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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Winter storm on the way: Timeline, snow accumulation map, impacts, & FAQs

By Jason Samenow

(updated at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday and 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night; originally posted at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday)

1:15 p.m WEDNESDAY update: We are upgrading our snowfall amounts to 4-8+" where we have 3-6", and 5-10" where we have 4-8".

A winter storm likely produces a period of significant snow across the region late Wednesday afternoon and evening. Prior to that, light snow changing to mixed precipitation falls in the morning with mainly light accumulations in the north and west suburbs. Although significant uncertainty remains about exact amounts, our initial thinking is for about 3-6" from the District and to the southeast and 4-8" north and west of the District by the time storm ends around midnight Wednesday night (Thursday morning).

Isolated higher amounts into the high single digits and low double digits may well occur due to the possibility of very heavy localized snow bands that may develop. Those high totals are most likely north and west of town and in the higher terrain but really cannot be ruled out anywhere in the metro region.

ACCUMULATION MAP AND TIMELINE

5 AM to 9 AM WED
Light snow & mixed precipitation develops southwest to NE. Coating to 1" poss. Temps 27-31.
9 AM to 2 PM WED
Steadier precipitation develops. Snow/sleet N&W, mix S & E. Temps 30-35.
2 PM to 5 PM WED
Snow N & W. Mix to snow S & E. Quickly becoming heavy. Temps 29-34.
5 PM to 9 PM WED
Heavy snow. Temps 27-33.
9 PM WED to 1 AM THURS
Snow ends SW to NE. Temps 25-29.

IMPACT FORECASTS FOR WED P.M.

SchoolCast (for Thurs.)
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STORM FAQ

Where is the precipitation now?

Follow the progress of the storm on national radar, regional radar and satellite.


How confident are you in your forecast? We have medium confidence of at least a few inches of accumulating snow. The upper level disturbance coming up from the south is very energetic and models have been consistently tracking it on a path favorable for snow. However, small changes in this track and its intensification could significantly change the forecast - especially given temperatures which may just be marginally cold enough to support snow.


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When/where will the heaviest frozen precipitation fall? Heavy snow may develop from west to east from mid-afternoon to early evening. The period between about 5 and 10 p.m. is most favorable for heavy snow. In a few spots, snow may fall very heavily, with the potential for thundersnow.

Will the frozen precipitation stick? In the north and west suburbs, precipitation will begin to stick soonest due to colder temperatures there. Light accumulations of snow and sleet (a dusting to around an inch) are possible before noon. Around the city, temperatures will be at or above freezing into the afternoon, so any snow and/or mixed precipitation (including rain) probably won't initially stick. However, during the late afternoon and especially into the evening, the odds of snow stick dramatically increase as snow becomes heavier, it gets dark, and temperatures fall a few degrees.

Could there be power outages?

There is a small chance. Because this is going to be a heavy wet snow falling fast...the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines could cause some outages.

When will travel be most difficult? From late afternoon through 9 p.m. The afternoon/evening rush hour could be very difficult.

What about Wednesday morning's rush hour? (updated) Some light snow and frozen precipitation may cause minor problems and delays. Slicks conditions will be possible on untreated roads, bridges, ramps, and overpasses, especially from western Fairfax and western Montgomery to the north and west. Allow extra time.

What about precipitation type? This is a complication question. Areas well north and west of the District from eastern Loudoun county through western Montgomery county may get mostly snow, or just a little mixing of sleet with the snow early on in the storm. Around the immediate metro region and to the southeast, we may have snow changing to a mix of snow, sleet and rain in the morning (with precipitation type alternating) before the precip transitions back to all snow from mid-afternoon to early evening northwest to southeast.

What are schools going to do? On Wednesday, conditions may not be bad enough for delays or cancellations except in areas to the west and southwest - which might close due to some light frozen precipitation in the morning and/or close preemptively in light of forecasts for later in the morning and the afternoon. Early dismissals are certainly possible in many parts of the metro region. The best chance of school closings will be on Thursday when there is a decent chance of a snow day with the possible exception of D.C. schools.

I have a flight Wednesday into or out of D.C. Wednesday, should I change it? Ultimately, you should make a decision based on your schedule flexibility, the financial implications and the forecast information we're providing. We think the best chance of flight disruptions (delays and possible cancellations) would be in the late afternoon through 11 p.m. timeframe Wednesday.

When will conditions improve? The snow should start to wind down from southwest to northeast between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Wednesday night.

Could the storm fizzle out? If the storm does not develop explosively as the models predict, cold air sufficient for accumulating snow may not materialize - especially along and east of I-95. But we give that scenario just about 20% odds.

Could the storm bring more ice/snow expected? Yes- if the storm develops explosively with heavier precipitation than forecast and colder temperatures, accumulations exceeding 8" could occur in the metro region. This is especially true if small scale bands of heavy snow materialize and/or thundersnow. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict where such heavy bands might set up.

Who will get the most snow? Following up to the last question, that depends where the heaviest bands set up. Having said that, the higher terrain well to the north and west of D.C. has a pretty good chance of getting up to 8", and that might be a conservative number (hence the 4-8"+ forecast).

What's the forecast for after the storm? Thursday and Friday are cold with gradually diminishing winds. Highs are in the 30s with lows in the teens and 20s.

By Jason Samenow  | January 25, 2011; 5:30 PM ET
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Comments

MY wife said Doug Hill was on the WTOP radio downplaying the storm big time...whats been up with WTOP all day..usually the jump on the big storm bandwagon but not today.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 25, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Doug Hill updated his forecast and it looks very much like ours.

Posted by: wjunker | January 25, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks CWG!!! Im not usually emotional about snow but seeing that 3-6+ made me want to cry. I missed snow so much this winter and its finally coming!!!

Posted by: processed-tree-nut | January 25, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

one of the big issues that seems to be getting lost here is the snow will be WET. The GFS 850 mb temp prediction is indicating that. Wet snow will compress and thereby reduce the snowfall totals especially east of the I95 corridor!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 25, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Loving that 20% odds of the fizzled out scenario!

Wow is this busts this will be the biggest bust of the century, especially for the mets who flipped and flopped around with model runs!

Posted by: KRUZ | January 25, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Just heard Doug Hill...said 5 inches or more increasingly likely, but not assured due to the dynamics of the system.

Posted by: jdtdc | January 25, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Good forecasting going on here at CWG (and it's much appreciated) as usual, but the snow skeptic in me won't believe it until I *see* the flakes piling up this time this afternoon. Been burned way too many times by the weather in these parts, and swayed by practical, logical observations of VATechBob...

Posted by: ToBeBlunt | January 25, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

ok... its official, get the milk and bread! SNOprise is here!

Posted by: SnowDreamer | January 25, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that the map doesn't go a little more NE with heavier amounts. Places like northern AA county, will see heavy precip. I will go out on a limb and say Baltimore will see more snow than Frederick. Obviously I am banking on temps cooperating.

Posted by: snowlover | January 25, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Ok..doug hill finnaly came on board..he must have just did it..my wife had called at 5 and its wasnt that..cool..WTOP finnaly came around.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 25, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Hoard rock salt and milk - and oh yes, abandon your vehicles NOW.

Posted by: ToBeBlunt | January 25, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Theres nothing worse than cwg giving 2 and 1/2 apples for the school cast. There will definitely be no school thursday for all schools. Give us four apples.

Posted by: SNOWLUVER | January 25, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

4 - 8 inches! Yippee!!!! I hope for that outside possibility of 8"+, though!

Hooray for snow!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhlSy95Bgvc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Everyone satisfied? Let us know of any other questions not covered in the original post, above. But I think we covered a lot for you!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 25, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Fredericksburg is closer to the 3 or 6 in the 3-6 range? I know I'm splitting hairs here. Just a school teacher and this storm may knock us out for a couple days.

Posted by: krg3m | January 25, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

As always... great job CWG!

Posted by: HaymarketDV | January 25, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Doug Hill tweeted a link to his revised forecast; 6+ for immediate DC area. Less west of Loudoun Co.) and southeast

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | January 25, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Im sticking with the FOX 5 forecast..... 1-2 inches!

With the mets flopping around with totals, i smell the bust coming!

Posted by: KRUZ | January 25, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting that the forecast map at The Weather Channel's site http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/northeast-winter-storm-late-january_2011-01-24?page=2 has heavier snow from The District south and east...6-12".

Posted by: dbburns | January 25, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to bundle up the baby girl (2) and the baby boy (11 weeks; at least for some quick photo ops) for some serious frolicking in the snow! Make this happen!

Posted by: mjwies11 | January 25, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to radar watching tomorrow.

But I haven't yet brought the new shovel up from the basement. Feels as if doing that might jinx it.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 25, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Can CWG take a stab at why tv/radio/web mets are all over the board on this storm? It seems as though only one source is going to be right when everything settles on Thursday.

Posted by: amandap2986 | January 25, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I guess with Doug Hill and WTOP now upping their snow totals, that leaves Accuweather as the outlier. They're still saying only 2.5 inches is on the way for Gaithersburg. (Of course, it's still possible this could bust or disappoint and they look prophetic, but this looks like the reverse of their pattern of overestimating snow.)

Posted by: mkarns | January 25, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

CWG and all:

Does anyone know if the NWS is getting ready to issue a warning?

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

CWG, you all rock. My classmates up at UBalt Law spent our Contracts class looking at your post. I'm starting to believe... but not there yet.

Big question though- I have a 1:30 to 3:30 class in Baltimore, and then commute back here to DC. Usually MARC it. How messy will that commute be, and what are the chances MARC gives me major difficulties? (If you tell me to leave early, I won't complain :D)

Posted by: MasonPatriot1 | January 25, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

You are doing a high quality job. Appreciate your detailed analysis and frequent updates. I am an avid weather fan who subscribes to accuweather pro and looks at the models. I like making my own forecasts. I think your snow forecast for DC proper is a little conservative based on 18Z QPF but is solid based on current warm temperatures and not knowing exactly when the transition to all snow will occur. Amazing how poor or incocnsistent modeling is in 2011 more than 24-48 hours out. Keep up the good work....and the updates...Bill B. Ellicott City, MD

Posted by: billbarron3 | January 25, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

@CWG, you forgot one question. Will the Wizards ever win a road game this season?

Posted by: RJ16 | January 25, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Camden: What about Metro? What are the chances of them closing the above-ground stations (or delaying their opening) on Thursday morning?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | January 25, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Channel 5 is insisting that warm temps will persist until after 5 tomorrow afternoon (35 degrees), giving DC 1"-2", 2"-4" to the north and west. Trusting CWG on this one...

Posted by: Louise9 | January 25, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

RJ16

You predicted this storm from the beginning. U said you were metereologist RJG Gang and we would get a lota snow. NICE ONE!!!

Posted by: SNOWLUVER | January 25, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts on Thursday AM road conditions? Any chance of aboveground Metro disruption?

Posted by: alexandrian1 | January 25, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"Everyone satisfied? Let us know of any other questions not covered in the original post, above. But I think we covered a lot for you!"

Uhh, can you stop the storm from coming? I'll be satisfied then... rofl!

(ready to take snowball pot shots from you snow lovers! lol)

Posted by: Lively | January 25, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

TWC must be basing their forecast on the GFS. It shows more precip S&E than N&W.

This storm definitely has the potential to overachieve given current forecasts.

Posted by: bdeco | January 25, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts on Thursday AM road conditions? Any chance of aboveground Metro disruption?

Posted by: alexandrian1 | January 25, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Channel 5 is downgrading really bad compared to everyone else....

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 25, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@Kruz,

You will probably only get 1-2 inhes where you are so that should work for you. The rest of us west of twon will enjoy while you are safe in the 1-3 mix east of town. Win win for all....

Posted by: inthemiddle2 | January 25, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I listened to Doug Hill on WTOP at 5:38. He yammered about how it would be no problem in the AM commute but could be a different story in the PM. NO! Doug needs to say "if you do not know how to drive in slush and packed snow, then do not look out the window tomorrow AM, just stay home." This storm has the worst possible timing and potential for 4 or 5 hour commutes.

Posted by: eric654 | January 25, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I think they'll adjust the forecast by the 11PM news.

Posted by: SGS78 | January 25, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Ole Sue from Channel 5 will make u cry..A real snow hater...she must be from Florida..lol...no offense from anyone from Florida.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 25, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

@alexandrian1: Metro only closes above ground stations when there are 8" of snow or more, so looks like it's only possible on the western end of the red line.

Posted by: Louise9 | January 25, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Metro might be the option for me tomorrow - the bus might get REALLY stuck in traffic by the sound of it...
Part of me doesn't quite believe this is happening, considering the track record of the storms this winter... but the precipitation amounts seem to be ramping up. Here's to the Federal Government being closed on Thursday! Without everyone going into the office to find that out!

Posted by: MKoehl | January 25, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Brad,

I'm from Houston, TX and I LOVE snow! :)

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I bumped into an unnamed but well-known DC weather forecaster having a smoke outside Old Eb this week. I asked him about the storm. He laughed, said "Twenty one to twenty four, sucka" and blew smoke in my face.

Turns out he was right.

Posted by: ConsuelaCantore | January 25, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

bdeco, there is plenty of guidance targeting 95 so it's not out of line probably. Many of the globals seem to be maxing out qpf just nw of the cities. I think climo and usual trends argue for the latter. I would not personally be surprised to see the zone hit i-95 but predicting exactly where banding sets up is very difficult or impossible at this range.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 25, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm still hoping for that one year when we were forecast for 1-3 and ended up with over a foot. I just loved how Doug Hill and Sue Palka kept upping the totals and looked completely in shock :0

Posted by: tressoleilgoddess | January 25, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

@ inthemiddle2

I dont believe based on the models that east of town makes out much better. TWC(not that I trust them) is forecasting a 6-12 area, and ice mixing in is more of a problem than plain snow. Also There are many areas east of town that stayed up to 10 degrees cooler today.

Posted by: Terrapunz | January 25, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

IAD currently reporting 41 F, USNA Annapolis is reporting 34 F. Where are the temperatures coming from to support mixed/lower accumulations to the east?

Posted by: annapyr | January 25, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

not liking this too much from NWS...
NAM IS COLDER AND WOULD SUGGEST WARNING SNOW CRITERIA EAST TO INTERSTATE 95 BUT IS A RELATIVE OUTLIER TO THE
18Z GFS AND 12Z ECWMF WHICH WOULD SUGGEST LESS SNOW EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE. THIS PRESENTS CONFIDENCE ISSUES EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE REGARDING SNOWFALL TOTALS SO WINTER STORM WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR NOW.
Guess this means NWS is still leaning closer to 2-3" as a more likely forecast at this point for DC, with some chance of over 4"+. Would be pretty lame if we end up with a Winter Weather Advisory.

Posted by: BH99 | January 25, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The NBC 4 guy just said he expects a winter storm warning for DC before 11 PM tonight.

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

What's up with this? NWS Sterling seem to be the last people (except for the local TV mets) who want to admit a storm is coming to DC.

"HEADS UP THAT WE ARE GOING TO UPGRADE THE WINTER STORM WATCH TO A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ALL COUNTIES WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE WHERE WE HAVE INCREASED CONFIDENCE IN 5 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD. NAM IS COLDER AND WOULD SUGGEST WARNING SNOW
CRITERIA EAST TO INTERSTATE 95 BUT IS A RELATIVE OUTLIER TO THE 18Z GFS AND 12Z ECWMF WHICH WOULD SUGGEST LESS SNOW EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE. THIS PRESENTS CONFIDENCE ISSUES EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE REGARDING SNOWFALL TOTALS SO WINTER STORM WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR NOW."

Posted by: 4hand | January 25, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what the NWS thinks when we've got CWG!!!

Posted by: tombeek31 | January 25, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

@ annapyr

I posted a comment similar to this earlier while i was working in annapolis today i monitored the high temp closely and it stayed cooler there than almost anywhere else. CWG said it was because of the cold bay temps. Finally the bay temps may be working in snowlovers favors, usually its the other way around. Since the east side tends to get a burst of moisture as the Low wraps around, I think its very possible we get the same if not better localized amounts east of DC as compared to west.

Posted by: Terrapunz | January 25, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

LOVE SNOW TO BOB..being from SC I didnt get to c a whole lot as a kid..
SUE from chn 5 reminds me alot of the forecasters back home..they wait until THE LAST MINUTE to agree it could be a good storm...I know it sounds silly but it seems like it just kills them to say a big snow is coming....i have never understood it and never will i guess.....

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 25, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

@terrapunz

Saw you post earlier too and am thinking along the same lines.

Posted by: annapyr | January 25, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

BH99, it's my personal impression that the NAM has led the way on the "cooldown" we've seen the last 24 hrs or so. The EURO and GFS are both supportive of the "thump" snow in the afternoon/evening but have been warmer aloft and at the surface. I'm not sure how much difference it makes in the end if we get big rates... but I guess it could keep things on the lower end of the scale. Anyway, on a micro level analyzing cold available I'd probably side with the NAM in this range as it has greater resolution and is a short term model.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | January 25, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

@CWG Great analysis here today. You guys and Justin Berk have done a bang up job analyzing and explaining this storm. 4-8 seems just about right for north and west of DC and Baltimore. I got an email back from Bastardi indicating 12+ could be possible for Carroll County (Eldersburg) IF there's less rain than expected or no rain (could it stay snow and sleet up this way). Just hoping the late night models don't bring any last minute surprises...unless those surprises result in colder temps and more moisture.

Posted by: DLO1975 | January 25, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Can we get a little color on the Fedcast? I need to plan our snow coverage.

A 1.5 seems to suggest a low likelihood of any special accommodation, but four inches of overnight snow would normally mean at least a delayed start, wouldn't it? I know it depends on the perspective of OPM, but what do you think?

Posted by: easyenough | January 25, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the Fedcast is supposed to be 2.5 (out of 4); for some reason the four Capitol domes didn't fit on one line.(While I don't work for the federal gov't, my office usually determines weather-related closings or shortened days according to its schedule.)

Posted by: mkarns | January 25, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Fios channel 462 is WABC Weather Now. Doug Hill just bumped the Manassas area up to DC up to 6"+. Gotta love it.

Posted by: TheJoeGreene | January 25, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

the computer models look good, but i'd be lying if i said i wasn't somewhat skeptical only because it's rare that we get a good snow after a changeover. i've lived here for 30 years. but that's really just the pessimistic side of me as the models are indicating the ULL will come through and give us a 6 hour thumping. we'll know in 24 hours LOL. good analysis though...i think 3-6 is a solid forecast for this area.

Posted by: swishjobs | January 25, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully that "THUMP" of precip comes in as rain! Or goes/stays west and gets sheared by the mountains! Thats the scenario im rooting for at this point! Or just a good old fashioned dry slot
around the dc metro and east!

Hope you guys out west get what you want and more! 20+ inches should suffice! Hope you guys get it out there!

Posted by: KRUZ | January 25, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess most Media has given us a decent snow, the only one is FOX5, then I'm wondering if Ms. Sue Palka got any of the latest information with this SNOWSTORM we getting.....

Well we will see if she upgrade her snowfall total tonight, I'm hearing we may be on the verge of changing our WATCH to a WARNING....

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 25, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

what do yall think about the output seen in a couple of the higher res models?
http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/namer/hiresw/12/images/hiresw_p48_048l.gif

12z NMM^

Posted by: cjespn | January 25, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope the next model runs bump up the snow totals BIGTIME! I want 15" - 20"!!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"The best chance of school closings will be on Thursday when there is a decent chance of a snow day with the possible exception of D.C. schools."

Ha! Thank you for telling it like it is. DCPS never closes. But charter schools and private schools in the city tend to do what moco and pg do in big storms.

Posted by: alertcitizen1 | January 25, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

If you look at FOX 5's snow map and NBC 4's snow map they are very close to being the same. Fox just has the 1-2" line a bit further west so in reality Fox's forecast is a possibility based on CWG's forecast talking about the storms track. The exact track of the "snow maker" is not set in stone so 1-2 inches is just as likely as 2-4 (NBC) or 3-6+ (CWG).

Posted by: KRUZ | January 25, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

BobMiller - This will be wet n heavy snow. Hope you've got a good strong back for those 20 inches you're cheering for.

Double digits would be nice. It doesn't happen very often.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 25, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah 20 inches of wet snow is all fine and good until your roof collapses onto you! Why not wish for 30 inches of wet snow!?!

Posted by: KRUZ | January 25, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

@Michael_Nguyen-
Ms. Sue Palka, on Fox 5....dont know what to say. I can't stand her, and don't know why. Just my own personal opinion, and no effort here to convince anyone else to agree with me. The fact that her forecasts are ridiculous doesn't help things though.

Posted by: AndrewRockville | January 25, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

FIREDRAGON47,

My neighbor lets me borrow his snowblower.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Abandon your SUVs early!

Posted by: slim21 | January 25, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

VDOT suspends overnight work so workers can gear up for tomorrow.
They are already out there treating the roads. Give those trucks & plows lotsa room.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dr-gridlock/2011/01/vdot_cancels_overnight_road_wo.html?wprss=dr-gridlock

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | January 25, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey!! The "at a glance" graphic changed to all snow rather than mix! WOOO!

Posted by: megamuphen | January 25, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I am enthralled to receive the news of possible significant snowfall. Thank you very much for delivering the news. I am a huge fan of CWG, you guys ROCK!

Posted by: SnowEnthusiast | January 25, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I am SO EXCITED!!! Bad things (heavy snow, torrential rains, egyptian plagues of spiders and yellow jackets) only happen when my hubs is out of town for work. He's coming back Saturday morning (yay!) and I figured my snow charm must be busted, but here we are! I won't have Thursday off work (my company killed that after the Feds closed for a solid week last year) but working in jammies beats formal business attire and my awful officemate every day!

Posted by: HappyArmyWife | January 25, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

That snow map is the most beautiful thing I've seen all winter. I just want to cry.

Posted by: ennepe68 | January 25, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

@KRUZ

Don't be so mad at snow lovers ;-)

We pay for the snow too. I didn't tell you the half of what I had to do in barns last year after the Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddons.

I literally shoveled out an entire barn. No joke. By hand. It was a barn made for 20 horses.

Then, all the way to summer time, I was hauling out cedar trees that collapsed under the weight of the snow. Also by hand--my John Deere broke down.

Call me crazy but I STILL LOVE THE SNOW!!

Give me 30 inches pleeeeease!!

Posted by: celt1 | January 25, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

As usual...the NWS is not forecasting thundersnow.

My dance tonight looks okay/my errands tomorrow afternoon do NOT...sadly I can't move anything to Friday afternoon due to the "Bobby's Promotions" dance Friday evening...I may be "stuck" with a Wednesday PM errand.

Once again I get a "heavy" dance week...and the much-unneeded rain crowd does everything it can to make my life miserable! Just quit scheduling these messy precipitation events for my big errands and dances!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | January 25, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

There has the talk of a snow hole this year. Looking at this 2 day precipitation it looks like the bulls eye of 1.52 inches of liquid is right near the city this time. 10-1 ratio means there is the potential of 15 inches right!

Posted by: barryg2 | January 25, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I forgot the linkhttp://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/d12_fill.gif

Posted by: barryg2 | January 25, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

@BobMiller2

I'm from Houston, too! Been living in D.C. for over 4 years now, and I'm still not bored with watching snow fall. It sure beats hoping to catch a few flurries on one's tongue every decade or so! :)

Posted by: serenefallschurch | January 25, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Kruz, please don't curse me with snow wishes for the west. *That* will make me cry. And since Bob, et al are sooooo excited for snow, I fully expect to see them outside my house in LoCo with his neighbors' snowblower. Seeing as I only have mere shovels, I figure it's the least y'all could do!

Need ThinkSpring's countdown... 53 days or so?

Posted by: rumbly45 | January 25, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

thank CWG you guys are great!!!

CWG- when do you think your next update on the storm will be? also why do you think that fox 5 is down playing this storm so much, as a snow lover is making me a bit nervous!!

Posted by: kantor1125 | January 25, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

This is the latest 18Z GFS model sounding predicted for 18Z WED (100PM) for Dulles. One would predict a change over to all snow maybe about one to two hours later at Dulles. At 4pm, its below freezing at all levels.

PRESS/TEMP/DEW PT Celsius

989. 1.4 0.3
975. 0.4 -0.4
950. -1.1 -1.3
925. -1.6 -1.8
900. -1.0 -1.5
850. -0.2 -0.4
800. -0.4 -0.6
750. -1.1 -1.5
700. -2.8 -3.3
650. -6.2 -7.0
600. -10.4 -11.7
550. -15.1 -17.1
500. -20.8 -22.8

Posted by: ronbcust | January 25, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

thank CWG you guys are great!!!

CWG- when do you think your next update on the storm will be? also why do you think that fox 5 is down playing this storm so much, as a snow lover is making me a bit nervous!!

Posted by: kantor1125 | January 25, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

We should start a club for Loudoun County folks who are crazy about snow...

"LoCo for Snow" sounds good.

Posted by: celt1 | January 25, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I think the dividing line between 3-6 and 4-8 is right through the middle of my house.

Posted by: weatherwatcher1 | January 25, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

CWG-

QPF output from most recent models:

NAM 1.0-1.25
GFS 1.0-1.25
Canadian 1.5-1.75
Japanese 1.0-1.25

Given this, is the wet snow and warm ground the rationale for only going 4-8 when a 10-1 ratio would give a rough estimate of 10-15 or more? Thanks!

Posted by: 4seamed | January 25, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

When does the latest model run comes out for most of them??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 25, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

@Michael_Nguyen

The 0ZNAM should be out around 9:30 or so. GFS 1030-1100.

Posted by: jms12 | January 25, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

ANDREW

I totally with you if you have not notice rom my previous post..

When it comes to SNOW..I hate SUE PALKA as well...she is so negative you would think she works for VDOT!!!!!! EVERYONE else can be callin for a good snow thumpin and she will be the only one with the no snow poker face going on..... I cannot understand why she is almost always like that when it comes to snow..its almost like she actually HATES to call for it to snow.....

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 25, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

@4seamed
The rationale is that some of the QPF is before the changeover to all snow. If the colder NAM is right, then the higher snowfalls will be more likely. The NWS and others are sticking with a changeover based on the GFS. See my earlier post on the GFS model sounding

Posted by: ronbcust | January 25, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

@ jms12

THANKS!

Does anyone know what was the outcome when the NWS flew into the storm??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 25, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Can someone tell the people at AcuuWeather we're getting more then 1.5 inches? PLEASE?

Posted by: benzachr | January 25, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

THE accu weather smuks are almost as bad as SUE IMHO.......

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | January 25, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

@celt1

I'm in Loudoun; count me in!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

TWC finally saying 4-6. But I agree with the questions about the QPFs showing significantly more...? Guess we'll have to wait until after 9pm but I'd hate to be hit with significantly more! 10-15 + a commute from Columbia Heights to Tysons & back tmrw will NOT be fun....

Posted by: visualglamour | January 25, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Why does it matter what Accuweather says? If you're here it's most likely because you've chosen to hang your hat with this bunch. Is total consensus that important? If you believe, then just believe.

As for Palka and Channel 5. They are just waiting until their top-ranked 10 o'clock news to spring the real accumulation predictions. She was VERY wishy-washy about this being a fluid situation and gave herself lots of room to change things once new models come out. She basically bought herself four more hours or so to read the models. Kind of weak, but it is what it is. Your mileage may vary.

Posted by: lingering_lead | January 25, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

@BobMiller2

I'm from Houston, too! Been living in D.C. for over 4 years now, and I'm still not bored with watching snow fall. It sure beats hoping to catch a few flurries on one's tongue every decade or so! :)

Posted by: serenefallschurch | January 25, 2011 7:41 PM |
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@serenefallschurch

You're from Houston too?? Wow, nice to have a fellow Houstonian on this blog. I'll probably plan a trip back out to Texas this summer...haven't been for a while.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

@serenefallschurch

BTW, forgot to ask, Cowboys or Texans? ;)

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

It's funny seeing all the bashing of the "official" Accuweather forecast here for miserly snow predictions. Other people bash it for exactly the opposite -- hyping storms all the time. If you look at the blogs of their meteorologists (Henry Margusity, Joe Bastardi, et al.), you would think every storm heading towards the East Coast was a sign of the second coming.

Posted by: xandersun | January 25, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how the low looks now, I see on the radar a lot of thunderstorm in FL, I guess it's intensifying as we speak?

But just seeing where this storm is located??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 25, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Some of you hate Sue Palka because you don't like her forecast?

Are you people crazy?

As William Shatner said in that now-famous Saturday Night Live skit from a decade ago:

"You people need to get a life."

Posted by: singleseatbiggermeat | January 25, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm so addicted to reading this blog. So fun! And, being from just north of Houston myself, I LOVE the snow. Big fat, wet, white flakes falling = magic. So the forecast of a snowstorm is exciting: Going off-topic:I grew up with a healthy respect for the "weatherman" (meteorologist!) My father was a crop-duster (um, aerial applicator) and the one time in the evening that I knew I had to be absolutely quiet, was during the 6:00 evening weather forecast every night. I must have learned that as a baby! Wow, have times changed! I wonder what my father would think of having weather info like this at his fingertips? :)

Keep up the great work CWG! I love reading about the weather (especially since I don't have to be quiet now.)

Posted by: holly6 | January 25, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I think Montgomery County Schools will let out early tomorrow, and there will be no school Thursday. You heard it first, from the CapitalRJGang.... Thanks.

Posted by: RJ16 | January 25, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

holly6,

Another Houstonian?!?! Wow, we should start a "Houstonians Snow-Lover Club"!

Here's who we have so far:

BobMiller2
holly6
serenefallschurch

Is anyone else here from Houston?

Posted by: BobMiller2 | January 25, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

One point emphasizing is that the smaller scale aspects of the weather system, including banding, can result in large variations in snowfall amounts over relatively small areas - exclusive of drifting, if any. It's not possible to predict the specific locations of the winners and looses (you define what wins/looses)

Important Note: While at the AMS Annual meeting I've heard many times offline and in formal scientific presentations by "rocket scientist" class experts that CWG is a terrific example of just how weather information ought to be presented and information conveyed!! The reception and kind words like those above on CWG's approach are confirmation of readers' judgment by the top experts in weather and communications.

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | January 25, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Wish I was from Houston... but my uncle is, speaking of my uncle he is flying in tomorrow form Houston, his flight lands at IAD around 7PM, I guess that want be happening..... Right??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 25, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm from Houston as well!

Posted by: agunn3 | January 25, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

RJ you think too small...
On the official (official because I wagered baked goods against my fellow teachers) FFX county prediction matrix

I went with

Out tomorrow/Out Thurs/Delay Fri

bet big win big

Posted by: mandarb77 | January 25, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm excited about the talk of atmospheric convection and thundersnow possible during the storm. During the Feb. 5 blizzard, I got to experience an amazing sight in Southern MD of what appeared to be a summer storm-strength squall line of snow with high winds, frequent lightning, and snowfall more intense than anything I'd ever seen before, all lasting for about 15 minutes. It was unreal.

Posted by: marklandterrapins | January 25, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

as of 8:35pm...TWC is predicting 4-8" of snow. My gut feeling is the weather is beginning to change for the better for us snow lovers. I think it may get to 6-12" before it starts. I think the storm is deepening more than they thought and more cold air is going to get into the area faster and hold on longer to give us the higher amounts. Just look at the radar in Florida. The squall line is unbelieveable!!!

Posted by: robostop10 | January 25, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

CWG and/or PPL on here:

I see TWC is calling for Heavy Snow, and WIND, hope the wind isn't that bad where driving condition will be a white out condition especially at night...

But what is the criteria of a BLIZZARD, I mean I know we are not expected anything close to a BLIZZARD, but just wondering... TWC is calling for WINDS (NW @ 20 MPS) in DC...

Oh yea about our HIGH TEMPERATURE, I'm pretty sure I heard Topper say our HIGH will likely be at Midnight... I wonder if that is true....

Topper brought out the Bread-O-Meter, and he ranks this #5 out of 10!

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 25, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

krg3m - I would believe 3" more likely than 6" in your area. Maybe 1 day off on Thursday is possible?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | January 25, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I just noticed on the weather.com forecast that they are calling for windy conditions tomorrow night. If the snow is supposed to be heavy and wet, will the wind have little impact on drifting? I realize it probably won't mean blizzard conditions but I hadn't noticed wind being mentioned previously and am curious how wind will play in these scenarios.

And I would LOVE thundersnow!

Posted by: JLF03 | January 25, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure none of us wants to think about our Thurs. am commutes!

Posted by: eabgarnet | January 25, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone is hearing this storm is tracking a bit WEST then the models are saying??

Not sure if this is confirmed, but just saying from what I'm reading from other weather bloggers...

If it tracks WEST then Models are saying what does that mean??

Posted by: Michael_Nguyen | January 25, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, having made our ritual run to the market for milk/bread/cat food/candles/TP, we're all set and battened down for the worst. Whatever it is, bring it on. =)

(I just hope it doesn't fizzle out and give us ice/ freezing rain.)

Posted by: angelicat | January 25, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

The 21z SREF looks amazing.

Posted by: MVPlaya8120 | January 25, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

@BobMiller2

Neither. I grew up in the post-Oilers, pre-Texans NFL gap, so it's go 'Stros for me!

Posted by: serenefallschurch | January 25, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

CWG,

When is the last time (that you can remember) temperatures hitting 50 degrees 24 hours before a major snow event?

Posted by: Showmethesnow | January 25, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Lol, I already have bread and milk but I stocked up on Meow Mix earlier this week. Our siamese knows 5am is "wake up and feed the cat" time and he can be VERY persistent. I've tried to break him of crying for food (it's annoying on the weekend) but he breaks me down after listening to loud mer-wow's for a solid hour.

I love you CWG and I would gladly fight for your honor. Tell that Madame Olga poster from a few days ago that I'll meet them on the nat. mall to duel at 20 paces!

Posted by: HappyArmyWife | January 25, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I have been looking to this website for a few years now for information and i just now got a user name. I have learned so much from this site and can't thank you guys enough! I still have a lot to learn and wanted to know if somebody could explain the "mb's" and how they play a factor in the forecast.

Thanks
Nate

Posted by: NATE-IN-LAUREL | January 25, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm so excited at the prospect of thundersnow I'm beside myself.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 25, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

If I'm correct, and I'm sure someone will be happy to correct me :O), MB's are millibars. Just like in a hurricane the lower the MB's the more intense the storm can become. I have heard of a meteorologist or two say if the low pressure system "bombs" it is intensifying.

Posted by: robostop10 | January 25, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I would first like to say that you CWG people HAVE pretty much covered it - excellent job. As I was reading it to my wife, she even commented on how substantial and comprehensive it was. Really, nice job. Thanks.

Secondly and finally, I would just like to say YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: amaranthpa | January 25, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

It is down to 32.2 here in N. Potomac and still falling. Does this spell mix until mid-afternoon tomorrow or is there enough cold air aloft to actually start this thing as snow and keep it there for the duration???

Posted by: Sirbeeda1492 | January 25, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

@robostop10

Thanks for the info! I was asking because I seen in some of the other posts that they keep referring to the 850mb and i am not sure how that effects the models and forecasts.

Posted by: NATE-IN-LAUREL | January 25, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you very much for all the hard work and detail. It's freezing in the north county right now and that will do it for tomorrow. Will be plowing that heavy snow tomorrow night.

Posted by: Gooddogs | January 25, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Stocked up on wine...err...milk..yeah. If this pans out, metro stays open above ground, and The District gets a good coat, I'm taking a snow day with camera!!

Posted by: SPS1 | January 25, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

The latest prediction show that the NAM and the latest run have it at 15"-20"+ in northwest Virginia, and it looks like the NWS has forecasted 20"+ inches for the DC metro area

Posted by: joshwarhawk | January 25, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The latest prediction show that the NAM and the latest run have it at 15"-20"+ in northwest Virginia, and it looks like the NWS has forecasted 20"+ inches for the DC metro area

Posted by: joshwarhawk | January 25, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

http://www.rap.ucar.edu/weather/surface/displaySfc.php?region=bwi&endDate=20110124&endTime=-1&duration=0

Sfc obs show light-to-moderate rain moving into southern VA. NE winds and cooling temps are seen in the DC metro area. DCA already down to 36 after topping out at 46 this afternoon.

Posted by: Steve-wxtalkwordpresscom | January 25, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I haven't experienced a good thundersnow in ages - the prospect of that is exciting indeed!

As the mom of a grade-schooler, here is my prediction for PWC Schools: Early closure Wed / Out Thurs / Delay Fri

Re: CWG's presentation of information - this is the place to be if you're a weather geek who wants a no-BS, intelligent (read: NOT dumbed-down for the lowest common denominator) forecast and explanation of the weather. This is my go-to spot year-round for reliable weather information and detailed analysis of the available models.

Posted by: jaradel | January 25, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

@joshwarhawk - it looks like the NWS has forecast 20"+ for the District ? Can you point me in the direction of any authority for that claim - because I just checked their web site, and it's more or less what CWG has up on the accumulation map now.

Posted by: prickles1009 | January 25, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

The latest forecast shows only -2 to -3 inches

Posted by: joshwarhawk | January 25, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

CWG - one thing you could do on this site to clean up the BS comments is to make it easier to report abuse, like on the main Post web site. That would also cut down the time you spend policing the comments section...

Posted by: prickles1009 | January 25, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Am hoping this is yet another bust like the "monster Christmas snow." This is why I don't complain too much when it's 95 and 80% humidity in the summer. I'll take that any day over this junk.

Posted by: dcbuck | January 25, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Thank you enormously to the CWG and their followers. I have been a lurker for several years. The past 72 hours have been such a ride of emotion ~ WOW! The very best E ticket ride I can recall in a LONG time! Possibilities and probablities always exist, this is the home for people that want to KNOW! THANK YOU! I haven't been this excited for snow in about 30 years! (Didn't know I still had that inner child so close to the surface, and thank you for that too!) Sweet Dreams All!

Posted by: GiveIn | January 25, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank you enormously to the CWG and their followers. I have been a lurker for several years. The past 72 hours have been such a ride of emotion ~ WOW! The very best E ticket ride I can recall in a LONG time! Possibilities and probablities always exist, this is the home for people that want to KNOW! THANK YOU! I haven't been this excited for snow in about 30 years! (Didn't know I still had that inner child so close to the surface, and thank you for that too!) Sweet Dreams All!

Posted by: GiveIn | January 25, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow tala deep breath..... Were only supposed to get -2 to -3 inches

Posted by: joshwarhawk | January 25, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palka just said she'll go into the witness protection program if she's wrong. LOL. She said she only upped the totals because of the model consensus. She doesn't know where the cold air is going to come from for the higher totals. She gives me a headache. She went from 1-2" to 3-6".

Posted by: robostop10 | January 25, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

@jaradel-- as a Mom of a PWC HS senior and a grade schooler, be advised that tomorrow's school schedule could be a bust. HS kids started semester exams today. Tomorrow, Thurs, and Fri they are scheduled to dismiss at 11:30am at our HS (Potomac). I'm sure it's different based on each HS.

That being said, PWCS has published a contingency plan if weather forces school closings/delays, and it's on the PWCS web site. Also, IMHO I'm not going to be surprised if PWCS simply throws in the towel for tomorrow and Thurs.

My rationale: If it weren't Midterms week for HS, they'd do an early dismissal and be done. BUT since they're already scheduled to get HS kids at lunchtime, they wouldn't be able to get the younger kids in a timely manner to beat the weather.

BUT, I've lived here long enough to expect the unexpected. I'll wait till the morning to see what happens. In the meantime, my HS daughter has been studying for midterms. Her assignment from Mom today was to bring home anything/everything she'd need to study, just in case.

Best to you and your family!

Posted by: southbridgemom | January 25, 2011 11:33 PM | Report abuse

1/2" of slush in Alexandria at about 6:30. Raining since about 5:30 and still raining lightly in Georgetown at 8:15. Unless the temps start to drop this could well be another "snow bust".

Posted by: AlfromAlexandria | January 26, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

It's beyond reason that any entity would actually PAY for the crappy weather forecasts like we see from the Withered Caputul Gang.

Posted by: slipuvalad | January 26, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Quick note to CWG - having lived in Florida, Boston, the midwest, and now Virginia, weather has always been something I've kept an eye on. You provide by far the most complete weather picture and provide all of the information to keep us information. It's much appreciated!

Posted by: justanotherguy | January 26, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

As of 1:20 pm It appears as if the precipitation is transitioning back to snow here in Woodstock, VA.

Posted by: runningpoet | January 26, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Thunderstorms in RIC and PHF.

Posted by: ennepe68 | January 26, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I predict: snow bust and/or snow hole.

Posted by: Fletch_F_Fletch | January 26, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't the FedCast graphic have a possible 4 icons, instead of just 3?

Posted by: Pat822 | January 26, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Here in Fairfax City, snow (big heavy flakes) has begun, after heavy rain and thunder.

Posted by: SiberianTiger1 | January 26, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

If Fox predicts only 1-2 inches, you know it's a lie. Go out and buy all the TP off Giant's shelves. And then go out in the snow and drive uphill at 3 MPH so all the cars behind you will not make it or skid.

Posted by: msjn1 | January 26, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Sunny, 40F, low humidity, here in COLO SPGS. Mid 50's and sunny for us on Friday.

Posted by: 809212876 | January 26, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Highs in the mid 70's where I'm at.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | January 27, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

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