From the ABC 7 Weather team

Live Blog: Snow in the D.C. area today

February 8, 2012 - 09:44 AM
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Stay informed on the latest snowfall totals, pictures, video, radar and forecast updates here on our live blog. ABC7's Alex Liggitt is keeping track of all the latest weather updates.

Snow has begun to fall and it may affect tonight's commute (Photo: Ben Rice) (Photo: Brad Bell)


Final Update - Pretty much all of the rain/snow is wrapping up around the region.  Look for clearing skies overnight and falling temperatures.  Watch out for icy spots on the roads early tomorrow morning. 


Latest image of Snow Machine:  Temperatures still above freezing in the metro area.  Rain/Snow will wrap up within the next few hours.  Maybe a few wet snowflakes for DC, as the moisture tapers off and pushes East. 

Live Doppler: 5:20PM


Snowfall Reports

Thurmont, MD - 1.5 inches

Frostburg, MD - 1.2 inches

Martinsburg, WV - 0.3 inches on the grass

Waterford, VA (In Loudoun Co.) - 0.1 inches

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Since the snow hasn't been that much of a factor, temperatures are above freezing and this event should end in the next few hours, the Winter Weather Advisory has been cancelled for Montgomery, Loudoun and Fauquier Counties. It is still posted for Frederick County in MD and points west, the Panhandle of WV and Clarke and Frederick Counties in VA until 8pm.


Everything is beginning to changeover to snow in the 270 cooridor near Germantown and Gaithersburg and points west. Also, snow is beginning to mix in around Dulles Airport and points west into Loudoun County, VA. Temperatures are around the freezing mark north and west of D.C. and some light accumulations will be possible through the remainder of the afternoon in the grassy areas. A few slick spots will be possible on lesser traveled roadways so be careful out there as you make your way home. Snow should come to an end later this evening.


Video Blog time! Check out the latest cameras across the region as well as my latest thoughts on the snow... or lack thereof...


Keep an eye on the D.C. road temperatures this afternoon and evening closer to the evening rush. This could be worth a bookmark!

Some light rain will move into the D.C. Metro area over the next hour or two. We still think it will change over to some very light snow later this afternoon and evening before coming to an end. Light snow remains over the Winter Weather Advisory area but temperatures are still in the low to mid 30s. 


@MADUSWX has reported light snow in Gaithersburg with visibilities around 2 to 3 miles. 

@ArlingtonDES has reported the county has entered Phase 1 Alert and snow crews will handle the snow as it comes.

It may be a few hours before snow even hits the D.C. Metro area. Could even be closer to 4pm until D.C. sees its first flakes. North and west of town, light snow has been falling but only sticking in the grassy areas. Please tweet me at @alexliggitt if you happen to see anything sticking to the roadways. Send me some pictures too! Thanks for your help!


Light snow is now being reported in Frederick, MD and west of the Blue Ridge from Hagerstown, MD to Winchester, VA along the I-81 cooridor. Light accumulations in the grass will be possible with temperatures still above freezing. Road temperatures are mainly in the 40s.


Did the snow moon foreshadow the light snow?


Snow is moving east into Loudoun and Frederick counties at this time. It should reach western Montgomery and Fairfax by Noon. This is light snow and should just make for some wet roadways. Temperatures are all still in the mid 30s. There will also be numerous breaks in the snow through the afternoon.


Here's the Winter Weather Advisory put out by the National Weather Service. It runs until 10pm tonight. This is where the highest likelihood for measureable (1-2") of snow is possible.

Timing seems to be shaping up for a start in the early afternoon in the D.C. Metro, a little earlier for Fairfax and Montgomery and later farther to the east.


From @WTOP, federal employees in the DC area have the option for unscheduled leave or telework.


The first flakes were just reported in Hagerstown from twitter user @JY_LMAWW. Please send me any pictures if you can to @alexliggitt on twitter or to Adam Caskey will also take pictures on his facebook page and display them on the Noon newscast! be sure to check out Live Super Doppler through the day to see where the snow is and check out some of the cameras to check out the local road conditions.


The official ABC 7 Weather Team's Snow Forecast



Here is the Stormscan as of 8:45am this morning

An area of light snow will move towards the region through the remainder of the day, bringing light snowfall accumulations later this afternoon. With temperatures currently in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees in the D.C. Metro, we are hopeful that much of the snow will melt on contact with the roadways but do expect some isolated slick spots or slushy areas to develop later this afternoon. The area with the biggest concern will be north and west of D.C. where the potential for 2 or more inches of snow exists. Check out the latest camera image from Frostburg, MD in our WeatherBug network where it has already begun to snow!

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