Capital Weather Gang: Snow


Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Snow pile watch 2014: Is Reston pile the D.C. area’s last?

Here’s one last reminder of the cold and snowy winter of 2013-14: a lingering snow pile in Reston

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:07 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Snow days on the rise? A detailed look at every major D.C. area school district

The frequency of school closures this winter has sparked a local debate: do schools close more often now than they used to?

By Dennis Mersereau  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Snow

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Capital Weather Gang snowfall forecast contest winners, 2013-14

The winner, who came 0.1 inches away from getting it exactly right, was Brandi Erickson who predicted 32.1 inches would fall.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/14/2014

Spring fever: Deep snow to cherry blossom peak in just a few weeks (PHOTOS)

One of the best things about late-season snow is you know spring is right around the corner. Photos of the cherry trees on the Tidal Basin separated by a few weeks tell that story well.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cherry Blossoms, Latest, Photography, Seasons, Snow

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/03/2014

You won’t believe how late it snowed in D.C. in colonial times

Weather records from colonial days indicate heavy snow fell in Washington as late as April, with flakes even observed into May.

By Don Lipman  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Snow

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Snowy search: How the weather altered a Civil War relic hunt (PHOTOS)

I felt the snow flakes fall down the back of my neck as I reached into the hole to pull out a broken Civil War bayonet

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Photography, Snow

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/31/2014

About that surprising snow craziness Sunday: why forecasts mostly missed it

Pretty much every conceivable opportunity for snow this month has overachieved; so I suppose it shouldn’t come as a shock Sunday’s grand finale exceeded expectations as well.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recaps, Snow

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/31/2014

The last snow of the season, please? (PHOTOS)

We all thought winter was done. But the winter of 2013-14 does not want to give up.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/27/2014

The long, white 2013-2014 winter: Bringing snowy back to the D.C. region (season statistics)

Remember when we couldn’t buy a snowstorm around here in recent winters? This one must have been payback.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Recap: A fine, not fantastic, final(?) snow forecast of the cold season

The storm turned into another overachiever, with snow amounts exceeding initial forecasts. However, we correctly characterized the storm effects and timing

By Jason Samenow  |  11:39 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recaps, Snow

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Spring snow, winter’s last hurrah (PHOTOS)

I had a feeling that we would have one more snowstorm and we did. After this week’s snowstorm, however, I think we’re finally done.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:06 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Spring storm lays down several inches of snow

A strong upper level disturbance passing through the area today brings snow, moderate at times but with limited road accumulation.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Snow Tuesday in D.C., but shouldn’t amount to much

The storm, that will turn into a behemoth over the Atlantic, is likely to bring some light snow - maybe 1” or so - during the day Tuesday around D.C.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Snow could whiten ground in D.C. Tuesday, before storm becomes an oceanic beast

A weather disturbance promises to deliver the D.C. one more round of snow Tuesday. This will transform into an absolutely monstrous cyclone offshore New England.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Never-ending winter (even though it’s spring): Snow possible next Tuesday

Models seem to be converging on a solution offering us some snow next Tuesday but how much and whether it might accumulate is still very much up in the air.

By Wes Junker  |  04:46 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 03/19/2014

It’s true: We’re tracking another snow threat, but it’s a foggy one

It may snow again next week. But let’s not read too much into those 6 words.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:14 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 03/19/2014

St. Patrick’s Day snow in Washington, D.C.: Green, gorgeous, or gross? (PHOTOS)

If it snows again before next winter, it’s unlikely to be as picturesque or festive as what fell on St. Patrick’s Day.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:40 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Astonishing snow totals this winter in upper Montgomery County: nearly 70 inches

If you’re a snow lover, consider relocating to colder climes of upper Montgomery County, where snow is prosperous now and there are no signs of decline.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Rare mid-March snowstorm in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

In both the last two winters D.C.’s biggest official storm happened in the second half of March. But in 2014, the snowstorm was truly incredible.

By Ian Livingston and Kevin Ambrose  |  10:22 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/17/2014

BOOM: Why snow amounts exceeded our expectations

We predicted accumulating snow. Just not enough. Not nearly enough.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recaps, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Over 7 inches officially in D.C.: Third biggest late March snowstorm on record

The 7.2 inches ranks as D.C.’s 10th biggest snowstorm in March on record, knocking the 1993 March superstorm off the top 10 list.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Moderate to heavy snow at times through pre-dawn hours, turning showery after

Much of the area has already reached the top end of our forecast snow totals, and at least another 1-3” should be common by sunrise. Travel is expected to remain rough into the morning as many roads are now snow covered.

By Jason Samenow, Dan Stillman and Ian Livingston  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Rain to snow this evening, moderate to heavy overnight; tricky Monday morning commute ahead

A moisture rich storm is knocking on our door. It begins this evening as a brief period of rain, and turns to snow overnight. Get ready for a white St. Patrick’s Day!

By Ian Livingston  |  04:10 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Sunday night snow: Holding firm with 1-4 forecast for immediate area

Considering tonight’s model data, we’re sticking with our forecast for 1-4 inches in the immediate metro area, and 2-6 inches for our western and southwest suburbs Sunday night.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:55 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/14/2014

A white St. Patrick’s Day? Sunday night to Monday snow potential is promising, amounts uncertain

Computer models continue to agree that the Washington area will see wintry weather Sunday night into Monday. But this is another complicated and difficult snow forecast.

By Wes Junker and Jason Samenow  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Snow still a legitimate possibility Sunday night into St. Patrick’s Day

There’s a reasonably solid computer model consensus that a storm late Sunday into Monday will bring wintry weather back to the D.C. area.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Midwest, Northeast pummeled by snow, propelling winter totals high in historic rankings (PHOTOS)

This latest round of snow is pushing seasonal totals into record-territory, especially around the Great Lakes.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:28 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/12/2014

St. Patrick’s Day snow threat uncertain, but gains some more support

The GFS, European, and Canadian model all suggest snow may fall late Sunday and/or Monday.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/11/2014

European forecast model really wants to make it snow next week in D.C.

The European and Canadian models suggest snow is possible late Sunday night into Monday morning - but the GFS model disagrees.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Look at Washington, D.C.’s beautiful snow, before it’s all gone (PICTURES)

To honor the beautiful snowfall we had Monday, what’s left of it now, and the talented individuals who photographed it, here are my 10 favorite snow photos taken this week.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:11 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Snowed in and iced over: North America and U.S. about as frozen as ever so late in winter

By multiple metrics, the amount of snow and ice over the Lower 48 states, Great Lakes, and North America are in historic territory.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/04/2014

A snowy rescue, snowkiting on the Mall, and sunset photos (PHOTOS)

The snowkites, which resemble small parachutes, would sometimes catch a strong gust of wind and launch their riders up to six feet into the air.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/04/2014

March 3 snowstorm: An acceptable forecast

We’re not going to win any awards for our forecast for yesterday’s snowstorm. But, grading on the curve, our forecast was satisfactory.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recaps, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 03/02/2014

Major storm inbound: Icy mix to snow tonight, lasting into Monday

Rain soon transitions to a brief period of sleet or freezing rain, and goes over to snow once we get into the 1-5 a.m. range. Moderate to heavy snow is likely to move through afterwards, making for a rough morning of travel.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:55 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 03/02/2014

Rain, to ice, to heavy snow overnight; hazardous conditions Monday morning

We expect 5-9 inches of snow to fall across the region through Monday afternoon on top of a slick layer of sleet.

By Jason Samenow and Wes Junker  |  08:00 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Storm drops 1-2 across region, schools open on time: should they have? (POLL)

What do you think - should schools have delayed given this morning’s conditions? Vote in our poll.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 02/25/2014

New round of snow may slow Wednesday morning commute

With cold temperatures and an early start, snow Wednesday morning has a good chance to coat the roads and cause slick travel.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:04 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Winter weather advisory late tonight and early Wednesday

The NWS is forecasting a general one to three inches of snow across the region, with likely snow for the morning commute.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:51 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Why did it snow more than we thought today?

A very localized, difficult to anticipate area of moderate snow developed, that just happened to focus on the D.C. area and nowhere else.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:28 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Picturesque morning snow coats D.C. area

This morning’s snow dropped a surprising 1-3 inches of snow over the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Light snow chances Tuesday and Wednesday mornings

Accumulating snow in the metro region may be hard to come by, but there’s a good chance of mood flakes.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:48 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Yes, after dose of spring, snow opportunities return next week

Snow could fall on more than one occasion, with the best chance coming Wednesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Officially snowy: D.C. snow edges above average, for only 4th time in 25 years

Since the 1980s, D.C.’s snowfall has fallen into a feast or famine pattern. A few years we get crushed, most others underachieve. This winter falls into a rare middle ground.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:16 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Dusting to 2 inches fall, forecast was fair

Our forecast of a coating to a few inches was in the ballpark in most areas - though snow totals tended towards the low end of our projected ranges

By Jason Samenow  |  09:36 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recaps, Snow

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 02/14/2014

More snow tonight and Saturday, but may not stick near the city

A disturbance will zip by to the south late tonight and early Saturday, in position to produce a period of snow. Best accumulation odds are north and west of the city.

By Jason Samenow and Wes Junker  |  12:27 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Snochi: A silver medal worthy forecast, falls just short of gold

Our forecast for the winter storm Wednesday night and Thursday was quite good, but not perfect - as we under-predicted amounts in some areas.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:01 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Recaps, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Storm Snochi gives way to Friday morning icy spots, and more snow Friday night-Saturday?

The last of the remaining show showers are diminishing as Storm Snochi exits stage northeast. What’s next?

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Uncle! Another snow opportunity Friday night into Saturday

Models are pretty consistent in forecasting what would probably be a 1-3 inch type snow event.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:32 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Storm round-up: The big question -- will snow Wednesday night change to rain Thursday?

A major winter storm is expected to arrive in the region Wednesday night, with heavy snow accumulations possible — though not guaranteed.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:07 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Boom or bust: How this storm could exceed expectations or fizzle

Widespread crippling snow amounts are still far from a lock. What factors could make the difference between an almost historic snow versus a run-of-the-mill snow to rain event?

By Wes Junker  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/11/2014

First snowfall projection: 5-14 inches for metro region, less southern Maryland

We’ve analyzed all of the latest data and offer our first estimate of snow totals for the region Wednesday night into Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Incoming winter storm could mimic 1987 heavy snow event

Twenty seven years ago, a large and disruptive winter storm barreled up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm forecast for Wednesday night shares some similarities.

By Rick Grow  |  09:40 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Poll: How much snow will fall in D.C. Wednesday night and Thursday?

Forecasts vary from 3 to 20 inches of snow in D.C. Wednesday night and Thursday. How much do you think will fall?

By Jason Samenow  |  09:04 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Update: Major East Coast storm late Wednesday into Thursday

A winter storm is scheduled to impact the D.C. area midweek. Follow along as we track the newest computer model guidance for the event.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:15 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Winter storm watch Wednesday night and Thursday; model snowfall maps

The forecast office serving the region sees the potential for at least 5 inches of snow and sleet.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:36 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Heavy snow threat for D.C. area Wednesday night and Thursday, but mix, rain also possible

Close to the I-95 corridor and points east, temperatures may warm enough for snow to change to mixed precipitation. Locations remaining all snow could see double digit totals.

By Wes Junker  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Severe winter storm likely midweek from South through Mid-Atlantic

The storm promises to first wallop interior portions of the Southeast Tuesday into Wednesday before hammering the Mid-Atlantic Wednesday into Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Three chances for light snow through Monday; bigger storm midweek?

The D.C. area has three opportunities for light snow between Saturday and Monday, none look consequential. A fourth system midweek might be a bigger deal.

By Jason Samenow and Wes Junker  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 02/06/2014

The great Facebook flake-out: A little, not a lot of snow for East Coast this weekend

“They” said 20-30 inches of snow were coming this weekend. Cooler heads said not so fast and will prevail. But still, there could be a little snow.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:36 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Media, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Weekend storm threat diminishing but not dead; another to watch next week as well

The big storm idea for the weekend may end up as two minor storms instead of one major one. After that, it appears the active pattern wants to persist.

By Wes Junker  |  01:25 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/05/2014

It’s increasingly difficult to get snow in D.C.

Anecdotal evidence says Washington is not seeing the same type of winter it once did. The numbers agree.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Ski, snowboard, or just love snow? FreshyMap will rock your world.

In search of untouched or deep powder? This is the interactive map for you. Warning: May be addictive.

By Ian Livingston  |  03:50 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Sports, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Ice issues mainly north and west of D.C. tonight; uncertainty surrounds weekend storm

A storm moving in late this evening promises to bring varying levels of iciness to parts of the area, and we’re still watching the likely formation of a significant weekend event.

By Wes Junker  |  01:55 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Ice risk Tuesday night into Wednesday; significant storm possible this weekend

More winter weather threats are on tap this week, but none are clear cut. The midweek ice risk probably focuses north and west of the city, and a big storm may loom in the days after.

By Wes Junker  |  03:10 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/01/2014

Highly complex Monday morning forecast, but heavy snow possible in some areas

Especially in our colder north and west suburbs, heavy, accumulating snow is possible during the morning rush hour into midday Monday.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Three storms next week, but snow prospects really cloudy

Three storms are on tap over the next 10 days and none of them are going to be easy forecasts. Snow lovers should definitely manage expectations.

By Wes Junker  |  03:06 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 01/31/2014

School snow shutdowns: D.C. area versus the rest of the country

A map that shows how much snow is required to close schools across the country says it takes about 1-3 inches in D.C. Sound right?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:27 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Stormy stretch next week with multiple winter weather threats

Following the Groundhog’s forecast Super Bowl Sunday, the weather pattern turns very active. Early February is often D.C.’s snowiest time of the year. Could 2014 follow suit?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:57 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Dusting to 2 fell overnight, up to 6 in southern Maryland; forecast was solid

The storm which crippled parts of the Southeast, produced mainly a light, powdery snow in the D.C. area. Southern Maryland was the exception, where 2-6 inches fell.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recaps, Snow

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Light snow likely tonight, especially southeast of the District

WEATHER GANG | Anne Arundel, Charles, Prince George’s and Stafford counties, for the potential for 1-2 inches overnight.

By Jason Samenow and Wes Junker  |  03:24 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Big snow for southern Mid-Atlantic beaches midweek, a likely miss for D.C.

The latest arctic outbreak penetrating deep into the southern U.S. is setting the stage for a rare major winter storm from the Gulf Coast to the southern Mid-Atlantic.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Wow! What a week of wintry weather in Washington -- top 15 photos

Each part of this week’s weather journey offered beautiful visuals, documented by our readers.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow, Sunrises, Sunsets

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Clipper may drop fresh coating of snow Saturday

Is your snow getting stale? A weak disturbance swinging by to our north Saturday could top it off with a dusting to 1 inch.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:46 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Counterpoint: Fairfax County’s defense for shutting down

In the spirit of giving Fairfax County Public Schools an opportunity to offer its reasoning for closing today, I’m posting an explanatory message from its Facebook page.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:23 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Snow

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Time for Fairfax County to toughen up

President Obama implied Washingtonians were weather wimps in 2009. Fairfax County is proving itself to be a poster child for such a characterization.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Snow

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Twelve hours in the life of a snowstorm (explainer)

Here is the tale of how key elements interacted to produce the Washington region’s most significant snowfall in three years.

By Jeff Halverson  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/22/2014

A good, old-fashioned D.C. snowstorm! (PHOTOS)

After the last few winters, we wondered if a quality cold snow event was even still possible around the city. Yesterday proved it is!

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  12:25 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 01/22/2014

At the end of the day, a solid forecast (recap)

Tuesday’s storm was a slow starter, and not without some drama. But, ultimately, our forecast for this event was a strong one, with an exception here or there.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:44 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recap, Snow, Winter Storm

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Snow to wind down, temperatures to plummet; wind chill advisory

Once the snow ends, the big story is going to be the combination of cold and wind and subzero wind chills.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:54 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 08:50 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Wind-driven snow, falling temperatures as storm hits its stride

The next several hours are prime time for this storm as snow mounts, winds crank (gusts over 30 mph are possible), and temperatures fall towards 20.

By Jason Samenow  |  08:50 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Snow moves into area, worst conditions this afternoon and evening

Snow has developed in the region and should gradually increase in coverage and intensity during the day.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Major snow storm Tuesday: Accumulations of 5-10 inches

After reviewing the latest data, we have increased our predicted snow amounts for the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:10 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Significant snowstorm Tuesday, with widespread 4 or greater amounts

We are unusually confident that a moderate to high impact snowstorm is on tap for tomorrow.

By Wes Junker and Jason Samenow  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storm

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Polar vortex d j vu: How cold and for how long?

We can’t yet say if it will be as intense as the cold around January 7, but we have high confidence that once the cold arrives it will stay for a lengthy time period.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Polar vortex, Snow

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Return of the polar vortex: Cold, at times downright frigid for end of January; increasing snow chances

The upcoming weather pattern is very similar to the pattern during the first week of January, but promises to stick around longer.

By Wes Junker  |  02:44 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Long range, Polar vortex, Snow

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 01/16/2014

D.C., dusting city, living up to name: light snow chances Friday and Saturday nights

Of areas receiving snow overnight, by and large, a dusting was the most common report. We have some more dusting opportunities in the pipeline.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:43 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/14/2014

In DC’s future: Up to 3 completely underwhelming snow events

There’s little reason to get excited about two or three opportunities for snow this week which - collectively - are unlikely to add much to the seasonal total.

By Jason Samenow and Wes Junker  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Snow chance edges up modestly for late Wednesday, especially west of D.C.

Snow or a mix of rain or snow is likely Wednesday and Wednesday night. The best chance for a light accumulation is in colder western areas.

By Jason Samenow and Wes Junker  |  03:38 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Yes, Leesburg, it did snow in Washington one week ago (PHOTOS)

The D.C. snow drought is over for all intents and purposes, even though last week’s snow fell just short of 2” yet again. We captured the sentimental streak breaker.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  03:36 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Ice and snow do the strangest things (VIDEOS)

Our encounter with the polar vortex this week has motivated ice to do some weird things and people to do some weird things with ice.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ice, Latest, Snow

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 01/03/2014

A photogenic Washington, D.C. snowstorm

The whitened landscape from last night’s snow has turned into a playground for area photographers.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:54 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Photography, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 01/02/2014

A snowy night followed by a freezing wind

Accumulating snow overnight is followed by plunging temperatures and a raging wind. Wind chills will drop into single digits and below zero.

By Jason Samenow and Ian Livingston  |  11:45 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Snow piling up in colder suburbs, just getting going inside Beltway

Snow and mixed precipitation has moved into the area and, as temperatures fall, will change to all snow with, generally, 1-3 inches falling overnight.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:20 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Tonight’s snow “in character” with events of last 3 years

Tonight’s predicted dusting to 2 inches should fit well into our recent history of rather pathetic snowfalls.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:21 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Snow and crashing temperatures tonight: the latest

A mix of precipitation changes to snow tonight as temperatures plummet. Anywhere from a dusting to a couple inches or so is possible in the area.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:52 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 01/01/2014

How much snow and how cold Thursday night and Friday?

We’re expecting a dusting to a couple inches of snow Thursday night - but new data coming in tonight means possible changes. Our running commentary on the new data...

By Jason Samenow  |  11:15 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/01/2014

Thursday night snow likely, then punishing wind and cold Friday

A complex weather system marching into the Thursday night and the cold in its wake will bring the D.C. area its most extreme combination of winter weather of the season.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Cold, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Crushed! Snowpocalypse crippled Washington, D.C. on this date in 2009

On December 18-19 2009, Washington, D.C. experienced its biggest December snowfall on record, with 16.4 inches measured at Reagan National Airport.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Local Climate, Snow

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Two rounds of snow flakes possible Tuesday, but shouldn’t amount to much

Two weak disturbances in the atmosphere’s flow, known as clippers, could put down some snowflakes in the Washington, D.C. area at times Tuesday, but little (or no) accumulation is expected.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Saturday’s storm: more rainy than snowy in D.C.; some ice and snow west and north

Impactful weather is not expected for the D.C. area even though we could have a brief period of snow in the late morning into early afternoon.

By Wes Junker and Jason Samenow  |  02:45 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Saturday storm: A little snow, a little mix, a little rain -- no big deal on balance

A little storm will pass through the region on Saturday, producing a mixed bag of precipitation. Right now, it does not have the look of a major winter storm.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:33 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Washington’s wintry double-whammy, explained

Between Sunday and Tuesday,the D.C. metro region was visited by two early-December winter precipitation events. Here,we briefly examine the anatomy of each.

By Jeff Halverson  |  10:46 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Recaps, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 12/10/2013

A half-right, half-wrong snow forecast, and how we can improve

North and west of the Beltway, our forecast for today’s storm of 2-5 inches of snow was spot on. But it failed elsewhere for familiar reasons.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:29 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Winter storm updates

The wintry weather continues Tuesday with snow and sleet expected during the morning commute. We’re bringing you the latest live updates on what’s going on and what to expect.

By Mark Berman  |  04:55 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Snow, Weather

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Snow likely Tuesday, could snarl morning rush hour traffic

A stripe of 2 to 5 inches of snow is possible across the region Tuesday, although we can’t rule out higher or lower amounts.

By Wes Junker and Jason Samenow  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/09/2013

National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday

We think this watch may be a bit aggressive and that the NWS forecast of 5 or more inches of snow, while possible, isn’t the most likely scenario.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:20 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, National Weather Service, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Ice phase of storm begins as snow tapers (LIVE UPDATES)

Snow has changed to sleet and freezing rain over the metro area. Icy roads are likely as we head into the evening.

By Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman  |  04:48 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Snow picking up, heaviest north; ice threat increases tonight (LIVE UPDATES)

Snow has moved in over much of the region with heavy bands north of the Beltway and hazardous travel. Follow the storm here with live updates.

By Jason Samenow and Dan Stillman  |  01:05 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:42 PM ET, 12/07/2013

Winter storm update: ice threat looms large west, southwest of D.C.

The forecast hasn’t changed markedly from earlier today, but we see some of the worst icing potential slightly south of where we did in previous forecasts.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:42 PM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 08:45 PM ET, 12/07/2013

Sunday-Monday snow and ice on track: Timeline, amounts, impacts, FAQs

A wintry mess is on its way, with a plethora of precipitation types and the potential for hazardous travel and some power outages.

By Dan Stillman  |  08:45 PM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Winter storm Sunday: briefly snow, then ice; major ice storm possible in western areas

While there is the potential for a light accumulation of snow Sunday, our primary concern is ice and how long it might last into Sunday night especially north and west of the city.

By Wes Junker  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Winter storm watch issued for much of D.C. area Sunday into Monday

The NWS forecast is consistent with ours: 1-2 inches of snow and sleet, followed by a period of freezing rain and, ultimately, rain by Monday morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:49 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Legitimate chances for snow and ice in D.C. region Sunday and Sunday night

A wintry mess is likely in the Washington, D.C. metro area Sunday and Sunday night, with the risk of a significant ice storm in western areas.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:31 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Threat of wintry mess Sunday grows; ice storm potential western areas

Data are hinting at a more significant winter storm potential Sunday, especially for areas west and northwest of the District.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:19 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Wintry mix to rain most likely scenario for Sunday-Monday storm

For much of the area, this storm will probably be more of a conversation starter or nuisance than a high-impact winter storm.

By Wes Junker  |  02:19 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Five ways we get snow in the Mid-Atlantic

A look at five common types of weather systems that usher in the much-loved and deeply despised - white stuff

By Jeff Halverson  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Snow, ice, and/or rain possible next Sunday into Monday

The season’s first shot for accumulating frozen precipitation is appearing in long-range model simulations.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:42 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/27/2013

Non-sticking sleet and snow falls in D.C. area

Any accumulation of snow/sleet is expected to be light and mainly on grassy surfaces.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:00 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Rain could turn to snow this afternoon; clear skies and chilly for Thanksgiving

Yes, I said it: it might snow in D.C. Wednesday afternoon - right as everyone is trying to get out of town.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Thanksgiving week East Coast storm could be travel troublemaker

An East Coast storm threatens to produce precipitation, possibly heavy, across the area between Tuesday and Thursday next week.

By Wes Junker  |  02:18 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, Latest, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Doug Hill, Doug Kammerer predict normal to above normal snow for D.C. this winter

Hill and Kammerer - chief meteorologists at ABC7 and NBC 4 - forecast colder and snowier winter conditions than CWG.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Seasons, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/15/2013

The miserable state of affairs for D.C. snow lovers in one chart

Setting aside four “outlier” winters in the last 30, “pathetic” best sums up D.C.’s snow output.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Snow, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/28/2008

I Heard It Was Out There: Did You See It?

"Did you see any?" The whispers float around the web quickly, across story comments, message board posts, and blogs deep in the nether regions of the intertubes. "I swear I saw it on 66." Mixed between the cold rain, the wind whipping through the trees on a cold Monday morning...

By Jamie Jones  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  U.S. Weather | Tags:  Cold, October, Rain, Snow, Winter