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County Preps for Snow, NWS Issues Advisory

by Katie Pyzyk — January 17, 2013 at 9:00 am 1,855 21 Comments

Snowy scene along Columbia Pike (from 1/26/11)Update at 2:35 p.m. — The National Weather Service has discontinued its Winter Weather Advisory for Arlington the immediate D.C. metro area. Far suburbs remain under an advisory.

(Updated at 9:55 a.m.) Forecasters tweaked their predictions overnight for what intensity of storm they expect to hit the D.C. region today. While there’s still some uncertainty, it appears the impact will be less than originally anticipated.

The latest forecast from the Capital Weather Gang suggests the area could experience drizzle in the morning, changing to light snow in the afternoon, but with little accumulation. It’s expected that areas south of Arlington will get the heaviest snow, but that could change if the storm suddenly surges north.

According to Arlington County Department of Environmental Services spokeswoman Shannon Whalen McDaniel, crews began equipping vehicles with snow removal equipment yesterday. The preparations will continue today, and a crew will be on hand for snow removal this evening if necessary. Should conditions worsen later tonight, another crew will come in and work overnight into Friday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory this morning for much of the region, including Arlington. It runs today from 2:00-11:00 p.m. The Winter Storm Watch issued by the NWS yesterday has been canceled.

……WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON
TO 11 PM EST THIS EVENING…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS WILL BE SOUTH
OF WASHINGTON DC.

* TIMING…RAIN THIS MORNING WILL MIX WITH AND THEN CHANGE TO SNOW
DURING THE MID AFTERNOON. SNOW MAY BE LOCALLY HEAVY AT TIMES…
ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF WASHINGTON DC. SNOW WILL COME TO AN END
LATE THIS EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…FALLING TO THE MID 30S LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED DURING THE EVENING RUSH
HOUR…ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF WASHINGTON DC.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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  • YTK

    “Lente la neve Fiocca, Fiocca.”
    No there is nothing wrong with the above — me muddah used to sing it to me when I was a kid– “Slowly the snow falls” Google it to get the rest of the poem.
    Thanks ArlCo for your snowfighting afforts.
    As the timekeeper for my ffice, i am burdened with the task of special coding for Those Who Fear The Flake and will telecommute or take leave today. * * insane laughter * *

  • standard comment

    The media are hyping the snow!
    Everyone is panicking!
    Time to buy toilet paper and milk!

    There, that’s done.

    • More standard comments

      They always overhype this!
      I can’t stand the snow because people don’t know how to drive in it!
      Remember snowpocalypse? That was a lot of snow, but not as much as this one time…

      • recently added standard comment

        We shall call this something like Snowpocalypse, or Snowmageddon, because it’s sooooo clever. Names still open for use: Snowcastrophe, Snowlocaust, Snoah.

        • Joe Hoya

          Snowolocaust is good. I also like Gottersnowerung.

          • drax

            I like this – Gottersnowerung is branching out from the standard form. I also like “Snoah” – I wonder if people got that one. (I had to look up Gottersnowerung).

          • more options

            For the true horrifying nature of the worst that nature can dole out: NancyPelsnowski

          • drax

            Meh.

        • Hee-Haw

          Snowhype

        • xarl

          weather channel calling it iago, not sure what happened to helen…

          • Glebe Roader

            This was the impact of Helen, according to the Weather Channel:

            Winter Storm Helen made its first impact in the South.

            A mix of sleet and snow, accompanied by lightning, made travel a mess in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area on the morning of Jan. 15. Up to 1.5″ of snow/sleet accumulated in Mesquite, Texas. At least one freeway overpass in Ft. Worth was closed due to sleet/ice accumulations.

            Later that morning, freezing rain and sleet spread into northern Louisiana and Arkansas. Multiple accidents were reported on I-49 south of Shreveport, La. and on I-20 in Monroe, La. Two homes were damaged by falling trees in the city of Monroe.

            Sleet accumulations lead to at least one accident in Hot Springs, Ark. Ice accumulations downed trees over much of Decatur County, Tenn.

            Officially, 0.3″ of snow was measured at Dallas-Ft. Worth Int’l Airport and in Little Rock, Ark.

            Helen then spread its wintry mess northeastward.

            Icing accumulations generally from one tenth to one-quarter inch were reported from east Tennessee and Kentucky to western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and parts of New Jersey.

            TWC Facebook fan Arlene Lantz said trees were snapping near Oakland, Md. early on Jan. 16 due to ice accumulation. Garrett County, Md. is well known to take hard hits from eastern winter storms, as they did during Superstorm Sandy.

            Helen’s snowy swath was generally on the light to moderate side in the Northeast. Precipitation was a sleet/rain mix through Jan. 16 in New York City. Snow later in the day changed to rain in Boston, and snow mixed with freezing rain in Hartford.

            As far as snow accumulations, here are the top totals by state:

            Woodstock, N.Y. (5.5″)
            Pomfret Center, Conn. (5.2″)
            Foxborough, Mass. (5″)
            Hughesville, Pa. (5″)
            Lafayette, N.J. (4.8″)
            Atkinson, N.H. (4.3″)
            Deer, Ark. (4″)
            Pownal, Vt. (3″)
            Waterboro, Maine (3″)
            Cooper, Texas (2.5″)
            Valliant, Okla. (1.2″)

        • Hee-Haw

          “Snowva-Steve”, the mother of all winter storms concocted by the nanny libs to banish smoking and manual transmissions forever.

          • drax

            Snowvasteve. Yes! You win one full FREDTERP.

          • Glebe Roader

            The absolute best name!

  • Drunk_IrishChick

    Is the County Closing Early?

  • Garden City

    It would be a better winter storm if it was actually going to be below freezing at any point today.

    • Deadite

      True, but you can still get snow and sleet if the surface temperature is slightly above freezing. It’s generally much colder at the altitudes at which snow and sleet form.

  • DarkHeart

    If the storm does surge north, what will be the weather term du jour, after derecho and advection?

    • NauckNauck

      it will be known as the Storm of Northern Agression

  • WINO

    TIME TO BUY WINE & BEER!

  • comment originality auditor

    I have been self-appointed ARLnow.com comment originality auditor and deem your comment inadequately non-repetitive to be posted on this thread. By rule (and compulsion ;) ), I must so state and issue this strongly worded admonition. Wine & Beer, indeed!!!

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