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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Weather image of the day: Fawning over snow

By Jason Samenow

A deer in the snow Monday in Linden, Va. Submitted by S.P. Gass.

While there were no official reports of accumulating snow inside the beltway last night, you only had to travel a little over 60 miles to get nearly half a foot. Capital Weather Gang reader Steve Gass, who photographed the deer in snow pictured above (undoubtedly older than a fawn), measured 5.5" on the slope of High Knob, in between Linden and Chester Gap in Warren County.

Steve said the snow built up fast last night but melted fast in the sun today.

See some of Steve's other images at

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By Jason Samenow  | March 7, 2011; 8:00 PM ET
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Photography  
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5.5" - nice! nice pic too. i remember all week you kept pointing to and asking about the possibility of the change-over - and you got it alright. how much is left?

that's quite a collection of va wildlife shots. i had no idea mink lived in va. i love the ones with snow/ice. the dogwood bud encrusted in ice is neat too. the holly in the snow is a great one for christmas with the red/green/white.

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

S.P. Gass - WOW!! 5.5"?! We only got a dusting here in NE Loudoun.

btw, I really like your old dominion wildlife website - - I've had it bookmarked for a while now...seeing some of those photos makes me want to buy a house out your way!

Also, you frequently post the current temp where you live and it seems like it's always quite a bit colder than metro dc...on average, how many degrees colder is the temperature out in Linden than here in metro dc? 5°? 10°? I suppose that could vary depending on the weather...

Anyway, thanks again for the photos!


did you get any snow in falls church? Here in NE loudoun, we got just a dusting.

Posted by: BobMiller2 | March 7, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks a lot, Walter. We got up to 43F today. There's still close to 5" in the shade, but the deck railing in the sun only has about an inch on it now.

Posted by: spgass1 | March 7, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks a lot, Bob. Right now we're at 33 so that would be 6 degrees colder than National... but you're right it depends on the weather... we're usually a good bit cooler, but every once in awhile we're the same or even higher.

If you're in a position to buy, now would probably be a good time as it seems like there are some good deals out here these days.

Posted by: spgass1 | March 7, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

we got nada, naught, zip, zilch, goose egg, bupkis. need I go on?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 7, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

That's a well fed looking piece of venison...

Posted by: wiredog | March 8, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

We seem to be getting something we haven't seen in quite a while--cold frontal passages with huge amounts of moisture.

Usually the moisture gets squeezed out by the West Virginia Appalachians before it gets here.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 8, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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