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Posted at 10:30 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Light snow dusting region, slick roads in spots

By Ian Livingston, Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman

Hazardous roads reported southeast of District


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

10:30 p.m. Update: Light snow continues mainly south of I-66 and east of I-95, with occasional flurries north and west of those boundaries (including inside the Beltway), respectively. The threat of flurries and light snow (even a moderate burst possible, especially south and east of the District) sticks around for a few more hours before waning.

Thus far, most accumulations inside the Beltway and to the north and west can be termed as a dusting. South and east of the Beltway - in southern P.G., Anne Arundel, Calvert and Charles counties - it's been a rather thick dusting to as much as a half-inch in places. It's in these locations where there have been the most slick spots and accidents, as mentioned below, and where total accumulations of as much as 0.5-1" may be enough to cause problem spots for the morning commute and maybe some school delays.

SchoolCast (P.G., Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles)

SchoolCast (Everywhere else)

9:50 p.m. update: We're getting reports of many fender benders and more serious accidents in Prince George's county near the AA county line, including the closing of westbound Route 50 near exit 193 and two vehicle crash on the outer loop of the Capital Beltway near Route 1. State police announced a snow emergency for highways in PG County just after 9 p.m. In Virginia, Alexandria police shut down southbound Jefferson-Davis Highway at the Monroe Street bridge, to clear an accident that happened due to icy conditions, officials said.

9:10 p.m. update: Patches of light snow continue to impact parts of the region. The steadiest activity is southeast of town. In southern Prince George's (PG), southern Anne Arundel (AA), and Calvert and Charles counties, there are reports of slick, snow-covered roads. Specifically, we received a report that Rt. 4 in PG, AA, and Calvert counties is snow-covered. Traffic is moving very slowly, several vehicles have spun off the road and not a salt truck is in sight.

Another batch of light snow is streaming in from the southwest and should move into the metro region in the next 60-90 minutes - especially from Montgomery county and south. Many locations have already received a dusting or a little more. Total accumulations are still expected to generally be less than 0.5" although a few spots southeast of town may get a bit more.

Keep reading for earlier updates and the forecast for tomorrow and beyond...

7 p.m. update: Many spots east and south of Loudoun County and around Gaithersburg, respectively, are seeing flurries or light snow. A dusting to a half-inch still appears within reach over the next few hours, especially south and east of the District. Some slick spots are possible as well, mainly on side roads and sidewalks.

6 p.m. update: Some flurries are breaking out around town, with light snow reports south of town. Expect intermittent flurries and/or light snow over the next several hours, with the steadiest activity in Prince William, southern Fauquier, and Stafford counties.

From 3:45 p.m.: Morning sunshine gave way to increased clouds as the day progressed. Now, clouds are the rule as we await the potential of some light snow beginning later this evening. High temperatures ended up within a few degrees of freezing most spots, though the lack of big wind that we saw yesterday sure made it feel a bit better outside. Any snow should hold off until after the end of the commute, and we're not expecting too much (if anything) to accumulate.

Through Tonight: A band of flurries or light snow tries to advance into the region by late evening (around 7-8 p.m. and onward). It may be difficult to get much to the surface as the air remains rather dry. Flurries or occasional light snow continues to be a threat until after midnight, before the band dwindles and moves east. A dusting to maybe .5" is possible -- mainly D.C. and south -- but not definite. Lows reach the low-and-mid 20s.

Tomorrow (Thursday): There could be a few lingering clouds in the morning and perhaps a few floating by during the day, but it's looking pretty sunny overall. Still, it's going to be rather cold and a bit breezy, so not the most comfortable day ever. Plan on highs reaching near 30 or a little above -- perhaps toward the mid-30s downtown. Breezes around 10-15 mph during the midday may gust near 30 mph.

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Next week's warm up? Today's morning run of the European global model, if (big if) correct, would give the D.C. area some of the warmest weather we've seen in months. From Sunday through Friday it is advertising temperatures at least near 50 or greater, with a warming trend throughout that threatens to reach 70 by Friday! Of course, guidance in this range is iffy at best, though models often do better with a more benign pattern compared to one with multiple moving parts needed to create a storm.

By Ian Livingston, Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman  | February 9, 2011; 10:30 PM ET
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Comments

Thank you, Ian! I like what I'm reading!

Posted by: ThinkWarm | February 9, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Justin Berk is thinking that this will be a surprise and cause problems in the morning...

From his facebook page-
This wv satellite loop shows a distinct push of moisture aloft a little farther north. The morning models caught up a little bit. There is a suggestion of about 1/2" for BWI, with a little more for Annapolis, Maryland. That would be enough to be an early morning travel concern. Kids/teachers... do that snow dance. North of Baltimore, this might have trouble getting in. It will be close, and this is stronger than expected at this time.
The streamline winds I posted earlier (below on my page) show the flow around high Pressure sliding off of the coast. This high will also help to deflect moisture north tonight. While the air is currently dry, the winds will increase moisture to help support snow over vigra.
Time: 10pm to 5 am. Best chance Baltimore and south.

How much? Enough to make things slick early. Computer models suggest 1/2 inch for BWI... but that still doesn't account for the full shift north. To play it safe... I would say an inch or so for AA to the Eastern Shore, with 2-4 inches in St. Mary's, Cambridge, and Salisbury.
North- not much expected now. So Carroll-Harford-Cecil- stand by but don't hold your breath.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | February 9, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Aw shucks!

When snow arrives, grab it by the horns and say "We own you, baby! We will not be denied!" :)

Posted by: RedCherokee | February 9, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

BRING ON THE 70'S!

Posted by: rwalker66 | February 9, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Come on.....come on.....come on....

It's very grim & gray & cold outside. Feels like snow.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Great--not.
The Midwest and the South get OUR snow and I get an early pollen season.
Bleh........

Posted by: concepcion611 | February 9, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

concepcion611 - are you already feeling scratchy, sneezey, itchy already?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

More snow? I'm going to scream, seriously. I can't take this anymore, I've had it. Its not fair!! :(

Posted by: getjiggly2 | February 9, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think .50" is the most this even could produce and think a more likely amount is a dusting to an inch if we get anything at all and that is far from certain. The Euro today and the 18Z NAM have backed off with the latter now only giving a dusting or flurries to the area.

Posted by: wjunker | February 9, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Apparently it is snowing in Stafford...

Posted by: kat16 | February 9, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

70's by next Friday! Bring it on! No more jogging through the snow slush and the mini-floods as the snow melts.

Posted by: creativekev | February 9, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

the 12Z gfs held steady with its precipitation forecast across the region. The model does tend to overforecast light amounts of precipitation in the cold air making it's forecast compared to the 18Z nam tough to evaluate. It would support a dusting and more than flurries.

Posted by: wjunker | February 9, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

NO! I'm nearly ready for the warm-up, but one last ski trip to Snowshoe next weekend makes me hope the cold and snow stick around a little longer. I'd rather not ski in the soup that they get when it gets warmer.

Posted by: rubysoccer1 | February 9, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say if the GFS were correct it would support a dusting more than just flurries and pretty much supports ian's forecast.

Posted by: wjunker | February 9, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It is definitely snowing in Stafford. So far, it's only light snow.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 9, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm predicting an inch for Loudoun--two flocks of geese flew north past my window a short time before the clouds moved in. They usually do that only when uncomfortable weather is moving in, and rarely do that for just a flurry.

Posted by: celt1 | February 9, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks David for verifying those radar echoes in Stafford!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

CWG,

Is there anyway to forecast the North Atlantic Oscillation turning positive or negative some time before it happens and its duration? Can meteorologists forecast this weather 'feature'? If so, how reliable usually is the NAO forecast. Thanks.

I read in the previous post that NAO turning positive will be responsible for our region's warm-up next week, so this NAO seems to be a key driving factor for temperatures.

Posted by: creativekev | February 9, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome, Camden. So far, the very light snow is nothing of any consequence.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | February 9, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree with every word of your forecast.

There is a pretty good band of snow over KY and TN that might have been underforecast by some models, but it will probably fall apart in the dry air before it gets here.

Some local forecasts had it hardly any warmer on Saturday than Friday, which seems ridiculous considering the big rise in both 500 mb heights and thickness, plus the west wind. You guys are much more on the ball.

I believe your forecasting is head and shoulders ahead of your competition.

Posted by: frontieradjust | February 9, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Winds are pretty good right now. It's giving our around 32 degree temps are definite bite. Any chance they'll wind down?

Posted by: jojo2008 | February 9, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It's snowing here in Charles County. Actually I would say we already have a "dusting." I peaced out last week 'til next season and didn't know what was going on when I got to Charles County. Came to CWG to find out if this was forecast.

Posted by: luvhh | February 9, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

creativekev, I don't think it's easily predictable outside a week or 10 days tho one of the meteorologists like Wes would have a better answer on that.

You can keep track of the current state here and see predictions for the next period here.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Light flurries were descending in Chantilly @ 5:50.

Posted by: VelocityAtrocity | February 9, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Very tiny flakes falling right now in McLean.

Posted by: cubscapsfan | February 9, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

am i correct to say there's NO WAY we're getting over an inch in falls church?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Light snow here in Centreville VA

Posted by: cyndismoot5 | February 9, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Snowing pretty good in Rockville...

Posted by: homertuckumd | February 9, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Ian - Thanks for the links to NAO forecast. The 10 and 14-day forecasts look like the NAO will be trending toward negative (colder) again after Feb 16, next Wed. Hopefully your comments in this post of warm temps until next Fri will still hold true. I could use a break from the recent frigid weather, and will enjoy the warm-up (however long it lasts) starting this Saturday.

Posted by: creativekev | February 9, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Light snow in Lake Ridge.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 9, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Flakes falling north of town now too. Glorified flurries in Columbia.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Had flurries/light snow on my way home to north PG Laurel!

Posted by: megamuphen | February 9, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey what's up CWG? It is already arguably beyond a dusting here in Mt. Vernon section of Fairfax, and it's coming down pretty hard!

Posted by: squirrelgirl1 | February 9, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Had a little flurry in Olney

Posted by: johnslau | February 9, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

@squirrelgirl1

As our forecast states, some folks could get up to a 0.5" or so, especially south of town.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

70s?!?! NO!!! ugh, the sooner it gets warm, the sooner it gets HOT.

blurgh.

Posted by: dinergirl1 | February 9, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

dusting already here in fort hunt area...but very light snow coming down

Posted by: fortheglory | February 9, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Very, very, tiny flakes in Manassas.

Posted by: manassasmissy | February 9, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

It's snowing very lightly, with little tiny snowflakes coming down and starting to accumulate on the cars.

Southeast Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | February 9, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Flurries here in northern Calvert.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | February 9, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

flurries plus in Central Arlington, the cars are white

Posted by: tleckey15 | February 9, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

It was snowing on me in Fairfax when i was walking home just now. As a snow hater let me be the first to say : STOP THAT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW! BAD SNOWFLAKES! BAD! BAD!

Posted by: rwalker66 | February 9, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Can't really see it coming down in Rosslyn but a very light dusting on cars, benches, trees, etc. Looked and felt like snow when I was out walking earlier.

Posted by: marathoner | February 9, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

dusting in falls church.

CWG,
how is the radar matching up with the models? that part in kentucky and sw va isn't coming here? still thinking the business part of the precip is headed for north carolina? i.e., south? still 1" max max max?

rwalker,
but they're so pretty:
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/photos/photos.htm

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/primer/primer.htm

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Snowflakes in College Park. Deck is covered over very lightly

Posted by: thinksnow | February 9, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

oh... .5" max, i see.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

madison va is geting flakes we have a dusting on the ground

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | February 9, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Walter,
Yes, they are pretty close up and you make incredible sculptures with them, but all i see and feel is something cold and wet hitting me in the face and eyes.

Posted by: rwalker66 | February 9, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

To the untrained eye (former lurker, now getting into the fun), the radar along the NC coast looks like the low is forming and moving north or at least north/northeast, not out to sea like the models predicted. Am I just completely reading into that / wishcasting?

Posted by: flyersindc | February 9, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

To the untrained eye (former lurker, now getting into the fun), the radar along the NC coast looks like the low is forming and moving north or at least north/northeast, not out to sea like the models predicted. Am I just completely reading into that / wishcasting?

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I definitely noticed the same thing. That, and the fact that there's quite a bit of snow on the ground already, makes me wonder if we're going to get more than most expect. I've already surpassed "dusting" in northern Charles County.

Posted by: NickG32 | February 9, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

In Charles County:
Cars covered, grass covered, sidewalks covered. Few patches in street (not a busy street)

Posted by: luvhh | February 9, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

rwalker,
i guess it depends where you measure. at these low level accumulations, a big inconvenience factor is "pavement stick". .5" on the pavement is terrible for commute/daily life. 1" on the grass or picnic table is no big deal.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 9, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Mr FIREDRAGON47 just called me from Fairfax Station, bewildered, because it's snowing there with about a quarter inch accumulation on the car.
It ain't doing jack here in Centreville. Saw about 10 flakes shortly after nightfall. It's all just south :-(

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jochpo | February 9, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Definite dusting here in Laurel, snow is sticking to everything, including the road (although I live on a quite un-busy cul de sac)

Posted by: megamuphen | February 9, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Radar really starting to blossom. I wouldn't be surprised if we got an inch or two out of this.

Posted by: samdman95 | February 9, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Slight accumulation in Georgetown going on, but nothing sticking to the roads yet.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | February 9, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

A little more than a dusting in Crystal City so far, and not just on the grass and leftover snow piles.

Posted by: DontWannaMyPostID | February 9, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Light snow falling here in hyattsville, so far not sticking to roads. Now awaiting the sticking to start the salting :/

Posted by: KRUZ | February 9, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Cars, grass, and asphalt which was shaded during the day are all dusted. Southeast Silver Spring.

Posted by: Murre | February 9, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Still not snowing in Sterling...rats...

Posted by: BobMiller2 | February 9, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, the intensity has picked up a little in Charles County. Saw my neighbor get out of car and slip a little going to mailbox. Hope this doesn't mean I'll have to drive on 301 as opposed to the back roads tomorrow morning!

Posted by: luvhh | February 9, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I encountered several slick spots on bridges/overpasses, on my way down 295/210 from the district to ft washington. This was especially true on the "flyover" bridge crossing the beltway which was snow covered and very slick. Everybody needs to be careful as none of the roads appear to have been treated.

Posted by: ftwash | February 9, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't like to drive when it's slick...should I Metro in tomorrow?

Posted by: bdc6 | February 9, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't like to drive when it's slick...should I Metro in tomorrow?

Posted by: bdc6 | February 9, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

any chance the radar is right and the brunt of this snow is done!?! here in hyattsville there seems to be nothing really heading our way anytime soon. What is well far west seems to be slowly moving south.

Posted by: KRUZ | February 9, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

@Camden/CWG:
My entire family has been sniffly lately and my sinuses have not been happy.

Even when winter is not officially over if we have a mild spell the pollens begin. I am very allergic to the early spring pollens and by the time you see forsythias starting to bloom, the pollens are out and giving me the miseries.

Posted by: concepcion611 | February 9, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

officially a dusting in Columbia. Whooooo! But georgetown beat Syracuse, booooooo!

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

@KRUZ

You may be at the northern edge of the next batch. Definitely looks to be worse in southern PG.

@bdc6

The precip should end before 1 a.m. so many roads should be treated for the morning commute. However, may be some slick spots on untreated roads as previously wet or slushy roads may freeze.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

We have around .5" here in northern Calvert already. Very fine flakes coming down steadily.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | February 9, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Just a light frosting in Bethesda--enough to dust the cars but so little you can still see what color they are. Pretty, but I hope it won't make for slippery walking in the AM.

Posted by: angelicat | February 9, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Thx for the update Jason. Yeah im in northern PG, just east (1 mile) of DC. Hyattsville, Riverdale, College Park area. Hopefully the bulk stays south!

What has fallen thus far has not stuck to any road surface so far.

Hope you'll keep us updated!

Posted by: KRUZ | February 9, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

This might sound dumb CWG but there seems to be a mass moving over the florida-alabama area....what about that? How is that gonna affect us tomorrow? Is it going to miss? Are the models holding strong to thinking its going to not hit us, or is there a reasonable chance it'll come up the coast and blanket us tomorrow with a substantial amount of snow? I guess i'm asking, what are the odds that mass will make a bad snow storm.

Posted by: HeMustBeMagic | February 9, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA some light snow here, just dusting the cars.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

@HeMustBeMagic

That's all going to miss us out to sea.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Jason

I did a search but couldnt find anything.
When ( for the DC area) are the chances for snow pretty much over? Im sure there is an average and you have to account for the rare storm and such..etc...

My coworkers say around mid march and its pretty much over around here ( on average).

I did see though where several decent and big storms have hit DC in Mid march in the past 20 years...

In upstate SC your safeby the end of FEb ( most of the times..but I have seen big ice storms hit on saint pattys day.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | February 9, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The reports that Rte 4 in PG and Calvert county are slick and that the secondary roads in the latter are snow covered in places. We saw 4 to 6 cars that had spun out on route 4 between the beltway and rte 260, the road to Chesapeake Beach. It's still snowing here.

Posted by: wjunker | February 9, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

@BradFinWoodbridgeVA

Mid-to-late March is about right. The latest we've had a disruptive snowstorm is end of the March. We've had snow in early April, but I'm not aware of instances where it's been cold enough to be disruptive.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

By early this evening we had from a dusting to a quarter-inch here in Vienna. The TV guys were saying that the air in the D.C. area was still too dry; it was snowing overhead, but not hitting the ground. Wrong. It WAS hiting the ground....and starting to accumulate on cars and some pavement.

The TV guys still say a half-inch or less for most of the D.C. area. I'm not so sure....the air is getting more moist now, and that storm center, still down over the central Gulf Coast, is a long way off.....giving plenty of opportunities for its snow bands on the northern edge to change course slightly and give us more than expected.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | February 9, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Steady light snow now in Lake Ridge. Roads are becoming snow covered.

Posted by: ZmanVA | February 9, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

21F and 0.25" snow accumulation in the mountains east of Front Royal. Light snow continuing...

Posted by: spgass1 | February 9, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

We have a decent dusting here in woodbridge so far..very pretty.

Its actually sticking to the road in my culdesack now.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | February 9, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

a friend in Clavert county just to my south measured .60", with the echoes still to the west, it suggests there could be isolated 1" amounts in the county and probably Charles county as well. That's just a guess having just walked in the door with only a quick look at the radar imagery.

Posted by: wjunker | February 9, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse


QUOTE by jochpo:

First! First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! First! Will schools be closed tomorrow? First! Will schools be closed tomorrow?

jochpo.....you've made your point. Grow up.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | February 9, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I just arrived home after driving through Vienna and Oakton, VA. The side streets are snow-covered, but not too slick. Main roads are wet. Accumulations are light, .25" or less. The snow has increased in intensity a bit during the past 30 minutes.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | February 9, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Latest major snowstorm in DC was April 1, 1924. I remember it well! 5" in downtown DC and 9" in College Park and Takoma Park. Temps dropped into the upper 20s during the storm and it did stick to roads. Thundersnow in many areas was also noted.

There was an early April snowstorm in 1915 that dropped 19" in Philly and up to 15" on the Delmarva Peninsula, but DC only had about 3".

There was an April snowstorm, I believe in 1843 that supposedly dropped 10 to 12" on DC, but that was before my time and being pre Weather Bureau, there was no official measurement.

Posted by: frontieradjust | February 9, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Latest major snowstorm in DC was April 1, 1924. I remember it well! 5" in downtown DC and 9" in College Park and Takoma Park. Temps dropped into the upper 20s during the storm and it did stick to roads. Thundersnow in many areas was also noted.

There was an early April snowstorm in 1915 that dropped 19" in Philly and up to 15" on the Delmarva Peninsula, but DC only had about 3".

There was an April snowstorm, I believe in 1843 that supposedly dropped 10 to 12" on DC, but that was before my time and being pre Weather Bureau, there was no official measurement.

Posted by: frontieradjust | February 9, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

10:35 pm. Layhill and Bel Pre in N. Silver Spring. Pretty good dusting of snow here. All the cars are covered in white. Snow doesn't seem to be sticking to the asphalt tho. Was a bit slick out there while walking the pups too.

Posted by: Hanz1 | February 9, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Centreville VA snowing a bit harder. Pavement is covered. If this keeps up for another hour we might get half an inch.
It will pretty in the morning. Slippery too.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 9, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Moderate snow falling in centreville, kinda surprising, so far where approaching 1/4 inch

Posted by: snowlover31 | February 9, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Firedragon- great minds think alike a...

anyway forgot to ad that the rode is pretty slippery, at least where i live.

Posted by: snowlover31 | February 9, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse


Just measured 1/4 inch

Posted by: snowlover31 | February 9, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Pretty good little snowfall here in Brandywine, MD, Southern Prince George's County. Probably at least a half inch already on the ground and still coming down.
I just got off the road and it was getting dicey. Road completely covered in snow. I enjoy it when we South and East of the District folk get more snow. We will probably end up with almost an inch.

Posted by: nnewlin | February 9, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Update: 3/8ths of an inch in eastern Warren County [mental health check... how ridiculous is it to pay this much attention to a minor snowfall?]

Posted by: spgass1 | February 9, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Nary a flake in my part of Ashburn...

Posted by: natsncats | February 9, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

seems to be a little more than predicted here at my house..is the upper air becoming more moist?

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | February 9, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

close to have an inch in centreville and still coming down

Posted by: snowlover31 | February 9, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

funny..i didnt even pay attention to this forecast after i figured it was a bust a few days ago..had not watched the weather or anything or listend to radio for several days,,the out of the blue ..i saw snowflakes tonight coming home from work..

i know this storm aint no big deal but it was FUN to be suprised by the snow falling..

I bet years ago it was wild to wake up to the ground covered in snow when you had no idea it was coming...its kinda nice in a way to be suprised...

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | February 9, 2011 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Been snowing here lightly since about 8:45, 9 p.m. We've got about 1/4-inch plus and no sign of stopping.

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 9, 2011 11:05 PM | Report abuse

its been snowless here in hyattsville/northern PG county for about an hour. No snow on the roads atm! Im hopeful this is just about over.

Posted by: KRUZ | February 9, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, meant to say in New Baltimore, 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Light snow. Lovely. Still snowing now.

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 9, 2011 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Topper Shutt just called himself anal... Was a number (temp) off center. It was a bit awkward.

Posted by: KRUZ | February 9, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I have about 1/4 inch on the back deck here in woodbridge..road is white..very suprised..didnt think i was gonna see a flake a few days ago.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | February 9, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

about a 1/4 inch on the deck here..very suprised..i wasnt expecting even a flake...

and its still coming down. the roads are white now......

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | February 9, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Last check for the night reveals a tiny bit of snow cover on car windshields and hoods out here in Ashburn.

Posted by: natsncats | February 9, 2011 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Had no idea it was snowing until the choc lab came in from her before-bedtime excursion outside. When I went to help the old girl up onto the bed (yes, she sleeps with Daddy and Mommie), I discovered she was really wet. Grabbed a towel, dried her off, helped her up and then turned on the outside light. It's really coming down at the 301 Bridge, and it's beautiful!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 9, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

on radar it looks like all the snow just west of DC is just disappearing. Looks like the snow is over for me! We have a dusting on the grass and cars, nothing on the roads or sidewalks!

CWG, I saw a video on accuwx about the jetstream being north of us for the rest of february. Does this sound right to you and what does that do for snow chances?... I assume it keeps us on the southern end of most storm aka on the warm/rain side?

Posted by: KRUZ | February 9, 2011 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Man, all these comments for at most a half-inch of snow?

Posted by: weatherdude | February 10, 2011 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Solid .5 inch in Manassas and closer to .75 is more likely. None of the roads were pre-treated so it's a mess with people sliding all over the place.

Posted by: TheJoeGreene | February 10, 2011 12:18 AM | Report abuse

@weatherdude

my thoughts exactly.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | February 10, 2011 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I guess this warm-up is payback for not having our typical January thaw this year!

Posted by: TheAnalyst | February 10, 2011 12:28 AM | Report abuse

prince william parkway was not pre treated at all..was this a suprise or something???

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | February 10, 2011 12:29 AM | Report abuse

just went to the local exxon..saw 3 cars on the side of the road on the parkway...not a snow plow in site...weird.

Posted by: BradFinWoodbridgeVA | February 10, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

About 1/4 to 1/2 inch on the ground in Dumfries. Roads look to have just enough snow on them to become an instant "skating rink". Went out for dinner tonight about 7:30 and roads in eastern PWC were just wet. Got home about 9pm, and not much going on. Guess we got home just in time.

Preparing for problems getting to work at Belvoir in the morning. Won't be fun, I am sure.

Posted by: southbridgemom | February 10, 2011 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Man, all these comments for at most a half-inch of snow?

Posted by: weatherdude | February 10, 2011 12:08 AM

lol you better believe it. we're that snow starved!

yep 1/2 inch here in eastern woodbridge.. pretty. :)

Posted by: RedCherokee | February 10, 2011 2:41 AM | Report abuse

A dusting to maybe 1/8 inch in north Laurel. And yes, we are snow starved when yet again the Outer Banks is getting snow and we aren't.

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