** For immediate D.C. area, winter weather advisory 5 p.m. tonight to 1 a.m. Friday morning | Winter storm warning through 5 a.m. Friday north and west of the immediate metro area | Winter weather advisory 5 p.m. tonight through 1 a.m. Friday morning in southern Maryland **
The storm’s final wave is arriving.
For more details on this final wave of snow and to comment on what’s happening, go to this post: Storm Snochi may end with a bang
Storm Snochi is almost outta here, save for some lingering snow showers mainly east of town through around midnight. That makes this the last update to this live blog.
So go out and shovel if you haven’t, but even when you’re done, you may want to keep that shovel handy. Believe it or not, we’ve got a chance of a little more snow Friday night into midday Saturday. See more details in our latest post on the main Capital Weather Gang blog, and remember to watch out for icy spots tomorrow morning.
Snow Potential Index: 6/10 (↓) Energetic system Fri night into Sat could lead to another measurable snowfall, but not a slam dunk setup.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) February 14, 2014
This storm is finally fading away for the D.C. area, with snow starting to dwindle as seen in the radar loop below, though still hanging on for a bit in the eastern half of the region.
As the snow fizzles, we now turn our attention to temperatures falling to lows in the mid-to-upper 20s, and a Friday that may not see temperatures above freezing until late morning, or even around noontime for some of the colder north and west suburbs.
So yes, plan for some slipping and sliding if you must head out in the morning.
With the snow finally showing signs of coming to an end, it’s clear that many spots beat expectations by at least a few inches. The National Weather Service is out with a new list of snow totals. Most are old reports from earlier in the day before the second round. But below I pulled a few that are all from no earlier than 7 p.m. Look at some of these numbers!…
Crofton (Anne Arundel): 10.0″
Westminster (Carroll): 24.0″
Damascus (Montgomery): 21.3″
Gleedsville (Loudoun): 17.0″
Dulles Airport (Loudoun): 13.1″
Generally speaking, it sounds like most spots picked up an additional 1-3″ with this second round of snow, even in the District as seen below…
Picked up about another inch tonight. Just above freezing again and a mess. Freeze tonight should make fun am. pic.twitter.com/y88KaBBVeP
— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) February 14, 2014
Want to know where it snowed in this storm? Check out this cool map created by Twitter.
The map is based off tweets that mention the word snow (no, it didn’t snow in Miami). They also have an interactive where you can zoom way in and watch things progress.
Twitter’s snow map matches up quite well to where actual snow has been reported to the NWS in the past 24 hours, as seen below.
Note: In the map above, reports are still coming in. For instance, New England saw snow today but hasn’t been added yet.
During the last two to three hours, snow bands dropping occasionally moderate to heavy precipitation have been swinging through the immediate D.C. area. Reports from this activity thus far range from as little as a dusting in spots still just above freezing to about 3 inches. Some folks even more than that, mainly to the east and northeast of downtown.
It’s almost over, especially the further west you live. The final edge of snow should push toward D.C. by around 10 p.m. or so, and shift east thereafter.
Watch live radar, let us know how much you have seen this evening, and tell us when it ends at your location over on the main CWG blog.
Thanks to the new round of snow moving through this evening, WMATA has shut down bus service until early tomorrow morning. Buses will resume at 5 a.m. with limited lines in operation. Important details below.
Metrobus service will remain suspended until 5 a.m. Friday. Starting at 5 a.m., Metro will run limited bus service on major arteries, similar to this afternoon’s service.
The following routes are expected to have limited service, if conditions permit:
District of Columbia: 32, 36, 52, 54, 70, 90, 92, A6/A8, S2, X2
Maryland: 83, A12, C4, C22, D12, F4, J2, K6, P12, Q1, T18, Y9
Virginia: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 7A, 9A, 10B, 16A, 22A/25A, 23A, 28A, 29N
The heaviest snow bands are beginning to shift east of I-95 overall, but snow is still flying everywhere at this time. In the last hour, our strong low pressure system was located just offshore southern New Jersey.
With a central pressure of ~986mb, the storm is about as strong (if not quite as snowy) as well known ones in the past like Snowmageddon in 2010.
It’s also a beauty on satellite. Note the comma head over the D.C. area:
Generally, as a storm gets north of our latitude the snow threat begins to diminish fairly quickly. We’ll see that occur over the next few hours.
It’s almost like this was two storms given the extended break in the middle. The second part is putting fresh powder on top of our snow-pack from last night into this morning.
Here’s a quick roundup of what it’s looking like across the area this evening:
— Joe H (@JoeyJoeHo) February 14, 2014
— David McKenzie (@dpmckenzie) February 14, 2014
— Glenn Carter (@Glenn_Carter) February 14, 2014
— Michael F. Knowles (@MichaelFKnowles) February 14, 2014
— Jacques Arsenault (@jarsenault) February 14, 2014
— KC Tydgat (@KaceCT) February 14, 2014
Vigorous snow bands currently pushing through the region are being enhanced by a powerful mid-level storm swinging by to our south and southeast. It is interacting with the surface low off the coast. The dynamics are helping to create another round of lightning in the area this evening, with some reports of thundersnow.
This activity should remain isolated but is always very interesting to see!
Thundersnow in King George! Cc: @capitalweather
— EmmyL658 (@Melificent658) February 14, 2014
@capitalweather HUGE thunderclap with lightning just now in Newburg, MD!
— Katie Burke (@klburke88) February 13, 2014
It’s not quite the overall intensity seen last night, but snow is now falling moderately to heavily in parts of the area as the grand finale of this storm reaches its local peak.
If you’re way west, out near the Blue Ridge and west, the back edge is already approaching. That will continue to push east, but may still take a few hours. Radar trends and short-range models continue to indicate snow should end by the 10-11 p.m. period as shown in the latest HRRR radar simulation at 11 p.m.:
Even into the city, roads are picking up additional accumulation following today’s melting.
— Dawn Bickett (@dawnmbickett) February 14, 2014