When we last left you, it appeared a potential major snowstorm was bearing down on the mid-Atlantic. That storm ended up sliding a bit south of the original forecast, bringing the heaviest snow to southern VA and much of NC. I, unfortunately, missed the event completely as I was traveling to Michigan to attend a snow and ice festival. (Yes, I traveled to a colder climate to see more snow and ice during the dead of Winter.) I also missed the 4 inches that apparently fell last night. Having lived the past few years in a warm climate that saw little snow (TX), I really hate to miss snow events when they actually happen. It doesn’t help when you travel North and see little snow, if any, covering the ground when you know you could see flakes flying back home.
But I’m going to stop complaining now…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING. * PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW. * ACCUMULATIONS...THIS STORM IS LIKELY TO PRODUCE 12 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW IN THE WATCH AREA...WITH A GOOD CHANCE FOR LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OVER 20 INCHES.
For those of you scoring at home, the record annual snowfall is 46 inches at Reagan Airport (1995-96), which is considered the official record site for DC. Currently, Reagan has recorded 27.3 inches of white, fluffy stuff this year.
Since I will be around for this event, you can expect some updates on the blog and Twitter between now and Sunday. Oh wait… Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday. I better run to the store now!
If you live in any of the affected areas, please let us know of your experiences in the comments and link to any pictures. The DC area is using the hashtag #snOMGasm on Twitter, which is a great way to find first-hand accounts and pictures from the heart of the storm. Again, I’ll be updating throughout, so stay tuned and feel free to share in the comments.