From the ABC 7 Weather team

Hey - where did all the D.C. snow go? (MAP)

December 8, 2011 - 01:35 PM
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A map of snow totals around the D.C. region shows a pathetic scattering of powder in most places. So what happened to the snowstorm?

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This week has seen some impressive weather around D.C., just not for folks who enjoy a good snowfall. Wednesday saw a record amount of rain at all three local airports. But while we can look back and laugh at the spazzy doomsday forecasts for Thursday's winter storm, weren't we supposed to at least get some measurable snow?

The answer is that we did, though D.C. residents may not have noticed. Arlington County and Fairfax received a trace amount, while suburbs farther out got much more: 4 inches in Loudoun and 7 inches in Highland County, the highest amount recorded during this snowstorm. It could have been much more, though, if the low-pressure system bringing the precipitation had stuck around for a while. As it was, the storm dropped an immense amount of rain while moving very quickly, and was running out of ammo by the time the changeover to snow occurred.

Chris Naille, ABC7 meteorologist, has more to say about this storm:

So what happened to the snow?  Well a couple things...

1) This was a very fast moving system, so the window for snow was quite small to begin with. 

2) The transition from rain to snow was slower to occur than weather guidance indicated.

3) The ground and road temperatures were quite warm, and with only a few hours of snow (if that) many surface temperatures were too warm for much if any accumulation to occur.... For you snow lovers, winter has barely started yet and we will have several more chances to stack some of the white stuff up.

A full list of snow totals from the National Weather Service follows the jump.

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

Location / Total snowfall (inches) / Time & Date / Comments

MARYLAND

...ALLEGANY COUNTY...
1 N FROSTBURG 1.2 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER
FROSTBURG 1.0 819 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
ECKHART MINES 0.4 1142 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
1 ENE MOUNT SAVAGE T 521 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER

...FREDERICK COUNTY...
4 SSE FORT RITCHIE 2.0 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER
1 NW WOLFSVILLE 1.8 1050 PM 12/07 ELEV 1250 FT

...MONTGOMERY COUNTY...
2 WSW DAMASCUS T 902 PM 12/07 CO-OP OBSERVER

VIRGINIA

...ARLINGTON COUNTY...
REAGAN NATIONAL AIRP T 1044 PM 12/07 AIRPORT

...CITY OF WINCHESTER...
2 S WINCHESTER T 630 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER

...CLARKE COUNTY...
1 NW BERRYVILLE T 745 PM 12/07 PUBLIC

...FAIRFAX COUNTY...
1 NNE HERNDON T 930 PM 12/07 A FEW FLAKES

...FREDERICK COUNTY...
1 N WILDE ACRES 3.2 834 AM 12/08 NWS EMPLOYEE
5 NE WINCHESTER 0.2 700 AM 12/08 COCORAHS

...HIGHLAND COUNTY...
3 WNW HIGHTOWN 7.0 800 PM 12/07 PUBLIC
1 SW MILL GAP 0.7 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER
1 SW MUSTOE 0.3 1159 AM 12/07 COCORAHS

...LOUDOUN COUNTY...
4 SW BLUEMONT 4.0 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

...MADISON COUNTY...
BIG MEADOWS 2.8 1200 AM 12/08 PARK SERVICE
3 NE HAYWOOD T 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

...PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY...
3 NNW WOOLSEY T 900 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER

...WARREN COUNTY...
2 SW LINDEN 4.5 1050 PM 12/07 PUBLIC

WEST VIRGINIA

...GRANT COUNTY...
BAYARD 6.0 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER
1 W SCHERR T 500 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER

...HARDY COUNTY...
MOOREFIELD 1.8 928 PM 12/07 PUBLIC
LOST RIVER 1.0 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

...JEFFERSON COUNTY...
1 W CHARLES TOWN T 704 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
SHEPHERDSTOWN T 812 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER

...MINERAL COUNTY...
2 SE SULPHUR CITY T 500 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
2 SW KEYSER T 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

...MORGAN COUNTY...
1 WNW OMPS T 1200 AM 12/08 CO-OP OBSERVER

...PENDLETON COUNTY...
6 WSW CHERRY GROVE 5.0 825 PM 12/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
3 NE FORT SEYBERT 1.9 600 AM 12/08 COCORAHS

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