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Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 12/26/2010

Slick spots possible as winds gust

8:30 p.m. update: We're back to the pattern we saw earlier today with radar showing most of the snow in the immediate metro area along and to the east of I-95, with the exception of some light snow in eastern/southern Montgomery County. It's worth mentioning again that the occasional light snow or snow showers through around midnight, while providing little to no additional accumulation, may result in icy spots tonight into tomorrow morning.

Looking ahead, the news is good after a cold and very windy day tomorrow (gusts near or past 40 mph) and warmer but still breezy day Tuesday - winds die down by Wednesday with rising temperatures heading into the weekend, when 50 degrees or higher may be within reach. Check out our full forecast through midweek.

7:30 p.m. update: With daylight long gone and light snow lingering, the potential for a dusting to 1" remains across the area this evening, before the light snow winds down by midnight or so. Watch out for some icy patches forming if you're out and about this evening and there may even be a few slippery spots early in the morning. Beyond that, it's a storm that clearly fell short of expectations locally.

Here's a sampling of some of the higher accumulation totals in the mid-Atlantic (all from NWS unless noted otherwise):

Maryland

Calvert County: Kings Landing - 2.0"
Charles County: Cobb Island - 3.0"
St. Mary's County: Portneys Overlook - 5.0"; Piney Point - 6.5" (source: @stmaryscountymd)
Ocean City - 8.0" (though there were other reports of 10" and counting)
Salisbury - 8.5"

Virginia

City of Virginia Beach: Kempsville - 14.5"
Richmond: From the NWS - A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 3.8 INCHES WAS SET AT RICHMOND VA TODAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 3.5 SET IN 1917.

6:35 p.m. update: Occasional light snow and flurries remain the story in and around D.C. with a few slick spots the only real worry from here on out through the evening. Where's the real action? Reports of thundersnow now coming from New York City and Ocean County, N.J.

5:30 p.m. update: I was tempted to use this nifty storm nickname - "Beach Blizzard-Beltway Bust," coined by caphillse in the comments section of the previous post - as the headline for this post. But might be worth saving for a storm review post. It sure is accurate, though, as the metro area struggles for a dusting to 1" this evening while a Twitter report indicates Ocean City is now up to around 10". In keeping with the theme of this entire storm, a band that was heading for the District from the northeast and may have contained some briefly moderate snow has mostly fizzled. Still, light snow continues off and on across the metro area. And as darkness settles in, a few slick spots can't be ruled out. Winds now generally gusting to 25-30 mph get stronger this evening and overnight.

By  |  05:30 PM ET, 12/26/2010

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