Evening update (7:45 p.m.): Temperatures are at or below freezing everywhere in much of the region. The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement cautioning:
TEMPERATURES WILL BE DROPPING BELOW FREEZING AREAWIDE...BOTTOMING OUT IN THE TEENS ACROSS NORTHERN MARYLAND AND IN THE 20S ELSEWHERE. THEREFORE...ANY RAIN OR SLUSH WILL BE QUICKLY FREEZING. ANY UNTREATED ROAD OR SIDEWALK WILL BE ICY AND SLIPPERY. EVEN TREATED SURFACES MAY HAVE A FEW SLICK SPOTS.
Also, Reagan National Airport officially received 0.7” of snow today (after 0.5” Friday), making for a storm total of 1.2”. Dulles received 0.4” (after 0.8” Friday), and its storm total was also 1.2”. BWI only received 0.4” total from the storm (a trace Friday, 0.4” today).
From 12:25 p.m.: The first widespread accumulating snow and ice event of the 2011-12 winter is over (except a little light freezing rain may linger in southern Maryland through 1 p.m. or so). Although the mix of precipitation stuck to area roads creating slippery conditions overnight into this morning, major problems were averted as the storm coincided with light traffic volume.
Generally, 0.5-1.5” of snow fell, with a few spots a bit higher (north) and lower (south). Officially, 0.5” fell at Reagan National and 0.8” at Dulles Friday (final totals may be a bit higher after Saturday’s snow is added). Ice totals were generally around 0.1”.
Our temperature forecast as well as our predictions for snow and ice totals worked out pretty well, although we expected a bit more freezing rain this morning, which just skirted us as it passed to our south.
For the remainder of the day, the cold air is really wedged in here and cold winds are blowing in from the north and northwest, so temperatures probably won’t rise much. In other words, don’t expect much melting. Overnight, temperatures will be below freezing everywhere, so look out for refreezing and slick spots. See Ian’s full forecast for the outlook into early next week.
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