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Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 01/26/2011

High impact snowstorm slowly winding down

By Jason Samenow

Gridlocked roads, mounting power outages


Radar & lightning: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation and lightning strikes over past two hours. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

10:50 p.m. The back edge of the snow continues advancing but it's still snowing in the District and to the north and northeast. We can now start to take stock of snowfall totals. We've already received more than 90 reports in our snow reporting system (link to submit). In general, 4-8" fell along and east of I-95 (with some isolated lower and higher amounts) and 5-10" fell west of I-95 with some isolated double digit totals mainly in Loudoun county.

10:10 p.m. Snow is rapidly decreasing in coverage and intensity southwest of Fairfax county. To the north and northeast, however, snow continues but the intensity is gradually diminishing. Steady snow should end in the Virginia suburbs, Frederick and Montgomery counties in Md. as well as the District in the next hour (though scattered snow showers/flurries could linger longer), and in the east and northeast Maryland suburbs between 11 and midnight.

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SchoolCast :

(Many schools have already announced they will close, including now D.C.)

9:40 p.m. We continue seeing the back edge of the snow advance toward the east and northeast. In Loudoun and Fauquier counties, the snow may taper in the next hour but it may not wrap up until around 11:30 p.m. or midnight northeast of D.C. toward Howard county.

Please help us assess accumulation totals by measuring where you live by logging them in our snow mapping system once the snow starts winding down.

Unbelievably, more than 300,000 homes are without power across the metro region.

9 p.m. We still have another 2 or 3 more hours of snow, but the end is finally in sight. The back edge of snow is apparent on radar and will gradually lift toward the northeast. Moderate to heavy snow is still around and about, but intensities are trending downward. For the first time in six hours, Dulles is reporting light snow as opposed to heavy snow with nine inches on the ground. Reagan National is also reporting light snow with 4 inches. Both airports, whose runways are closed, picked up an inch in the last hour .

Another hour (southwest) or two (northeast) of steady snow is possible. Between 11 and midnight, the snow should start tapering off. Unfortunately, the power outages continue to mount and widespread tree damage has been reported to the hefty weight of the snow.

Check out this satellite image showing the "comma head" of the storm over us, associated with heavy snow.

8:30 p.m.: And so it continues - moderate to heavy at times. There is significant variability in snowfall totals...no more evident than in Prince William county where just a couple inches have fallen on the east side but closing in on double digits on the northwest side. The National Weather Service has aggregated totals through 8 p.m. and indicates some double digit totals in Loudoun county. Dulles airport has reported heavy snow for five straight hours with two fresh inches in the past hour and is closing in on 10".

Check out this beautiful picture from Twitter follower @Oliveourhouse: Winter Wonderland in Chevy Chase D.C.

8:10 p.m.: A very impressive band of snow with rates of 1-2" in an hour has been raking eastern Montgomery county, northwest D.C. and northern Prince George's county. This band should move off in the next hour. Still, moderate snow will continue after that and snow may not finally taper off until between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. from southwest to northeast across the region. With rapidly developing low pressure systems, the snow sometimes continues longer than modeled. This happened with the Snoverkill storm last year on February 10-11. The longer duration means high end totals, particularly west of the city.

7:40 p.m.: Snow continues to come down at a furious pace and, if anything, may persist a bit longer than we initially anticipated. Accumulations have been as little as 2 or 3 inches in the southern part of the District and to the southeast and as high as 8 inches or more in Loudoun and western Fairfax counties. These areas will likely see double digit totals as heavy snow bands have set up there and remain more or less stationary. Otherwise, our outlook of 4-8" from D.C. south and east and 5-10" to the north and west seems on track. We probably are looking at another 2 to 4 hours of steady snow, sometimes heavy.

As temperatures have been near or even slightly above freezing, the snow has been very heavy and wet. The weight of this snow is resulting in thousands of power outages.

An interesting aside: CWG's Steve Tracton spoke with Louis Uccellini - head of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction and author of the bible on East Coast snowstorms who we wrote about yesterday. Uccellini said this storm most closely resembled the 1922 Knickerbocker storm in terms of its features and developments. The Knickerbocker Storm also featured very heavy, wet snow that resulted in the famous collapse of the Knickerbocker theater in the District, killing 98 people. Tonight's storm, despite its considerable impact, will not produce the 28" totals of the 1922 storm did because it is a faster mover.

By Jason Samenow  | January 26, 2011; 10:50 PM ET
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Comments

We are nearing 12" in LoCo and heavy snow is persisting!! I'm so happy!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

7 1/2 in Centreville

Posted by: nymomma | January 26, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

7:45 in Germantown. Path lights are covered so at least 6" accumulated to date. Snow coming down faster than we can shovel...

Posted by: cymwyd | January 26, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe these totals out west! Just 2-3 inches in Alexandria.

Posted by: mmurphy70 | January 26, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The computer has been going on and off for the past few minutes! Transformers are blowing up here in Burke left and right! Here is my 7:15 update from Burke:

Temp: 33.8 (up from 33.4 @ 6:45)
Accumulation: 5" (up from 4 1/2" @ 6:45)

Now out to get measurements for my 7:45 update!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

7 1/2" in Reston so far

Posted by: small_world | January 26, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

close to 5" in central arlington, US 50 westbound traffic not moving

Posted by: tleckey15 | January 26, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Right now, we have 5 inches in North Potomac and climbing.

Posted by: MadSkipper | January 26, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Nothing better than some beer, some heavy snowfall, and the Capitals on TV. This is my winter happy place.

Posted by: genestad | January 26, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

About 6" in Vienna, 7:48 PM, still falling steadily.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I think its now safe to say that CWG really nailed this forecast .... once again proving that they provide the most accurate forecasts in the DC metro area.

Posted by: jms12 | January 26, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe these totals out west! Just 2-3 inches in Alexandria.

Posted by: mmurphy70 | January 26, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The computer has been going on and off for the past few minutes! Transformers are blowing up here in Burke left and right! Here is my 7:15 update from Burke:

Temp: 33.8 (up from 33.4 @ 6:45)
Accumulation: 5" (up from 4 1/2" @ 6:45)

Now out to get measurements for my 7:45 update!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Bit of a buzzkill, but the snow has finally let up a bit here in Ashburn. Many branches down in the immediate area.

Posted by: bodyiq | January 26, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Only about 3 inches in the Fort Hunt area. Happy kids here, since FCPS decided to close tomorrow. Still, hoping for more rather than less in snow totals!

Posted by: littles1 | January 26, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

6.5-7" in Silver Spring

Posted by: Dylan0513 | January 26, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Dear CWG , you guys are great and I now only turn to this blog for weather events like this one. I have a question for you, from the radar shot it looks like this storm has created its own energy event and now seems to be turning into something different than when it first got here. It looks like it is slowing down and taking water from the ocean with it as it turns in a circular motion. Is this right, is the storm changing and creating its own inertia and weather event?
Thanks for any thoughts on this

Posted by: thecavs1 | January 26, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Only about 3 inches in the Fort Hunt area. Happy kids here, since FCPS decided to close tomorrow. Still, hoping for more rather than less in snow totals!

Posted by: littles1 | January 26, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a measurement in the Bailey's Crossroads area? I wanted to go and measure but I can't find my ruler.

Posted by: joshua-frank | January 26, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

4.8inches in bethesda steadily climbing to probably 7 if this thing ends a 10:30
Power been crazy, flickering every 3-4minutes only went out once for couple seconds, really hope pepco holds
Surprised MoCo hasn't closed or even lounden, are they going to wait till 5am because theirs no way they plow all the roads in time and I've been hearing sirens since 3, and seen many cars stuck,
& reports of thunder snow+ lightning since 4pm wow intensity

Posted by: redskins-95 | January 26, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Update from Burke @ 7:45:

Temp: 33.8 (has not changed since 7:15)
Accumulation: 6" (up from 5" @ 7:15)

It's a miracle my electricity has stayed on! Blue flashes are going off all around me!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

About 5.5" here in NW AA county with what looks like anothe 2-4 to go!!

Posted by: snowlover | January 26, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Thundersnow and about 2" of heavy wet snow on the ground and coating the trees in St. Margaret's just north of Annapolis along the Bay. Coming down at a good rate now.

Posted by: deusxmach | January 26, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Just came in from a walk in Arlington. The snow is sloppy, gloppy, and wet. The mountains of sludgelike snow at every intersection make walking and apparently driving, very difficult. There is water dripping off the trees and some with larger limbs are bent near the ground ready to snap. No wonder so many people are without power. Not us though, thankfully.

Posted by: two2 | January 26, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

redskins-95: Loudoun County schools are indeed closed. Announced probably about an hour ago. http://www.tbd.com/weather/virginia-school-closings-delays/

Posted by: PSUMarkDC | January 26, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Power has been flickering on and off here near Old Town Manassas since about 6:00 p.m. Just went outside and shoveled out the car (Round 1). Snow is indeed heavy and wet.

Posted by: Novalife49 | January 26, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

7:45pm update from Eldersburg, MD. 8+ inches on the ground that have fallen since 4:30pm. Another two inches from this morning. Still snowing very heavily.

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 26, 2011 7:56 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 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I know this may sound a bit greedy, considering we already have 10 - 12" here in Sterling (due to those intense bands), but how many more inches can I expect here? Looking at the radar, 15 doesn't seem out of reach...

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

This is crazy. I've never seen such intense snowfall. About 8 inches in Reston and coming down hard still. Power has been off and on. My money is on fed gov off tomorrow. Oh- for iphone people- check out the 911 scanner app. Fairfax co. Police and fire /rescue can be monitored. It sounds horrible out there.

Posted by: Bobmiller3 | January 26, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

9.5" at IAD!!!! WOW

we were getting about 3" per hour, id estimate that the rate is about 1" per hour now i will continue to post as i seem to be the only one on the forum who lives RIGHT NEXT TO IAD

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 26, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The sky up here has the classic snowstorm "tinge" to it from all the reflected lights. It's brighter than a full moon out there.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey CWG, guess we threaded that needle eh?

Mitchrapp figures that we have at least 10+" in Herndon/Worldgate now, based on his previous measuring (8.5") and the new snow on his car roof (which he had cleaned off earlier).

Posted by: kygurl94 | January 26, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

2 IPAs so far, about to watch a movie. Hopefully the power stays on. Snow still coming down heavy near IAD. Many thanks to CWG - I left work @ 3:30 and missed the craziness on the roads ... I've been getting facebook reports of 3 hour commutes.

Posted by: veronica7 | January 26, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

10-11 in the LoCo bootheel. I'll get a foot EZ. Had almost a 4 inch hour from 6-7pm. Yowzee. That yellow on ABCs radar was right over my head. I can confirm, it looked like TS Hanna's rain in the light. No thunder since the first one at 3pm or so here. Just a lot of snow.

Posted by: DullesARC | January 26, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm interested in @thecavs1's comment. Any thoughts on this CWG? Thanks!

Posted by: mitcher4 | January 26, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I think this storm will surpass a foot of snow in some of the higher elevation areas in Moco.

Posted by: PoorTeacher | January 26, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Hear in centreville/clifton area we have about 8 or so inchs and still coming down about 2 inchs an hour:)

Posted by: snowlover31 | January 26, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Still puking in N. Arlington, nearing 6in on the total. That is since the change over around 4.00pm, not so shabby 1.5 in per hr average.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 26, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Travel from Reston, at the Toll Road on the Parkway heading South: 3 full hours to go less than 1 mile. Cars abandoned -- in the middle lane, left lanes, etc. Total gridlock. No movement whatsoever.

Posted by: suzannemims | January 26, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Considering the pain & suffering this storm is causing commuters it would be so inappropriate for me to scream with delight.

I think our main evergreen in the backyard lost a main limb. It made it through last year but it just couldn't take a thumping.

Hope the juice stays on.
Continued heavy wet snow in Centreville.
Four more hours of this will put us into double digit accumulations. Wonder if that will happen. Isn't the backside of these storms the wickedest part?

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

@DullesARC, what do you mean by the LoCo "bootheel"? Where are you? (I teach at Freedom HS in South Riding.)

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I measured a little less than 3" out front on the chairs on the front porch when I went to shovel about twenty minutes ago and a little more than 3" when I finished up out front about ten minutes after that. Snowing as hard as I've seen all afternoon right now. I can tell that there is definitely more than 3" (probably at least 4") on the wooden stairs out back, but I won't go out and measure that (and shovel) until about 9:45. My roommate doesn't get off from work in 7 Corners until 10:00, and I want to make sure he can park behind the house when he gets home. Oh, this is in Columbia Heights, NW DC.

And while out front, I did see several blue flashes and kept waiting for thunder, but no such luck. Was that electrical problems? We never lose power here. (Knock on wood.)

Posted by: dbburns | January 26, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Getting ready to go and shovel for the first time. Will measure and report back.

Channel 7 has backed off saying OPM has announced a 2 hr delay for tomorrow.

I'd think there would be a delay, but will be up bright and early to confirm. I'm more stressed about Belvoir clearing their roads so I can get to/from work. Last couple of storms has been a nightmare getting on/off the installation.

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 26, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

MAKE IT STOP!

Posted by: stratmmd | January 26, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Also the lights continue to flicker

Posted by: snowlover31 | January 26, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Correction..5" here in NW AA county, but we are in a very heavy band looking to be at least 1-1.5" per hour!

Posted by: snowlover | January 26, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

anyone thing Univ. of Maryland will close tomorrow?? I sure hope so!!

Posted by: BH99 | January 26, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

It's sad how DCPS is making people go to school on a two hour delay.

Posted by: Dest1 | January 26, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

It's sad how DCPS is making people go to school on a two hour delay.

Posted by: Dest1 | January 26, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

You should add Prince William county along with Fairfax and LoCo experiencing heavy accumulating snow: 8+ inches.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 26, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Also the lights continue to flicker

Posted by: snowlover31 | January 26, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

It's sad how DCPS is making people go to school on a two hour delay.

Posted by: Dest1 | January 26, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

@agunn3 - from the last set of comments - So how is your wife getting home?

Posted by: dottie_b | January 26, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Just got back in from clearing a few more inches off the car. I-66 is eerily quiet right now.

Posted by: PSUMarkDC | January 26, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Got home about 30 minutes ago and am still trying to process it all. What a DISASTER.

Left work at 3:25 and arrived home at 7:30. 4 hours 5 minutes to go about 6.5 miles...

Posted by: rdidonna1 | January 26, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

8.5" and still snowing in eastern Warren Co

Posted by: spgass1 | January 26, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I declare this the GREATEST DAY OF 2011 (if you like snow of course)!!!

9.5" on driveway as of 7:45pm just south of Reston near Lawyers and West Ox Rd.

Posted by: SkiBadger | January 26, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Three power blips in Burke just now. Okay, four. I'm in the part with underground wires, so this is interesting. Five.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

No chance this storm hangs out long enough for it to turn the corner and bring that moisture back to the south?

Posted by: grahambot | January 26, 2011 8:10 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 7:56 PM"

That's EXACTLY what it looks like right now in Georgetown. Very well said, TinGtown!

This is the ugliest snow I've ever seen.

Is the stuff clobbering Loudon coming our way, or moving north?

Posted by: Georgetwoner | January 26, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

About 4" outside my house in Parkfairfax. Snow continues to come down fast--two minutes outside and my hair is soaked.

Posted by: concepcion611 | January 26, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Just got back in from my 2nd 4 inch shoveling. Total at least 8 inches in Fairoaks. Tree limbs down but luckily no cars were under them.

Posted by: barbnc | January 26, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

People- You may want to shovel now so you don't have to shovel 10 inches at once, but if you have trees over your driveway wait until morning. Was watching weather channel when I heard a large thump and on my driveway was a giant branch that snapped and was big enough it could have killed me if I was under it. I'm not going to shovel until morning.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 26, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The original snowlover says..."keep bringing it!!!"

Posted by: snowlover | January 26, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

You should add Prince William county along with Fairfax and LoCo experiencing heavy accumulating snow: 8+ inches.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 26, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

About 6 inches here un wood bridge and the trees are icing up bad...lights are going off and on.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

You should add Prince William county along with Fairfax and LoCo experiencing heavy accumulating snow: 8+ inches.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 26, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Really not that bad in DC. Maybe it's just all melting, but I can't see the Federal Government closing tomorrow. DCPS late start makes sense.

Although, I do hear a constant chorus of sirens.

Posted by: lieutenantmudd | January 26, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Sadly only 3 inches max here in Old Town. I can still see my car out front.:(
A few miles makes all the difference.

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Will there be an updated schoolcast/fedcast? Thanks

Posted by: Maccm | January 26, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

We got almost an inch added last hour so we are up to a whopping 2" here on the 'wrong' side of PWC =( At least i can't see the tips of my grass anymore which means we should be able to take the sled out tomorrow.

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

We had about 4 inches at 6:30pm and now about 8 inches at 8:30pm here in Columbia, MD. Impressive snowfall per hour - and this is wet snow, imagine how much if it had been colder!

Posted by: ColumbiaMDsparkle | January 26, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow in SW DC for last 10-15 mins

Posted by: DJMDJM | January 26, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Power out in Greenbelt and College Park. Well, it's warm.

Posted by: Groff | January 26, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

About to head out and complete round one of my 2011 shoveling adventure. Not sure of the actual total, but just outside the front door is 4 inches here in manassas...my guess actual snowfall in an unprotected area is higher. Interestingly, a friend who lives on the other side of the county (95 side) says she has just over an inch. Amazing the disparity just in one county.

kim in manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 26, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Looks like about 7-8 inches of heavy snow on my deck in Montgomery Village. Great job on this storm CWG! My kids keep asking if they will be sled tomorrow. They built a snowman today but are hoping for sledding! Hope everyone is staying safe.

Posted by: soleil2000 | January 26, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Ah, one my favorite CWG blog traditions. Fake snow totals from snow lovers!

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | January 26, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

7" in Linthicum, northern AA County, as of 8pm.

Posted by: allagar | January 26, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm listening to Fairfax emergency responders' radio. And here's a message to anyone who could have left work early and didn't, or who decided that workers should stay. These decisions aren't a matter of convenience - of having to endure a long commute. Ambulances and fire trucks CANNOT get to people who are injured and ill because of the total gridlock. Please, please try to remember this next time and GO or STAY home.

And! our power keeps trying to go out... and our lines are underground. (Monrovia, MD) Barely snowing right now. 6 inches on the deck rail.

Posted by: monroviawthr | January 26, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Between 6 and 8 inches in South Riding. Neighbor of mine left Tysons at 3:30 today and still isn't home. The Dulles Toll Road must be a parking lot

Posted by: LoudounSouth | January 26, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

9.5 inches south of leesburg near oatlands

lost some branches on 50 year old dogwood trees

but there is no school tomorrow so that'll help ease the pain of shoveling my 150 yard driveway

Posted by: mandarb77 | January 26, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

6" here in Manassas. Just hit the 2nd run with my snowblower.

Posted by: TheJoeGreene | January 26, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Power out in Greenbelt and College Park. At least it's warm out. It's making those groaning, "I'm trying to restart" noises. What is it that makes that deep "Bwwwonnnng!" when the power goes?

Posted by: Groff | January 26, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

If I can't get home to Ashburn tonight, I blame BobMiller2.

(only half kidding!)

Posted by: natsncats | January 26, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Sad to say, but by looking at Radar, the storm is moving out rapidly...another 1 hr or 2 for the NW. It was a great 6 hours though!

Posted by: kdvols1 | January 26, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Power out in Greenbelt and College Park. At least it's warm out. It's making those groaning, "I'm trying to restart" noises. What is it that makes that deep "Bwwwonnnng!" when the power goes?

Posted by: Groff | January 26, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Some of the snow totals being posted don't make sense especially for the Silver Spring area. We don't have up to 6" here at all. Not even close.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

even out where we have decent accumulation, you can tell that while the snow is accumulating, it is still melting at the surface due to the lame temperatures, so its not accumulating as fast as if the temperatures were a couple degrees lower.

Posted by: rocotten | January 26, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

back from walk in Siberia....... just over 10 inches!

Posted by: arcdfire | January 26, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Just had some crazy lighting with the sound of transistors exploding out here in College Park. Thank goodness the power is still on.

Posted by: davebb1 | January 26, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

@SouthsideFFX

Actually, none of us are reporting fake snow totals. Some parts of Loudoun, Frederick, MoCo, and western Fairfax DID indeed pick up 8 - 11"+.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Still just only 3" in Alexandria-South. We've got some making up to do and quick!

Posted by: bdeco | January 26, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

by the way...im in herndon

Posted by: arcdfire | January 26, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

kdvols1 - The storm is moving about the speed we expected at CWG; however, there may be an hour or two of extra snowfall precipitating because of the deepening low pressure system destabilizing the atmosphere slightly greater ..and more expansively.. than expected

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@BH99

Yeah, I think UMD will close tomorrow. Power is out for a lot of south campus and it's looking pretty nasty outside. Can't see us having school tomorrow

Posted by: Spenny1 | January 26, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@SouthsideFFX

Actually, none of us are reporting fake snow totals. Some parts of Loudoun, Frederick, MoCo, and western Fairfax DID indeed pick up 8 - 11"+.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

@IvantheTerrible

I'm in northern Silver Spring, towards Olney and there were close to 7" down here when I measured about a half hour ago.

Posted by: Dylan0513 | January 26, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

@lieutenantmudd have you heard about the new OPM closure procedures? My supervisor informed me today that when you think of the snow days last February, those will very rarely be issued. For snow days, they will declare "Closed to the Public/Unscheduled Leave/Unscheduled Telework" which will require you to telework if you have an agreement in place (they made a big push to get everyone up to speed). Basically, no more snow days...has anyone heard anything about this? Or is up to agency discretion?

Posted by: thumper2 | January 26, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

DCPS made a call last year and then changed it, so it could still change.

Question, though it may get lost in the bands of 100-200 comments an hour, how are you estimating that a snow band is putting out 1-2" inches of snow? Based on radar?

Posted by: apeirond | January 26, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

As of 8:15pm there was a fresh 9.5 inches on the ground in Eldersburg, MD. This heavy band is still punishing us here...could be a few more hours of 2-3 inches an hour. What a storm!

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 26, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Jason, just one nitpick of this latest entry in your excellent storm coverage: The Knickerbocker theatre was not downtown. It was at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road in Adams Morgan.

Posted by: gmg22 | January 26, 2011 8:26 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 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Despite our huge 1" snowfall today north of Charlottesville, Albemarle County has closed schools for Thursday.

Posted by: carrerascott | January 26, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

bdeco - here in DC we are catching up just like you in Alexandria. I foresee another couple inches as this band moves through over us now! Maybe even more. If you want it, it is coming!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

In Fulton / Laurel 7" of snow. Just saw some lightening - so cool! Moderate to heavy snow and it is really heavy. Just cleared all the shrubs and the creaking trees made me nervous.

Posted by: biketraveller22 | January 26, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Dale Maryland (eastern PG) 4 inches since noon accumulated on the roofs of cars at 8:10 PM

Posted by: jimtitus1 | January 26, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Man, I love snow, but I keep hearing a large tree branch snap and fall every 20 minutes. Not going outside until morning.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 26, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

16" in Forest Glen

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

About 2" in northern Calvert. We really haven't seen the huge flakes and heavy snow that others have reported. A fairly simple snowfall here. It is heavy to shovel, though.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | January 26, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Just took a walk and saw a camaro fishtailing on Wisconsin Ave. Measured 3" on my front porch and coming down heavily in Glover Park.

Posted by: FultonStSnowLover | January 26, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

About 2-3 inches of really slushy snow in the Parkfairfax area of Alexandria. All I hear outside are car alarms and police/EMS sirens. The timing of this storm was utterly perfect for max havoc.

Posted by: truyle | January 26, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

From what the radar show i think totals will be a little higher than expected..its been puttin it down in Wood bridge and shows no signs of lettin up as of 830 pm

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

BobMiller2, I am sure some of the totals in Western locations like yours are accurate, but down here we don't have the six and eight inches people are claiming. Not even close.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | January 26, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I measured in Bailey's Crossroads with kind of an improvised measuring device and an online ruler. Somewhere just under 6" for me around 8:20.

Posted by: joshua-frank | January 26, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

gmg22 - downtown DC is what folks outside the Beltway refer to as, well, anything inside the District of Columbia boundary. Please allow us a small, modern & colloquial reference. Though, yes, I live downtown at the Convention Center--on the grid of letters+numbers-- and have the same view that to be "downtown" you have to be on "the grid" haha

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

@CWG - at about 10 miles due south of BWI is another 3-5" out of the question? We have been in a 1"+ an hour band for the last 1.5 hours and are at approximately 6" so far (need to measure again.)

Posted by: snowlover | January 26, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

8:15 update from Burke:

Temp: 33.8 (has not changed since 7:15)
Accumulation: 6 1/2" (up from 6" @ 7:45)

I just knocked some snow off of the trees in my front yard so they don't topple over.

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Tons of cars stuck on Georgia Avenue...little smart4two's and sports cars, lol. Idiots. Beltway still crawling at Georgia Avenue as well....better than TV!

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Just lost power briefly in Columbia. So much for buried power lines. Gonna go out and shovel out what we've got so far. Back with an update later.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Lights just flickered in Vienna. I might have to do without TV--and Internet!

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

10" near Fairfax Station; also lots of power surges (no outages yet, but can see and hear the transformers go); 1 tree down so far - this heavy wet snow is really weighing on the trees and limbs;

Posted by: VirginiaResident2007 | January 26, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Southside

Just took an an accurate mesurment on my back deck here in Woodbridge..7 inches on the dot...no BS.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse


Interesting evening to be listening to police and fire radio dispatch. Here are audio feeds for DC metro area jurisdictions (police and fire). Frederick Cty is off-line right now.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?mid=18

Posted by: Gidgmom | January 26, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Here in Dupont, there is about 3.5 inches on my patio, and maybe more in grassy areas. Not sure how some posters in Georgetown only have 1inch. The roads and sidewalks only have 1inch but that is because they are being plowed/shoveled and cars/people are traveling down them.

Posted by: DupontSnow | January 26, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

10.5" at IAD, still coming down at about 1" per hour.

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 26, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

@camden. Thanks for the explanation, more snow is fine by me...just didn't see much more from the back edge.

Posted by: kdvols1 | January 26, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

About 8.5" on my deck - east of Dulles near Frying Pan Park. I didn't do any of the fancy measurements with a board - this is just a straight total so it includes the sneet & snain we had earlier.
Seems to be winding down a bit now...

Posted by: jlexi72 | January 26, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Just went outside. At times it sounded like gunshots out there with all the snapping branches and limbs. Pretty wild stuff.

Posted by: adurante | January 26, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

snowlover - your estimate sounds plausible to me

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Went ahead and measured out back and will do it again close to 10:00 when the roommate will be heading home from work. More than 4.5" in Columbia Heights now and snowing nicely. Not sure what is happening down there in Georgetown to only have about 1". Maybe too close to the river?

Posted by: dbburns | January 26, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

@ivantheterrible

Im just inside the beltway on Georgia Avenue, inching closer to 7" now.

Posted by: Hockeyfan28 | January 26, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Thunder snow in Montgomery Village! Still coming down.

Posted by: soleil2000 | January 26, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I have a very dumb question. If power goes out without a heater can one survive all night under a layer of say 2 fleece blankets and couple of comforters?

Wondering if I should shovel so I can pull out and go to my sister's home or if I should put off shoveling till tomorrow morning when the cleaners come and shovel.

And if power goes out what's the best way to keep the pipes from freezing. Keep the faucet running on a small drip or something.

TIA.

Posted by: RoseVA | January 26, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

W Falls Church. Transformers blowing everywhere.

Posted by: kdought77 | January 26, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

To make sure u know where i live..im about 6 miles east of mannasas park on the prince william parkway..i have a woodbridge zip code however..7 inches on the level back deck with a standard rulers..no lie...and more is still falling...

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Gidgmom, thanks for the radio link.

Posted by: refresh7 | January 26, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

@Hockeyfan28


sounds like we're neighbors

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery County closed tomorrow.

Posted by: BusyMom1 | January 26, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Power has gone out twice in my apt in 22202. Hope it stays on until my phone is fully charged.

Posted by: kmill67 | January 26, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Derwood, MD - 7.5" on the deck, 33.1 degrees - snow still coming down very steadily, but not quite as heavy as before -smaller flakes now

Posted by: mo26 | January 26, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

THUNDERSNOW!!! Just south of Old Town Alexandria...

Posted by: Myndiera | January 26, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks BobMiller2,
I'm listening to the Scanner App on my Droid. Scary to hear of medical emergencies that our rescue services are trying to take care of. I love this snow but the reality is people are stuck for 4 hours to get home which should take 40 minutes, people need medical attention and that's the reality. These rescue workers are indeed heros especially in these conditions.

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | January 26, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Since coming home from work, I've been doing nothing but watching the snow out the window and reading through CWG comments. Once you read all the way to the bottom, there are lots more waiting after refreshing! Great blog, guys, seriously. :-)

Posted by: anon56 | January 26, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Ridiculously intense snow for the past 30 minutes in South Baltimore's Locust Point neighborhood...I am going out on a limb and saying its heavier than the events of last year although imagine it won't last nearly as long.

Posted by: jdtdc | January 26, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Only a few inches here in Huntington so far (similar to the Alexandria and Fort Hunt comments earlier). But it's been enough to totally muck up Route 1...drivers can't make it up the hill.

Posted by: ajfroggie | January 26, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Measured more than 8 inches in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 26, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Probably about 2" on the ground in Chestertown, MD on the Eastern Shore. We didn't change over to snow until after 6pm or so, so I'm guessing we'll end up with far less of an accumulation of snow, and a lot more ice underneath.

Posted by: Spunkmeyer | January 26, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

THUNDERSNOW!!! Just south of Old Town Alexandria...

Posted by: Myndiera | January 26, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Arlington County FD being continuously dispatched for power lines on trees, power lines down aqnd outside fires from downed power lines. Traffic on Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn still slow to stopped. Key Blvd uphill almost impassable. FD equipment becoming stuck on emergency calls and at least two county plows assigned to FD to rescue emeregency vehicles.

Posted by: djm-01 | January 26, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Just saw another flash of lightning in Columbia.

Posted by: adurante | January 26, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Probably about 2" on the ground in Chestertown, MD on the Eastern Shore. We didn't change over to snow until after 6pm or so, so I'm guessing we'll end up with far less of an accumulation of snow, and a lot more ice underneath.

Posted by: Spunkmeyer | January 26, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I am naming my next child THUNDERSNOW!

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | January 26, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Quick power blip around 7 pm earlier...Folks are shoveling or got snow blowers out on my street.
Whew, it's still falling here in Frederick not as bad as before. No satellite TV.

Posted by: eabgarnet | January 26, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Things are STARTING to wind down here in NE Loudoun. Still moderate snow, probably 1 - 3 inches of additional snow still coming, which would put us over 12".

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Green flashes and spotty power in Oakton. On..off...on..off..ugh.

Posted by: SPS1 | January 26, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax fire has multiple pieces still stuck. They have been responding to mostly fires caused by wires and trees down and a smattering of people sick in the traffic backups.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

lol...bet all those people who were stuck in there cars for hours and hours wished they took Metro today.

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Looking closley at that back edge in West Virginia...Cameron might be right..looks like it is strenghting a bit. Kudos to Cam if it keeps up.

Posted by: kdvols1 | January 26, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

About 4.5 inches on my deck in Brookland, NE DC.

Posted by: ShawnDC | January 26, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

"Arlington County FD being continuously dispatched for power lines on trees, power lines down aqnd outside fires from downed power lines. Traffic on Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn still slow to stopped. Key Blvd uphill almost impassable. FD equipment becoming stuck on emergency calls and at least two county plows assigned to FD to rescue emeregency vehicles."

and yet, APS won't even call for a delay until tomorrow.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 26, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Brad you are on the West side of 95, right? I don't think we have hit 3" here on the East side. It's enough to take out the sled and it's still coming down but not really heavy.

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

And you shall name him "THUNDERSNOW"!

Not a big snowfall but I love the silence only broken by the sound of snow shovels and dog walkers.

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sparse snow coming down in Frederick County, VA....looks to be ending for us. Squirrels are nowhere to be seen....may be holed up for the night with whiskey and port. When all is said and done we should have about 8 inches here.

Posted by: sparkler39 | January 26, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone yet measuring double digits.. confirmed? Dulles is approaching--if not already surpassing--10 inches it looks like.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

@Snowlover2

Good point!

Posted by: djm-01 | January 26, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

6.5" in Dunn Loring (22027, near Tysons/Vienna/Merrifield) @ 8:50; still coming down steadily but not as furiously as earlier.

Posted by: kedzie | January 26, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

RoseVA - at thesevtemoeratures indoors you could survive pretty much forever with blankets and layers ( long underwear etc). A fireplace would help. May not get below freezing for some time in a well insulated house (under house crawl spaces make that much shorter). I would monitor temps in house and once 35 or 40 inside let some drip. Ones in outside walls more important. YMMV.

Posted by: biketraveller22 | January 26, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

6-7 inches in McLean. Still think another 1-3 is on the way which could get us to double digits. Just hoping no more tree branches snap. Want to take a walk but afraid a tree branch will snap and fall right on me (which nearly happened a few hours ago).

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 26, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

We are in City of Alexandria...about 2-3 miles up the hill from OT and we have about 6 inches. Measured on a flat surface off the back of the house (deck off the back bedroom). Interesting that OT and Alexandria south is only 1-3 inches.

Support cable for telephone pole pulled out of the ground...that was interesting. Nice loud twang sound!

Anyone know how Gallows Rd, 66 or 50 west is now? Friends stuck at work.

Posted by: motherrunner | January 26, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Just got done shoveling the front steps and around the car. failed to take the yard stick with me, but I can attest to the "wetness" of the snow. I got back in and my scarf was dripping from the snow. We shall see how much more I have to shovel later....


Kim in manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 26, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Multiple reports on Dr. Gridlock blog of people stuck in traffic for 2 to 3 hours and still nowhere near home. Could get really dangerous for some commuters later tonight. I'm thankful I work from home office.

Posted by: djm-01 | January 26, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Laytonsville: Hard to get a consistent depth due to lots of drifting. It's been coming down hard for hours.

Averaging around 7 1/2 inches. Had a 2+foot drift against the heat pump, so had to dig that out, too.

Power flickering periodically for hours as well. Not surprising considering how heavy the snow is hanging on the limbs around here.

Posted by: dprats21 | January 26, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Still moderate-heavy in Bethesda, picked up a good 6-7 inches with another 1-2hrs worth comin!
Taking one walk around two blocks I noticed 7 tree limbs over 8ft long and 5inches wide, a couple blocking the roads completely, don't know how plows are going to deal with this

PS. Montgomery county schools just canceled for tomorrow!!!

Posted by: redskins-95 | January 26, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

We have had multiple power outages in College Park. Right now there's no power for pretty much everyone here.

Posted by: xenonscreams | January 26, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Just hit 8 inches here in woodbridge,,and it still pounding us...

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

@Camden-CapitalWeatherGang

I have measured in several spots here in sterling and we're at right about 10".

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

City of Fairfax traffic cams just went dark on trafficland. Anyone know why?

Last look didn't look good.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | January 26, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

xenonscreams - sorry to hear this. Please stay warm. Are you using your phone's internet to comment on the blog here?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

8:45 update from Burke:

Temp: 33.8 (hasn't changed since 7:15)
Accumulation: 7" (up from 6 1/2" @ 8:15)

I am reporting downed tree limbs around my house. Some of them are pretty large! Transformers still blowing. Lights continue flickering.

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Just under 6" between Vienna and Oakton, as of 9 PM. Intensity still on the heavy side, but starting to lighten up just a little bit. Radar shows that the heaviest part seems to be moving off to the NE. I had some scattered lightning and thunder, here and there.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | January 26, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

7 Inches in Falls Church, heavy snow still falling.

Posted by: Ryan-FallsChurch | January 26, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Possibly the worst traffic day ever out there....Total fail by OPM, and any other company for not FORCING people to go home at noon.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 26, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

For those worried about radar and the snow ending in the next hour, don't sweat it.

Look closely, the precipitation shield is pivoting. Just remember last winter when the echoes were much more scant - barely covering dc and Arlington all the way to B'more. It kept on pivoting and filling in for hours!

I say we here in downtown have a good 3 or 4 hours and another 2-4 inches left.

Another Jameson? Why yes. Yes indeed!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | January 26, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

echoing (most) everyone else here, I say bring it on!

Just got back from a peaceful walk, and the snow is STILL coming down like heavy rain in a tropical storm. Closing in on 5.5 inches on my deck in the Franconia area. The drooping tree branches make it look like a lot more though.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | January 26, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

CWG...

After it all ends..how many days do you see the snow hanging around..at least in the yards and driveways and such.?

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

@motherrunner
two miles east of 7 corners, traffic on US 50 is starting to move westward a little bit.

Posted by: tleckey15 | January 26, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Amazing flashes of lightning in Del Ray at 9:01 PM, three flashes, the last one made the sky look green.
I've seen snow before but nothing like this.
Totals look around 4-5 here but the dogs have certainly messed with my measuring.

Posted by: matthewyoungblood | January 26, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

BradFinWoodbridgeVA - not too long... a few days... mid 30s tomorrow... warmish above-freezing temperatures coming in the days after tomorrow too. Some black ice will happen I believe; however, the composition of this snow being so moist and slushy should help it dissipate more quickly than last winter's dryer snow.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Tree branches in Ballston area in Arlington look like they are about to break off...still snowing heavily, heard thunder earlier. LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW

Posted by: TheU | January 26, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Took about 10 measurements... averaged around 8 inches here in Columbia. Saw 3 consecutive flashes. First one was blue and the next 2 were greenish.

Posted by: adurante | January 26, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Just had the following note from a friend: in a harrowing single-track trek along Lawyers Rd between Vienna Metro and Reston. Trees have fallen on cars ahead and behind me. Taking it SLOW...when it moves at all.


Kim in manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 26, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

street lights out on Georgia and 495

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

A note from a friend of mine still making her way home... in a harrowing single-track trek along Lawyers Rd between Vienna Metro and Reston. Trees have fallen on cars ahead and behind me. Taking it SLOW...when it moves at all.


Be careful if you HAVE to be on the road, but if you don't have to be, put on some flannel PJ's and relax!

Kim in manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 26, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

BobMiller2 - thanks for reporting in - wow 10" eh? Impressive.

Regarding traffic cams, lots of snow blowing and piling up. I have seen all buildings and, well, vertical structures getting pasted by this somewhat-horizontal snowfall. I would speculate most if not all traffic cams will become useless for a few hours, until snow has a chance to melt just a bit overnight and into midday.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Around 6inches in AU Park, lots of branches coming down, my neighbours car just got smashed. Power went off at 6.00.

Posted by: robbo1 | January 26, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

also saw a bluish green flash in fairfax...we have about 7-8 inches in Fairfax/fair oaks where I live.

Posted by: rocotten | January 26, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Another overperformance for Charles County. It's still moderate snow, big flakes. I consider myself a snow-lover extraordinaire, but I sort of wish it would stop, because of how the beautiful pine trees are looking. But it sure is pretty!

Posted by: luvhh | January 26, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Town of Vienna pickup truck got stuck outside my house on a plowed road. Sure, it's uphill, but should the town spring for some better tires or maybe an all-wheel drive?

Another truck stopped by to bail him out, and then he went back downhill in reverse.

Should be fun snow for playing tomorrow, but let's stop this soon and let the power trucks and plows do their jobs.

Posted by: BDVienna | January 26, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Can someone in the CWG interpret this for me?

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/nam/00/fp0_006.shtml

Does this not appear to show precipitation continuing for the next 6 hours? Or is this a measure of totals that could accumulate during that period? DC seems to be solidly in the darkish green.

*obviously a total novice*

Posted by: NaomiHB | January 26, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Just as I was about to comment about the number of limbs and trees coming down in my neighborhood and the generators I can hear popping, the power went out in Potomac Hills in McLean. It's back on, but experiencing frequent minor outages. I'd say six or seven inches so far. No official measurement yet.

Posted by: HokieTerp | January 26, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Town of Vienna pickup truck got stuck outside my house on a plowed road. Sure, it's uphill, but should the town spring for some better tires or maybe an all-wheel drive?

Another truck stopped by to bail him out, and then he went back downhill in reverse.

Should be fun snow for playing tomorrow, but let's stop this soon and let the power trucks and plows do their jobs.

Posted by: BDVienna | January 26, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Latest from Dumfries: 3 inches of very heavy wet snow (slop)at the official Dumfries CWG reporting station (mfy), with about 1/2 inch of sleet at the bottom of that. Looks like I-95 was the cut off for heavy vs NO accumulation in PWC.

southbridgedad left the Pentagon a little after 1pm today and picked me up at Belvoir just before 2pm. We made it home in about 35 min. No issues. We were sooo lucky.

Thinking of all those still trying to get home, and those struggling with power issues.

Take care!

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 26, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Just measured 6 inches on my deck here in Ft. Washington, MD! :)

Posted by: rxs85 | January 26, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Can someone in the CWG interpret this for me?

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/nam/00/fp0_006.shtml

Does this not appear to show precipitation continuing for the next 6 hours? Or is this a measure of totals that could accumulate during that period? DC seems to be solidly in the darkish green.

*obviously a total novice*

Posted by: NaomiHB | January 26, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

11.5 inches near wolfsville, MD. Heavy snow (1.5-2 inch per hr., 400ft. visibility) continuous from 3:30-9PM. Just now tapering to light-mod. Haven't heard any thunder here, though.

Posted by: dustygroundhog | January 26, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

9.375" in eastern Warren County... still snowing

Posted by: spgass1 | January 26, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

That was a great storm... CWG, you were spot on with your accumulation predictions. I couldn't believe how heavy the snow was when that one band came through. I have to say, considering this is the winter of 2011, I'm thoroughly impressed. I don't EXPECT any more snow storms this winter. It would be nice to get another snow, but this has been the prefect example of a typical DC winter...several little 1-2 inch events and one reasonable 4-10 inch event. I just can't believe this didn't bust...

btw, Brad, I suppose you won't be watching Sue Palka's forecasts anymore? :)

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

biketraveller22:

Thanks so much for the detailed reply. Just cranked up thermostat to get the house warmed up some more just in case power goes out. The idea is the house will get longer to come down from 72 to 40 than for 65 to 40 :-D

I generally love shoveling but this time I am so not ready for shoveling tonight. So, I am just going hope that power will stay put till morning.

Posted by: RoseVA | January 26, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

10.5" south of Reston as of 9:00pm

Posted by: SkiBadger | January 26, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

In the Greenbelt area, continuous heavy to very snow since 8 PM. Between 8:15 and 8:30, there were three lightning bolts in quick succession. Two of them instantaneously followed by loud cracks of thunder.

After one of the bolts, a huge green flash literally lit up the sky. A transformer was hit no doubt.

Not one of our biggest storms, but certainly one of the most interesting!

Posted by: frontieradjust | January 26, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

A lot of snow here - west of Leesburg --10 inches????
Dog is very very happy.
The two guys who tried to make it up the street in the last hour = not so much.
YAY.
WHen is the next storm, guys?
Very good forecasting.

Posted by: moo1 | January 26, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

6" on my front stoop, 8" on the street near West Falls Church. Got 1 snowman made-great packing snow. Fairly easy shoveling too (comes right off the sidewalk/street).
Flickering lights and the booming, but likely transformers not thundersnow.

Excellent job with the extent of the impact, CWG! I wish I would have known to expect no school Wed as well as Thursday, but it's all good here!

Posted by: kirom | January 26, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

9:15 update from Burke:

Temp: 34 (up from 33.8 @ 8:45)
Accumulation: 7" (little changed since 8:45)

WOW! I can't believe I stayed ABOVE FREEZING during this whole event! How in Davey Jones's locker did that happen?

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow... traffic still is bad. My neighbor called and said part of Glebe road was closed because of a fallen tree. He went to Old Dominion and guess what, another downed tree. So then people get out of their cars to move the tree. Then he is stopped again because of emergency vehicles. He's thinking of just parking at a Safeway nearby and just walking the quarter mile back to his house. Good thing I chose to stay home today. I wouldn't think about driving early tomorrow morning.. And Metro bus just stopped service..

Seemed to have stopped hearing tree limbs falling, which is a good thing.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 26, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I am a total novice but I think our snow total in Fort Hunt is low because it isn't cold enough. It's been snowing like crazy but not really accumulating significantly. The snow on my lawn has that partially melted shrunken look about it, and in spite of continued snowfall over the last several we still only have about 3.5 inches when I stick a ruler in it.

Wish I had a thermometer out there to confirm, but it fell down and is buried somewhere.

Posted by: littles1 | January 26, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

southbridgemom - hard to believe that east of 95 the amounts drop drastically. We've been getting clobbered with snow here in Lake Ridge since 3:30. Crazy how 10 miles makes a huge difference in amounts.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 26, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

What is the over/under on OPM's call for tomorrow for Uncle Sam ?

Posted by: AndrewRockville | January 26, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The snow on my apartment steps in Old Town measures exactly 4". Heavy sleet/hail falling now instead of snow. All quiet on the eastern front.

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

South bridge mom..

Im about 12 miles northh and 6 miles west of you..we have a solid 8 inches on the ground here in woodbridge..the line must have been narrow indeed.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

well that was an adventure. Just shoveled at least 6 inches around my car, saw a transformer blast while I was out. Not ours though. Nice to see the plows driving around with the blades up though, that's well thought out.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes - children this was a great storm. There are now over 350,000 of your fellow citizens without power in the metro area which probably ranks this with the outages caused by the tropical storm about seven years ago. Thousands will no doubt be freezing without power for the next several days and some will even be trapped in their houses for awhile. Hopefully no one will perish from this storm or maybe disaster - but as some on this blog would say - it was a great storm.

Posted by: clemonssacks | January 26, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

still stuck on 495. hour 3 of drive home, no end in site

Posted by: jiji1 | January 26, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Brian and his good sarcasm haha. Well, let's hope the plows keep their blades down just for a few more hours, eh?

Really not liking all these power outage reports. I guess branches are falling everywhere, including on the transformer up there in Columbia, Brian? Much more widespread power issues than I expected. eesh.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

9-inches, final total from 1 mile west of Strasburg, VA. Only a few stray flurries remain. My street is a pig path

Posted by: shenvalley | January 26, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Yellowboy, it's all about temps aloft, my friend.

btw, If the temps had been, oh, let's say 20° throughout the whole event, we could have had 2x as much snow! (i.e. late Jan storm of 2010)

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Commute today was horrendous. It took me 60 minutes to drive 6 miles on 28 south. This was exactly at 4pm. I kept having visuals of all those people stuck I78 or I81 couple of years ago in Pennsylvania for days.

Posted by: RoseVA | January 26, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

No power in kingstowne and it's getting pretty cold in here. Normally I'm a snow lover, but this is ridiculous.

Posted by: 1Amy1 | January 26, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

So at about 9p we lost power. Just after my post. (city of Alexandria)

Posted by: motherrunner | January 26, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

@southbridgemom, are readings/observations are identical. I agree with Brad and Zman...it's CRAZY how being on the East side of 95 made such a HUGE difference. Even though we only got 3" (i measured the grass in about 5 places) the CWG was still spot on...bummer for us to be on the low end, but they still nailed it. I no longer watch the TV mets, especially when they don't line up with what CWG is forecasting.

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

It's so awesome how snow lovers' enthusiasm actually makes it snow more!

/sarcasm.

On a serious note, great job CWG. You've been my go-to for weather for years now.

Posted by: Melewen | January 26, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I knocked off as much snow as I could on the branches overhanging the parking lot. I assume people would like an inch more of snow on their car rather than a tree.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Guess what clemonssacks - people can choose to gather the nessesary provisions to sustain themselves should the annual-to-semi annual power outtage knock out their ability to stay warm...should they choose not to heed the government's warnings, the ready.gov calls for making an emergency kit, and the CWG's forecast days in advance...TOO BAD FOR THEM!

Posted by: genestad | January 26, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes children this was a great storm. Some 350,000 of your fellow citizens are without power in the metro area making this the biggest outage since the tropical storm some seven years ago. Thousands will be freezing in their homes for the next several days and some may even be trapped such as the infirm and the elderly. Hopeful no one will perish. But as some on this blog have noted repeatedly - this was a great storm. Gee I hate to rain on your parade - children.

Posted by: clemonssacks | January 26, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

@clemonssacks and others...

It really is illogical to complain about people being happy there is snow. There will be snow whether people are happy or sad. Therefore, why shouldn't people take some joy in it? They obviously (at least I hope not) aren't taking any joys in the related catastrophes such as traffic jams, power outages etc... Do you suggest they stop enjoying snow because this will somehow prevent it from snowing?

Posted by: cait4891 | January 26, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@AndrewRockville, DC Government has announced a 2 hour late arrival (along with DC Schools' 2 hour delay). I think (hope) that the feds will take a broader view of the area, not just the city proper.

Posted by: mmurphy70 | January 26, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@Zman, @bradfinwoodbridgeva: Believe it. I'm off Rt 1, real close to the intersection of Rt 1 and Rt 234. I had my daughter check my measurement to make sure I wasn't crazy. We had a LOT of sleet here, and snow didn't get really started here til well after 5pm. Was a real bummer. We had a couple good claps of thunder between 3-4 pm (light to moderate sleet).

I have a co-worker who lives down Rt 234 (near Ashland community) and he often gets more precip when I get short changed. Will be interesting to get his report when I return to work.

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 26, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I told a person at work yesterday about snow coming today. "I heard maybe an inch" he said. I rolled my eyes a bit. OK.
To be fair he lives over in Calvert County.

This site and Am WX had this nailed super early tuesday morning after the late night model runs verified.

TV mets just didnt get the job done. Old media stinks.

Posted by: AndrewRockville | January 26, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

@Zman, @bradfinwoodbridgeva: Believe it. I'm off Rt 1, real close to the intersection of Rt 1 and Rt 234. I had my daughter check my measurement to make sure I wasn't crazy. We had a LOT of sleet here, and snow didn't get really started here til well after 5pm. Was a real bummer. We had a couple good claps of thunder between 3-4 pm (light to moderate sleet).

I have a co-worker who lives down Rt 234 (just past the Target) and he often gets more precip when I get short changed. Will be interesting to get his report when I return to work.

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 26, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Melewen - thanks for, wow, following us for so long!

clemonssacks - yes the power situation is very widespread, I cannot start to express how unfortunate it is. Much greater problem than I anticipated. Not above 300k. Mannn. :/

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping clemonsackless is one of those starving and without power.

Posted by: TheJoeGreene | January 26, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

mega dittos to CWG! I have been following this site since it started, and its made me the go to guy at work. I always tell people where I get my info, but no one believes. Believe it now. Sure I'm a snow lover too, but only one "team" around here nailed it and that's CWG!

Posted by: agunn3 | January 26, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

clemonsacks - I hope you placed an annual donation to the Salvation Army or other shelter this year, and I especially hope that you pay close attention to the crippling heat waves and floods this summer (which kill more people than snow storms do nation-wide). I look forward to seeing your lamenting this June.

Posted by: genestad | January 26, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Update from Georgetown since some people were getting conflicting/confusing reports. Just got back from walking the dog (likely the best walk of her life so far); Volta Park had a solid 4" as of 8:45-9:00.

Posted by: EverythingBagel | January 26, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Pretty solid 5 inches on my deck in Lake Ridge - 22192, near Woodbridge HS. I have a picture of the ruler for any doubters!

It's very wet and dense - great for snowballs and snowman building! My house has woods behind it (and the Occoquan Reservoir) and I could hear trees cracking and breaking under the weight. Thankfully they are all far from my house and our power lines are buried!

Posted by: mamory1975 | January 26, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

mmurphy70: Where are you seeing this two hour delay for the fed govt? The OPM website still says 2 hour early dismissal. Can you provide a link please?

Posted by: eorr53 | January 26, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

@RoseVa. If you are not elderly or in poor health, and your house has average insulation, you should be fine overnight. I have on occasion, accidentally left the heat off overnight on a night like tonight and the house was about 58 degrees when I got up. If your pipes run along an exterior wall (bad idea) they may be vulnerable and running the water very slowly is a good idea. If you have gas hot water, it would not hurt to fill the tub with hot water--that will at least keep the bathroom warm, especially if you fill the tub via the shower head.

Posted by: jimtitus1 | January 26, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

clemonsacks needs to get laid

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

@clemonssacks and others...

It really is illogical to complain about people being happy there is snow. There will be snow whether people are happy or sad. Therefore, why shouldn't people take some joy in it? They obviously (at least I hope not) aren't taking any joys in the related catastrophes such as traffic jams, power outages etc... Do you suggest they stop enjoying snow because this will somehow prevent it from snowing?

Posted by: cait4891 | January 26, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

BOB

Nope ..i wont be watchin Sue Palka anymore...she was the most negative even at the zero hour ....this afternoon she was stilll giving lower estimates than we got...i dont understand her..( I still thinks she is in cahoots with the VDOT) LOL!!!!

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Lights flickering in arlington....man I hope the power doesn't go out. I don't have a wood burning stove as I did growing up in New England....but in reality, lack of heat doesn't really bother me at all - it is the thought of viewing CWG on by BB....

Posted by: TheU | January 26, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Great Storm!
Great Storm!
Great Storm!

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

@Mmurphy and eorr, there had been a report from TBD that OPM called a 2 hour delay for tomorrow, but they retracted it.

Posted by: kmill67 | January 26, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see a mess check out the traffic cams
http://www.trafficland.com/city/WAS/index.html

Posted by: shenvalley | January 26, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@eorr53, I said the DC government has announced a 2 hour late arrival. WTOP has it listed on their closings & delays page.

OPM hasn't announced yet. I think they will go further than DC did.

Posted by: mmurphy70 | January 26, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, made it back from my adventure to downtown Silver Spring for dinner. The traffic through downtown was still totally gridlocked at 8:30 with buses stranded sideways across the roads. Lots of good samaritans out trying to help people get their cars unstuck.

Made it back to the apt complex to find a giant tree had fallen, crushing at least 5 cars in the parking lot. Checked my car and shook a lot of snow off of the tree over it. Transformers are zapping all over the place and it appears everyone except for our trusty complex has lost power. A few people out and about talking about spouses who are stranded on the roads and haven't made it home from work yet.

Kind of a mess out there. Did get to see a tree fall right next to me though! Stay safe, everyone.

Posted by: CuseFan07 | January 26, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I just have to say that if snow, particularly snow of this magnitude happened all the time, then it wouldn't be special. What's wrong with people having a little something to look forward to and get excited about? My gosh, we have enough things to worry about these days.

If this were, say, Upstate New York, snow would be so frequent that it would fade into the background. It's always unfortunate when people lose their power, but I think we've all experienced that discomfort every now and then. We just hope that they're okay and well prepared.

Posted by: cabaretic1 | January 26, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

10.5" in Reston. Sue Palka's prediction: 2"

Difference: Several people still stuck on the road.

Posted by: SkiBadger | January 26, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

A delay for govt was also shown on ABC7, but a couple hours later, the status was changed to "No Report".

Posted by: chaps1 | January 26, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

You all are great with all of these reports & observations of your local conditions. Thank you!

I saw Bob & Yellow earlier speaking to the incredible cooling we had with this heavy precipitation. And yes only when the atmospheric column cooled from heavy precipitation bringing down cooler air from higher up, were we able to meet marginally near-freezing temperatures. We had a mini explosion in the atmosphere overhead this evening folks! 10" in some spots in, what, 4.5 hours??!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any news on the Prince William Parkway traffic and travel time?

Posted by: comment3 | January 26, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

For a laugh go on Trafficland and look at the Rt 123 and Int'l Drive camera in McLean.

That intersection is bad on really good day.

Its a sad laugh at how messed up all this is. Nobody was told...unless they read CWG

Posted by: AndrewRockville | January 26, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Brad:

hahaha! :) I agree. I've tried to watch her many a time, but I always find myself disappointed. I saw her on tv yesterday and she didn't even think it would stick to the ground! Ch. 5 needs to have a serious talk with her. I like your theory about VDOT!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

It took 3 1/2 hours to make a bus trip home that usually takes about 30 minutes, with two different buses in Rockville/Gaithersburg getting stuck in the snow; at one point we had to change buses.

When I got home I broke out the vodka, celebrating the Russian-style weather.

Posted by: mkarns | January 26, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

It took 3 1/2 hours to make a bus trip home that usually takes about 30 minutes, with two different buses in Rockville/Gaithersburg getting stuck in the snow; at one point we had to change buses.

When I got home I broke out the vodka, celebrating the Russian-style weather.

Posted by: mkarns | January 26, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Just stopped snowing in south Vienna, but I noticed a few minutes ago that there is melting snow dripping off the roof overhang onto the deck. Don't have a good thermometer, so I can't really tell how much above freezing it is.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | January 26, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

At least 8 inches and probably closer to a foot in Baltimore (just from second storm--at least two left from this morning). Trees are not liking it.

Posted by: westwoodmom | January 26, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

It took 3 1/2 hours to make a bus trip home that usually takes about 30 minutes, with two different buses in Rockville/Gaithersburg getting stuck in the snow; at one point we had to change buses.

When I got home I broke out the vodka, celebrating the Russian-style weather.

Posted by: mkarns | January 26, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Just a quick rejoinder--as a snow lover--don't begrudge those who saw the bad side--I saw it too, it was pretty horrific! The traffic and actions on some of the roadways was inhuman! And to think what it would be to come home to a cold house after that! But if more people had heeded CWG and, frankly blown off the temporizations which came from many source, all would be better off. Remember--up until hours ago, we were getting a couple inches of rain from many sources. Probably because they were scared to have many local municipalities yelling at them for overselling. Think about that when you are wondering who to "blame".

Posted by: agunn3 | January 26, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

7 inches on our deck and still snowing in North Arlington near Mclean. Some big limbs down, and power lines sagging, but we still have power at our house.

Posted by: wahoo2x | January 26, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Just a quick rejoinder--as a snow lover--don't begrudge those who saw the bad side--I saw it too, it was pretty horrific! The traffic and actions on some of the roadways was inhuman! And to think what it would be to come home to a cold house after that! But if more people had heeded CWG and, frankly blown off the temporizations which came from many source, all would be better off. Remember--up until hours ago, we were getting a couple inches of rain from many sources. Probably because they were scared to have many local municipalities yelling at them for overselling. Think about that when you are wondering who to "blame".

Posted by: agunn3 | January 26, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

CWG - you guys have some new fans down in south FL. I grew up in New England, but spent 5 years in south FL (moved to DC area in '08). I've hooked up my hurricane tracking/storm junkie friends down there with the CWG link and they love it. Keep up the good work. Very much appreciated.

Still snowing hard in arlington....

Posted by: TheU | January 26, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any news on the Prince William Parkway traffic and travel time?

Posted by: comment3 | January 26, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I just tramped up to Gallows Road in Dunn Loring, about halfway between Tysons and Merrifield. If you are waiting for anyone taking Gallows in either direction.... it might be a while still. People stopped at the 7-11 were reporting commutes in the 4+ hour range. Some were out of gas. This is, without a doubt, the worst traffic I have ever seen on Gallows, and that's saying something!

Posted by: kedzie | January 26, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like there's a herd of mustangs on the roof from the clumps of snow falling from overhead branches.

Posted by: mmurphy70 | January 26, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

LOL BOB!!! Yup..I saw that forecast yesterday when she was standing outside with her little dome hat on..saying the roads would be JUST FINE for the whole event...
i have followed her for many of the past snow events this year,,,a pure anti snow pesamisst she is...lol... Im suprised Topper aint called her up and asked her to get on board the snow train forecast,,,lol...

im hitten the sack..final totals here on the prince wiliam parkway,,about 6 miles east of manansas..8.5 inches and tapering off finnaly...

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 26, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

It's kind of hard to find joy in this situation. I am a snow lover, but now my daughter and I are cold with no power so there is no joy here!!

Posted by: 1Amy1 | January 26, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Just checked a few power companies:

Pepco: 183k out
BG&E: 107k out
Dominion Electric: 136k out in northern VA (ignoring other areas)

So over 400k out of power in the region.

Seen the green light show of a transformer going nearby, power went out briefly for a few seconds three time, but came back on all of them. This is near Sandy Point (Annapolis area). Hard to tell how much snow I have due to drifting and blowing.

Posted by: RandC | January 26, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

OPM Director's reaction to complaints about releasing all federal workers at 2 PM was (per the POST), "that he fretted all day before sending federal workers home.

"We allowed two hour early departure . . . without a flake in sight," Berry said. "As late as 4 p.m. I was worried, with nothing happening, if the exact opposite was going to occur . . . a laughingstock story of overreaction."

Well, if he read the Weather Blog he would have known what to expect! :-)

Posted by: dezlboy1 | January 26, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Brad, your favorite, Sue Palka just came on the air! LOL :)

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

At the very least I would expect OPM to call for late arrival/unscheduled leave tomorrow. Considering how much lower the snow totals are in DC and Arlington, I sort of doubt OPM will go with closing. They may figure the unscheduled leave option will cover all the people buried under snow or shivering in the dark.

I'm hoping we're closed, though, since I neglected to do my homework.

Posted by: 20009matt | January 26, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Temps on thermometers 32.9 & 34.3. Temps here have only dropped about one degree during this entire event.
Snow has tapered off to steady fine flakes. Took a short walk around the neighborhood & saw serious damage to trees & shrubs on every block.
Measured between 7.5 & 8.5 inches on the deck. It's heavy; take it easy shoveling.
Sidewalks, although freshly scraped, are devilishly slick.
Saw a procession of snow plows moving down Stone Road. Good luck fellas.
And we lost about 40% of our backyard evergreen tree. One of 2 main trunks is now hopelessly split. That's another springtime project.
Can hear thumps outside now as snow falls off of everything. Centreville is plastered.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Not snowing anymore. More of a wet wintry mix falling here in Fort Hunt now.

Posted by: littles1 | January 26, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any news on the Prince William Parkway traffic and travel time?

Posted by: comment3 | January 26, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Great storm!
Great storm!
Great storm!

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Power out in my subdivision on Warren county. Not sure how widespread but I can hear one neighbor's propane generator running and the other has no lights. The phone number to report the outage just rings and rings and rings :( FWIW, I enjoy snow, even shoveling (about 1/2 done with 300 foot driveway), even without power.

Posted by: eric654 | January 26, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

APS announced they are closed tomorrow. Didn't see that one coming. I mean, I figured they'd close, but didn't expect them to make the decision official before 5am tomorrow.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 26, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

We lost half of our deciduous magnolia. It will be a miracle if our evergreen magnolia survives this storm.

I'm just praying we do not lose power. We've had two brownouts so far. Time to save seriously for a generator because I am so sick of dealing with this situation in spring (thunderstorms) summer (thunderstorms) fall (thunderstorms) and winter (snow.)

Posted by: elizestrada | January 26, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Is Sue Palka for real? "Most people are in my predicted 4-8 inches" 9.5 in Ballston here....

Posted by: ironmanjt | January 26, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Snow is pretty much done here in Lake Ridge. Ended up with a little bit over 8 inches.

Posted by: ZmanVA | January 26, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

More of a wintry mix falling now in Fort Hunt. :(

Posted by: littles1 | January 26, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

APS announced they are closed tomorrow. Didn't see that one coming. I mean, I figured they'd close, but didn't expect them to make the decision official before 5am tomorrow.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 26, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town No doubt of the epic fail by OPM. Family member who left the Hill promptly at 2 hrs before normal departure has been greeted with 6 hours of sitting in traffic trying to leave the Dunn Loring metro for Ashburn.

Despite leaving work at 2:00, they still (as of 10:00) haven't even gotten into Loudon county. Thanks OPM. Good to know that employee safety plays a minor role in the open/close decisions.

Posted by: dcsnowedout | January 26, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

LMAO. That guy had a hard time saying 4-8 to Sue. Is it better to be wrong when nothing happens, or when this happens?

Posted by: MVPlaya8120 | January 26, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

@lisajulia-- I hear ya! When I got to work this morning, a couple of guys were reading the NWS forecast. I told them they needed to read CWG for the REAL story. They laughed at me (openly).

I told them to go ahead and laugh, but they would eat their words when THEY got stuck at work and were unprepared for what was coming. Their loss. I only hope they're okay. People are foolish sometimes.

I'll stick with my CWG, because I get the WHOLE story. I was prepared, my family was prepared, and I was able to ensure a co-worker knew the whole story so he could pick up his grandson in a timely manner from daycare. Not a lot of people can say that.

Take care!!

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 26, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm gonna hit the sack too. I've got to rest up for some serious shoveling tomorrow...good night everyone.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I have not read every comment here, so I'm SURE this has been posted already- TRAFFIC IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN.

In case this helps- mother and sister have a 7 mile commute that normally takes 10 minutes from Herndon/Sterling area to Chantilly. One took 7100 (FFX CTY PKWY) and one took Rt. 28, both are still on the road 5 hours later!

Posted by: 4seamed | January 26, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

any idea on fedcast tomorrow?

Posted by: seasidep | January 26, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It's 10 pm and my husband has been stuck on the GW Pkway north for over 5 hours...found one site that said there were multiple disabled cars at Rt 123, both sides....must be a mess! I'm wondering if he'll be sleeping in his car!

Posted by: kmmaryland | January 26, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

any idea on fedcast tomorrow?

Posted by: seasidep | January 26, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Any of you snow lovers want to come over and shovel my driveway?

Posted by: Axel2 | January 26, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

A few observations: went out to shovel around 9pm - snow was just tapering off in my little area of Centreville. Several trees are down or very near down around my cul de sac, which hasn't been plowed. The main road in my neighborhood is just packed snow, though - in good shape.

I went to get my mail and had to take off the glove to use the key, and noticed that it was really quite "warm" out - and I know it wasn't just my hand warm from the glove. Chunks of snow were falling off roofs, too.

Also, the snow is heavy and dense, but not as "wet" as I expected or as others have described. I only have my personal walkway, a few steps, and my share of the public sidewalk, but it was surprisingly easy to shovel.

Really curious weather event - but I have a good friend who has been stuck on 50 since 4pm, and the power outages are quite serious, so there are a lot of folks out there tonight not as fortunate as I.

Posted by: bobosnow | January 26, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Nightmare commute stories I have heard from friends so far tonight: One stuck on the GW parkway for five hours -- still 20 miles from home; one slowly making her way home to Reston from Vienna, with trees falling around her; one friend making it to Leesburg, and having to get a hotel room because traffic west was stopped; another who had a 4-hour commute going from the burbs into Glen Echo.


Kim in manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 26, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Just shy of 8 inches about a mile west of downtown Bethesda. Haven't had power for 3 hours and tree limbs down everywhere. Kids are asleep by the fire in the living room, so could be worse. Every time the wind blows you see the flash of another transformer blowing. BTW great work by CWG staying on top of this forecast.

Posted by: bethesda-rat | January 26, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

10:05 pm. Layhill and Bel Pre in N Silver Spring. Measured snow depths in three areas around the house. Average came out to about 8.3 inches. And its still comin down buckets.

My partner reported that it took him a nightmarish 1 hour to traverse the hilly 1 mile stretch of Bel Pre Rd between Connecticut and Layhill. Said that cars were spinning out of control everyhere. He also observed lighting strikes and blown transformers. We also helped four cars get up and down the hilly driiveways of our townhome community. It was quite treacherous. Dogs loved being out there though.

Cant imagine the government being open tomorrow given what we went through tonight. It would take quite the effort to clear the roads of all the snow (and the layer of ice at the bottom from the initial freezing rain we had). And in many ways, this storm was worse than last year's.

Posted by: Hanz1 | January 26, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

"Is Sue Palka for real? "Most people are in my predicted 4-8 inches" 9.5 in Ballston here...."

She's probably a bit touchy with reading the CWG blog.

Posted by: tardislady | January 26, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Estimate about 4-5 inches here in Huntington. Snow's really died down a lot in the past 30 minutes, but not done yet.

Plows finally came through on Route 1 about 9:30. Traffic pretty much cleared up within a half-hour of that, but had been solidly jammed since 4pm.

Kinda feel bad for Brian-CWG since he's gotta work in the morning.

Posted by: ajfroggie | January 26, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@dcsnowedout

Just heard from a co-worker that has been on the road for 6+ hours. OPM created the unscheduled telework policy for this very reason but has failed to use it several times this winter. What would the downside have been of putting that policy in effect today? The commute this morning was terrible for those coming from MD as well. OPM needs to realize that many DC workers don't live in DC. Weather in the entire area has to be a factor in decision making.

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 26, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Before I hit the sack, one final note on Sue Palka... She had a hard time admitting that we got a lot of snow and is STILL downplaying this event as of the 10pm newscast. When the other guy told her about the high totals, she just ignored him and looked kind of embarrassed...LOL! Maybe next time, she should consider giving at least a HALF-DECENT forecast??

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 26, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to read the official storm total from DC National.
Whatdaya think....4 inches? Five?

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Final report here in 22191, one the East side of 95 in Woodbridge. We got 4". With schools off tomorrow i look forward to watching our daughter play in the snow!

Posted by: lisajulia | January 26, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Big kudos to the repairmen out there tonight. Rosslyn near Iwo Jima had only a brief power outage. Very grateful tonight!

Posted by: annarky | January 26, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Nightmare commute stories I have heard from friends so far tonight: One stuck on the GW parkway for five hours -- still 20 miles from home; one slowly making her way home to Reston from Vienna, with trees falling around her; one friend making it to Leesburg, and having to get a hotel room because traffic west was stopped; another who had a 4-hour commute going from the burbs into Glen Echo.


Kim in manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 26, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Measured snow on my unprotected balcony railing- 3.5 inches here in Carlyle Neighborhood of Alexandria. Weatherbug says it's 32 degrees- so it went up one degree from the earlier reading.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 26, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Any thoughts on fcps school for friday?

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 26, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Any thoughts on fcps school for friday?

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 26, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The terrorists are taking notes on this mess and the amount of safety personnel that are unnecessarily tied up in conditions that devistate response times.

Posted by: shenvalley | January 26, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Shocking- DC public schools actually closed tomorrow!

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

12.5" in Lovettsville VA is the final count. Snow all but finished here.

Posted by: TopperTed | January 26, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@elize Sorry to hear of you tree and others. I did shake off my neighbor's magnolia.

Town of Herndon (20170). As others have stated, I knocked snow off the evergreen and magnolia for the second time this evening.

Big hunks of snow up there! 10 pm the back deck is an average of 8.333 inches(6 measurements), front yard (west facing) has an average of 8 inches (three measurements). I had shoveled twice and with all the tree-shaking I had few "clean" spots to meaure.

Posted by: sullivanva1 | January 26, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I JUST GOT HOME. BUT, you need to know: I stepped on the Circulator bus at FIVE PM! at 14th and K street NW, intending to go with it through Georgetown, and up Wisconsin Ave. where it ends at the new Social Safeway.

I have lived here over 20 years-WE BARELY MOVED FOR 4 1/2 HOURS. FINALLY, when we got to the Safeway,. and from there I would walk up the hill on Wisconsin Ave. to where I live in Glover Park-BUT THE NUMBER 30 BUSES-32, 36 ARE ALL OVER 4000 AND WISCONSIN! AN UNBELIEVEABLE SCENE-AND ALL THE POWER APPEARS TO BE OUT IN GLOVER PARK, EXCEPT WHERE I LIVE! SURREAL SCENE-BRANCHES EVERYWHERE, POLICE, 3 METRO BUSES IN THE INTERSECTION TOWARDS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL-CAN'T MOVE-POLICE SCREAMING AT CARS THAT ARE STUCK, TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY IN THEIR CARS....OH MY GOD!

As for me? I came prepared-I had water with me on the bus, as well as some good, left over pizza-(5 HOURS ON THAT BUS-LIKE A PLANE RIDE TO LA!) I had my waterproof boots-and a lovely (but surreal) 15 min. walk to my home, with all electricity-watching and hearing the cars stuck on New Mexico Ave....seeing how dark it is with the houses and buildings around me, this scene....just unbelieveable!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 26, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The decision for a 2-hour early release by the federal government was at least irresponsible. It got thousands of people stuck in not moving traffic. There were no plows on the roads in NoVA whatsoever. No preparation at all! Really really poor decision making.

Posted by: ptrcmrnd | January 26, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Been waiting out the storm in the District, heading from Foggy Bottom to near Tysons. Advice on servicable routes as of 10:30?

Posted by: ornery11 | January 26, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I JUST GOT HOME. BUT, you need to know: I stepped on the Circulator bus at FIVE PM! at 14th and K street NW, intending to go with it through Georgetown, and up Wisconsin Ave. where it ends at the new Social Safeway.

I have lived here over 20 years-WE BARELY MOVED FOR 4 1/2 HOURS. FINALLY, when we got to the Safeway,. and from there I would walk up the hill on Wisconsin Ave. to where I live in Glover Park-BUT THE NUMBER 30 BUSES-32, 36 ARE ALL OVER 4000 AND WISCONSIN! AN UNBELIEVEABLE SCENE-AND ALL THE POWER APPEARS TO BE OUT IN GLOVER PARK, EXCEPT WHERE I LIVE! SURREAL SCENE-BRANCHES EVERYWHERE, POLICE, 3 METRO BUSES IN THE INTERSECTION TOWARDS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL-CAN'T MOVE-POLICE SCREAMING AT CARS THAT ARE STUCK, TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY IN THEIR CARS....OH MY GOD!

As for me? I came prepared-I had water with me on the bus, as well as some good, left over pizza-(5 HOURS ON THAT BUS-LIKE A PLANE RIDE TO LA!) I had my waterproof boots-and a lovely (but surreal) 15 min. walk to my home, with all electricity-watching and hearing the cars stuck on New Mexico Ave....seeing how dark it is with the houses and buildings around me, this scene....just unbelieveable!

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

I know people who have travelled 20 miles in 6 hours. This has got to be some sort of gridlock record.

Posted by: nymomma | January 26, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

terrible decision by OPM to let all employees out at the same time only 2 hours early. Let everyone go right as the storm got started up, therefore traffic was awful, the plows could not plow, and mayhem ensued. My commute was normal....if I lived in NYC. Left Foggy Bottom at 3:15, limped into the 22180 at 8:30. That's good times. Could have listened to the entire Czaben show and then some.

Posted by: anolecrab24 | January 26, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I've really appreciated the updates from CWG. You guys have been my most reliant source for up to date information. As a result of what I've read here I've made the decision to sleep at the office (I get off at midnight) and just wait until the morning to try to go home. I came to work prepared to stay the night but between watching the delivery truck sliding around the parking lot outside and reading nightmare reports of commutes home I think its a good idea to stay at work.

Posted by: Anddawede | January 26, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Been waiting out the storm in the District, heading from Foggy Bottom to near Tysons. Advice on servicable routes as of 10:30?

Posted by: ornery11 | January 26, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I've really appreciated the updates from CWG. You guys have been my most reliant source for up to date information. As a result of what I've read here I've made the decision to sleep at the office (I get off at midnight) and just wait until the morning to try to go home. I came to work prepared to stay the night but between watching the delivery truck sliding around the parking lot outside and reading nightmare reports of commutes home I think its a good idea to stay at work.

Posted by: Anddawede | January 26, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

CWG, with the storm's departure, do you expect temps to go below freezing overnight and if so would this very wet snow freeze hard? If not, might some of this melt away overnight? At least here in Clarendon, I don't think we ever reached freezing.

Posted by: novajeffc | January 26, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I've really appreciated the updates from CWG. You guys have been my most reliant source for up to date information. As a result of what I've read here I've made the decision to sleep at the office (I get off at midnight) and just wait until the morning to try to go home. I came to work prepared to stay the night but between watching the delivery truck sliding around the parking lot outside and reading nightmare reports of commutes home I think its a good idea to stay at work.

Posted by: Anddawede | January 26, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

@Spring_Rain

I used to live in Glover Park. So glad I don't anymore!

Posted by: serenefallschurch | January 26, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Still have no more than an inch in Georgetown. It's raining here now. I can't believe we missed the storm. The accumulation we have is all slush. Odd. Curious to know if other around our area had the same rseults???

Posted by: TinGtown | January 26, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm still at work. I decided not to go out as the weather worsened and the horrendous traffic reports started coming in. Two of my coworkers who left earlier turned around and came back. My husband is still trying to get home; he left his work site inside the Beltway at 4pm and is only as far as Fairfax. I'm not even going to go out until he is safe at home.

Posted by: jaradel | January 26, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Meh. Maybe 1.5 wet inches in SW DC. Roads aren't bad at all, mostly slush.

Oh well. Seems like IAD got the brunt of this one.

Posted by: SWester2010 | January 26, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

9:45 final update from Burke:

Temp: 34 (hasn't changed since 9:15)
Accumulation: 7 1/2" (up from 7" @ 9:15)

Going to go for a walk around the block!

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 26, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

This may go down as one of the worst commuter days in recent DC area history.
I have neighbors who are still waiting for people who left work hours ago.
Management is always squeamish of a snowstorm forecast bust. They just don't believe when you tell them that the atmosphere is going to explode, especially if they look outside & see dull dreary drizzle.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The decision for a 2-hour early release by the federal government was at least irresponsible. It got thousands of people stuck in not moving traffic. There were no plows on the roads in NoVA whatsoever. No preparation at all! Really really poor decision making.

Posted by: ptrcmrnd | January 26, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, major OPM fail today. I feel badly for all those stuck in traffic.

Posted by: snowvert | January 26, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

9 inches near IAD, 8.5 of which fell before 8pm

Posted by: tgt111 | January 26, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

DCPS is on a two hours delay tomorrow... where did you see they are closed? (DCPS teacher)

Posted by: Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom | January 26, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I timed the shoveling expedition right, nothing on the car now that the snowbrush can't handle. Though, I know as soon as I leave tomorrow, my nicely shoveled parking spot is going to get scavenged by some ungrateful neighbor...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know exactly how people are measuring? I'm in Dale City and haven't attempted to measure but to hear that someone in Lake Ridge received up to 8 inches while there are reports of 4 in Dale City?? Our little area of PWC county isn't that big, crazy amount of disparity.

Posted by: tressoleilgoddess | January 26, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

@Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom

http://dcps.dc.gov/portal/site/DCPS/

Posted by: megamuphen | January 26, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

About 7 1/2" at 10:30 PM in Arlington (near intersection of Glebe Rd. and Lee Hwy.)

Posted by: chadborman | January 26, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The mayor just announced DCPS (and gov't) is closed tomorrow on Fox 5 and it was on their twitter feed.

Posted by: Louise9 | January 26, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Why ever not, Serene? It's absolutely lovely here-like living in the country right in the middle of DC-deer and woods-that's all I see! Love it!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 26, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

My count: 8" here in Manassas (20109). Appears the snow has stopped. I am not planning on trying to depart my home any time in the next 12 hours.

And now, off to bed!

Kim in manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 26, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

tressoleilgoddess - there were banding features with this storm and we at CWG had advised of highly varying totals within short geographic distance due to the banding nature of this quick heavy storm. The 4" difference is plausible. However, to answer your question (not to come down on you about questioning the totals!) you should measure in at least 3 spots that are protected from the wind and have varying surface types (deck, brick, grass, etc) - average the totals :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Waiting on OPM's call; I don't work for the federal gov't, but in Bethesda for a company which ties its decision to the feds.

And could someone tell Montgomery County that skimping on plowing and road pretreatment is not the way to solve budget problems?

Posted by: mkarns | January 26, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

My husband works in Fairfax City, left at 5PM for his 45 minute commute home to Alexandria and didn't get home until 9:30. Traffic along Braddock Road around GMU literally stopped where it was for over an hour and a half. Twice, tree branches came down and nearly hit his car.

If the local and Federal Governments had taken heed of what was to come and had closed at 1PM, a lot of the commuters who went through this tonight would have been home before the storm struck. The police, fire, emergency service and power companies would have been able to get where they needed to much more swiftly. Instead, chaos and thousands stuck on the roads.

What is the point of having all the weather services if the governments don't pay attention to them? This AM even the jerks on TV were warning that the storm would be bad and strike just as rush hour began. If we can't handle emergencies when we know about them hours before they happen, what would we do in a sudden emergency?

Posted by: concepcion611 | January 26, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Here in Glover Park, in NW DC, looks to have between 6-7 inches.

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 26, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

That seems to be the end of any major accumulations. Now all we have to worry about are trees toppling over...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

10.6 inches (AVG) in Reston, VA...Flurries falling now. If anyone wants to challange my measurements, drive on over (kidding - roads are bad). What a storm! Wes, Jason, & Gang - WELL DONE!!!

Posted by: parksndc | January 26, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares about fed workers anymore. Least of all Berry. People stuck should just go back to work. It will be faster. I work in MD for the Feds and am certain they will plow parking and open on time. Worker safety or morale is irrelevant. Budget above all. Welcome to the kinder, gentler fed bashing era. We have 8 inched in Laurel and no plow. I'll start out at 4am with chains and a tow rope and probably meet people who haven't made it home. Dollars trump human life. Love snow. Hate greedy politicians and businesses.

Posted by: biketraveller22 | January 26, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

10.6 inches (AVG) in Reston, VA...Flurries falling now. If anyone wants to challange my measurements, drive on over (kidding - roads are bad). What a storm! Wes, Jason, & Gang - WELL DONE!!!

Posted by: parksndc | January 26, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like typical Va. traffic to me. Glad I don't live there.

Posted by: trollboy69 | January 26, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Here's a good idea...have your kids construct a snowman using the snow in the driveway and post their frosty creation off to the side or out near the road. When they're done you'll only have a few crumbs left to shovel.

Posted by: shenvalley | January 26, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

In NW DC (near Chevy Chase), it has tapered off a lot... I didn't measure, but it looks like about 5-6 inches of accumulation. Lots of branches down (saw one on top of a parked car). As of around 9:00 p.m., Connecticut Ave. looked terrible with cars spinning out, etc., and I saw one person get out and try to dig her tire out (in the middle of traffic). We've also had some bright lightening here.

Hopefully, this will all be great for sledding tomorrow!

Posted by: batsandgates | January 26, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Arlington Public Schools are closed tomorrow

Posted by: chadborman | January 26, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

In NE Montgomery County, it looks to be over. Power is out, my Davis weather station cannot update its website due to the remote computer being down, but we're snug here and we'll attack the snow in the morning.

Looking through the window and comparing it to known landmarks, it looks like 10", the snow looks heavy, too. The snow blower will get a workout tomorrow morning.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 26, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

4 to 4.5 inches in crystal city. Almost broke the shovel clearing the driveway. Rode my bike into work and got home at 4:30. Why drive? :)

Posted by: pzkpfw | January 26, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fed worker but OPM FAILED HORRIBLY. CWG was telling us to be home by 4. I listened and left early between conference calls. No more than ten minutes after I got home, it hit. The one thing that made me laugh..COX channel 803 was continuing snow coverage. Unless my ears deceived me, Jim Vance told viewers to go easy on those who were just getting home as they were pissed off.

Posted by: SPS1 | January 26, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

CWG

any thoughts on the clippers this weekend?

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | January 26, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

8.5 inches and light snow in Clarksville, MD. Trees look absolutely spooky, they're hunched over like ancient spirits or something.

Posted by: DelMarVaStormTracker | January 26, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Power was out for a couple hours earlier. Back on now, but cable (Comcast) is missing The Weather Channel and WGN.

Posted by: marathoner | January 26, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

8.5 inches (average of three measurements in different spots) in Ellicott City as of 10:45pm. (near intersection of I-95 and MD route 100)

Posted by: Finn1917 | January 26, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't understand all the hate to OPM. Don't like two hour early release, take additional leave.

Posted by: ajustice1 | January 26, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

The temps must have been just on the line...lower elevations in DC (e.g. SW) really missed out on bigger accumulations due to the wet slush.

Posted by: SWester2010 | January 26, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

@Spring_Rain

The deer were cool. The bus ride to get to home, not so much. I much prefer living within walking distance of the metro, even if it means I had to move all the way out to EFC!

Posted by: serenefallschurch | January 26, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

It looks like we are now approaching (within 25k) a half a million people without power in DC/MD/NOVA region (BGE,Pepco, Dominion). I think it's time to just close everything tomorrow and let everyone recover for a day.

Posted by: ercson | January 26, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Thank you to everyone that rode out the storm here with us tonight. Regardless of OPM's status, I'll have to report in tomorrow, early. So, goodnight, and to anyone still stuck on the commute home, yeesh, sorry.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I feel like the only place not to close yet is the University of Maryland. Lame.

Posted by: Spenny1 | January 26, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

DC Government is closed based on reports on WTOP.com.

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=228&a=1#4-govt

Let's see what the Feds do. This was handled atrociously. They allowed 2 hour early delay for everyone. No way was that enough.

This is about saving money, not the best interests of the employees. Let me also add another thing, a huge number of Federal employees aren't given the opportunity to telecommute because of the antiquated mindset of management. Just because Obama signed a bill saying agencies need to implement teleworking doesn't mean it happens. So most of us will have to use our leave tomorrow when we "could" have been teleworking.

Gotta save face in the media and continue the Fed bashing party.

Cheers everyone.

Posted by: maui6347 | January 26, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea who Sue Palka was, so I watched Fox5 News to see what all the fuss was about and I have to say...she had awful presence and seemed like she did not want to be there! A snowstorm should be candy to a TV weatherwoman! She also seemed to downplay the storm, closing the forecast with "I measured about 3in here at Fox5, so that seems to be the average for the area." Hilarious!

Posted by: thumper2 | January 26, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

As of 11pm, no power in the Indian Spring neighborhood of Silver Spring. Looks like about 5-6 inches of wet snow here.

Posted by: Jamie66 | January 26, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

@ajustice1 The hate on OPM isn't just the # of hours. Had OPM announced an unscheduled leave policy, it would have allowed more people to do exactly what you recommend -- take more leave.

Otherwise, it still has to go through a supervisor approval / paperwork process in many places -- not ideal for a dynamic and quickly deteriorating situation.

Posted by: dcsnowedout | January 26, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

To use a Keith Olbermann announcement.....

Worst people of the day?

TV Mets for screwing up the forecast and OPM director for waiting until 3:00 p.m. to let people go home even though this site was telling people to be home by 3 or 4 this afternoon.

Posted by: Novalife49 | January 26, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

BOOOOOOSSHHHH!!!!! No school DCPS!!!

Posted by: Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom | January 26, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Final total east of Front Royal = 10"

Big thanks to CWG for winter storm coverage.

Posted by: spgass1 | January 26, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the anger against OPM this time. For one, they allowed you to take 2 hrs from your normal time of departure which obviously varies from employee to employee - but MOST employees typically depart @ 4:30pm, thus you were allowed to leave @ 2:30pm. I left a little after 3pm and experienced no problems...just rain. I think the bigger problem is with your management if they aren't compassionate enough to send employees home, or grant leave upon asking in situations like this. And yes, I am a federal manager and I would NEVER deny leave to an employee trying to avoid bad weather to get home safely. Blame your agency or your manager...NOT OPM this time.

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

I was so excited to finally get a big snowfall this season - I loved last year! Well I am not loving this storm. I live in Vienna and around 8 pm, a 12 foot branch from our backyard tree came crashing through our huge dining room window. Also, my husband is still out on the roads, his commute from Chantilly has now taken more than 6.5 hours to complete.

This one takes the cake for WORST SNOW STORM!

Posted by: LauraK2 | January 26, 2011 11:13 PM | Report abuse

300_sq_ft - how about... not bullish on the clippers? temperature regime seems slightly warmer than in the past... confidence in this statement is not high.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think LWX should take some of the blame on this one?
We knew it was going to be like this for days, and they just refused to buy in and get the word out. If they'd been a little quick with putting Warnings out, and letting people know the exact nature of the storm. If people knew that leaving when the snow started to fall was too late, they might have left earlier.

Posted by: Lisse24 | January 26, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I think the NWS has some explaining to do. They were late posting the watch and very late posting the warning, which probably influenced the TV mets from going with higher amounts early on. By its very definition a Watch should have been posted 48 hours out that this storm was POSSIBLE yet they chose not to, and the warning wasn't issued until 12 hours out. Thousands of people were not able to plan properly (the ones that don't read CWG!) and got stuck for hours on the roads trying to get home tonight. I know of some that are still on the road! The TV folks can fail, and do all the time. But the NWS people should have at least posted the appropriate watches and warnings with at least disclaimers if they weren't sure.

Posted by: flyersindc | January 26, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks thumper! You messed up our tree but I love you anyway.
This will be some great photography especially if the sun is out in the morning. Those trees look spooky and the falling temps will freeze that slushy snow on them like glue.
Will have to struggle out in the morning :-( Hope the parking lot gets plowed.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 26, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Just flurries now in Charles County. I'm signing off and going to bed. Good night all! Praying for a snow day that has not been announced yet (at least I haven't seen it! (Charles County)).

Posted by: luvhh | January 26, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

@schrute This seems to be speaking more to your specific situation, not the fed writ large. Just because your office leaves @ 4:30 (many I know leave ~6) and your commute wasn't bad (many travel long distances) doesn't get OPM off the hook.

Even if a small minority had to suffer 4, 5, 6+ hr, that's still a lot of suffering that could've been easily remedied with a little extra buffer or liberal leave policy.

Posted by: dcsnowedout | January 26, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

So, is it time to name this storm? I vote for "Gridlockalypse"!

Posted by: lowrieses | January 26, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Power is out so only way I can participate is by my android smartphone, but it won't work with the snow reporting submit form. Anyways, 5.75 inches here in Bluemont just west of Ballston at 10:30 pm. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of snow but not the power outage.

Posted by: xandersun | January 26, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Back on after power outage. Unofficial 5 inches in Ft. Hunt area between Old Town and Mt. Vernon. Had a lovely slushy stroll with my son and a nice dram of scotch.
The TV mets have a lot to answer for. Glad I stayed put and got my kids home safely. Thanks to CWG.

Posted by: bodypolitic1 | January 26, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Power is out so only way I can participate is by my android smartphone, but it won't work with the snow reporting submit form. Anyways, 5.75 inches here in Bluemont just west of Ballston at 10:30 pm. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of snow but not the power outage.

Posted by: xandersun | January 26, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

There will be no MARC Train Service on the Brunswick, and Camden line tomorrow, and only a "modified holiday" schedule for the Penn line. That should have huge implications on OPM's decision for tomorrow. I was thinking at least a 2hr delay, with unscheduled leave, but anytime a major public transportation supplier shuts down two of it's three lines into DC, that is something to certainly take into account.

Posted by: ercson | January 26, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Power is out so only way I can participate is by my android smartphone, but it won't work with the snow reporting submit form. Anyways, 5.75 inches here in Bluemont just west of Ballston at 10:30 pm. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of snow but not the power outage.

Posted by: xandersun | January 26, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Been listening to WTOP, watching this blog and checking the Google Maps live traffic feed. Apparently, it took 6 hours for some people to drive 20 miles home. Outside my office on Gallows Rd by Tysons Corner, the snow has finally stopped and measures 8" deep. The lights have been flickering every so often since about 5:30pm. It looks like a winter wonderland outside. Trees are heavily weighed down by the snow and a nearby tree has split it's branch.

I was going to leave work at 4pm but with the traffic backup on Gallows starting before 3:30pm I thought I would wait until the bulk of the rush hour commute would pass. Little did I know that it would be bumper to bumper on Gallows Rd for over 6 hrs! Who knew that traffic would be so bad! Google maps traffic is all red (and black), even on the secondary and tertiary roads.

At 3:15, there was a light rain. By 3:30, I could hear freezing rain pelt the window. By 3:45, it turned into fat, widely spaced snowflakes. By 4, it was practically a whiteout.

This was a very fast moving storm system. From 4pm to 9:30pm, it dumped 8 inches in the Gallows Rd/Tysons Corner area. Wow!

Posted by: jey3e1 | January 26, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Power is out so only way I can participate is by my android smartphone, but it won't work with the snow reporting submit form. Anyways, 5.75 inches here in Bluemont just west of Ballston at 10:30 pm. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of snow but not the power outage.

Posted by: xandersun | January 26, 2011 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Just got in from shoveling/pushing cars up rt.29 in Centreville... That road is a mess. Heading towards Fairfax it is a sheet of solid ice and heading towards 66 it is a nice ice/slush/snow and stranded car mix. Quite an event.

Posted by: fitzcarraldo | January 26, 2011 11:36 PM | Report abuse

My coworker followed OPM and she and her husband are still stuck on route 50... So yesmyou idiots OPM Failed big time.
I made it home with ease because I live in DC but anyone who had to drive was screwed

OPM whoever they are messed up, no question....

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | January 26, 2011 11:36 PM | Report abuse

My coworker followed OPM and she and her husband are still stuck on route 50... So yes you idiots OPM Failed big time.
I made it home with ease because I live in DC but anyone who had to drive was screwed

OPM whoever they are messed up, no question....

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | January 26, 2011 11:37 PM | Report abuse

No question OPM made some bad decisions today. The roads in MD were very bad this morning and the forecast was clearly calling for mixed precipitation changing to heavy snow by mid to late afternoon. Bottomline is there's an unscheduled leave and unscheduled telework policy that could have spared a lot of people. Dangerous situation on the roads this morning...and much more dangerous tonight.

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 26, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad you made it in safe, but I hate to say just because you are ok does not mean the norm made it ok.....in fact the norm was stuck in danger for hours and still are....they could take leave, but that is not going to do good with them stuck going no where...

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | January 26, 2011 11:41 PM | Report abuse

In Georgetown, there's still nothing but slush. I can't believe that there's that much of weather dichotomy between Volta Park and my nearby Rose Park, which abuts Rock Creek Park.

I just stuck my nose out the front door and there's nothing falling from the skies, while I can hear water runoff coursing into the storm drains.

Huge bust here. As soon as the sun rises, it'll melt everything off.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | January 26, 2011 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I just got back from Colesville road and Georgia avenue and it's like a parking lot. I was in shock.

Posted by: IvantheTerrible | January 26, 2011 11:42 PM | Report abuse

lowrieses - I tend to agree the gridlock was exceptional with this storm. Along with power outages. also the rate of snowfall was almost Lake Effect Snow quality (2" per hour? wow.)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

New post is up here

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 26, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Attention looney tunes:
OPM did exactly what they were supposed to do... most of the work day was totally fine today... just rain. The 2 hour early dismissal was announced early in the day and federal employees had ample time to get out of respective offices. Additionally, each employee makes his/her own base schedule, with many working a regular workday that ends by 4 or 5 or even earlier in some cases. Most of my office was totally empty by 3:00PM. Folks who chose to stay until 4 or 5 and then leave have noone to blame but themselves. OPM does not control the weather or the traffic and today's storm was quite an anomaly as far as the burst of heavy precipitation and speed from totally fine to unpassable conditions... again, not OPM's fault. Pick another scapegoat.

Posted by: snowhole | January 26, 2011 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Attention looney tunes:
OPM did exactly what they were supposed to do... most of the work day was totally fine today... just rain. The 2 hour early dismissal was announced early in the day and federal employees had ample time to get out of respective offices. Additionally, each employee makes his/her own base schedule, with many working a regular workday that ends by 4 or 5 or even earlier in some cases. Most of my office was totally empty by 3:00PM. Folks who chose to stay until 4 or 5 and then leave have noone to blame but themselves. OPM does not control the weather or the traffic and today's storm was quite an anomaly as far as the burst of heavy precipitation and speed from totally fine to unpassable conditions... again, not OPM's fault. Pick another scapegoat.

Posted by: snowhole | January 26, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Crazy. Fox even lies about snow totals. LOL

Posted by: tressoleilgoddess | January 26, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Crazy. Fox even lies about snow totals. LOL

Posted by: tressoleilgoddess | January 26, 2011 11:54 PM | Report abuse

5" in Dale City. I am actually greatful for my 2.45 hour commute (3:15 - 6). I drove home right through the sleet / snow thunder and got out of Tysons right before things got totally insane.

Posted by: hysteria_625 | January 27, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

That's nothing - My daughter drove from Arlington to Dun Loring to pick up her baby & it took 6 hours! then 2 hours back to Arlington where there was no heat and no light ! What a nightmare! Crazed Grandma in Texas

Posted by: ahoar | January 27, 2011 12:07 AM | Report abuse

It took me 7 hours (yes, hours!!!) to drive from Bethesda to Silver Spring, 10 miles. It looked like Armageddon out there. Got home safely though, and with electricity. I have a lot of shoveling to do tomorrow though. I'm going to get a good night's rest and then an early start tomorrow morning with the new task at-hand. Be safe out there!!! Don't take chances. It's just not worth it.

Posted by: DLGaynor1 | January 27, 2011 12:10 AM | Report abuse

My wife has been on Rt 123 in McLean heading south toward Tysons Corner for six hours. She has not moved a mile. From the traffic cameras, it seems that traffic is moving on Rt 123 in Tysons. Does anyone know why traffic is not moving on Rt 123 South in McLean?

Posted by: wja2000 | January 27, 2011 12:18 AM | Report abuse

My wife has been on Rt 123 in McLean heading south toward Tysons Corner for six hours. She has not moved a mile. From the traffic cameras, it seems that traffic is moving on Rt 123 in Tysons. Does anyone know why traffic is not moving on Rt 123 South in McLean?

Posted by: wja2000 | January 27, 2011 12:19 AM | Report abuse

My wife has been on Rt 123 in McLean heading south toward Tysons Corner for six hours. She has not moved a mile. From the traffic cameras, it seems that traffic is moving on Rt 123 in Tysons. Does anyone know why traffic is not moving on Rt 123 South in McLean?

Posted by: wja2000 | January 27, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

11.5 inches on my driveway in Germantown, MD. My dad went to DC for dinner with guests who flew in from Asia yesterday, and as of 1 AM, still hasn't made it home. 5 hours and still counting for the drive.

Posted by: alusiv | January 27, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

@snowhole,

To the people who knew how to read models and make forecasts correctly, it was known two days in advance how extreme the event would be. It was a travesty that the NWS payed politic games and did not issue "premature" watches and warnings in order to blunt possible "busts." There was FAR more guidance supporting this storm than the dec 26 bust.

If the OPS correctly obtained their information correctly they would have known that 2 hours was not enough time to get people home safely. Instead they probably went with forecasts from non credible sources and underestimated the impact of the storm. The OPS is JUST as much to blame as the NWS and any affiliated or corroborating agencies who failed to realize the potential of this storm. I have to reiterate what I said for the dec 26th bust: if amateurs meteo hobbyists as myself are ahead of the curve with regards to stom predictions, there is a serious problem.

10 inches on the ull today, 12 inches total on the day here in Ellicott City.

Posted by: bbirnbau | January 27, 2011 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I was using the University of Maryland internet which was up for about twenty minutes in between power outages, on my laptop which had about an hour of battery life left.

Posted by: xenonscreams | January 27, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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