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D.C. area snow on Saturday (Live Blog)

December 29, 2012 - 06:54 AM
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Though many of you have woke up too little if any snow, the chance still remains for parts of the D.C. area.

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12:20 pm - Snow that swept through the DC area has mostly moved beyond the Metro area. Much of the snow didn't stick in the immediate area. But several inches are on the ground in some parts.

11:19am - The Winter Weather Advisory has been cancelled in parts of the area but is still active for Loudoun, Montgomery and points NW.

Winter Weather Advisory

10:57am - Here's a picture of a light dusting of snow in Fairfax sent in by our Morning Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras.

Snow in Fairfax, VA

10:52am - Here is a list of snow reports so far in the D.C. area. The highest snowfall totals so far have been in Frostburg, MD (3") and in Martinsburg, WV (2").

10:47am - The snow has ended at Mike Stinneford's place close to Front Royal, VA. He received around 0.75". Snow will continue to come to an end through lunch time in the D.C. Metro. Track it on our Live Super Doppler Radar.

10:30am - Be sure to check out our Interactive Radar as this snow begins to end in some areas. Snow will continue to move from southwest to northeast as the system departs. I think it will exit the D.C. Metro close to Noon, so there may be enough snow for a quick dusting and the potential for a couple of slick spots on the roadways. Enjoy it while it's here!

9:58am - Snow has now been reported through much of D.C. and is actually falling outside our window here in Rosslyn too. We're still not expecting too much with maybe a dusting in and around D.C. in spots and up to an inch or two in the western suburbs. Snow should come to an end around Noon as this system continues to move to the northeast.

9:29am - The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has reported that light snow has begun at Dulles Airport but they have snow crews ready for it as only light accumulations are expected.

9:24am - Some light snow has been falling at our very own Meteorologist Mike Stinneford's home in the Blue Ridge. Keep in mind the snow on the ground was from the last storm!

Snow near the Blue Ridge

9:19am - Light snow is beginning to be reported through much of the D.C. area but mainly in the western suburbs. Light rain has been reported east and southeast of D.C. Here is a great place to see some of the snow...the traffic cameras in Virginia!

8:50am - I just looked out the window here in Rosslyn, VA and saw some light flurries, sleet and some rain. Heavier activity is still located to the south of D.C. with more rain and snow. This will make it to D.C. over the next hour. I expect it to mainly be rain in the D.C. Metro, but snow will still be likely west of the city where the Advisory is posted.

8:30am - Snow is still in the forecast. Here is our latest snowfall map. Keep in mind closer to the D.C. Metro, some flakes may be mixed in with rain which would keep the totals down. Snow is just beginning to pick up west of D.C.

Snow forecast for the D.C. Area

8:14am - Light snow and rain is beginning to show up on Live Super Doppler 7 to the south of D.C. near Culpeper and Fredericksburg. This will be what to watch over the next couple of hours.

7:54am - Who will see the big snow today? Really the only areas that will get some nice measureable snow will be the Boston area as well as Rhode Island. Here is the NWS forecast office in Taunton, MA. You can see there is a Winter Storm Warning posted up there in the pink shading. In those locations, 4 to 8 inches of snow can be expected along with some gusty winds.

7:48am - Be sure to check out some of our HD WeatherBug cameras across the region to see if it is snowing near your house. So far I have seen snow in Wintergreen, VA, Frostburg, MD and Frederick, MD.

Snow in Frostburg, MD on our HD WeatherBug cam

7:42am - From Josh Knight in WSHV in Harrisonburg, VA, there have been some reports of snow beginning to "really come down" in northwestern parts of Rockingham county. This is relayed from NWS Chat.

7:31am - Here is an idea of the energy I am speaking of as it is expected to move through the D.C. area by 1pm this afternoon. This is a look at the 500mb vorticity plot from the 6Z GFS model that ran earlier this morning. Continue to watch that swath of precipitation over southwestern Virginia as that is where our snow will be coming from.

500mb Vorticity as of 18Z Saturday from the 6Z GFS Model (WeatherBELL Models)

7:06am - Even though you haven't seen much snow in the D.C. area just yet this morning, the chance is still there as we are still awaiting some energy that is positioned to the southwest. Check out this Mid Atlantic radar loop that shows some snow falling over southwestern VA. That is the energy we are watching and it should get to the region later this morning.

The main question will be whether or not it falls as snow or rain. The farther northwest from the D.C. Metro you are located, the better chance you will see snow. We will continue to keep you updated with any reports and pictures we receive. Please send us pictures if you see some snow!

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