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D.C. Area Snow Coverage

December 10, 2013 - 06:00 AM
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Tuesday morning was a snowy one for the D.C. area, as some parts of the region picked up several inches of powder. Here's a recap of everything we saw this morning.


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11:50am: All Warnings and Advisories have been allowed to expire. Through the rest of the afternoon expect snow to come to an end and temperatures to hang in the low 30s. Tonight will be cold with lows in the mid 20s around town and mid teens in the western suburbs. Be ready for icy spots tomorrow morning!

11:29am: Low temperatures tonight will be in the teens in the western suburbs to lower 20s in D.C. and points southeast. Roads will be icy throughout the region and areas that don't have snow removal may see this wet snow become a big icy problem by the morning. I think delays will be likely and cancellations will again be possible.

Low temperatures Wednesday morning per the 4km NAM model Courtesy WeatherBELL Models

10:46am: Conversational snow continues to fall in the D.C. area but that's about it. It should continue to exit the region closer to lunch time. Here is our latest snow map (as of 9am). We'll have an update this afternoon.

10:04am: Here is the National Weather Service's latest update.

9:48am: There's a giant snowman warning in effect for Howard County, MD :)

9:15am: The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled for D.C. and Fairfax but continues for Montgomery and Loudoun Counties and points west.

Latest Warnings and Advisories

9:10am: Latest radar trends are depicting the heaviest of the snow now beginning to leave D.C. There are breaks showing up on radar so snow will be tapering off in the next few hours. Expect light snow through 11am and then a few flurries through lunch time.

9:00am: Snowfall totals are beginning to come in to the National Weather Service office, with 4.3" the high spot in Berryville, VA (Clarke County), 4" in Frederick, MD and 4" in Hamilton, VA (Loudoun County).

Latest Snowfall Reports

8:23am: Cancellations are beginning to pile up at Reagan National Airport. The problem is this storm is affecting much of the northeast including Philadelphia, New York and Boston. This will have an impact through the afternoon.

8:16am: Roads are still wet for much of the immediate D.C. Metro, though snow has been sticking on roads in the western part of the Beltway.

7:50am: Check out this video from Leesburg, VA of the snow coming down and accumulating on the roadways. Currently in D.C. it's snowing but temperatures are at 34°F, so it's not sticking to the roads and I've only seen a dusting so far outside.

This is shaping up to be your typical snow situation in the D.C. area with more the farther north and west of D.C. you are.

7:42am: This car has become stuck off Greensboro Dr. in Tysons Corner, VA. It's that easy to do, very slick!

7:33am: Snow is making for a very quiet morning in the Tysons Corner, VA area! Roadways are covered so be sure to take it slow if you need to head out this morning.

7:19am: This is one of the things I'm worrying about today, as snow is falling on trees that are already covered with ice. This could lead to more tree branches (or entire trees) coming down with the added weight of the snow. Luckily winds shouldn't be that high. Be safe out there today!

7:14am: Plenty of snow is falling across the region with light accumulations of 1-3 inches becoming common west of D.C. Currently in Arlington we are seeing wet roads, still waiting for the moderate snow to start accumulating.

7:00am: We have some unofficial reports of a few inches (possibly up to 4" in Winchester, VA) of snow across the western parts of the area. Snow is expected to continue through the the morning before ending by the early afternoon.

For those of you that made it to work today, this should give plenty of time for road crews to treat the roads through the afternoon prior to the PM rush hour, though slick spots and side roads may be tricky.

4km NAM Model depicting composite reflectivity and surface temperatures early this afternoon (Courtesy: WeatherBELL Models)

6:50am: Here is the latest look at our Doppler Radar. Snow and sleet has been coming down in the D.C. Metro, snow to the west and a mix to rain south of town. Conditions will deteriorate quickly with roads becoming hazardous. Looks like a good day to stay home and enjoy it!

6:46am: Roads are beginning to get very slick across the D.C. area so be very careful out there this morning!

6:29am: Snow is beginning to cover the roads in Winchester already. Heavy snow was being reported there over the past hour.

6:27am: Eileen is already noticing the roads (at least this parking lot) are being covered with snow in a very short period of time.

6:21am: Our very own Eileen Whelan is out live with the Stormchaser this morning and is now reporting sleet mixing in with some snow in Fairfax, VA.

6:11am: Snow is beginning to fall in parts of the area with moderate to even heavy snow being reported west of the Blue Ridge and now some light snow as far east as Leesburg, VA.

A few areas of sleet and rain are being reported in the southern portions of the area such as Quantico, VA and points southeast but they will eventually change over to snow over the next few hours.


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