Snow

  • Hurricane Sandy anniversary marked a year after massive storm

    10/29/13 9:04 AM Comment

    A year ago Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of a storm that ravaged the northern Mid-Atlantic coast.

  • Prince George's Co. crews test snow plan

    10/25/13 1:07 PM

    Plow and dump trucks hit the roads to get familiar with their routes so they can be better prepared when snow is in the forecast.

  • Snow falls on western Maryland, Oakland Wednesday morning

    10/23/13 8:53 AM

    A dusting of the season's first snowfall hit Garrett County and the Oakland, Md. area Monday morning.

  • D.C. Council to hold snow readiness hearing

    10/22/13 5:53 AM

    With winter weather on the horizon, the D.C. Council will meet Tuesday in a hearing on the city's snow preparedness plans.

  • Blizzard coats South Dakota, Wyoming with rare autumn snow

    10/4/13 4:25 PM

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Blizzards rolled into parts of Wyoming and South Dakota on Friday, bringing the snow-savvy states to an unseasonably early winter standstill and even forcing a tourist town to cancel its annual Octoberfest's polka-dancing bar crawl.

    A foot of snow had fallen in western South Dakota's scenic Black Hills by early Friday, though residents were bracing for as much as 3 feet of snow and wind gusts of up to 70 mph. The storm system also spawned a tornado in Nebraska, blanketed Colorado's northern mountains with snow and was threatening to push strong thunderstorms as far east as Wisconsin.

    Julie Lee said she and fellow members of her White Rose Band were accustomed to snow, just "not for the fourth of October." They had barely unloaded their instruments in South Dakota's Old West casino town of Deadwood before the wet, heavy snow started falling and closed part of Interstate 90, the area's only interstate.

    "Our car is like an igloo," said Lee, who sings and plays the clarinet and saxophone for her North Dakota-based polka band. "I'm glad we got everything out."

    The weather, which even forecasters acknowledged was rare, prompted Deadwood officials to postpone their annual Octoberfest, including Friday night's dancing-and-singing pub crawl and Saturday's Wiener Dog Races and Beer Barrel Games. But Lee said she and her accordion-playing husband, who had planned to set up in a casino bar, still planned to entertain stranded guests because "you can only gamble for so long."

    Officials were warning drivers to stay off the roads in the Black Hills and in eastern Wyoming, where reports of 5 to 10 inches of snow were common. Forecasters urged people trying to travel to carry survival kits and to stay in their vehicles if they get stranded.

    "I've lived in Wyoming my whole life and I've never seen it like this this early," Patricia Whitman, shift manager at the Flying J truck stop in Gillette, said in a telephone interview Friday morning. She said her truck stop's parking lot was full of travelers waiting out the storm.

    "I know several of the businesses nearby are completely closed because they can't even get workers into work - it's pretty nasty," she said.

    The snow also snapped tree limbs that knocked out power lines in parts of the state, causing thousands of people to lose power.

    It was a similar scene at the typically bustling Pilot Travel Center in western South Dakota near Rapid City, about 40 miles southwest of Deadwood. It was like a ghost town Friday morning, which store general manager John Barton attributed to drivers likely heeding forecasters' warnings to stay off the roads.

    The blowing snow was picking up outside the truck stop along Interstate 90, which was closed for about 30 miles because of the weather. Conditions were expected to deteriorate throughout the day.

    "Yesterday we were really busy," Barton said. "I think a lot of people got ahead of it."

    Although early October snowfalls aren't unusual for the region, a storm of such magnitude happens only once every decade or two on the Plains, National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Trimarchi said.

    "I couldn't say when the last time we've had one like this. It's been quite a while," Trimarchi said.

    Large hail and powerful winds were forecast to hit northwest Oklahoma later Friday, while heavy rain settled in parts of Iowa and was expected to swoop northeast across the region into Wisconsin.

    In Nebraska, a tornado that touched down Thursday night damaged homes and businesses in several communities, knocked out power and toppled trees. But no injuries have been reported.

    Snow also was still falling across northern Colorado on Friday, though no major problems were being reported. Forecasters expect snow to be the heaviest in the higher mountains, while the Denver metropolitan area was reporting rain turning into snow.

  • Winter 2013 forecast: Above average snow for Mid-Atlantic, storms for Super Bowl

    8/26/13 3:31 PM

    About two-thirds of the United States will experience below average temperatures and higher-than-average precipitation totals this winter, if the 2014 Farmer's Almanac is to be believed.

  • Spring snow storm in California and Colorado

    4/9/13 6:29 AM Comment

    Parts of Colorado could get up to 20 inches of snow today, as a spring storm moves east.

  • Rumon Ernesto Anaya-Ascencio charged in double fatal Lanham crash

    3/26/13 3:15 PM Comment

    Two people are now dead after a two-car crash on a slick road in Glenn Dale, authorities say.

  • Washington D.C. weather: Sun returns, but chilly temperatures remain

    3/26/13 8:42 AM

    Slick spots hanging around from Monday's surprise snowfall made the Tuesday morning commute a little slicker than usual. While the sun is out, don't expect temperatures to get very warm.

  • Virginia road conditions, day after snowfall

    3/26/13 7:43 AM Comment

    Most roads appear to be in good condition Tuesday morning, but drivers should still be cautious. The roads are wet and some areas could be slick after Monday’s snowfall.

  • Spring storm prompts school closings, slushy commute

    3/25/13 11:32 PM Comment

    After a winter without snow, many across our region woke up surprised Monday to find everything coated in several inches of snow.

  • Late March snow covers D.C. area Monday morning

    3/25/13 9:25 PM

    This time, the snow did come, and it's hanging around. A rare late March blast of winter weather coated the D.C. area with snow Monday morning.

  • Late March Snow in D.C.: Any Records?

    3/25/13 6:44 PM Comment

    After a relatively snow-less winter, D.C. finally got an inch of snow. The first inch of snow in a little over two years!

  • March snow: Arlington residents lose power after tree falls

    3/25/13 5:54 PM Comment

    In the Cherrydale section of Arlington Monday morning, a tree weighed down by the heavy, wet snow, knocked into a power line on Lorcom Lane.

     

  • Spring snowstorm hits midwest

    3/25/13 12:09 PM Comment

    A storm that has dropped as much as six inches of snow in Ohio is expected to leave a similar amount in Pennsylvania -- and even more in higher elevations.

  • Snow in the offing for Wednesday night?

    3/20/13 11:56 PM

    A passing snow shower overnight may drop some minor accumulations on grassy areas but it shouldn’t pose a problem for Thursday morning's commute.

  • Snow has some Virginia residents wishing for spring

    3/18/13 5:49 PM Comment

    Spring seems far away to our neighbors in Virginia. The morning commute faced some tough challenges thanks to a round of snow that moved through at the peak of rush hour Monday morning.

     

  • Snow covers many areas of D.C. region Monday

    3/18/13 4:15 PM

    It might be the day after St. Patrick's Day, but your eyes aren't deceiving you if you made your way out this morning to a light coating of snow. And yes, the spring equinox is this Wednesday.

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