 26, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Power just flickered a couple times here in the hinterlands between Columbia Heights and Petworth. I'd love the day off work tomorrow, but I'll be happy with whatever happens as long as I get to keep my electricity! (Forgive me. Trauma. I was without power for something like a total of two weeks last year when I lived up in North Bethesda, once you added up the outages from the multiple Snowpocalyses and that freak spring Thunderstorm. #thankspepco)

Posted by: bexedrine | January 26, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Another bolt of lightning in N. Arlington!

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a flash and heard thunder in Colesville!

Posted by: BusyMom1 | January 26, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Just got nice bright lightning flash and booming thunder in Takoma Park.

Posted by: wappledoo | January 26, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

just heard thunder in downtown Silver Spring at 5:49pm.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Lightning followed by Thunder in Beltsville; moderate snow.

Posted by: CYork1 | January 26, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Suggestion for CWG: Could we have a separate thread for those of us who need to get stuff done tomorrow and aren't all "OMG!?*! WE MIGHT GET 49 INCHES IN SOUTHWESTWESTERN FAIRFAX!! NO SCHOOL/WORK UNTIL JULY!!!!"?

Posted by: BDVienna | January 26, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

LIGHTNING FLASH IN BURKE!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

This was a lot more fun when I had power. Now, not so much.

Posted by: 1Amy1 | January 26, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I've got to say I expected more... It's snowing steadily but not particularly hard in Capitol Hill... Maybe just over 1" on the ground so far, but the snow has certainly slowed down since the initial onset. Visibility isn't too bad either.

Posted by: dryan3 | January 26, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Just heard a BIG clap of thunder and saw a flash of lightning in NW DC (Spring Valley).

Posted by: BlueCanary | January 26, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

We have at least 4 inches out here (New Baltimore, 5 in some spots but I suspect blowing and drifing. It all started with a bang at 2:15 p.m. with furious hail-like sleet. That for an hour, then all snow. And it's been snowing heavily ever since.

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 26, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Finally, our first clap off thundersnow in downtown Silver Spring. So cool.

Posted by: tpopinion | January 26, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Suggestion for CWG: Could we have a separate thread for those of us who need to get stuff done tomorrow and aren't all "OMG!?*! WE MIGHT GET 49 INCHES IN SOUTHWESTWESTERN FAIRFAX!! NO SCHOOL/WORK UNTIL JULY!!!!"?

Posted by: BDVienna | January 26, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Lightning bolt, thunderclap, in southeast Silver Spring just now. Stepping outside it looks like there is 1/4 to 1/2 inch more snow than my last report.

And Walter, I hope you get all the snow you want.

Posted by: Murre | January 26, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Just heard thunder and saw lightning in NW

Posted by: nmoses | January 26, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow in northern Cleveland Park

Posted by: Anonymous123451 | January 26, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Left work early to pick up the kids from preschool and got slammed. The staff was fortunately quite understanding about the late pick-up. Traffic built up suddenly and I was stuck.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 26, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ohhh, now the hinterlands (Petworth/CoHeights) just got THUNDERSNOW.

Posted by: bexedrine | January 26, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Loud rumble of thunder in downtown Silver Spring (corner of E/W highway and Colesville Rd.) @ 17:48. Also, lights have started flickering over the past 15 mins or so.

Posted by: triplephaser | January 26, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow in northern Cleveland Park

Posted by: Anonymous123451 | January 26, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M MISSING THIS !!!!!

But, being able to follow the great coverage from CWG while in Seattle, on my cell phone is some consolation.

I hope to have a retrospective post by early next week, including insights by some experts here at the AMS Annual meeting. Suffice to say this is a most unusual case in many, many respects - personally, going back 46 years of experience, I've never seen anything quite like it.

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

already 2"+ south of Alexandria! incredible to watch the rapid transition from drizzle to sleet to heavy snow within such a short period of time.
I was out in Fairfax this afternoon and got to witness the changeover while driving home around 3:30. It may not be snowmageddon, but this is the next best thing!

Posted by: meteorolinguist | January 26, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I left work right around 3 when I heard the rain changing over to sleet. Right around 4:00, it was solid snow, and heavy at that. It's been coming down every since - moderate snowfall right now I'd say.

Looking at the NWS Mosaic http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php

it looks like the heaviest stuff is on the rainy side of the storm by the bay. Dover, DE is currently reporting thunderstorms / heavy rain. So storm totals may be on the lower side of the range, but I'm still betting 5-6" minimum for most of the western suburbs.

Posted by: jahutch | January 26, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

How do you send twitpix directly to CWG? Just tweet it to capitalweather?

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 26, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Still steadily coming down here in East Falls Church!

Posted by: serenefallschurch | January 26, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Loud rumble of thunder in downtown Silver Spring (corner of E/W highway and Colesville Rd.) @ 17:48. Also, lights have started flickering over the past 15 mins or so.

Posted by: triplephaser | January 26, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

We just had a flash of lightning in McLean. Basically whiteout conditions. Going out to measure shortly. Squirrels nowhere to be seen.

Posted by: HokieTerp | January 26, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Just over 4 inches in Oak Hill. Not bad since it started just before 4:00.

Posted by: Beachboy4ever | January 26, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

just heard thunder in downtown Silver Spring at 5:49pm.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Nobody disses Topper. Nobody!

That said pretty much quieted down here in Alexandria. Darn. Looks like kids have school tomorrow.

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Multiple disabled vehicles on the N Glebe Rd @ Chain Bridge Rd camera via TrafficLand (http://www.trafficland.com/city/WAS/index.html).

Yikes. Hope everyone is home safely soon.

Posted by: iceauctions | January 26, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I just measured between 2" and 2.5" on my deck in Bethesda. Snow is still coming down really fast. My husband has been trying for 1.5 hours to get from the UDC area to River Road (inside the beltway) and has been stuck for about 45 minutes at Western and River Road. He's seen a car hit a tree and heard lots of sirens as have I.

Posted by: mhumd | January 26, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Are we approaching dud level??

Posted by: CPResident | January 26, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Update from Burke @ 5:45:

Temp: 33.4 (went down since 5:15)
Accumulation: approaching 3" (up from 2" @ 5:15)

Coming down heavily still!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Multiple disabled vehicles on the N Glebe Rd @ Chain Bridge Rd camera via TrafficLand (http://www.trafficland.com/city/WAS/index.html).

Yikes. Hope everyone is home safely soon.

Posted by: iceauctions | January 26, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Lights flickering after the thunder in Glover Park. Better haul out the laptop and the flashlights!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 26, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow in Fulton / Laurel. About 3 inches total counting AM snow that melted and compacted in rain. Still not seeing how we could get big accumulations based on current radar pics.

Posted by: biketraveller22 | January 26, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Sue Palka just said this storm was so tricky to forecast. It just came in a little colder and more moderate snow than thought. Then who thought?! Oh her. If she actually looked at the data, she wouldn't come across as an idiot right now.

Posted by: Formerwxman | January 26, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh to be in western Loudon County right now. Probably 2-3 inch per hour coming down...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Starting hearing thunder at work in Annapolis around 4PM, heavy rain.

Hauled *ss home and it quit raining. Then it hailed small - lentil sized - for about 15 minutes. Then sleety, now snowing but viz is pretty average so far.

Where's my white-out???

Posted by: CCCinNaptown | January 26, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I just went out for the first shoveling - it is very very heavy. There is about 4 inches and by the time I was done shoveling there was already about 1/2 inch on the car again. Better get out there!

Posted by: barbnc | January 26, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow in Clarksville area, at least 2 inches of wet snow on the ground. Occasional wind gusts.

I'm a snow lover and loving this wonderful snowstorm.

Posted by: DelMarVaStormTracker | January 26, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

1Amy1 -- Dominion Virginia Power map says 1135 users out in Franconia, with power restoration estimate of 8 to 10 pm. Hope you get it back sooner.

Posted by: InVA1 | January 26, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

From here in DC I'm thinking this won't be more than 3 inches. At most.Again, are we in some kind of pocket?

Posted by: yepitsme1 | January 26, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I've got to say I expected more... It's snowing steadily but not particularly hard in Capitol Hill... Maybe just over 1" on the ground so far, but the snow has certainly slowed down since the initial onset. Visibility isn't too bad either.

Posted by: dryan3 | January 26, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Flashes of lightning and a big clap of thunder-snow here in Falls Church, VA

Posted by: cmhansen3 | January 26, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

It is snowing so hard that the snowflakes have now turned into little mini Sue Palka heads...

Posted by: SA-Town | January 26, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Just saw lightning followed by a loud clap of thundersnow in Cleveland Park! Amazing. Hoping for more! :)

Posted by: snowbunny370 | January 26, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

MUST
GO
OUTSIDE

Gotta knock off some of that snow from our evergreens. Poor things are bent down to the ground.

To those who witnessed the t-snow.....you are so lucky. Right place, right time for very rare weather freak. Hopefully CWG will showcase some of the very best videos from this later in the week.
Time to dig.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

just heard some thunder in University Park, MD. This is my 2nd thundersnow event of the season! I had the (mis)fortune of being in Brooklyn over the Christmas Blizzard :)

Posted by: thirstycat1 | January 26, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Flashes of lightning and a big clap of thunder-snow here in Falls Church, VA

Posted by: cmhansen3 | January 26, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

BUSTaroo in Charlottesville. Looks to be winding down here, less than an inch on the ground (north of Charlottesville, 22935).

Posted by: carrerascott | January 26, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Made it home, all 2.5 miles on city streets. Roads are a mess in B'more city. Safely parked on my parking pad; hope I can get out of the alley tomorrow. Snow coming down fast and the wind is blowing!

Glad to be home.

Posted by: BMore_Cat_Lover | January 26, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure sorry for those of you who don't have a decent layer of snow on the ground yet. 1.5-2" here in Bethesda, falling fast and wind blowing like crazy; still some teeth in this storm, I'm thinking.

Posted by: angelicat | January 26, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Sue Palka isn't very popular with a lot of posters on this thread.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The wind is really whipping. What is the chance the NWS issues a blizzard warning for a couple of hours?

Posted by: Formerwxman | January 26, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused - why are people calling this a dud? It's snowing everywhere it seems! Just the intensity is varying, which is to be expected.

Posted by: coffeespoons | January 26, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Fox5 says a transformer blew in Bethesda - Wisconsin Ave without traffic lights.

Posted by: BusyMom1 | January 26, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

@BDVienna - we are all snow spazzes or weather nerds, or both.

You may wish to take your buzz-kill elsewhere? Or go make a snow angel in the parking lot. You'll feel much better.

Cheers.

Posted by: CCCinNaptown | January 26, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

@Brian-CapitalWeatherGang

I'm in Loudoun and the snowfall rates are INCREDIBLE!!!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Just saw what appeared to be cloud to ground lightning In glover park at the ball field beside the whole foods. Could have been a transformer popping but don't think so. CWG, is there any typical lightning that appears with thundersnow, or is it the same as with a normal storm? Either way, it was very cool.

Posted by: ParkerGP | January 26, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I hereby submit the name "Thumper".

Posted by: tws1372 | January 26, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Power out in Wheaton. Ugh. Lots and lots of wet, heavy snow.

Posted by: atayah | January 26, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

BRIAN....cellared worldwide stout? Wow I wish i was there sharing that awesome beer with you! I'll be cracking open a hopslam and an old rasputin russian imperial stout...not for the fainthearted! CHEERS!

Posted by: braque | January 26, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Bobmiller, lucky you. Send that east when you're done with it.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

@CWG
@ Brian-CapitalWeatherGang

For Western Loudoun, I can confirm that we're at 2" accumulation per hour now. I've been measuring every hour.

Posted by: celt1 | January 26, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The State of the Region is dire . . . sunny and 75 here in Palm Springs.

Posted by: rep15 | January 26, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Just heard WTOP report Fauquier and PW schools closed tomorrow. DC schools on a 2 hour delay. They said they are listing all he closures.

The ittle boy is doing a dance! Funny.

Posted by: holly6 | January 26, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Heard a few bouts of thunder in Ballston a few hours ago.

Right now it's not crazy heavy but consistent and accumulating. Visibility about 1000-1500 ft.

Posted by: mitcher4 | January 26, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Power on and off in Friendship Heights. Firetruck with sirens going down my side street.

Posted by: dhb2 | January 26, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

@Braque, it's delicious. Also, you're line-up sounds top-notch as well.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 5 inches of snow in Manassas and it is still coming down at a very heavy rate.

Posted by: jbernard703 | January 26, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Approx 2" in Alexandria 22310

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | January 26, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@coffeespoons. I am calling this a Dud *right now* as i can still see my grass here in 22191, Eastern Woodbridge (Prince William)

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

PWCS Code Red Thurs., 27 January 2011.

Enjoy. Be safe and warm.

Posted by: aquarnnr | January 26, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Guess for about how much snow and how more in Arlington, VA?

Posted by: benzachr | January 26, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I just measured 5" in Oakton, VA. A large tree just split in half and landed in my backyard while I was shoveling the driveway. I fear we may have more trees go down. I hear them cracking and splitting in the woods next to my house.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

coffeespoons--yeah, I'm wondering that too. It looks like a good businesslike storm from where I'm sitting, and unless everyone's downgraded their forecasts it's supposed to keep snowing till late tonight. I hope people aren't unhappy just cos they haven't already got half a foot of white on the ground.

Posted by: angelicat | January 26, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I'd go with about 2" in North Arlington (Ballston) right now...I'll be going outside in an hour or so and will report back.

Posted by: mitcher4 | January 26, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Lightning in LoCo!!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

PWCS Code Red Thurs., 27 January 2011.

Enjoy. Be safe and warm.

Posted by: aquarnnr | January 26, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

HMM hoping this thread will be turning more to craft beer as the night progresses and the beer bottles start piling up haha...

Posted by: braque | January 26, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

KevinCWG, there's a considerable threat for tree's coming down with the heavy wet snow. It's piling up here too, luckily, we don't have many pine trees in the area.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

After shoveling about 15 minutes ago - I can see out the window the car is completely covered again. I would say 5 inches total so far. (Fairoaks)

Posted by: barbnc | January 26, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear that Kevin! We lost a beautiful evergreen in our front yard back during Snowmageddon last year.

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

That radio feed to Fairfax fire and resuce is blowing up! Plenty of stuck fire engines and ambulances.
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?ctid=2848

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Power outage in Arlington near Rosslyn and the Iwo Jima memorial.

Posted by: curmudgeon31 | January 26, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere from 2-4" already in Silver Spring. Hard to tell with the wind.

Posted by: Dylan0513 | January 26, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

6.5" South of Reston, VA. in Fairfax Co. near Lawyers Rd. & West Ox Rd.

Posted by: SkiBadger | January 26, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Just went for a nice walk in the snow, here in Brandywine.
Peaceful and quiet, absolutely wonderful.Still coming down hard here in Southern Prince George's County.

Posted by: nnewlin | January 26, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Any updates from Dulles? Supposedly United 925 from London and 933 from Frankfurt are

Posted by: ironmanjt | January 26, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

curmudgeon, you must live in my building! (or close to it)

Dominion's system for reporting outages OR giving updates stinks; our landlord controls the account, so no, I don't know the right SSN or account # just to hear an update. Yeesh.

Posted by: annarky | January 26, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The whole city's shut down now - no buses, trains, cars, etc. The only way around is on foot, and that's mighty slow going.

Posted by: prickles1009 | January 26, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I just came in from making a first pass with the shovel on the steps and sidewalk and to start cleaning off my car. It is already very heavy and I recommend that if you can, you also do a first pass as well. I can't even imagine how much harder it would have been to shovel tomorrow morning with even more heavy, wet snow. Please also be sure to clean off the roof of your car. Residual snow flying off cars can be very dangerous. If you're vertically challenged like I am, you can use a broom to get to the car roof. So glad I bought a new shovel recently!

Posted by: JLF03 | January 26, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Jonny2d - Fairfax Fire is stuck all over the county. The apparatus that isn't stuck in the snow is stuck in traffic. What a day.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Doug hill and Bob Ryan just said Loudoun will be the JACKPOT!! Yay!!!!!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Sitting in the family rooms eith the lights off but the deck light on, sipping hot chocolate with schnapps, watching the snow, and reading the blog from the iPad!

Posted by: megamuphen | January 26, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

We just saw lightning light up the whole sky here in Baltimore. In WHITE OUT CONDITIONS! This is going to be a weather night to remember.

Posted by: bachaney | January 26, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

A tree came down over Sleepy Hollow Rd. at Holmes Run Rd (Falls Church), according to the live feed scanner.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Update from Burke @ 6:15:

Temp: 33.5 (actually rose from 33.4 @ 5:45)
Accumulation: ~4" (up from 3" @ 5:45)

I have been consistently getting an inch every 1/2 hour since 4:45. That's 2 inches/hour!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

8.5 inches on the Mountain above Harpers Ferry, WV

Posted by: robison1948 | January 26, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

@braque

Drinking a Sierra Nevada Hoptimum right now with a 5L Bell's Hopslam mini-keg on the balcony for tomorrow if OPM comes through! Keep on snowing in Courthouse (Arlington)

Posted by: snowbeer | January 26, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I measured 4" on my deck in Vienna. I just took the shovel and got the deck and front stoop clear. I'll try my new snowblower on the driveway and sidewalks tomorrow after it's all stopped.

4" and still falling steadily. Quite low visibility still.

Shoveling 3-4" of this stuff wasn't so bad, but I wouldn't want to shovel 6-8" of it. Get out there and shovel tonight, people, or you'll be hurting tomorrow.

Incidentally, what we have in Vienna seems like very good snowball and snowman snow. It's not a gloppy mess, but it's not fluffy.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

i report the same about 2.5" per hour at dulles... CRAZY conditions and about 5.5" on the ground.

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 26, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Glad I'm not on the roads - http://bit.ly/e8bTAU

Posted by: nuanceisnecessary | January 26, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Here in SW DC it can't be more than an inch on the ground.

Last year around this time, people, we were dealing with 20 inches. This is a dusting in comparison.

Posted by: SWester2010 | January 26, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Lovin' the snow and the days off school (teacher). Topper has been talking about a clipper on Friday, Saturday , AND Monday. He said it won't be much. Any thoughts, guys???

Also, I am taking my daughter and her friends up to Deep Creek Lake Saturday morning for a Sweet 16 Snow Tubing Party. Any problems on the ride up? What are their conditions going to be like?

Thanks! You guys are the best. We teachers follow you big time!

Posted by: Snowluvvuh22 | January 26, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Weather.com's forecast cracked me up: "Snowfall of about half an inch through 8:30pm." for the Herndon area.

Posted by: chaps1 | January 26, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

IAD is going to whup DCA big time on this one (I know, what's new...).

The heaviest snow is parked right over Dulles. In terms of percentages could be Snowmageddon redux, when Dulles had 80% more snow than DCA.

I'd love to go out for a walk but with all the snow covered trees and wires in my nabe, plus the wind, not looking to get zapped.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 26, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

We got three inches in one hour (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.) in the Bermuda Triangle of McLean/East Falls Church/North Arlington. The kids are doing the happy dance.

Posted by: elizestrada | January 26, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I just went outside...there's gotta be close to 6 inches on the ground and its still coming down well. I'm now completely convinced the CWG freakin' NAILED this one.

Posted by: parksndc | January 26, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm telling ya, these bands set up out of no where - Loundon is getting SLAMMED right now! They may get a foot. Btw, seems they have been the bulls eye the last few years.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Just curious, is anyone still not getting rain/sleet instead of snow?

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

not a bust near IAD, 6 inches and the only hope for us snow haters is the back edge now closing in on Charlottesville

Posted by: tgt111 | January 26, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Bethesda near Fernwood & Greentree...

Snow coming down but typical concern of power outage grows. From 530-600, lights flickered/dimmed every 5 or so minutes. Since 6 pm, stable lights. Last February, lost power for 6 days. During summer, lost it for 3 days.

Pepco's website has power outage reports popping up like a nightmare case of wack-a-mole.

Crossing fingers for continued service.

Posted by: Willbone87 | January 26, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Lightening and thunder in Cleveland Park

Posted by: JDK4 | January 26, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Southern Tier Choklat [sic] Stout and moderately heavy, moderately blowing snow here in downtown Silver Spring. But flakes seem to be finer than they sound elsewhere?

Posted by: JCR7 | January 26, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Bethesda near Fernwood & Greentree...

Snow coming down but typical concern of power outage grows. From 530-600, lights flickered/dimmed every 5 or so minutes. Since 6 pm, stable lights. Last February, lost power for 6 days. During summer, lost it for 3 days.

Pepco's website has power outage reports popping up like a nightmare case of wack-a-mole.

Crossing fingers for continued service.

Posted by: Willbone87 | January 26, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

holy hannah! a VIVID bright lightning bolt just now (Bethesda) and a LOUD roll of thunder. fantastic!!!

Posted by: angelicat | January 26, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

About 2 miles from Dulles: it's still pouring snow, and the drifting on my deck measured @ 10 inches. I haven't heard any thunder for a while.

Posted by: veronica7 | January 26, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The lights keep flickering here in Fairfax, the Directv is out, and the snow keeps piling up - at least an inch or two an hour. Really beautiful - my daughter's first real snowfall - but am keeping my fingers crossed that we can stay warm (and watch Idol!) tonight.

Posted by: redsoxgirl | January 26, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

@ snowbeer

High alcohol/ hophead beers were made for a day like this...doesn't get much better than hoptimum/hopslam! too bad this storm didn't come a week later or i could've been snowed in with a sixer of Nugget Nectar...can always hope for a repeat next week! got my fingers crossed for OPM tomorrow too.

Posted by: braque | January 26, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

No school for Prince William tomorrow according to the school website!!!

Posted by: johnunion1 | January 26, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

So, how about that coastal the 18Z GFS has at 180 hrs out? :)

Posted by: bdeco | January 26, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Was out shoveling when 2 large branches fell just feet from me. Scary.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 26, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Lots of flickering lights in NW DC. Making me nervous.

Posted by: dcmom | January 26, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from walk to pizza store. If you're in Rosslyn and thinking about going home now, don't. Wilson Blvd uphill very slow with many cars stalled and running into each other. Key Blvd blocked at North Nash from cars stalled in the intersection. Get a hotel room, order a nice dinner and watch the snow from inside by the fire :>)

Posted by: djm-01 | January 26, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I would think even Annapolis has turned to all snow by now... and I am beginning to trust the radar precipitation algorithm more now... looks like snow all the way to the Bay? But, like Brian, would love to verify that.

Traffic is still gridlocked in Metro Center :/ I really thought folks left earlier than 4pm, but all we can do at CWG is report our predictions and hope our readers use the information, right?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else in the Oakton/Vienna area just see that flash of lightning?

Posted by: PSUMarkDC | January 26, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Herndon 20170 5 1/2 inches on back deck and coming down/around still! Wind is up. Both cats under a bed upstairs.

Posted by: sullivanva1 | January 26, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

CWG, saw you posted a FedCast estimate earlier - any updates to those estimates??

Posted by: Myndiera | January 26, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Just had a tree come down on Colvin Run Rd. near Rt. 7 ...and power is flickering...say it ain't so!!!

Guess I'll snuggle up to my fire with a bottle o' red and see what happens=)

Posted by: Annetastic | January 26, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

It always amazes me how people like to inflate their snow totals...

Posted by: tjack55 | January 26, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

@redsoxgirl Here's a tip, if you are trying to watch the HD feeds on directv, you can go into the menu, and show all channels if you are hiding the SD ones, all of my HD channels are out, but I still have my SD ones!

there has to be at least 4 or 5 inches out here in Falls Church

Posted by: jrodfoo | January 26, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Brian, definitely not rain/sleet here--still snowing hard. I can see it clearly as it blows through the streetlights.

Posted by: angelicat | January 26, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Any updates in closing projections for tomorrow?

Posted by: mitcher4 | January 26, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

About an inch in Annapolis now, that's about a half hour's worth. It's snowing hard but not epic by any means.

We just had a fox rolling around in the snow in our woodsy backyard, which was a treat to see.

Posted by: CCCinNaptown | January 26, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in Loudoun County for 45 years, NEVER have I seen this snow intensity, has to be 3 inches per hour...AMAZING!!

Posted by: kdvols1 | January 26, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

More thunder + lightning, at least 2 flashes and rumbles in Silver Spring a few minutes ago, snow still coming down hard!

Posted by: Hockeyfan28 | January 26, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@Camden-CWG:

Confirmed all snow down near Sandy Point State Park near the bay bridge. Changed over about 30-45 minutes ago, with sleet starting mixed with rain just before 5pm and changing to all sleet around 5:30 or so.

Posted by: RandC | January 26, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like all the fun is out west. Only about 3 inches here in Huntington, Alex. My Fiance left work in Clarendon around 4 and is still not home!!! If anyone wants to see anything crazy (besides looking out the window) go to google maps and zoom in on the DC/Beltway area and then click "Traffic". Its all red and black like a festering wound. Yuck.

Posted by: eorr53 | January 26, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

We measured 4.5" of heavy, wet snow in Falls Church City at 6:00 PM. While I was out shoveling the driveway, a tree branch came down and missed me by about a foot - thankfully a small one. Bigger ones are starting to fall, too.

Posted by: gjander | January 26, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Another flash of lightning and thundersnow in McLean. I'd say we have had about four and a half inches or so as of right now.

Posted by: HokieTerp | January 26, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Can I have a shout out to all the bus drivers that had to drive in rush hour tonight? With slushy conditions, idiot drivers(like the van who was blocking the intersection, they still managed to be pleasant and say hello to everyone.

It's a Chinese food and white wine night here. Thanks CWG for your accurate predictions!

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I am now convinced BobMiller is Buddy the Elf. Wow.

As has been repeated, we're getting walloped in LoCo. I hope this fulfills everyone's snow fantasies and we can move on to spring now.

And what is up with the crazy Sue Palka talk? Get a grip... :)

Posted by: rumbly45 | January 26, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey CWG
Just wanted to let you know that when I was at work yesterday, no one, no one, was talking about the snow. I told them that based on my sources we were going to get slammed and the rush hour would not be good. I was very fortunate in that I did not have to go in to office today (wasn't on schedule).
Those at work asked with a chuckle "oh who are your sources" like I was full of something.
I told them about CWG. Also told the people at the bank this morning.
Many are learning about your forecasting powers. It still astounds me that the weather people on TV can't seem to come close to you guys. Hey u know your stuff. Congrats and thanks for keeping us informed.
My husband told his workcrew today to leave as soon as they saw the first snow (he listened to me).
Hope they listened to him and are also home safely. Sadly I know many are not.

Posted by: tryingtochill | January 26, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Another heavy band of snow is sweeping through the western suburbs: http://cl.ly/1R3H39303Y1O2i2i422f

Posted by: dmackerman6226 | January 26, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

White russian in hand, roughly 2.5 inches in Del Ray, it is coming down at a real good clip, but no THUNDERsnow.

Posted by: matthewyoungblood | January 26, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

@braque

The Total Wine in McLean had 22oz bottles of the Nectar in stock yesterday if you live in VA.

Posted by: snowbeer | January 26, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Here in Cathedral Heights the power flickered outside briefly, then went off completely. We still had power in the apartment the whole time. It was off outside for a couple minutes, then came back on.

Makes us nervous, too.

Posted by: cabaretic1 | January 26, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

@braque

The Total Wine in McLean had 22oz bottles of the Nectar in stock yesterday if you live in VA.

Posted by: snowbeer | January 26, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Thunder & lightning here in NW over the past half hour...from the radar it looks like the precip will be out of here in a couple hours? I love snow but this is a little much.

Posted by: prickles1009 | January 26, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

@eorr53 Yeah, Alexandria got jipped again. :(

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

i love this blog! can't get any good weather news anywhere else. thanks so much for your coverage. now everyone send vibes for fredvegas to get enough that i don't have to go to work tomorrow (germanna cc)!

Posted by: ashleyba | January 26, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that most of Columbia has underground power lines. Trees tasting it in the backyard.

Posted by: adurante | January 26, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

report from Wiehle Avenue Park and Ride: accident at intersection on Wiehle heading into Park and Ride lot and buses are getting stuck there, unable to carry on. Snow is still falling very steadily, with very large flakes piling on to the four to five inches already accumulated.

Posted by: Restonmom | January 26, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

7.25" in eastern Warren County. Averaged 1.225" per hour for last 5 hours.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 26, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

It says that CWG has over 367 comments? Wow, I dont remember that many during last years storms! You guys are becoming the place to be for weather.

Posted by: ntrlsol | January 26, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

And (once again) just like that, it's over in Charlottesville.

Some day I'm going to move to the Himalayas.

Posted by: cvilleSnowMan | January 26, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

we are really borderline with these temperatures...two or even one degree less would really help for the snow lover.

Posted by: rocotten | January 26, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

started as icy sleet in germantown, now snowing heavily (but small flakes), windy, and the lights are flickering every now and then. the streetlight in front of my house has gone out. slippery under the snow

Posted by: alusiv | January 26, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Confused about higher snow totals people are getting. We just measured 3.5 inches on our deck in Ashburn.

Posted by: panamanancy | January 26, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It says that CWG has over 367 comments for one post? Wow, I dont remember that many during last years storms! You guys are becoming the place to be for weather.

Posted by: ntrlsol | January 26, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

8-inches in Strasburg at 6:45 PM and still moderate snowfall rates

Posted by: shenvalley | January 26, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Power just flickered a few times here in Warren county, but the snow seems to be winding down with 5 inches of heavy snow. My friend called, stuck at work in Herndon where there is gridlock, nobody moving at all, and at some point people are going to run out of gas. We could be looking at a situation where there will still be abandoned cars on the road tomorrow AM needing to be removed.

Posted by: eric654 | January 26, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

6:45pm in rockville- still coming down at a pretty good clip, and unfortunately the winds are picking up...

Posted by: countrymaus | January 26, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

ntrlsol, you should see our last post. 700+! You guys are putting in your due diligence tonight!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Still puking here in N. Arlington, 4in total so far.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Snow on my deck in Bethesda is about 3 inches now and after and after slowing down for a bit the rate seems to be picking up. Huge boom of thundersnow at about 6:30.

Unfortunately- something serious seems to be happening around River Road as I hear lots of sirens and husband has been stuck near River Road and Willard for a long time and sees virtually no traffic heading his direction into DC. Anyone know what's going on?

Posted by: mhumd | January 26, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

We are getting ABSOLUTELY HAMMERED here in Loudoun!!! You wouldn't believe how hard it's coming down; we'll EASILY see 8".

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

2-3" in the Parkfairfax neighborhood of Alexandria.

Trip from Old Town via US1 and W Glebe took me about 30 minutes. Usually takes 10. Very nasty road conditions. Spouse works in Fairfax City, must have left work at 4:30 or so and is still not home.

Posted by: concepcion611 | January 26, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

1" exactly in 22191 very slightly East of 95. It just never came down very heavy and is borderline sleet right now at 6:48.

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

MFer, power just went out in huntington. good thing scotch doesn't need to be cold! That may have been thundersnow by the way, the whole sky lit up when the power went out.

Posted by: eorr53 | January 26, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Again, North East of the City, near rt 32/95 we're still snowing hard. At least 4", temps are below freezing, no sign of letting up. 8" looks like a real possibility.

The snow is dense, reflecting the weird temps we've had, but its not slush on the ground.

It will be a real test for the snow blower.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 26, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

And that blob is moving out of Loudon east towards me!

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

lightning and heavy snow in layhill south. We have around 4 inches. Still hoping for the power to stay on. Positive thoughts...positive thoughts.

Posted by: bgaffney491 | January 26, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

This band just looks filthy in Montogmery County and into NW Farifax County.

Posted by: adurante | January 26, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd better heat up the sake' while the microwave still works =)

Posted by: angelicat | January 26, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Channel 4 just upped their totals again. LOL

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | January 26, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

c'ville only has a little over an inch so far, seems like a bit of a bust considering the forecasts we were getting. any thoughts on that?

Posted by: joew22 | January 26, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

How long is this supposed to continue in the district? Total is pretty low here in SW, but did see flash of lightning.

Posted by: DCcola | January 26, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like around 2 inches or so from the window in the U Street area, with still pretty heavy snowfall. Snow is sticking to every little branch, and we are starting to get some pretty strong gusts every once in a while.

Posted by: TarHeel14 | January 26, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

CCC -- Not looking to be a killjoy. I tease about the snow enthusiasm, but I understand it. (Well, up to 10 inches or so, anyway -- after that, it just turns into that much more to shovel.)

Just looking to get useful info in addition to everything else.

Posted by: BDVienna | January 26, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

WRC just updated its totals for the immediate DC/N. VA region to 6"-10".

This storm is getting close to causing above-ground trouble for WMATA. But, as of a few minutes ago on WTTG, WMATA does not expect the storm to affect rail service.

Posted by: URFloorMatt | January 26, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Update from Burke @ 6:45:

Temp: 33.4 (down from 33.5 @ 6:15)
Accumulation: 4.5" (up from 4" @ 6:15)

The lights are flickering and there are strange blue flashes outside. (I'm not sure if it's from lightning or blown transformers). No sound accompanied the strange phenomenon.

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

We're at about 2.75" and falling moderately here in Columbia. 32.8F

@JCR7 I have one of those in the fridge! Sounds like a good idea!

Posted by: Phils-in-Columbia | January 26, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"Never fail" street lights just blew out on my street in Glover Park. Temp at 33.1 and lights still flickering indoors.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 26, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Well we are up to 18+ inches in Western LoCo ( near RT 15 at the river) however we are on a mountain. Don't suppose we're see up-slope too? Also still coming down at about an inch an hour.

Posted by: MountainWolf | January 26, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

good for you bob, but sheesh, send some my way... 3" on the grass and snowing lightly. 1.5" on drive/sidewalk. 32.9 degrees.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 26, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Power came on, went out, came on, went out. The angry Pepco gnomes are having a field day with the MoCo master power switch.

Still coming down hard and fast in Wheaton.

CWG, can we get a new thread? Navigating this one on the iPhone is torture. #firstworldproblem

Posted by: atayah | January 26, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

We just lost directiv...I need this fixed ASAP, just kidding...Will live without tv...

Hope this storm hits hard, I am OK with spring coming now that we had one winter storm!!!!

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | January 26, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

NW DC is about to get plastered with this next band moving through...

Posted by: prickles1009 | January 26, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

7:00 pm. Layhill and Bel Pre. Continuing thundersnow. Power outage in our townhome community. 20 minutes so far without power. Have candles aglow.

Posted by: Hanz1 | January 26, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

sorry it took me so long to post but had to push 2 neighbors out. In Herndon, specif. Worldgate Condo's off Worldgate and Centerville Rd 8.25". I measured 3 places, all came in very close, mm off here and there but as of 6:55 pm we have 8.25" of snow measured off of the street.

Posted by: MITCHRAPP | January 26, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Heard the second audible transformer blow in Bethesda Woodmont Triangle a few minutes ago.

Posted by: nuanceisnecessary | January 26, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I've had some lights flicker a few times by Seven Corners/Bailey's Crossroads. Crossing my fingers but I anticipate losing power for awhile... we usually do.

Posted by: Krista_L | January 26, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

8 inches in herndon

Posted by: CMan62 | January 26, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

We had a second thunderclap about 10 minutes ago in Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | January 26, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Mountainwolf, 18 inches?! Lucky you!

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

In the interest of info-sharing:

Vienna
Snow slacked off around 4:30
Resumed heavier snow around 5:30

Just had a 10-second power outage. Hope it stays on, but we're ready just in case.

Posted by: BDVienna | January 26, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Lightning with the snow in NE DC. Haven't heard any thunder.

Posted by: gtales | January 26, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Clearing off car and....big flash of lightning..and about 20 seconds of low rumble! Cleared off car about 1/2 hour ago and had anothe r1/2 inch in Odenton, MD, which is about 8 miles due south of BWI. Continue to hear rumbling which hopefully means intense snow. I am also hoping wrap around significant snow lasts untill at least 10-12pm1

Posted by: snowlover | January 26, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

@CMan62....thats pretty close to what I got

Posted by: MITCHRAPP | January 26, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Approaching 3" in Alexandria-South.

Posted by: bdeco | January 26, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

We've turned to all snow here on the Eastern Shore. I'm gonna pour myself a pint of homebrew Steam Beer and watch it fall.

Posted by: Spunkmeyer | January 26, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

i think a transformer in the king farm neighborhood just arced. bright greenish-blue flash, and most of the neighborhood's power went out temporarily. either that, or i just finally experienced thundersnow!

Posted by: countrymaus | January 26, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax Schools Closed Thursday!

Posted by: mamory1975 | January 26, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

CWG, you were right on this time!

Posted by: frontieradjust | January 26, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

5.5 inches just measured in West Falls Church.

Posted by: kdought77 | January 26, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

@BDVienna - NP, I'm sure the snow angel helped.

We just had lightning and another rumble of thundersnow - make that 2 rumbles - but rate of snowfall is still not that impressive.

I've got all night.

Posted by: CCCinNaptown | January 26, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Brunswick, MD: Power has gone off twice so far, but only for about 20-30 seconds at a time. Still snowing very heavily.

Posted by: rmm999 | January 26, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

fox news just reported that Herndon and some isolated places in Mntgy. County are getting 3" per hour. Now at almost 8.5" in Herndon

Posted by: MITCHRAPP | January 26, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The radar seems to show rain moving back in. Is that accurate? I'm in Pikesville and it is coming down like nothing I've seen in a long time.

Posted by: marcm2 | January 26, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

@MountainWolf Wow! Whats your altitude? And aspect - east facing, west etc?

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

@MountainWolf Wow! Whats your altitude? And aspect - east facing, west etc? Perhaps you measured in a drift?

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Snow just started on Breton Bay about half an hour ago. Nothing sticking to my car or the driveway yet. Such is life in Zone 1. I have to say, I heart SMECO.

Posted by: jenniej | January 26, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Just went on a nice long walk. Definitely 5 or 6 inches already here in Fair Lakes and it's still coming down at a good clip. Everything is absolutely coated, it's stunningly beautiful. I'm reminded of the cheesy Christmas song "It's a Marshmallow World in the Winter."

Looking at the radar, the back edge is a bit misleading. The storm has some spin to it, so it looks to me like we've got AT LEAST 2-3 more hours to go. I wouldn't be surprised if we hit 8-12" out here.

Posted by: jahutch | January 26, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Just fallout from the state of the union address. It's the usual DC snow job.

Posted by: johne37179 | January 26, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Live look over New Hampshire Ave and 20th St NW, Washington, DC. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/new-hampshire-ave-and-20th-st-nw-washington-dc

Posted by: MrNedWalker | January 26, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

So my fiance's company usually follows the fed government operating status, but today for some reason decided to disregard the 2-hr early closing. Her commute has now reached 3 hrs from Clarendon to just south of Old Town Alexandria. If she doesn't give the amateur meteorologist in her office the what for tomorrow (or hopefully Friday) I will. A very convenient double standard for management. HR should have just sent an e-mail to all employees with a big middle finger graphic!

Posted by: eorr53 | January 26, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

1. Hat's off to the WeatherGang =and= to many posters!

2. PLEASE, do not overdo the shoveling. 20 min at a time. Snow is wet and heavy. And, if you are like me, this is my only real exercise!!

3. My neighbors didn't believe me when I said the LOUD Boom was thunder. Well, they ought to read the Weather Blog!

Everyone.....be safe!

Posted by: dezlboy1 | January 26, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

We have 8 or 9 inches in Sterling.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

will fairfax county be a part of the heavy band coming through?

Posted by: SnowEnthusiast | January 26, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

5" Frederick, Md @ 7:15

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 26, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Like so many other posters - offering KUDOS to CWG!

Eyeballing the deck railing out my window I would guess 5". In Monrovia. Wind kicks up periodically. Moderate snow still falling - maybe 1/2 the max intensity we've had so far. It's mainly coming straight down as opposed to the near horizontal episodes we had earlier.

Listening to Frederick County Police radio online at radioreference.com - lots of trucks / cars off the road. A report of a collision between a plow and a car. 10 car pileup just reported. Really, people - get home and stay home.

Posted by: monroviawthr | January 26, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Prince William schools are closed Thursday, Code Red.

Posted by: meta2 | January 26, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow currently in Crofton Md. third time today ive heard some rumbles first was during freezing rain/sleet. Looks to be quite a while before the snow will be stopping on the east side of town.

Posted by: Terrapunz | January 26, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to share my love for the CWG! In my eyes, you guys are the the gold standard in weather reporting.

Still coming down at a steady pace in Cleveland Park. Saw a few lightning flashes not too long ago and the lights flickered slightly.

Posted by: de2dc | January 26, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

@MITCHRAPP - where in Herndon are you? I only measured about 3.75" about an hour ago (zip 20170, The Downs), and I'm not sure we've added more than a couple inches since then.

Posted by: fsd50 | January 26, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

My office did not feel the need to close early, either.

I left at 3:00 because I had to - my son's daycare was closing and I had to pick him up. But most of my colleagues left near their regular times, and now my Facebook feed is full of reports of 2-3 hour commutes.

(My ride at 3:00 wasn't fun, because the roads were already slippery, but didn't take all that much longer than usual.)

It kind of makes me angry that my colleagues were out in these dangerous conditions for no good reason. I know this was a relative snowprise and all, but reliable sources like CWG were reporting yesterday that evening rush would be terrible, and they upped the warnings throughout the day.

Posted by: 4620316 | January 26, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I bet for lots of people that tonight will be remembered as the rush hour from hell.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 26, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

TV mets should feel terrible about this 2.5 hour average rush hour commute. A lot of ppl were probably expecting rain/mix/1-3 inches. There is just about 8 inches on the ground here in Loudoun. Lol I still remember that clown on channel 4 yesterday saying none of the snow will stick. How does politics get involved with weather forecasting?

Posted by: MVPlaya8120 | January 26, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Just measured and 5.5" and still snowing at a good clip here in western Fauquier county. Power is flickering a lot but so far is staying on.

Posted by: mudbucket | January 26, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

About 6 inches in Falls Church, still coming down hard. All roads heading to the beltway are backed up. 29 near Gallows is a mess, 50 is completely backed up near Loehman's Plaza.

Went up the street to the Safweway and saw at least 4 cars stuck on Lee Highway not going anywhere.

Posted by: Ryan-FallsChurch | January 26, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the nastiest part of that band moved into Mont. Co. Though 30dbz returns dip into N. Fairfax, Mc Lean and N. Arlington, barely.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

gotta be approaching 4-5 inches here in Columbia, hard to estimate from the 3rd floor. I'll be going out to shovel soon.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

TBD is reporting Feds have a two-hour delay but I'm not seeing this reported anywhere else. Anyone?

Posted by: PSUMarkDC | January 26, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 2 hours without power! It's just now starting to get cold in here but the power's back on, and I'm praying it stays on through the night. Of course, my biggest worry was how I'd get to CWG without power!

Posted by: --sg | January 26, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the radar it seems the storm is staying in place and just rotating counter clockwise.

Posted by: jbernard703 | January 26, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow in South Baltimore at 7:18pm...still snowing hard but not as intense as before.

Posted by: jdtdc | January 26, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

WJLA (TBD) is reporting...

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES
OPM, Ofc of Communications Washington, DC 20415
Open 2 Hours Late, Essential Employees Report On Time
Updated: Jan. 26, 2011 - 6:45 PM


However I looked on OPM's website and do not see the closure.

Posted by: Showmethesnow | January 26, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow currently in Crofton Md. third time today ive heard some rumbles first was during freezing rain/sleet. Looks to be quite a while before the snow will be stopping on the east side of town.

Posted by: Terrapunz | January 26, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Just got a text from Loudoun County that Route 7 is closed from Leesburg to the Clarke county line. Hard to believe.

Posted by: AsymptoticUnlimited | January 26, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

So DCPS has announced a two hour delay, anyone want to hazard to guess whether that will become a full closure?

Posted by: bhfairfax | January 26, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Still stuck at work here in the Fair Lakes area, most of the night shift is still mired in traffic! Oy!

Haven't been able to read all of the comments, any reports of power outages in Ashburn? Hope to get home sometime tonight...

Posted by: natsncats | January 26, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Derwood, MD - a little over 6 inches on the deck - temp. been holding steady at 32.7 for a while now - i'm assuming it's a degree or 2 colder further away from the house maybe?

Posted by: mo26 | January 26, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Great job with the updates for the past several days CWG. You guys are spot on. Heavy snow in the Ballson area of Arlington, VA right now. The walk back from the Metro was a bit dicey a few min ago.

Posted by: TheU | January 26, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

@ snowbeer

thanks for the tip! not in Va but definitely worth the trip out there assuming any is left...thinking it might be awhile before i can get out that way. hang(snow)ver tomorrow? thinking that one won't catch on haha

Posted by: braque | January 26, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Measured (crudely) about 5.5" on my deck in Vienna, 7:15 PM.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Rolling outages in Philomont, Loudoun County. 5 outages in the last hour. Including one as I typed this.

Posted by: celt1 | January 26, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Just heard that two of my family members are stranded in Dunn Loring. :(

One went to go pick the other from the Dunn Loring metro @ 4:00. At 7:00, they are still there. Apparently one of the routes to 7 North (or 7 itself) was impassable due to road incline in the snowy conditions. Hopefully they can make it to 66-W...

I know that no one likes to be the fool who predicts a snowstorm and just gets rain, just like no one at OPM wanted to get criticized for calling off the Fed and get only a light dusting (and be accused of "wasting" taxpayer money in this political environment). However, as is often the case, it would have been much better to overestimate than underestimate the potential impact of this front.

I don't think it's a stretch to say that the handling of this storm has been downright irresponsible by a number of parties (excluding CWG, of course, who seemed to have nailed this storm from the beginning).

Posted by: dcsnowedout | January 26, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

its about over here in madison va. about 3" of heavy wet snow fell here, where the heck is are 6-8" of snow. why are we on the low side of the snow totals?? btw i hate how all the weather guys start backing off of there early predictions and then take credit for nailing it. i'm not say i'm just saying.

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | January 26, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

We have had another transformer blow out near my house. We still have power but it has been flickering on and off all throughout the snowstorm. I believe some neighborhoods near me have no power.

Posted by: Ryan-FallsChurch | January 26, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Really getting thumped right now in Gaithersburg. That intense band of snow that once was over Loudon County is not smothering the middle of Montgomery County. The snow is coming down harder than at any point prior and the flakes are HUGE to boot.

Posted by: hskwak | January 26, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Currently 11.5" in Lovettsville VA, snowing extremely hard at 2" per hour. Will easily see 12". Doppler indicates at least another 1-2 hrs of heavy snow bands. Count the northern tip of Loudoun County for a foot.

Posted by: TopperTed | January 26, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

temps are really keeping the totals lower than they would be I feel

Posted by: rocotten | January 26, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

its hard not bein home for this and have heard 6.5 at the homefront so far in Clifton 1.5 in the last hour.. the banding has been phenomenal to watch oooh maaan the center jump really caused an explosion

Posted by: jmc732msstate | January 26, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Springfield (22151) has four to five really compact, heavy inches. Two separate 5 second power blinks but power is on now...saw a blue flash out the window. Tree limbs are hanging low, saw a few smaller ones crash onto cars earlier....

Posted by: NoNeedlessReveal | January 26, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Correction to my earlier post, it was just a poorly worded text. There are multiple closures BETWEEN Leesburg and Clarke County, but I don't think the whole road is closed. Apologies for the inaccurate info.

Posted by: AsymptoticUnlimited | January 26, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow by Seven Corners/Bailey's Crossroads. I definitely saw lightning.

Posted by: Krista_L | January 26, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

In Aldie, Va, the west facing stoop is 9", the protected east facing stoop is 5" (with all the extra swirled into the basement stair well).

but for last year, I'd say epic.

And I repeat my nomination for the storm name of "Thumper"

Posted by: tws1372 | January 26, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

HOLY CRAP! Lightning was constant for at least 20-30 seconds here in Silver Spring. The entire sky was illuminated bright white, incredible.

Posted by: Hockeyfan28 | January 26, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

HOLY CRAP! Lightning was constant for at least 20-30 seconds here in Silver Spring. The entire sky was illuminated bright white, incredible.

Posted by: Hockeyfan28 | January 26, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Oak Hill (Greater Herndon Area) over 7 inches at last check and still coming down. Also, out door temp. is 34.

Posted by: Beachboy4ever | January 26, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

back end barely moving, bet we get around 14-15 near IAD

ready to move someplace warmer

Posted by: tgt111 | January 26, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The power in Wheaton has gone off once for a minute and has been flickering for a while now.

Posted by: Lewd | January 26, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

9-9.5" at IAD

AMAZING I have had constant snowfall since about 5:00 at 2-3" per hour! (oddly, no thundersnow) everyone should be weary of tree damage.. i have been out for the past hour clearing snow off of my pines, they are really hurting and i have lost several branches.

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 26, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Those heavy, heavy bands that have been hammering us in Loudoun county sure have been kind to us. We are nearing 12" and it's still coming down like crazy!!!!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

At the beginning I thought we were going to miss out on some good snows here in NW AA county, but with about 4" and radar looking juicy for another 3 hours or so, I could see us with 6-8"....nice

Posted by: snowlover | January 26, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

bhfairfax I teach in DC at a charter but we go by DCPS. Not sure what it would take for them to close school all day, maybe some common sense.

Posted by: VAresident2 | January 26, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 4.25" in Seven Corners. I shoveled the driveway while I was out there - that's some heavy wet snow. It's still coming down hard - driveway is covered to the point that you can't see blacktop after less than 10 min.

Posted by: ragnas | January 26, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Heaviest snow of the night so far here in the Ballston/Arlington VA area. Just measured 6.5" on the ground already.

Posted by: ironmanjt | January 26, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

500 posts. Boom. Thundersnow.

Posted by: VamosUnited | January 26, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

@HockeyFan28 That lightning in Silver Spring was insane! Lasted long enough for me to drop my boots, walk across the house, and stare open-mouthed at the door to the balcony. We heard a thunder clap a minute later. Guess now is not the time to shovel!

Posted by: meganf | January 26, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Power starting to flicker pretty routinely in Montgomery Village.

Posted by: McCarthy911 | January 26, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

We've got thundersnow in Bethesda, but it's not lightning doing the thundering; it's transformers blowing up left and right in between Mass. Ave. and River Road.

Posted by: nlcaldwell | January 26, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Fox5 says Metro is going to start pulling buses off the road at 9:30.

Posted by: BusyMom1 | January 26, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

@HockeyFan28 That lightning in Silver Spring was insane! Lasted long enough for me to drop my boots, walk across the house, and stare open-mouthed at the door to the balcony. We heard a thunder clap a minute later. Guess now is not the time to shovel!

Posted by: meganf | January 26, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Derwood, MD - snow is killin' it right now! Picked up 3/8 of an inch on the deck in 10 minutes - up above 6.5" now

Posted by: mo26 | January 26, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Have about 9"in Leesburg right now and it just keeps coming!

Posted by: johninleesburg | January 26, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Here in Georgetown, it's still a bust in comparison to what you all are reporting in Loudon & environs. An inch maybe and coming down somewhere between flurries and a proper snowfall. Slush roads, very wet snow.

ATTENTION DIRECTV PEOPLE!
My satellite reception is out, too -- the first time that's happened in ages -- BUT! You can get DirecTV to send you an AM21 Off Air Tuner that picks up the local channels off of the air. They gave it to me for free. It plugs into your existing DVR and once you scan the channels, you get not only the primary WRC et al feeds, but also their alternate feeds, including the awesome real time Doppler on WUSA (channel 9-3).

The off the air channels are working fine. And I think it's a slightly better picture than the compressed satellite picture.

Grrr... I hate missing out on the fun. Oh well -- Georgetown got clobbered in '96 worse than it was citywide during Snowmaggedon, so maybe the karma scale just went to the opposite extreme.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | January 26, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I do believe we just had some lightning here in Columbia...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Entire backyard lit up for a few seconds and power flickered. Went out to check snow totals and heard a big limb snap from a tree in my backyard.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 26, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

6" in Silver Spring / Four Corners area (20901) so far; just had a lightning flash / thunderclap. Was originally worried that it was a transformer blowing - but the power's still on here (knock on wood ...)

Posted by: mheney | January 26, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Power's been going on and off at my condo complex (Oakton) for the past 15 minutes now...

Posted by: PSUMarkDC | January 26, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Georgetwoner....clean off the dish. I just did and it's working great again.

Closing in on 8 inches here in Eldersburg, MD and I have seen some reports of 10. Wow...this is HEAVY snow!

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 26, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I live and work in Fairfax, VA and my office is about 3.5 miles from home. It usually takes about 10 minutes if there's no traffic but it took 2 HOURS today!!! I left work at 5PM and got home at 7PM! But I'm happy with this decent snow!

Posted by: refresh7 | January 26, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

So bummed, no pyrotechnics out here. But I did measure 8 inches in several spots, 6 inches in others.

Posted by: weathergrrl | January 26, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

@CWG
I see these reports of heavy snow all around dc and the region but here in Georgetown IMBY we have about an inch of heavy wet snow. It's like white mud, Are we expecting more later because right now it seems we are on the very low end of the event? Anyone else near me experiencing the same?

Posted by: TinGtown | January 26, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Power has flickered a little here in Del Ray/Potomac Yard area of Alexandria (Glebe and Rt 1). My father out in Purcellville just called to say he's lost power throughout the night, trees down in the yard. They've been slammed out there all night. Brother up at Shepherd College says they have had white-out conditions on and off since 4 PM.

Posted by: MasonPatriot1 | January 26, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Just got home from work. 2 hours, 30 minutes from the east side of Baltimore to NE DC. Commute on I-95 started okay, but deteriorated rapidly once I got south of Route 100. By time I got to Route 175, the lanes were no longer visible, and south of Route 32, traffic was using whatever ruts they could find. Visibility dropped down to 200 feet or less frequently. Once I got to the Beltway, then took New Hampshire Ave southbound, that's when road conditions and drivers took a sudden and dramatic drop-off. Many, many drivers in the Adelphi and Langley Park area were spinning out, crashing into each other, and going off the roadways. Every hill was clogged with a half-dozen or more cars blocking the roadway, trying to reach the top. A burst of snow with high winds and frequent lightning made things worse for the last 30 minutes of my drive.

I've never driven in conditions like this before, but made it through unscathed.

Posted by: marklandterrapins | January 26, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

**NEW POST IS UP**

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

made a video earlier in pimmit hills,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wFrDHJJlc4
but then went out to pick up my wife at West FC metro. its a 1minute trip directly up route 7. i had to abandon the trip, and barely made it home. its really really bad here

Posted by: agunn3 | January 26, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Neighborhood trees are snapping.
The sky is flashing.

Snow continues to pile up in Centreville VA.
At least 5 inches, but we still seem to be hovering right at or above freezing. If last year's snows hadn't taken out so many weak trees already I think power outages would be much more of a problem.
This is quite a storm. Little Kentucky thumper did alright for most of the DC area snowlovers.
For those preparing to head outside: it's like being in a rainstorm. Heavy wet flakes coming at ya'. Garb yourself for cold slop.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

White Marsh (SE Balt Co.), there is I guess ~3-4 inches out there. We just got lightening. Finally!
I am at work because I am an "essential" employee. LOL! I have not decided whether to leave or not. If I wait till the end of my shift, I might not make it home. Hmm...

Posted by: sunshined121 | January 26, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

How long is the wind supposed to last?

Posted by: BMore_Cat_Lover | January 26, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

made a video earlier in pimmit hills,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wFrDHJJlc4
but then went out to pick up my wife at West FC metro. its a 1minute trip directly up route 7. i had to abandon the trip, and barely made it home. its really really bad here

Posted by: agunn3 | January 26, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Folks- New post is up. Click here.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe 3/4" here now, 5 miles south of Alexandria. I think I got shafted with this one.

Posted by: Etta- | January 26, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

@meganf

Lol, glad to see it wasn't just me and my mind going crazy! People on my street began coming outside and just stared at the sky, it was insane! Have about 6" here in Silver Spring so far.

Posted by: Hockeyfan28 | January 26, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

6.5 inches in Falls Church, SNOWING VERY HARD RIGHT NOW.

Looks like we may end up with around 7-8 inches when this is all said and done.

Posted by: Ryan-FallsChurch | January 26, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Made it to Dulles fine from LAX around 3:30. Picked up my bag and grabbed a monopoly cab for Arlington. Started out OK and got progressively worse with near zero visibility. Right wiper broke off. Cars spun out all the way at a creep. Got within two blocks of home but the driver refused to attempt to deliver me there on a sanded and plowed street (22nd North). He left me with a backpack and a small suitcase at the Exxon at Lee and 66. Walked the rest of the way, 1.9 miles. He just dropped me like a hot rock.

Posted by: iquitos | January 26, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Made it to Dulles fine from LAX around 3:30. Picked up my bag and grabbed a monopoly cab for Arlington. Started out OK and got progressively worse with near zero visibility. Right wiper broke off. Cars spun out all the way at a creep. Got within two blocks of home but the driver refused to attempt to deliver me there on a sanded and plowed street (22nd North). He left me with a backpack and a small suitcase at the Exxon at Lee and 66. Walked the rest of the way, 1.9 miles. He just dropped me like a hot rock.

Posted by: iquitos | January 26, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe 3/4" here now, 5 miles south of Alexandria. I think I got shafted with this one.

Posted by: Etta- | January 26, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Power is out in North Springfield off Braddock Rd. With several inches on the ground.

Thanks CWG for incredible coverage!!

Posted by: srajpaluva | January 26, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Ruler stuck in snow, in most level part of yard away from tree drift...3 3/4 inches.

South College Park, near UMD.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | January 26, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe 3 wet inches here in University Park, between College Park and Hyattsville. Flakes are small now, I'd be surprised if we hit much more than 3. Hard to believe that areas slightly north and west are getting twice as much snow. We must be just off the line.

Posted by: BobLHead | January 26, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

@Hockeyfan28

Where in Silver Spring are you getting 6"?
I'm in downtown Silver Spring and I don't see any 6". It's more around 2.5-3".

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

@agunn3 - So how is your wife getting home?

Posted by: dottie_b | January 26, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Bethesda t 8 pm: just over 4" on my deck with over an inch accumulation in the past hour. Our power went off for about 20 minutes (we really get hit by Pepco outages) but it came back on!!!

Posted by: mhumd | January 26, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

How long is the wind supposed to last?

Posted by: BMore_Cat_Lover | January 26, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow. It really hit all of a sudden. Went to get gas and groceries around 2:30 in Leesberg. Bt 3:15 it was sleeting like crazy. Roads took quick turn for the worse. I am sorry for all who are stuck in traffic. The timing was not in the commuter's favor. What a mess!

Posted by: moo1 | January 26, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Snow continues to fall in the 32/I95 area. Power is flickering, it was off for 5 minutes. No doubt the heavy snow is having an impact on the power.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 26, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Easily have around 4.5 inches out here in SE DC off Suitland Pkwy...cleaned off my satellite dish twice! Thick, puffy snow that's swirling in every direction. Power outages over in Hillcrest, I'm told.

Posted by: NewbreedSE | January 26, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

@hockeyfan28 -

I'm in the triangle bounded by Sligo Creek Parkway, Dennis Ave, and University Blvd. I took several measurements - top of car, front lawn, neighbor across the street - it was pretty consistently 6". Just checked again - it's been 45 minutes - we're up to just about 7" now. (And the UPS on the computer is kicking in every so often - bad omen??)

Posted by: mheney | January 26, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Snow continues to fall in the 32/I95 area. Power is flickering, it was off for 5 minutes. No doubt the heavy snow is having an impact on the power.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 26, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

9-inches in Strasburg at 8:15PM. Looks as though the worst is headed east. Likely to pick up an additional inch before midnight as the systems pulls away. Would not be surprised to see 18-inches on top of Signal Knob at 2,106'

Posted by: shenvalley | January 26, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Snow is trending much lighter here in New Market, Md. About 8 inches as of 8pm.

Posted by: cnolan860 | January 26, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Home! 4.5 hrs from Chantilly to NW DC. Seems if more outlets would have followed cwg perhaps we wouldn't have been in such a mess.

Posted by: miglewis | January 26, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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