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Posted at 5:40 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Update: Storm is over

By Jason Samenow

Untreated roads slick and snow covered


Radar & lightning: Latest D.C. area 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.

11:15 p.m.: Except for Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, the snow has pretty much ended and the Winter Weather Advisory has been canceled. Though the snow has ended, untreated roads are snow covered in many areas so use caution traveling. Temperatures will remain freezing overnight.

Thanks to all of you for snowfall reports not only here but also on Twitter (@capitalweather) and Facebook.

Here's a summary of totals based on more than 40 reports: 1-2" from south to north in the District, 0.5-1.5" south to north in Fairfax county, about 2" throughout Montgomery county, 0.5-2" south to north in Prince George's county, 1-2" in Loudoun county, 0.5" or less in Prince William county, 2-3" in Howard county,1/8" (dusting) or less in Spotsylvania and Stafford counties, at least 1.5" around Annapolis, and 2-3" in Frederick county.

SchoolCast:

FedCast:

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Keep reading for earlier updates...

10:15 p.m.: The back edge of the snow is now into central Montgomery and western Fairfax counties and will push through the immediate metro region in the next 45 minutes. Could last until 11:30 p.m. or so in northern Anne Arundel county and Baltimore. I'll have one more update around 11:00 p.m. summarizing snowfall totals, so keep them coming!

9:25 p.m. A moderate band of snow is positioned over eastern Fairfax county, Montgomery county and the District. It also completely covers northern Prince George's and Howard counties. This area of snow should continue pressing east and northeast in the next hour. One final, lighter band in Loudoun county may try to push through after that. Total accumulations should be around 1-2" in the immediate metro area (but less than that south of Fairfax county), and 2 to 3 inches in Howard county toward Baltimore where the snow will last a bit longer.

So far, I'm getting reports of 1-1.5" of snow in Loudoun county, more than 2" in Frederick, Md. and up to 1" or so in southern Montgomery county. How much snow has fallen in your backyard? Any reports from Fairfax County, Prince George's County and the District? And will our airport reporting stations (DCA, IAD, and BWI) get more than 1.11 inches of snow on 1.11.11?

8:15 p.m. The second band of snow is producing some moderate snows in Loudoun county and is extending Fairfax county. It looks to curl into the District and Montgomery county in the next half hour. This may help quite a few areas close in on 1" of accumulation. But once this band moves through in the next 90 minutes or so, that could be it for the immediate metro region. Well to the north and northeast, snow may continue longer, allowing for 2" of accumulation or so.

7:30 p.m. First band of snow is now moving through the District and should head through Prince George's county in the next half hour. Another band is entering western Loudoun county and should move through the western suburbs in the next hour before reaching the District between 8:30 and 9 p.m. if it holds together. The snow from these bands may be the only precipitation locations from the District south get from this storm. North and northeast of the District, the snow may last a bit longer as the low to the west starts to interact with the developing coastal.

6:40 p.m. update Moderate band of sleet and snow now headed toward the beltway and D.C. In the next hour or so, everything should be covered by a thin film of white (dusting to half inch) in the immediate metro region. Sleet has changed to heavy snow around Dulles Airport. This precipitation is occurring from the Ohio Valley system which is starting to transfer its energy to the coastal low. As the coastal low gets going it may allow the precipitation to continue longer north and northeast of the District. Dynamic situation.

6:00 p.m. update: Wes Junker explains the reason for sleet and freezing rain instead of snow, initially: "The reason some are getting light freezing rain is the cloud depth has not been sufficient to get the cloud top temperatures below minus 8 or 10C - required for snow. When the stronger vertical motions starts in the band to the west, the depth of the clouds will increase and the cloud tops should be cold enough to support snow. "

5:40 p.m. update: Precipitation is starting to fill in around the metro region and in multiple forms. Very light freezing drizzle and freezing rain is being reported in spots inside the beltway, forming a light glaze of ice on untreated surfaces. Be extremely careful where it is precipitating.

Where it is precipitating more heavily, the precipitation is in the form of sleet and snow, especially in the far western and northwest suburbs. The band of snow should move east, northeast over the next couple of hours and should produce some very light accumulations.

By Jason Samenow  | January 11, 2011; 5:40 PM ET
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Comments

First. Some icy coating on my deck in Manassas already...very slick.

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 11, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Hide the sharp instruments from Bob and Walter and snowlover!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty last night-

This has made me laugh all day.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 11, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

No problems on the bus going home from Alexandria to Fairfax City, but then when I got off I slip and slide - not too badly, though. Be careful out there if you haven't gotten home yet!

Posted by: MKoehl | January 11, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It looked like dense mist from my comfy seat on the Metrobus... then I walked home from the bus stop and my feet occasionally tried to slip out from under me. Careful on the way home, folks.

Posted by: random-adam | January 11, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

This is gross.
But it ain't over.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

okay doppelganger MKoehl, that was weird.

Posted by: random-adam | January 11, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Just walked home in College Park. Only drizzle/sleet so far, but WOW is it cold!

Posted by: kolya02 | January 11, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

aaaaaarrrrrrggghhhh..... it's freezing raining!!!

i (we?) didn't see that coming? did we?

in fact i was just rejoicing how at least we've had cold in place this winter and so hadn't had that mixed precip (snowfanity!) to deal with. i think disdain for sleet/freezing rain is one area snow lovers and haters can find agreement. nothing good about that.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 11, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed it is cold, below freezing - so do heed Jason's warning about being SUPER careful in spots where you are experiencing precipitation. Please!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow... Freezing rain at IAD as I type... VERY SLIPPERY

@Walter While I might normally agree with you..... Freezing rain SIGNIFICANTLY increases the chances for a 2-hour delay from school... WOOOOOOT

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 11, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

We've got a good coating of sleet / ice in Silver Spring. I had a great time slip sliding uphill from my parking spot to my apartment building! 16th Street seemed pretty reasonable on my commute though - not very slick yet.

Posted by: CuseFan07 | January 11, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

School for fcps tomorrow?

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 11, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The freezing rain in Oakton has coated my street with a sheet of ice. It's treacherous. Be careful, especially on the side streets.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Freezing drizzle in southeastern Silver Spring. My front stairs are covered by a thin and very slick layer of ice.

Posted by: Murre | January 11, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a pretty heavy band is about to roll through.

Posted by: samdman95 | January 11, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

HOLY ?!€&$&@~|

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 11, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Pretty decent coating on all ther cars in the lots that have been there for more than a few minutes in Columbia. Our complex's technique of dumping a pile of salt every few meters isn't doing much...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Very, Very, heavy snow right now in Leesburg!! Video shortly.

Posted by: greg2010 | January 11, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Had moderate snow through Warren county on the way home. Looked like Saturday's snow with the same result (sweepable 1/4-1/2 inch). Maybe another small band coming, but that's probably it for out here.

Posted by: eric654 | January 11, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Derwood - my street and all the cars parked on it are covered in a layer of white frozen... stuff.

definitely crazy slippery to walk on.

coming down pretty consistently - i can hear the sleet bouncing as it hits the ground.

Posted by: mo26 | January 11, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Dale City is a skating rink with all this freezing rain!!! Careful on 3000 people!

Posted by: processed-tree-nut | January 11, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Freezing drizzle here at 19th and Florida NW. Cars are covered in a layer of ice as are the less-traveled sidewalks...while all the salt trucks were annoying during the day, I'm glad they were out.

Posted by: todd27 | January 11, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Looks like up here near Baltimore I will be getting a decent shot of snow. Looks like D.C. is going to get a bit but is a little too far south to see anything decent accum wise

Posted by: bbirnbau | January 11, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

a hard rain a gonna fall.

Posted by: dhb2 | January 11, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Will fcps have school tomorrow?

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 11, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

School for fcps tomorrow?

Posted by: bmxphenom50

With all due respect... Try www.fcps.edu.

random-adam,

Yea, that was a bit freaky. :P

Posted by: MKoehl | January 11, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Will the band that is about to come through DC be the only source of accumulation snow tonight or will there be more.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 11, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

knowing how most school systems will want to play it safe when opening tomorrow morning, delayed openings will be widespread. Not confident on number of closings though.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL doug hill quote- "Most people will see an inch and many people will get far less,". What is "far less" than an inch??? Is he predicting NEGATIVE SNOW????!?!?!

Posted by: samdman95 | January 11, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

@greg2010 -- yep, that snow has reached us in Ashburn.

Posted by: natsncats | January 11, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

DC area should have off and on precipitation until about 9pm...perhaps some light lingering flakes near midnight

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Mistake, I meant accumulating snow instead of accumulation snow. Oh, and I thought the stink bugs were gone. Just had one land on my hand.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | January 11, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Earlier many here were singing "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow." Maybe a more appropriate tune to hum now would be Paul Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away." :)

Posted by: mkarns | January 11, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

CWG guys...aren't most of the recent model runs supporting light to moderate precip through at least 3AM? Moderate snow here in Carroll County (Eldersburg) at the moment with temps in the mid 20s. The sleet appears to be history. Radar is filling in nicely! For once we're hoping for a bust...a bust on the high side.

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 11, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Bobmiller and anyone who else who would like to answer:

So wait i thoght you said that, the storm for next week had a potential for 20-25" or was that just a joke? and are there any other potential storms? and what could be the most optomistic outcomes?

Posted by: bobdello01 | January 11, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Bobmiller and anyone who else who would like to answer:

So wait i thought you said that, the storm for next week had a potential for 20-25" or was that just a joke? and are there any other potential storms? and what could be the most optimistic outcomes?

Posted by: bobdello01 | January 11, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I see a line of precipitation coming in from the west about to enter Fairfax County. To me, this is the storm. We will get a dusting.

Posted by: rocotten | January 11, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Something is coming down.

It's sleeting. It's snowing. It may even be raining a little bit too. Deck & sidewalks are starting to get white.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Just woke up from a very good nap, look out at the window toward N jordan street... the street surface looks like a mirror. Please be careful!

Posted by: pvogel88 | January 11, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

freezing rain/sleet in bethesda, very loud and icy, hoping no school tomorrow!

anybody have a perspective of what montgomery county will do about this storm?

Posted by: kantor1125 | January 11, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Freezing rain in Laurel.

Posted by: megamuphen | January 11, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Here in sterling we have heavy snow!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't expect any county in the area to open on time now that ice is in the equation. I'd expect a lot will close too.

Posted by: Dylan0513 | January 11, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

REALLY nice snow in Reston, VA right now...solid coating just over the small bit of ice underneath (ice kinda sucks but oh well). Very beautiful to watch fall right now!

Posted by: parksndc | January 11, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Kids, you're not going to get your school info here...better to listen to media reports and/or go to your school system's website.

/rant off

Posted by: natsncats | January 11, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

There is no monster snowstorm currently modeled for next week. Right now it looks like it will be mostly rain and may end as light snow.

Posted by: bdeco | January 11, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

thanks Dylan0513, i really hope you are right! wish we could get another big storm like last year :( im a snowlover!

Posted by: kantor1125 | January 11, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@natscats, I think they are asking for predictions rather than facts

Posted by: samdman95 | January 11, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Bobmiller and anyone who else who would like to answer:
So wait i thought you said that, the storm for next week had a potential for 20-25" or was that just a joke? and are there any other potential storms? and what could be the most optimistic outcomes?
Posted by: bobdello01 | January 11, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse
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I said 20-25 a few days ago when the GFS was predicting that about 2 weeks out. It is no longer saying that, but, there is a storm on the 20th on the GFS which is showing 7 - 12 inches:

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/gfs/00/images/gfs_p60_216s.gif

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice band of snow now coming through the Brambleton area. Already had a bit of freezing rain so it's deceivingly slick out there.

Posted by: bodyiq | January 11, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Dylan, Firedragon, Bob,

Hopefully that is coming to Fairfax City soon. :)

Posted by: MKoehl | January 11, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

the storms are now phasing over southern NJ. Boooo

Posted by: bbirnbau | January 11, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Centreviile VA
Moderate snow. Nice fluffy flakes.
Beautiful.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

A snow band that looks, moves like a line of thunderstorms. This is our snow for the night folks, here in DC city. A 20 minute burst of moderate snow. Enjoy it, won't last long! Nothing behind it.

Posted by: HurricaneSpud | January 11, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Been sleeting here in Silver Spring for nearly an hour.....Sidewalk and cars are already glazed....Can't wait for that larger band to arrive any moment now, whether it's snow or sleet.

Posted by: Hockeyfan28 | January 11, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Heavy snow has now turned into a snow shower here in NE Loudoun. Other than a band moving east from out near Front Royal, I think this may be it for the night.

I think we have about 0.4 inches. At least that beats a dusting. Or is 4/10 of an inch considered a dusting??

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"Storm developing on top of us."

I think that explains my headache that came basically out of nowhere.

Posted by: MKoehl | January 11, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Goodness, it's very slippery at Layhill/Bel Pre in Silver Spring. Saw a car rear-end another due to not being able to come to a complete stop. The sleet and ice were completely unexpected.

Please be careful out there! Stay home if you can.

Posted by: Hanz1 | January 11, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

quick questions, what happens to all this ice on the roads and sidewalks? does it melt or evaporate? will it still be there in the morning?

Posted by: processed-tree-nut | January 11, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

untreated local roads were very slick. be careful driving.

Posted by: refresh7 | January 11, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

After seeing all the pics from the South, I was worried that we would get icing rather than snow. If we must have winter precipitation, about 1 inch of snow is good.

Posted by: epjd | January 11, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Solid coating of snow on the ground and still coming down...love it while it lasts. Looks like we could get another snow band in an hour or so as well...might not be as strong though.

Posted by: parksndc | January 11, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Moderate-to-heavy snow in Oakton. Large flakes.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Jason-Are you saying this is going to be more significant than CWG's predictions just an hour ago?

Posted by: jdtdc | January 11, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: greg2010 | January 11, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Do you think conditions in Fairfax county are significant enough to cancel school?

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 11, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

It's heeeeeere. Nice big flakes falling moderately in Columbia. Decent coating on the ground. Let's see if this second band can make it in.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I, too, vote that all those people wanting to know if schools will cancel, check the county websites!

Posted by: manassasmissy | January 11, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Pretty good icing conditions within the townhouse community. Watched a friend step on the driveway that has about a 5% incline and he slid all the way. I qualify that I am on the shady side of the street

Posted by: durhamquilter | January 11, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

@bmxphenom50,
Maybe. Likely no answer until 5 AM so they can see how it ends up though. Do your homework.

Posted by: kat16 | January 11, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Come on second band, come on, you can do it! Squeeze out enough to make us snow-lovers at least halfway happy!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Starting to get a thin coating of ice in Alexandria near 395. Almost busted my tail on the sidewalk.

Posted by: truyle | January 11, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Radar filling in quite nicely the past 15 minutes!

Posted by: jdtdc | January 11, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

For those of us that aren't satisfied with this little dusting, here is a link to a CWG post from last February which has about a dozen must-see pictures from snowmageddon:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2010/02/snowmageddon_must-see_videos.html

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Looks like their will be two bands, maybe an extra small band follows up around midnight half to .75 inches of snow, plus that hidden ice. Not to happy though,90 miles south and we'd be getting 2-6 inches

For all those seeking school info, go to county website, bet 70% will try to open but will end up delaying school (definitly no closures unless you live in way north md

Posted by: redskins-95 | January 11, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow falling now in southeast Silver Spring. A thin coat of white covers streets, cars, steps, lawns. The front steps are no longer slick.

Posted by: Murre | January 11, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Snowband #2 passed through Warren county, same big, uneven flakes. Looks like a solid 1/2 inch from the two bands.

Posted by: eric654 | January 11, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Horrible freezing drizzle here on the Western shore. Pure snow is so much better than this. Fell while getting the mail.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | January 11, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice! Finally, just woke up from a nap, really thought we will get no snow.... I'm assuming the radar is filling in right??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY! The flakes started falling here in Dupont Circle just a minute ago! It's about time :-/

Posted by: mlipin | January 11, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Things got covered here in Arlington quick! Amazing what happens when the snow really starts to come down.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

How long this gonna' last? 30 mins? At least the ground is covered (talk about grasping at snow straws...)

Wonder if Walter will get enough to sculpt a wren?

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 11, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

heavy snow on U street is definitely accumulating

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Scary stuff. Cancelled piano practice. Is this it??? Definitely not fun. Almost 1/2 inch in Western Loudoun.

Posted by: moo1 | January 11, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

This thing is about to blow off the coast...should be fun to watch on the radar...happy with the coating + we got and additional from this next band.

Posted by: parksndc | January 11, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

For those of us who like to comment on this website (like me), you will enjoy this also. It is a list of the best comments posted on this website during snowmageddon.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2010/02/dc_reacts_to_snowmageddon_best.html

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Between .25" and .5" of snow fell just west of Oakton, VA. The sleet and snow added a lot of traction to the ice. I can now walk on my sidewalk and driveway without slipping.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Should have checked CWG before I left work, had no idea about the freezing drizzle. The parking lot was a skating rink and my car was covered in ice. That was a nasty surprise.

Posted by: ana_b | January 11, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

ABC Evening News graphic showed a large swath field marked Heavy Snow from Carolinas up to NE.

Not!!

But the short kiss on the cheek is nice!

Posted by: jaybird926 | January 11, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

@Camden, you having dinner at Ben's?

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 11, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I just measured on a flat surface on my patio almost an "ONE INCH" here in Chevy Chase, MD..... I'm wondering where everyone else stand so far with the SNOW???

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Folks- our SchoolCast is one and a half apples which means chance of a delay...except for D.C. schools which require heavy snow for any disruption.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Big flakes in Laurel!

Posted by: megamuphen | January 11, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

@BobMillier
Bob-
It is going to warm up. Forget about the 22nd. Unless CWG sees something different from everyone else. Sorry.
Maybe February???

Posted by: moo1 | January 11, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Snowing in Crofton right now.

Posted by: nolagirl67 | January 11, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

well, it's snowing moderately here. could be 1/4". pretty slippery though. i see that huge dense green blob on the radar about 100 miles north... sigh...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 11, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

You can throw Arlington and Alexandria with DC. Well...I got my quarter inch...maybe the other band will come through and we can call it half an inch. I hate looking at radars exploding over the entire state of Pennsylvania while there is nothing over Virginia.

Posted by: rocotten | January 11, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

In Bethesda. Already more snow than I wanted. Yuck!

Posted by: pbj1 | January 11, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Arlington, being a small urban district, has one of the smallest chances of a delay after DC. Won't have a clue until tomorrow, so why worry about it?

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 11, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the next band of snow is entering Loudoun county!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The moderate snow has stop for now here in Chevy Chase, just Light Snow.... Nice burst of moderate snow thus far, I'm wondering how long we got until this whole thing is over..... 1-2 Inches might be in the bag for most of us, if the radar fills in more....

Is the radar filling in, what everyone is seeing??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful big "drink wine and get in the hot tub" flakes in south Columbia / north Laurel. Note to double posters - once you hit submit it for me it always posts evev though I get no response or it times out. Reload and check in a minute or two before reposting.

Posted by: biketraveller22 | January 11, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It's finally snowing in Alexandria. Fairly nicely too.

Posted by: bdeco | January 11, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

This feels like nothing more than a clipper!

Posted by: ajfishman1 | January 11, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I'd say we have maybe 1/2 inch (or a little under) in Bethesda by now, and it has accumulated fast, didn't even start properly till 6:30-ish. Still coming down at a nice businesslike clip, so if the estimate still says 3-4" by morning, seems to be on course. Time for some mint tea...

Posted by: angelicat | January 11, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

haha, it looks like a dry slot is forming between our two measly bands. I'm going to assume the second band dries up before it makes it here. Happy dusting.

Posted by: rocotten | January 11, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Just walked my dog; while not showing on the radar, there was still a light snow falling...nice and quiet outside. Road doesn't look great but probably enough traction b/c of the snow. Hoping this next band makes it through...miss the fall already.

Posted by: parksndc | January 11, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Snow's definitely here in downtown DC--it's thick indeed!
For those who leave work later this evening, take care on the roads! And give those snow treatment crews room to navigate too.

Posted by: eabgarnet | January 11, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Snow was heavy at times in western Loudoun. Roads are pure black ice in places with moderate snow cover on secondary roads and complete cover in residential areas.

Posted by: celt1 | January 11, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

As soon as this winter is over, I'm packing my bags scheduling a trip to Acapulco. I just need to get away from it all; I have HAD IT with this cold, dry, wind!! I would go earlier, but I wouldn't want to miss a chance at some snow! Although, I hear Acapulco is overrated... Anyone have any suggestions?? Maybe Marseille or Cancun??

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

It is so slick in Silver Spring. I'm surprised that the weather guys haven't talked about the danger of ice on sidewalks and untreated roads.

Oh, and everyone except DCPS will be on a two hour delay tomorrow. I'd bet money on it.

Posted by: alertcitizen1 | January 11, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

One word: "Yak Tracks" :-)

Posted by: ASColletti | January 11, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

bobmiller2, thanks for the link to the "best of Snowmageddon" posts--I'd lost my bookmark to that. Always fun to read those over and remember the week of blizzardmania. =)

Posted by: angelicat | January 11, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Second band filling in a bit as it hits Loudoun. Perhaps this second band lasts a little longer than the first.

Posted by: bodyiq | January 11, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

@BobMiller2: I adored Jamaica when I visited.

Posted by: --sg | January 11, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Second band looks pretty intense. CWG, is there a chance of any more bands/filling in or is the second band the last hurrah?

Posted by: samdman95 | January 11, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Second band drying up as it crosses PW county. Egads!!!

Man to be in Philly right now. Perfect confluence of the phasing...for the time being. Snowfall rates of 2" per hour.

Posted by: HurricaneSpud | January 11, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

--sg & BobMiller2: I'm going to Jamaica in 2 days (work-related trip). I'll try to post a photo.

Light snow continues to fall in Oakton, VA. Lots of small flakes.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I live in alexandria but my school goes by montgomery county. can someone fill me in on what going on up there please?

Posted by: fortheglory | January 11, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Light to moderate snow here as 2nd precip band enters western Fairfax county.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the beautiful fluffy thick snow fall for half an hour. Eyeballing half an inch on my front porch on Capitol Hill.

Posted by: NaomiHB | January 11, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

That's all folks...

Posted by: prickles1009 | January 11, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Got down too my dads in upstate Sc around 3pm today..there is 9 inches on the ground with a thin layer of ice on top. The sledding is awesome... i will return to my sad..sad.. no storm yard near DC this Friday.... glad i took the time to drive down and enjoy a real storm..still..i love yall!!!!

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the Rador all that precip in WV, seems like it's breaking up but if it doesn't will that be in this area??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Things are getting very inaresting on the radar. Some very nice back building going on.

Working on .62 inches here in Ellicott City. I think we'll be able to pump out another inch at least before all is said and done.

And I was so psyched for Dos-buster.

This is great, a little late game rallying from the back end of the phase. Looking at the dynamics of the storm I'd say this was a tougher forecast than the Christmas storm despite more congruency with the models. There must have been so many variables, almost all due to the Miller B type.

And besides the slight cutbacks on accums near the incipience of this event the Gang was right on target the entire time. About an inch or so in the District with more north and east is most likely exactly what is going to happen.

Still pullin' for those 4.1 inches I predicted for EC.

Posted by: bbirnbau | January 11, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Blessedly powdery here in Herald Harbor (Crownsville, MD). I REALLY don't need to miss work tomorrow, in DC. Yay, snow, boo ice.

Posted by: ChickenLady | January 11, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

As Jim Morrison once said "this is the end".
The upper level low in the Ohio Valley (OV)was stronger and lasted longer than the models forecasted. The snow we are seeing is the end of the western precipitation field from this OV low. The coastal low is just now receiving the energy from the finally dieing OV storm and is strengthening just to the north east of our area. A dusting to an inch from the energy from the west and we are sayonara.

Posted by: pjdunn1 | January 11, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

ITS A WINTER WONDERLAND DOWN HERE IN SC!!! I took 8 hours( usually 6) to get home.The snow get heavy once u get around greensboro NC. My dad said i was crazy for taking VAC and driving down just to sled and play. I told him its worth it to a snow lover..lol. thers about 9 inches on the ground and the trees look like snowy scuptures....amazing for SC....wish yall were here..ill be driving back up on Friday..ill bring some thick snow with me and put it in my yard in Woodbridge..lol

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Brad seems happy.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This latest band is filling in quite nicely. CWG was right all along with 1-4 inches. At like 5 o clock veryone said we would be lucky to get even a dusting, but this is really filling in nicely! Nice job guys!

Posted by: samdman95 | January 11, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Bumming. When I got home to N. Arlington, there was a treacherous glaze of ice on the driveway and front porch. We've been seeing nasty mixed precip, but we did have one nice band of slushy snow. At this point, dusting.

Looks like another bust. I was hoping for enough to break in the sledding hill. As it is, looks like we'd be better off on the sloped driveway sitting on a cafeteria tray. [sigh]

Posted by: BadMommy1 | January 11, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Some rdar is more fun to look at than others if ya'll know what I mean. Any thoughts on why NWS radar makes precip seem less expansive? Since it's higher resolution I feel like it's a more accurate view of what's happening.

Posted by: bbirnbau | January 11, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

fortheglory-
icy and snowing in montgomery county, 1/2 an inch to an inch, i would bet for 2 hour delay tomorrow

Posted by: kantor1125 | January 11, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@Kevin CWG: Jamaica rocks! If you have any free time, get away from the beaches and instead go hiking up in the rainforest. There is nothing like eating a just-picked banana on the banks of a cold-water mountain stream while in the Caribbean. Have a fun and safe trip - and take fabulous photos!

Posted by: --sg | January 11, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

How much snow is expected in Moco? Any chance of closings tomorrow? Its very slippery on my street and the buses are going to have to go on some slick roads tomorrow. I'll take a 2 hr delay but a closing sure would be nice..Let It Snow!

Posted by: MocoSnow | January 11, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

@ChickenLady - You're back! I haven't seen you on this blog since Dec. 26!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Has the Coastal Storm in the phase process now??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

The second band is in Sterling now - - very heavy snow!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

--sg: Thanks, I may give that a try. I'll take photos, especially if I find a banana tree.

Moderate snow again in Oakton, the third burst of the evening.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope that southern band can make it here. What do u guys think? And if it did make it here how much would it bring?

Posted by: MocoSnow | January 11, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

@Michael_Nguyen

Yep, just getting going--but too little too late for us (for big snow). Radar to the northeast is blossoming.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

IAD continues to get hit with lit snow... Accumulations reaching .6"

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 11, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Kevin, what would you say about the chance for school cancellation here in Oakton?

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 11, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA heavy snow; monster flakes.
It's now or never for any meaningful accumulation.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow Culpeper County Public School are closed TOMORROW, aren't they supposed to get a dusting ONLY or less then an INCH.... Interesting on there call....

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

It's now coming down again, is it me or this kind of expanded in the last 30 minutes??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

bmxphenom50: My kids are asking me the same question about Fairfax County. My guess is a 2 hour delay.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I'd also guess a 2-hour delay for Fairfax and MoCo tomorrow but don't hold me too it.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Near Old D and Brook Road in McL, snow banks have been replaced with salt banks. It's all ending up in the river.

Posted by: TheDubb | January 11, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Culpeper County closed?????!!!!! Unbelieveable...

Posted by: MocoSnow | January 11, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Very fine flakes falling after a couple rounds of moderate to at times heavy snow with, amazingly, 1.25 inches in Leesburg! I had bet a dollar we wouldn't get an inch, but it was a bet I was glad to lose.

Posted by: 4seams | January 11, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

@Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang

Jamaica does sound nice... I'll have to look into that.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Temps shouldn't go below 26 tonight, dusting to an inch of snow, with treatment, roads should be wet at worst by tomorrow morning. Slick spots with less traffic, that's about it.

Posted by: parksndc | January 11, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

A third, less intense band is sweeping close to Warrenton and other places. That one gonna' make it here or will it get pulled up to the north?

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 11, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

To anyone laughing at Culpeper's closing, try driving down those country lanes to a school 20 miles away...not fun.

@CWG--Guesses on Loudoun? Snickersville Turnpike is black ice and snow all over, and that road's already a tricky one without bad weather. I live right near Philomont and we haven't gotten a dusting--we've gotten a respectable inch. Solid white, and it's still coming down now and again.

Y'all should see it. Just gorgeous, rolling pastures covered in diamonds.

Posted by: celt1 | January 11, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Very awesome moderate snowfall right now in Reston. I'd say we're approaching an inch right now. Nice call Gang...NAILED IT GUYS!

Posted by: parksndc | January 11, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Over an inch on the ground here in Carroll County and it's still coming down hard. Huge flakes at the moment. Hope that radar keeps filling in.

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 11, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Dang looking at the NYC radar makes me depressed :(

Posted by: samdman95 | January 11, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Heavy snow doesn't last long.
Looks as if we'll end up with a little less than a half inch.
*raspberry*
Not a major weather event, but that freezing drizzle is bad bad stuff. The morning commute will be cold, icy, windy & miserable.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

This heavy snow in oakton is looking good for a school cancellation

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 11, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

@parksndc

Thanks. We kinda got this one right if you only focus on the low end of the original ranges we gave. And we probably overdid things south of here. We'll do a post mortem tomorrow or Thursday.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

My video from last year's big snow round two!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V98RQZV-u4o

Posted by: barbnc | January 11, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow, looking at some of the youtube video clips on the snowstorm last year.... Miss those days!!!

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

2 hour fcps..... I see it

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 11, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

@celt1

I'm hearing 1-1.5" has fallen in Loudoun and probably won't get too much more there. I think a 2 hour delay, but can't rule out a snow day.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

@bmxphenom50

Don't get your hopes up - - you kids need to be in school and get an education - - it would be a ridiculous move for them to cancel school tomorrow, but hey, you never know. Good luck anyway! :)

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 11, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Diddly squat. Another let-down in such a disappointing winter!

I feel like I'm 10 years old again, sitting on that infamous rain/snow line in suburban Boston...so close, yet so far.

Brad's giddiness is certainly amusing, although he really should cease saying "y'all". We do NOT say that up here in DC!

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | January 11, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

It looks like a 3rd band may be trying to form on radar... a light one, but a 3rd one nonetheless.

Posted by: jahutch | January 11, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

samdman95: If you like snow, it's best not to watch the radar to our northeast. So close...

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

@ CWG, after this band passed, is there anymore coming this way??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

celt1 - I grew up on country roads in PA; my school was 33 miles from my house. We rarely had school cancelled. Just seems odd to me I guess. Not laughing...safety isn't funny. The roads shouldn't be more than wet, though, tomorrow morning, where treated.

Jason - Thanks! Look forward to reading and learning more.

Posted by: parksndc | January 11, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Driving south from Baltimore to 198 on 95 at 7:00-7:30 was difficult, mainly due to really poor visibility---the stuff was coming down pretty hard, and some lanes were pretty much snow covered. Got somewhat better after we got onto 198. And as of 9 pm there's very little either accumulated or coming down here in our little corner of the world (central MoCo).

Posted by: skidge | January 11, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

@Jason-CapitalWeatherGang

Thank you! I really appreciate the work you guys do. Whether you're spot on or not on any given forecast (and you are usually spot on or darn close), you always tell us the various scenarios so we can plan accordingly. Thanks again!

Posted by: celt1 | January 11, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

skidge - glad you drove safely in the snow. You sound like a cautious driver. Many a DC driver could learn from you. Still coming down near you in Central MoCo?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@skidge---I am in MoCo, a few miles from the Howard County, and we have about 1.5 and it's still coming down.

Posted by: lilymama | January 11, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

@Jason-CapitalWeatherGang

Thank you! I really appreciate the work you guys do. Whether you're spot on or not on any given forecast (and you are usually spot on or darn close), you always tell us the various scenarios so we can plan accordingly. Thanks again!

@parksndc

I've spent some wonderful winters in Pennsyltucky (near Hughesville) and they are way better at snow than Culpeper. For places used to it this is nothing, but not for C-pep apparently. Either way, good news for the kids!

Posted by: celt1 | January 11, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Coming down hard. Just looked at the radar of the US and theres something going on in kentucky and WV, any chance it'll make it up here for a second round of snow late tonight?

Posted by: MocoSnow | January 11, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

What a depressing bust...not in forecasting, but for a snow lover seeing this exceptionally beautiful snow (big, crystalline, yet dry flakes), dump any less that 2 inches is a bust...especially since it formed right over us and immediately left us to blow up over the Northeast.

We might get an inch in some spots in Fairfax/Fair Oaks/Fair Lakes, depending on where you measure.

Posted by: rocotten | January 11, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

So, I see now NWS has dropped several WWA, but that's ok, at least we have 1-2 Inches on the ground, happy about that!

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Nice moderate snow in North Bethesda. Very pretty outside indeed. I wish MoCo would just call the 2 hour delay NOW instead of making us wake up early tomorrow morning only to hear there's a delay

Posted by: snoisgud | January 11, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

As the last band of snow moved through Central Fairfax County there was quick back-filling behind it and the snow continues, at least for the moment. We will surpass an inch.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

We have a little over an inch here in eastern MoCo, about half a mile from Howard County. Snowing moderately right now, hoping for more bands!

Posted by: bastings | January 11, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

About two inches on the ground here in Eldersburg, MD now. Still moderate snow at the moment...hoping for at least another hour + some possible tilting. No matter what, this is the most snow we've gotten this year. Would be a flurry in comparison to last winter.

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 11, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Still coming down in Gaithersburg, with accumulation close to 2 inches as of about an hour ago. Would've liked more, but at least it's pretty and not a total miss.

Posted by: mkarns | January 11, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Hi Jason et al.

I skipped a meeting because of the snow forecast. By 8:15 PM there was enough snow on the ground for my 3-year old daughter to ski down the hill in the schoolyard next door (the first time she had tried the rental). So this was not a bust as far as I am concerned, though a bit earlier and maybe we could have had two sessions.

Posted by: jimtitus1 | January 11, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

PS--from Glenn Dale, central Prince Georges County

Posted by: jimtitus1 | January 11, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

That back-filling was cool to watch on radar. You can also see the end of energy in the water vapor loop and the continued upslope snows west of the Allegheny Front (may be time to wax up the boards!) About 1 inch here at my pad in Westover, N. Arlington. Probably would have had more if it hadn't initiated with freezing rain.

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 11, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Looks like no school for fcps!

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 11, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the reports, keep them coming...
----

@jimtitus1

Thanks for the report. We need to have lunch soon :)

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

0.8 inches here in Herndon (near Reston border) as of 9:35 PM. It looks like just a few lingering flurries.

Posted by: Masala | January 11, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Btw, 100+ inches and counting! so far this season at Timberline ski area in Canaan Valley, WV,

Posted by: johnnyd2 | January 11, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

BoB in Mich..cant help saying yall..30+ years of saying it is kinda hard to change.

My next door neighbor just called me in Woodbridge. he said thers about an inch on the ground. Glad i made the road trip home. My wife thought i was nuts but it was worth it to watch my 4 year old tromp around up to his knees in snow!

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

here on U street it appears we have just over an inch... but the snow is already starting its slow decrease in intensity (over the next two hours)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

well i am glad i go by montgomery county because where i live (Alexandria) i would say less than a half inch...

Posted by: fortheglory | January 11, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

In the Blue Ridge Mtns east of Front Royal (near the Warren-Fauquier border), it stopped snowing for now. 11/16ths accumulation. 22.5F

Posted by: spgass1 | January 11, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Just came in from cleaning off the Subie in preparation for the AM commute. Didn't take too long; we may have a little over 1" out here in Ashburn.

Posted by: natsncats | January 11, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Guess my .75" prediction 4 NW Spotsy was an over estimation, maybe 1/8".
At least it was a great day of striper fishing at 301 Bridge Power Plant, caught 80 in 4 hrs, including 5 between 21-31 lbs.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 11, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

We are finally getting some snow here in Brandywine, MD, Southern Prince George's County over by the Patuxent River.

I was getting a little tired of looking at freezing rain. Snow has so much more aesthetic value, as we all know!

I took a nice little walk outside and soaked in some peaceful snowy silence. Ground is white; we will probably end up with an inch or less, but it beats freezing rain by a good bit!

Still hoping for a 6 inch or more snowfall, and I know I'm not alone here!

Posted by: nnewlin | January 11, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

a tiny bit over 1 inch in bethesda, md. montgomery county, still coming down though.

looking at the radar there looks like there is another tiny bit of snow coming later on at like 3am? whats the chances of that pulling together and giving us in montgomery county more snow??

Posted by: kantor1125 | January 11, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Great job on handling this storm, CWG. You guys went with the models and how it looked a couple days out in including the upper part of the 1-4" range, yet still accounted for whatever caused the storm to have totals of 1-2" in making the lower end. Plus you guys reacted quickly and foresaw that it would be on the low end and didn't panic when totals weren't coming close for a while.

Posted by: Dylan0513 | January 11, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

270 south from Gaithersburg to North Bethesda was driveable (this was about an hour ago) but pretty touch and go especially the northern portion. One thing that would've really helped?... if half the street lights weren't out. -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

What do school take into consideration before cancellations?

Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 11, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Measured an inch and a quarter here in Laytonsville, just finished walking the dog. It looked mighty pretty outside.

It was nasty at Shady Grove around 6:10 pm, car iced over with icy sidewalks

Posted by: MidcenturyModern | January 11, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Nice big flakes, falling slowly but steadily, with the latest band here near 495 and 270. -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

1.75 inches on my deck in Laurel (northern PG county)

Posted by: megamuphen | January 11, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Tom in Mich park..didt mean to say bob.

yes my giddeness is amusing but on the serious side. I had some vac days i needed to burn so it wasnt hard for me to take off on a whim just for snow. i wouldnt normally do this if i didnt have an awesome boss and a good job and plenty of vac left over from last year. And im not trying to rub anything in anyones face about all the snow down here. i had to drive a long ways to enjoy it.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Still coming down, lightly. I'd say we're close to or over about 2 inches of so up in howard co.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA Getting another burst of moderate snow here. Big flakes.
Wish this was a daylight event so I could take pictures. Snow is glued all over the icy trees & that's always nice to photograph.
The wicked wind will probably tear that up before dawn.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

WOW!! A whopping 1 whole inch of snow here in Camp Springs! eeeeee-yebba!-debba!-DOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Posted by: johnnierat | January 11, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

The moon is visible with light snow falling in Oakton, big flakes. The end of the snow is near. I measured 1 1/8" of snow.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

CWG, a mere 1/2 inch here between Old Town and Mount Vernon. Total was definitely held down by the sn/eet combo around 6:30 or 7.

Posted by: bodypolitic1 | January 11, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Any clue about this last band that looks like it will be coming through around ~3AM?

http://beta.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/Washington+DC+20001

Posted by: ACHILLESiii | January 11, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

About an inch in Bailey's Crossroads, snow's not done but it's slowed considerably. The bigger hazard for sidewalks and untreated roads is the thin layer of ice underneath. Let's be careful out there!

Posted by: jochpo | January 11, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, for this link: http://beta.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/Washington+DC+20001

scroll to region view, then press ->Next 6 Hours. That's the band I am referring to.

Posted by: ACHILLESiii | January 11, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@Bob Miller, hi! Gosh, nice to make an impression on someone :)

Meanwhile, (OK wait, have to slip on the galoshes and step out onto the balcony to check) YES! Still nice powdery snow coming down here in Herald Harbor, Crownsville, MD. A little more than an inch on the balcony railing. Lovely. Bedtime. I hope it's still nice and light when I get up in the morning and no impediment to driving to work.

But still, somehow, enough to slide down the hill on a baking tray at work in DC tomorrow?? Yeah, dreaming, I know. Maybe before winter's over, I hope. Light enough to be able to drive to work, heavy enough to be able to sled once I'm there. Hmm.

Good night, all, sweet snowy dreams. (Sweet tropical dreams to the snow-haters)

Posted by: ChickenLady | January 11, 2011 10:22 PM | Report abuse

And hoping Falls Church gets enough for some new snow sculptures from Walter!

Posted by: ChickenLady | January 11, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

a measly 7/8" here.... this about sums it up for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnDxPG3KrtA (beginning around the 12 second-mark)

well, brad's got to win some kind of award for most dedicated snowlover. while we just sat around here hand-wringing and model-cursing, he did something about it. congrats brad... enjoy... grrrrr....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 11, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Definitely still coming down here, I'm pleased. Sucks for those further south in the metro area though!

Posted by: megamuphen | January 11, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

10:30pm and snowing heavily in South Baltimore.

Posted by: jdtdc | January 11, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

ChickenLady,
unless BradFinWoodbridgeVA really does bring some back w/him, i'm afraid i'll be eying that next storm for material...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | January 11, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I measured in four places and found a consistent 1 1/4" in dupont circle. Still coming down slowly - very big, well formed snow crystals now (unlike the clumps earlier).

Posted by: easyenough | January 11, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Correction: almost 1 inch in my part of Alexansria. My first measurement started on a base of ice left from the initial layer.

Posted by: bodypolitic1 | January 11, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Alexandria. Damn iPad keyboard.

Posted by: bodypolitic1 | January 11, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Walter.

yeah I packed up last night and said i would make a descion when i got up. I woke up about 7 and saw nothing much had changed so we headed south to the snow. I know it sounds silly and childish but my son had heard me talkin about so much and after the let down on the 26th of Dec and another let down for this storm i had to take him to his grandpa's for some snow. trust me..the look in his eyes sledding and building a snowman was worth the drive.Hopefully will get a decnt snow 5-6 inches in Dc and the surrounding areas in the next few weeks and i wont have to drive 6 hours again. Ill keep my mouth shut around him next time when another snow storm is predicted 4 days out..lol.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Ellicott City: 2.55 inches. Very excited considering the outlook at about 4:00 P.P. today.

Posted by: bbirnbau | January 11, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

@ACHILLESiii

I think it's over. I don't think the simulated radar is correct - though can't rule out a flurry.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

1.4 in here in bethesda

Posted by: samdman95 | January 11, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

@Camdnen and lilylmama: I'm more of a scared than a cautious driver, but thanks! As of 10:30, I'd say about an inch here in Aspen Hill... and a bit still falling but not much. And I just want to say how much I love the, um, INCLUSIVENESS of this blog! Thanks for making me, an on-again off-again lurker and general weather idiot, feel welcome.

Posted by: skidge | January 11, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

2.2" and still coming down in Linthicum, northern Anne Arundel Co.

Posted by: allagar | January 11, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

just wanted to add. it was a real WET snow down here at my dads. we made it in ok with my 4 wheel drive but i just tried to go to the little country store up on the hill and i was sliding everywhere. they got hit bad down here. My sister in the next county over hast had power in 24 hours ....My next door neighbor in woodbridge called and said he almost slide into his garage door pulling into his driveway...is the ice getting bad up there now??

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Man, this snow is so beautiful! Fluffy! Sparkling! I just wish there was a little more of it. :-) Up to about 2 inches in South Laurel, snow has tapered off a lot, still a little coming down, but things seem more or less over.

Posted by: megamuphen | January 11, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Snow tapering off with just over 2 inches in eastern Howard County.

Posted by: Phils-in-Columbia | January 11, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Western Loudoun hills are dicey in the sn'ice. Let's just have either rain or snow next time. A good inch here.

Posted by: moo1 | January 11, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

@moo1

Amen to that. Snickersville is a death trap right now! It's like an Escher print made of ice.

Posted by: celt1 | January 11, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

how bad are the back roads up there tonight?

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

@BradFinWoodbridgeVA

Icey with a layer of slippery snow on top. Saw plows out earlier but all the hills and mountain roads out here make plowing hard, and they weren't accomplishing much at all beside packing the snow down and making it worse.

Posted by: celt1 | January 11, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree, the snow is exceptionally beautiful- it catches the light. If there was more of it- wow. I enjoyed what did fall and am trying to suppress my envy of those to our north.

Too bad we didn't get enough for Walter's snow sculpture, but maybe Chicken Lady can find a slick spot.

I'm going to head off to bed and dream of the storm that wasn't.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 11, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

This was a nice little event we had..... CWG you guys did an excellent job with this forecast....

For all those SNOW HATERS that wrote on this thread earlier I guess the DC Metro Area got more then an DUSTING....

Let's see what happened tomorrow morning.. I know there will be a lot of DELAYS.... Everyone drive and walk carefully in the morning!

I'm hoping we get more storms this WINTER and this hopefully the pattern will change where this time we nailed...

Good Night Everyone.... Oh yea here in Chevy Chase we got 1.5 Inches of snow!

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 11, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

1-2" here in Annandale. 1" if taken on pavement; 2" on the grass. So, maybe 1.5"??

Posted by: TheBorg | January 11, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

slightly over 1" in Takoma Park...hoping for a school delay or closure!! (wimpy montgomery county :)

Posted by: HELLOSUSAN | January 11, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

We experienced a kind of sleeting rain in Chinatown earlier before retiring to Wheaton, MD. See the link below for a pic of our accumulation as of 10:15 PM or so. We got about 2 inches, maybe.

http://imgur.com/T2ENQ

Posted by: DCMacNerd | January 11, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Im hitten the sack as well. I have been watching the storm up there all afternoon. not to sound silly but i love this site and enjoy the post on here and the people who make them. I heve been a snow lover since i was a kid and growing up in SC it was a rare treat. I was SUPER SPOILED when I moved up here in 2009..lol...man..what a winter that was...just hope we get some good snows up here before its all over in march.... goodnight CWG...next time just dont tell us there is a chance of snow toooo faaarrr out..LOL!!!! just kidding....PS by the way..when is the next chanece of snow?? LOL!!!!

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like no school for fcps!
Posted by: bmxphenom50 | January 11, 2011 9:40 PM


Do your homework and go to bed. Jedi mind tricks don't work here.

Nice job, CWG!

Posted by: kirom | January 11, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Little over an inch all told on Capitol Hill. 1.11? :)

Posted by: NaomiHB | January 11, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

The risk of freezing precip for the immediate DC area was downplayed until the final CWG forecasting adjustments this afternoon; otherwise this was well prognosticated.

Please warm it up now. I'm cold.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

As I said before, we've never covered a 1-3" snow in such excruciating detail and for so long as this storm. I'm glad it basically worked out, but I won't lie I was sweating it between 2-5 p.m. today when models kept coming in drier and the radar looked like...

We'll do some wrap up on this storm tomorrow featuring photos, a short forecast evaluation - then I guess it's on to tracking another storm or getting a much needed break and posting some light/fun content that's been in the vault...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

hey Gang,

do we have any good storms headed this way for next week that could result in some snowman building snow??

thanks,

Posted by: thesnowlover | January 11, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't look at the radar up north.
It will make any deprived DC snowlover burst into tears of envy & longing.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 11, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

My coworker Joe...has an aunt who lives in the country up near Hartford Conn...hes thinking of takin his kids up there tommorow...man..what a bunch of crazy snowlovers were are!!!!!!!

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 11, 2011 11:37 PM | Report abuse

What a tough forecast. Goof job guys. I would have panicked at $ o'clock today. In my eyes the radar was pretty benign for our area. Relatively small scale banding at the tail end of a monster Nor' Easter is what gave us the 1-4" you guys had predicted. Based of sheer probability that is pretty amazing.

Posted by: bbirnbau | January 11, 2011 11:41 PM | Report abuse

A little over 2.5 inches here in West Columbia/South Ellicott City.

Posted by: Kellygirl75 | January 11, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Just gorgeous out now. No wind and not too cold. Just got back from a quick run across the river and around the monuments. I love the monuments with a bit of fresh snow on the ground, even just the inch or so we got tonight.

Posted by: marathoner | January 12, 2011 12:05 AM | Report abuse

just finished plowing and salting. that ice thrown in there did not make things fun at all. gotta pick up the wife then im comin back to salt 1 last time when the dome re opens at 4am then im sleeping all day or until the kid wakes me up.

btw cwg pls dont tell me theres a big snow storm coming next week. please. just say its rain! or at the very least NO MORE ICE!

Posted by: KRUZ | January 12, 2011 1:23 AM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, the latest ECMWF model has a strong low moving into the south on days 6-7...

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