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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.