It's finally here and happening. Follow along as we track the heaviest snowfall totals, transition zones and what to expect next.
3:22pm: Latest observations showed a thunderstorm just north of Richmond where it was 35 degrees. A strong upper-level low will move into the region over the next few hours.
Rain will change over to snow around 6-7pm tonight bringing additional chances for another 1-2 inches of snow with isolated higher amounts to 4" possible. Snow will come to an end by 10-11pm tonight.
2:45pm: Check our latest blog for updates on more snowfall tonight. Some areas mainly east of town may see an additional 2-4" on top of what fell last night.
11:55am: Very quiet at the area airports so far today. Per Dulles Airports twitter account they are hard at work clearing the runways for inbound flights to start coming back in later this afternoon. Below is a tweet from WTOP's Dave Dildine.
Flightaware.com's Misery Map shows substantial delays and cancellations across the eastern seaboard.
11:46pm: Beautiful satellite image of the winter storm.
11:43am: Yep...apparently some of us are enjoying ourselves this morning.
11:03am: Be sure to tweet us fun pictures! You can also email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This one doesn't seem to be in the fun category.
Snow blowing in western Fairfax County pic.twitter.com/Ljc3ovOQSg— Alex Liggitt (@alexliggitt) February 13, 2014
9:57am: Here are some of the latest snowfall totals reported to the NWS Baltimore Washington office.
Washington D.C.: 8.0" Ballston, VA: 9.5"
BWI Thurgood Marshall: 12.3" Reagan National: 6.0"
Towson, MD: 15.8" Alexandria, VA: 7.0"
North Beach, MD: 4.2" Falls Church, VA: 12.0"
Mount Airy, MD: 13.0" Centreville, VA: 15.0"
St. Charles, MD: 5.5" Herndon, VA: 13.5"
Frederick, MD: 18.0" Burke, VA: 11.5"
Columbia, MD: 14.0" Purcellville, VA: 16.4"
Damascus, MD: 18.0" Ashburn, VA: 13.5"
Germantown, MD: 14.0" Dulles Airport: 10.8"
Inwood, WV: 12.0" Romney, WV: 15.2"
9:24am: Snow still falling in Frederick, MD but rain inside the Capital Beltway and points SE. Expect precipitation to taper off over the next hour.
Snow continues to mix with sleet and rain as precipitation dwindles. A 2nd push of lighter snow later today. pic.twitter.com/JEKIbsdvj9— Brian van de Graaff (@ABC7Brian) February 13, 2014
8:00AM Update: Heavy snow will taper off by later this morning for North-Central Maryland, Northern & Western Suburbs of DC and Central VA.
-We will still experience a light to moderate mixture of snow (North & West of I-95) and Sleet/rain/Snow mix east of I-95 between 8AM -11 AM.
-More snow with additional light accumulations for this evening after 4PM.
WHEW! Heavy snow and still coming down in Front Royal, VA - thanks Kelly Ann Ketron pic.twitter.com/UqLtuuYx2w— Lauryn Ricketts (@laurynricketts) February 13, 2014
7:30AM Update: Dry air working the way in from the south and east. A lull/slow down in the precip will occur through the morning hours.
6:30am: Reports of sleet now in Prince William county, near Manassas.
6:18A: According to WTOP, GW PKWY closed in both directions between the beltway and the overlooks
5:19am: Live Super Doppler clearly shows the precipitation transition zones.
4:51am: 8 inches in Frederick, MD
4:50am: Newest snow totals
Newest snow totals pic.twitter.com/XUTGD9xFyK— Eileen Whelan (@EileenABC7) February 13, 2014
4:10am: 7.5" of snow in College Park, MD
3:03am: Preliminary snow totals from the National Weather Service.
- As of 2:40am
- As of 2:40am
2:25am: Already between 3-5 inches of snow across the metro area with reports of 6 inches near Fredericksburg.
2:17am: The National Weather Service has issued a statement regarding the heavy snow early this morning:
"A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW OVER THE VIRGINIA PIEDMONT IS EXPECTED TO
OVERSPREAD THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA BY 2 AM THIS MORNING.
THE HEAVY SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN AREA
BETWEEN 2 AM AND 3 AM THIS MORNING.
HEAVY SNOW WILL PERSIST FOR A COUPLE HOURS WITH VISIBILITY REDUCED
BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE. SNOWFALL RATES OF ONE TO AS MUCH AS THREE
INCHES PER HOUR ARE EXPECTED UNDERNEATH THIS BAND. TRAVELING WILL
BE VERY DANGEROUS DURING THIS TIME SINCE ROADS WILL BECOME QUICKLY
11:27pm: Snow is accumulating on most roadways across the D.C. area and conditions will only deteriorate from here on out. This is a picture from Richard Barnhill near Chinatown. We haven't seen snow actually stick in Downtown D.C. for a long time!
In fact, the last time Reagan National recorded 5" of snow was commutageddon, and the last time it recorded more than that was the February 8-9, 2010 storm which recorded 10.8" of snow.
11:23pm: Meteorologist Mike Stinneford will be covering WTOP overnight with all the latest information on the Winter Storm. Be sure to follow him on twitter if you have an account and tune in to WTOP 103.5FM.
Heaviest of snow still a couple of hours away. Roads area wide slick and snow covered. I'm on WTOP midnight to 5 am with complete coverage.— Mike Stinneford (@MikeSABC7wx) February 13, 2014
ABC 7 News will be airing live early starting at 4am with Meteorologist's Jacqui Jeras and Eileen Whelan.
11:02pm: This is from one of our friends at the University of Maryland.
10:29pm: Latest D.C. area snowfall totals from the NWS Baltimore-Washington office.
10:15pm: ABC 7 News is setting up shop in Leesburg, VA tonight!
10:09pm: Here is the latest from ABC 7 News...
JUST IN: D.C. government will be CLOSED tomorrow; Snow Emergency remains in effect until further notice— ABC7News (@ABC7News) February 13, 2014
10:06pm: Here are the latest snowfall and icing reports from the NWS Weather Prediction Center. Up to 9" of snowfall in southern Virginia! 0.70" of ice in parts of Georgia and South Carolina, yikes...
10:01pm: Be sure to check out the long list of closings for Thursday. At this point in time we don;t really expect much to be open tomorrow!