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Snow ends overnight, slick travel for morning rush in D.C. area

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:41:27 EST
Doug Hill

A strong coastal storm will lift away from the area overnight and bring clearing skies Tuesday.

Light snow will continue overnight before coming to an end as a strong storm develops and lifts away from the mid-Atlantic. Snow bands from the exiting system may bring the potential for accumulating snowfall. Winds will increase and temperatures will fall to the 20s.

Brighter skies return Tuesday with highs in the upper 30s, however, winds out of the northwest will add an extra chill. A wintry mix will be possible Thursday and a shot of colder air is set to arrive for the upcoming weekend.

2nd round of snow could hit during afternoon commute for D.C. area

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:48:52 EST
The Associated Press, Brad Bell, Richard Reeve

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - A winter storm prompted the cancellation of dozens of flights and closed many schools in the Mid-Atlantic region Monday, but the worst was yet to come.

Snow fell throughout the region Monday morning, with mostly light dustings. In Hagerstown in western Maryland, the National Weather Service said 3 inches were on the ground.

Some parts of the Northeast could see up to 2 feet of snow. A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, with Washington, D.C. expected to get up to 4 inches of snow, Baltimore up to 6, and western Maryland up to 10. Snow accumulations could top 8 inches in parts of Delaware, and coastal areas of the state could see flooding. Heavy winds also were expected.

The National Weather Service said roads throughout the Mid-Atlantic region would be slippery and visibility could be reduced to a quarter-mile at times.

People across the region were bracing for the worst of the storm, expected Monday evening into Tuesday morning.

Ludita Vallarta, a 62-year-old vice president of operations for a nonprofit association in Arlington, Va., said she went to a busy grocery store ahead of the storm to get staples such as milk.

"It was very busy," she said, joking it was "panic city."

David Lockwood, a 26-year-old financial analyst of Rosslyn, Va., said he was hoping to leave work by 3 p.m. Monday to stay ahead of the worst of the weather during his half-hour commute to Reston, Va.

"I'm going to try to convince my boss," Lockwood said as he checked his tire pressure at a gas station.

Keith Stevens, a 33-year pipe-fitter from Cumberland in western Maryland, said he left home just before 4 a.m. to allow plenty of time for a 100-mile drive to Frederick, Md. on Monday morning.

He said snow was falling heavily along much of Interstate 68 as he drove east. "The tops of the mountains were pretty snowy," he said.

But Stevens said he encountered only light snow on Interstate 70 east of Hancock, giving him time to enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and potatoes at a convenience store in Hagerstown around 5:30 a.m.

Dozens of flights were canceled ahead of the weather in the Washington-Baltimore region.

Reagan National Airport was the most affected of the region's three major airports, with about 120 canceled incoming and outgoing flights, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware. At Dulles International Airport, nearly 40 incoming and outgoing flights were canceled, and Baltimore-Washington International airport had 45 canceled outgoing and incoming flights.

Thousands more flights were canceled or delayed into and out of East Coast airports.

East coast winter storm snarls D.C. air traffic

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:33:57 EST
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A major winter storm bearing down on the East coast has created a wave of delays and cancellations at all three of the Washington area's airports.

As of 1 p.m. Monday, the airport delay and cancellation numbers are:

Reagan National (DCA) # (%)
Departures cancelled 88 (19%)
Departures delayed 28 (6%)
Arrivals canceled 69 (15%)
Arrivals delayed 37 (8%)


Washington Dulles Intl (IAD) # (%)
Departures cancelled 22 (6%)
Departures delayed 17 (4%)
Arrivals canceled 14 (3%)
Arrivals delayed 18 (4%)


Baltimore/Washington Intl (BWI) # (%)
Departures cancelled 39 (13%)
Departures delayed 20 (7%)
Arrivals canceled 28 (9%)
Arrivals delayed 14 (4%)

Areas of snow late Sunday through Tuesday night across D.C. region

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:48:45 EST

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for NW parts of the area. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect or the D.C. metro area from 2 AM Monday through 6 PM Monday.


Our two part winter weather storms are coming together and will impact you tonight through Tuesday morning. There is still high uncertainty on where exactly the coastal low will develop and how much snow that will bring to the area. Regardless, winter storm warnings are in effect far NW where accumulations could range from 2-4" by tomorrow morning. Most of us will wake up to relatively wet conditions in the D.C. metro area.

The clipper will transition to a strong coastal storm tomorrow afternoon. Colder air will spill into the region with snow showers possible throughout the day. As the low bombs out over the eastern seaboard, it may bring a few heavy snow bands late Monday into Tuesday morning. Those bands could produce a few inches of snow. Where, and if, the snow bands set up will greatly affect snow totals. At this point, it appears your Monday AM commute shouldn't be too bad; however, the PM commute may be more slick.

Tuesday morning could be a mess on the roads too. The strengthening low will also kick up our winds. Expect breezy winds tomorrow and Tuesday with cold temperatures in the 30s.

Road crews prepare for winter storms hitting D.C. area

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:02:22 EST
ABC 7 News, Richard Reeve

Winter Weather Advisory, Winter Storm Warning Monday

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:11:00 EST


Check out here for the latest Virginia School Closings/Delays, Maryland School Closings/Delays and D.C. School Closings/Delays.

The Stormwatch 7 weather team has been working together a lot today trying to figure out the forecast over the next 24 to 36 hours. Our main thought is that this is a two-part system. The first being a clipper moving through the region tonight into Monday morning, and the second being the development of a coastal low which will take over tomorrow afternoon off the Delmarva and rapidly intensify as it moves into the northeast tomorrow night. Here is the latest.

The D.C. Metro is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 2am Monday morning through 6pm Monday evening. Areas of rain are already beginning to enter the western portions of the area and will continue to spread east overnight. Temperatures are still well above freezing and even eclipsed the 50 degree mark earlier today so will need to cool drastically overnight. Temperatures will cool into the 30s tonight into Monday morning, and rain will begin to change to snow late tonight closer to the Mason-Dixon line, and eventually to snow closer to the D.C. Metro tomorrow morning.

At this point, we think precipitation will change over to snow around the morning commute or towards the tail-end of the morning commute. Even IF precipitation changes over earlier, surface temperatures should still be just above freezing, so snow should be able to melt on contact with the roadways everywhere from eastern Loudoun, Montgomery and points east.

Locations that have seen colder air longer will have the chance for some accumulation on the roadways. Those regions include northern Loudoun and Montgomery Counties and points west. The highest likelihood will be in the warning area for Frederick Co. (VA), the Panhandle of WV and Washington Co. (MD) and points west.

The clipper's energy will transition to the coast Monday afternoon and light snow will continue to be possible throughout the day once it transitions from rain. The low is forecast to rapidly intensify off the east coast tomorrow evening into tomorrow night and race up the east coast.

When this happens, some heavier snow bands may be able to set up along and east of I-95 while the system is gaining strength off the coast. This will be the second part of the storm and another chance for disruptive snowfall in the D.C. Metro.

Currently, a Winter Storm Watch is posted along the Chesapeake Bay and points east Monday evening through Tuesday morning. There is a potential for 2-5 inches of snow in those areas along the Bay, with drastically more possible farther north and east along the Delmarva and into the northeast.

If the banding sets up a little farther west, the D.C. Metro or areas east including Charles, Prince Georges and north to Howard and Baltimore will have the potential for 2-5 inches of snow as well. Right now, there is a fair amount of uncertainty and we will have to follow the radar trends as the storm develops.

The D.C. Metro will have the potential for 1 to 3 inches of snow, with more north and west in some of the higher elevations as well as north to Baltimore and the Mason Dixon line. Regions south of D.C. such as Culpeper to Stafford and points south will have the chance for the least amount of snow from both portions of the storm.

This is a very difficult forecast and we will be doing our very best to keep you updated with the very latest information. Be sure to follow our facebook and twitter accounts and be sure to watch Eileen Whelan tonight on Newschannel 8 and ABC 7 News at 11pm. Jacqui Jeras will be live starting at 4am on ABC 7 News tomorrow morning and Newschannel 8 with Brian van de Graaff will start at 5am with the latest updates. Be prepared for delays, closings and travel disruptions through Tuesday morning.


Snow overnight Sunday into Monday will hamper commute, impact schools

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:21:49 EST

Snow overnight Sunday into Monday may cause travel headaches for the Monday morning commute.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for northwestern parts of the ABC 7 viewing area from 9 PM Sunday through 9 PM Monday. A winter storm watch is issued when 5", or more, of snow is possible.

Clouds will increase Sunday with a rain/snow mix beginning around dinner-time (6 PM) in our far northwestern zones. As temperatures fall, precipitation will transition to all snow after midnight. Snow will fill in across the rest of the area overnight Sunday.

Snow showers will greet you Monday morning with school closings and delays likely. Good Morning Washington will begin at 4 AM Monday and will have all of that information.

Winter Weather Moving In Sunday Night

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:54:00 EST

One system moves out and yet another is on its heels.  An Alberta clipper is diving out of Canada and is currently over the northern Plains.  This clipper will continue it's trek southeastward and will bring snow to parts of our area by dinner time Sunday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for northwestern parts of the ABC 7 viewing area from 9 PM Sunday through 9 PM Monday.  A winter storm watch is issued when 5", or more, of snow is possible.

Clouds will increase Sunday with a rain/snow mix beginning around dinner-time (6 PM) in our far northwestern zones.  As temperatures fall, precipitation will transition to all snow after midnight.  Snow will fill in across the rest of the area overnight Sunday.  Here's our in house computer simulation at 7 AM Monday.  Blue=snow.  Pink=mix. Green=rain.

Snow showers will greet you Monday morning with school closings and delays likely.  Good Morning Washington will begin at 4 AM Monday and will have all of that information. 

Temperatures will stay in the lower 30s Monday with light snow showers continuing throughout the day.  There is still inconsistency within the models, but at this time, I think our StormWatch 7 futurecast model has a good handle on preliminary snowfall totals.

The clipper will transition to a strong coastal storm and will be a major snow storm over the Northeast.  Strong NE winds will kick up Monday with the deepening area of low pressure.  That means some blowing snow showers Monday, which could result in reduced visibility.  Check out the 988 mb low, forecast by the GFS model, by 8 PM Monday.

WeatherBell Computer Models - 18z GFS

It's still uncertain the exact track of the low, which will have an impact on snowfall accumulations in the area.  You'll want to stay with the StormWatch7 weather team throughout the day Sunday for additional weather updates, as new information becomes available. 

Regardless, expect a snowy Monday morning commute with delays and closings likely. 

Winter Storm Watch starts Sunday NW of D.C., snow likely by Monday morning

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:19:20 EST

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A coastal storm moved through the D.C. metro region early Saturday. It brought some rain, sleet, and at times light snow. But the system moved quickly and did not leave much behind.

While the area may have been spared this time, all eyes are now looking towards a storm system that is brewing for possible snow later this weekend into Monday.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for parts of the area starting Sunday evening.

There will likely be closings and delays come Monday morning. Snow totals will be highest northwest with upwards of 5" not out of the question. Even the D.C. metro area could see an inch or two of snow.

On Saturday in Frederick, Md., a small amount of snow touched down but roads were clear by afternoon.

"It wasn't as bad as we thought it would be. We were expecting a huge amount of snow and probably a few inches and all we got was a little rain," said Melqui Snider, who lives in Frederick.

Some were wishing for more snow.

"Utter disappointment," said Jon Jachens, a visitor to Maryland from Houston, Texas.

"I just like it for the garden, a good snow is always good for it," said Laura Stillman, from Sykesville.

Storm becomes mostly rain event, but snow likely for Monday morning

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:27:57 EST

Winter Weather advisories are in effect until noon. At present, the heaviest precipitation has moved off to the northeast. Temperatures are generally above freezing in the DC area, but slicked surfaces are still possible through the morning. As the coastal low moves steadily northeastward today, skies will start to clear and winds will increase; look for wind gusts to 25 mph. After a reprieve from the precipitation overnight and into the morning hours tomorrow, yet another storm looms for late Sunday night. A clipper system moving through Monday morning will likely bring a few inches of snow to the area. In its wake, decidedly colder air will move in with daytime highs only near 30 and nighttime lows in the teens.

Weather Advisory for D.C., eastern burbs lifted; Storm Warning remains to north & west

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:55:04 EST

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - Forecasters said a winter storm system bearing down on the East Coast would bring a mixed bag of precipitation across the D.C. region ranging from snow, rain, freezing rain and sleet.

A Winter Weather Advisory was cancelled for D.C. as well as Prince Geroge's, Arlington and Anne Arundel counties as well as the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church. It remained in effect for other suburbs until noon Saturday.

Meantime, a Winter Storm Warning was in effect for Washington Co., MD, Frederick Co., VA and points north and west, also until noon Saturday.

Forecasters expected snow locally would be heaviest in western Maryland and to the north.

The Maryland State Highway Administration warned motorists that travel may become hazardous. The agency said it had salt, snowplows and chain saws at the ready in case of fallen trees. The Maryland Transit Administration said it was working to keep buses, trains and cars moving this weekend during the winter weather.

District of Columbia officials canceled a deployment of snow trucks Friday because of the cancellation of the weather advisory. But DC plans to deploy snow trucks on Sunday night for another winter storm that could affect the commute early Monday.

The StormWatch7 team said rain moved into the D.C. area late Friday afternoon starting in the southwest and spreading northeast.

While snow wasn't expected to occur on Friday afternoon, that could change when the temperatures drop overnight into Saturday morning. A dusting to 1” was possible for D.C., while some far northwest suburbs could get 1-2” with far northern Maryland and the mountains getting 2-4”.

From the Washington-Baltimore corridor, the Nor'easter was forecast to travel up the Eastern seaboard, creating "the potential for significant snow and ice" before moving out to sea off New England by early Sunday, a National Weather Service statement said.

Some of the highest snow accumulations were expected in the Philadelphia region with 4 inches, portions of Connecticut could see the storm drop half a foot of wet snow, and central Massachusetts could get up to 8 inches.

A Series of Storms Headed Towards Us For the Weekend-Latest Details

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:43:00 EST

Well here we go! A storm system that continues to approach us out of the southwest arrives this evening and will end by Saturday afternoon. A winter weather advisory (purple) is in effect this evening through tomorrow with the exception of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and the majority of Southern Maryland and a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Winchester, VA, Morgan and Berkeley Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, MD.


If your commute takes you to the southwest of the region tonight, you may want to try to scoot out a little on the early side given Friday traffic …and with added precipitation , we all know too well what kind of headaches that can cause. I wouldn’t be surprised if any sporting events (basketball, wrestling matches, etc) at area high schools are canceled given the going forecast, so please be prepared for that.


We are looking at mainly rain to start as it moves in from the southwest to the northeast. There will be some snow mixed in and some pockets of wintry mix across the region as well. However, temperatures will still be relatively warm as the precipitation moves in. We will need to keep a constant eye on temperatures because of course, that will determine the type of precipitation as we move forward during the evening and late evening hours.


Caption: Surface temperatures around 7 p.m. Friday evening. Notice all temperatures around the region are above freezing.

Rain showers, moderate to heavy at times, around D.C and areas south will continue through the overnight with snow and a mix to the north and west – that’s again where we can find the heaviest accumulation of snow.


By the time daybreak comes around, we could see a changeover to snow for D.C. and areas north as temperatures drop to the lower 30s. There could be some sleet mixed in as well.

When it’s all said and done we anticipate a trace to perhaps a slushy inch around the D.C. metro area with a few inches possible north and west of town.

I do believe travel will be impacted overnight into the first half of Saturday. Again, if your commute takes you anywhere north and west of D.C., that is where we are going to find the highest amounts of snow.

All precipitation should be out of here as we go through the early afternoon hours on Saturday. Winds will pick up and we may even see some clearing as we continue into Saturday night. However, that will not last long. Our next system will be knocking on our door Sunday night into Monday morning.

Caption: Sunday evening through Monday morning could see some rain change to snow with some snow accumulation on the ground by early Monday morning.

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