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March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

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5 minutes ago, BTRWx's Thanks Giving said:

Any frozen with the swath to the south?

Sleet mixing in in Dale City, temp down to 33 degrees

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sleeting some in merrifield just W of the beltway off Rt. 50

 

Was that location detailed enough?

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2 minutes ago, supernovasky said:

If those yellows get to me and it ends up being rain, we're gonna have some serious icing problems in Gaithersburg.

heavy rain isn't likely to accrete, especially at marginal surface temps.

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Just now, stormtracker said:

You guys do know that all of this is happening just like it's supposed to around I-95, right?  

Leesburg isn't I-95.  go console them

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Just now, wxtrix said:

heavy rain isn't likely to accrete, especially at marginal surface temps.

Huh, did not know that. I know everything up to this point has acreted - you should see the icicles on my trees outside.

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29.7/27 snow still coming down up here. Reports of accidents all over Frederick. And people saying to stay off of I-70. Regretting not telling my husband to take my car. I have a CX-5 AWD. He has a MX-5 and had some issues heading out this morning. 

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Had to run some errands. Roads are terrible. Currently in a very heavy band. Over an inch an hour rates. Temp down to 26. 3 inches already. This is not your typical daytime march snowstorm. 

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2 minutes ago, supernovasky said:

Huh, did not know that. I know everything up to this point has acreted - you should see the icicles on my trees outside.

Yeah, heavier rain has too much kinetic energy I think which can get released as heat when it hits the ground.  Light rain/drizzle are best for accumulating freezing rain. 

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Sleet has begun in downtown DC [Foggy Bottom area].  Based entirely on the obvious pinging off my 9th floor window, though.

 

EDIT: Also based on being able to see the sleet bounce off the window now, too.

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I realize that 99 percent of the snow we are supposed to get in Dale City is coming with the 2nd wave, NOT THIS ONE. I understand that very well, and I also am at total blissful peace with my climo and location 50 feet above mean sea level.

With that said, however, it IS true that we are going thru an awful, awful amount of liquid qpf with all of this steady moderate to outright heavy rainfall right now lol.

Many cheers to those enjoying snow accumulations right now!!!!!

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6 minutes ago, stormtracker said:

You guys do know that all of this is happening just like it's supposed to around I-95, right?  

Yep.  But there is some entertainment value in people panicking.

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2 minutes ago, DCTeacherman said:

Yeah, heavier rain has too much kinetic energy I think which can get released as heat when it hits the ground.  Light rain/drizzle are best for accumulating freezing rain. 

latent heat release as well if we aren't talking the same thing.  Too much precip doesn't allow for freezing.  I know you know but think of cold faucet water over an ice cube.  the ice cube melts.  Too much warmer liquid to freeze on the surface of the ice cube.

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7 minutes ago, stormtracker said:

You guys do know that all of this is happening just like it's supposed to around I-95, right?  

Copy that. Unlike some, I WAS paying close attention to all the models.

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1 minute ago, (So)Alexandria said:

Can confirm some pinging downtown DC.  Why do I get the feeling we could be in for a another commutagetton, at least for the north and west bound folks? 

^^ Yep.

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