By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 18, 2009; 9:23 PM
By 9 p.m. Friday the first flakes of snow from the anticipated storm were falling in the District, and snow had invaded most of the metropolitan area south of the city.
Radar images showed a vast area of light snow that spread over most of Virginia. Some parts of Virginia had reported heavy snow, including Albemarle County, about 100 miles southwest of Washington.
A report from that area said more than eight inches of snow had fallen.
In parts of Henrico County, near Richmond, accumulations of as much as five inches were measured. In Hanover County, more than five inches was tallied in the Ashland area. At one point snow was falling at the rate of an inch and a half per hour in Hanover County.
Three inches were reported in Richmond.
The snow was reported in much of Prince William and Fairfax counties. Flakes were also reported in Arlington and Alexandria.