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Snow finally makes its way to the east coast

January 3, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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This was an unwanted sight this morning along the I-81 cooridor near Harrisonburg. Numerous snow squalls made for an interesting day across the D.C. area. Starting early this morning, there have been numerous reports of snowfall, from 0.2 inches in Germantown and Damascus, to 12 inches in Pendleton County, WV.

Much of it was just nice to look at but some of it was quite a nuisance with plenty of accidents reported on I-270. Since the ground was so cold, this snow was able to stick even though the squalls only lasted about 15 minutes each.

The D.C. area and mountains to the west weren't the only areas to recieve snowfall. This was really one of the first good lake-effect snows in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as parts of Michigan where conditions were actually the worst with winds gusting to 50 m.p.h..

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1-3-12 Snow Flurry Video: Reston, VA (VIDEO)

January 3, 2012 - 02:29 PM
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Some areas like the cold surface of cars and exposed ground, did recieve a quick dusting of light snow!

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First good snows for the ski resorts this Winter

January 2, 2012 - 01:30 PM
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(Photo courtesy Anders Ljungberg via Flickr)

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Tuesday afternoon for the western slopes of the mountains and snowfall totals may reach up to a foot in some areas. The main reason is the strong cold front and first real arctic air of the season being pushed south into the mountains. The strong winds will make for upslope snow showers on the windward side of the mountains. This set up looks to remain through Wednesday morning before the winds diminish. Here is a look at a great timelapse from Wintergreen this morning as well as a look at the watches and warnings.

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Coldest air yet this winter is on the way

January 2, 2012 - 08:07 AM
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Get the heavy coats and mittens out. It's about to get downright cold. (Photo: Heather Farrell)

Gear up for the coldest outbreak thus far this season as temperatures plummet through the middle of the week. The coldest temperature reading so far this fall and winter at Reagan National Airport (DCA) was 29 degrees on December 19th & 20th. In terms high temperatures, the coolest afternoon so far at DCA was 43 degrees on December 17th. However, those numbers will soon seem warm.

A big shift has occurred in our weather pattern, and it's unlike any pattern we've seen so far this winter. Cold air over Ontario, Canada is spilling into the Washington area today through Wednesday. Also, some cities around the Great Lakes that are prone to lake effect snowfall are finally getting it in full effect with this change in the weather pattern. Also, don't be surprised to see a brief snow flurry between now and Wednesday.

As for our temperatures, we will start Tuesday with temperatures in the low to mid 20s and wind chills from 5-15 degrees (coldest west of the Blue Ridge). Afternoon high temperatures will struggle to reach freezing on Tuesday with "feels like" temperatures in the teens. If you want it colder, you got it! Wednesday morning will be the coldest all week with widespread teens, and the wind will should subside by then, so I'm not expecting much of a wind chill factor. 

Highs on Wednesday should climb into the mid 30s. To put it in perspective, the average high is 43 degrees, which is, climatologically speaking, the coldest period of the year. Also, the last time DCA had a high in the 30s was February 22nd, 2011. This arctic blast won't last, however, with highs likely back in the 50s by the weekend.

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