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9:27am: Here is the latest storm timeline from Jacqui Jeras. Snow will change over to sleet and freezing rain closer to lunch time. Icing may be up to a quarter of an inch west of D.C. with lesser amounts for the Metro and points east to the Chesapeake Bay.
Here is an updated timeline of today's weather for the D.C. Metro.Freezing rain holds on West of I-95 into the a.m. pic.twitter.com/AYIXVFXaA4— Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJeras) December 8, 2013
9:23am: Mike Stinneford has some sound advice for those of you living west of D.C. and also those of you who have well water.
Getting ready to fill the bathtubs with water so I'll have water to flush with when the power goes out. Well doesn't work in power outages.— Mike Stinneford (@MikeSABC7wx) December 8, 2013
9:18am: Adam Caskey is now reporting snow grains in Arlington. This could be part of the first signs of a changeover as it means there is a warmer layer somewhere aloft. Snow is still being reported west of D.C. and freezing rain is now being reported in St. Mary's County, MD.
Btw, we've changed to light snow grains (sleet like) in Arlington. Radar: pic.twitter.com/LhgllJ4crW— Adam Caskey (@adamcaskey) December 8, 2013
9:06am: Check out the "Misery Map" from flightaware.com. Already reporting massive delays at Dulles Airport and delays still common in Dallas and have spread to New York City. Not a great day to be traveling!
9:00am: Be sure to send pictures in to the station and our facebook page. We started a photo gallery and you could also see your pictures on air!
8:30am: Here is the atmospheric sounding from this morning at Dulles Airport, showing cold air extending from the surface and no warm layers aloft just yet signaling all snow to start the day. Once warm air gets into the region aloft, precipitation will begin changing to sleet and freezing rain.
8:27am: Snow is now being reported at the National Weather Service office in Sterling too!
8:19am: Snow is now being reported in many locations across Virginia. A dusting has already been seen in Ashburn and moderate snow has accumulated up to an inch in areas in the mountains and west.
Snowing moderately at 28 in bram/ashburn. Have a dusting already. pic.twitter.com/tzMHYwOTvi— Matthew J. Rogers (@MattyMcMatt17) December 8, 2013
.25" of freezing rain a good bet for D.C. in the next 24 hours. This could become very dangerous. Ice impacts here: pic.twitter.com/6N4Ourj9pH— Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJeras) December 8, 2013
8:10am: Up to an inch of snow being reported in the Blue Ridge and west towards parts of the Shenandoah Valley.
7:40am: Here's a look at the storm total ice forecast from the National Weather Service. Ice is worse than snow or sleet as it can cause massive traffic problems and can also cause trees to fall and possible power outages due to the weight of the ice on the surfaces.
A half inch of snow already just west of Front Royal.— Mike Stinneford (@MikeSABC7wx) December 8, 2013
7:22am: A few reports are already coming in, with some sleet starting in Fredericksburg and some light snow being reported in the Shenandoah Valley. Mike Stinneford took this picture from his mountain home in the Blue Ridge where a dusting has already fallen.
@JacquiJeras sleet just starting in F'burg. 33°.— mjoyce1111 (@mjoyce1111) December 8, 2013
6:59am: Here's the current look at Doppler radar. Here's a link to the bigger picture of the storm taking shape and moving towards the D.C. area.
6:47am: The stage is being set with dry air at the surface (dew points in the teens) and temperature currently at or below freezing. Precipitation is beginning to move into the region (per Doppler radar) but is falling as virga and not reaching the ground just yet with surface moisture levels so low. We'll have to wait until later this morning (8am-11am) for enough moisture to get into the region for snow to begin to fall.
Oddly enough, Reagan National Airport is reporting flurries right now, but looking out the window I don't see anything just yet and don't expect to until another couple of hours.