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Tuesday 1/7/20 Disco snow event

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Just now, psuhoffman said:

Been out having fun. Ended with 5.2”. 

 

Nice haul for an event that had so many flaws.  What is your total for the season?

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Final total - 3 inches 


God I miss home. It’s low key one of the best spots for snow in southern Baltimore Co. Glad to see the area cashed in


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My daughter Nora got to play in the snow for the first time. She loved it. Then took my son to the school at the bottom of the mountain to go sledding.  I was saying we are overdue for a year without a warning level event here, been since 2002. This won’t be the year. Ended up with 5.2”. 

Down to 27 now.  Roads are very icy up here.  

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Going out for one more jebwalk. 

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13 minutes ago, cbmclean said:

Nice haul for an event that had so many flaws.  What is your total for the season?

Something close to 10”. Id have to go back and add up all the minor snowfalls I had in December. 

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1.6” here in Clarksburg. Snow was slow to stick even though the hi temp was 39°F (late morning) and the temp was at 35°F at (rain) onset. Even when air temps dropped to freezing, the warm ground ate trillions of sacrificial flakes. 

The finale at the end was rippin’ fun. 
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I don’t want to take away from the fun, but this event really underscored the UHI that is DC once more. We had enough heavy snow, that in a rural field would have amounted to 2-3 inches, but was quickly vanquished by the concrete and steel.

It’s sad. I really appreciate everyone’s pictures. It was fun nonetheless.

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Glad I left the lights up for an extra week! Time to take them down between the washout this coming weekend. Snow stuck to all the trees making it very pretty outside. 2", Just enough snow to sled and make a snowman.

 

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8 minutes ago, StantonParkHoya said:

I don’t want to take away from the fun, but this event really underscored the UHI that is DC once more. We had enough heavy snow, that in a rural field would have amounted to 2-3 inches, but was quickly vanquished by the concrete and steel.

It’s sad. I really appreciate everyone’s pictures. It was fun nonetheless.

How so?  Weenies looks at the snowfall clown maps like that is what is going to be on the ground. That just says what is going to fall based on a 10:1 ratio, not what is actually on the ground. 

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17 minutes ago, Interstate said:

How so?  Weenies looks at the snowfall clown maps like that is what is going to be on the ground. That just says what is going to fall based on a 10:1 ratio, not what is actually on the ground. 

Who said anything about maps or models?

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39 minutes ago, mdhokie said:

Glad I left the lights up for an extra week! Time to take them down between the washout this coming weekend. Snow stuck to all the trees making it very pretty outside. 2", Just enough snow to sled and make a snowman.

 

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You should save those images for a Christmas card/postcard! Pretty pics (and your house looks like a literal gingerbread house in that top pic!)

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Never seen this much black ice on neighborhood streets. Seems like there was almost a flash freeze when it it dark combined with no treatment.

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1 hour ago, StantonParkHoya said:

Who said anything about maps or models?

I mean I don’t know what you are looking for. I do not know of anyone who thought that downtown Washington or Baltimore was going to receive any accumlations. 

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1 hour ago, mdhokie said:

Glad I left the lights up for an extra week! Time to take them down between the washout this coming weekend. Snow stuck to all the trees making it very pretty outside. 2", Just enough snow to sled and make a snowman.

 

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These pics are now gracing my laptop! I am blasting some killer EDM tracks at 225 decibels as I look at that snow!

YOU REALLY NEED TO AMPLIFY THE SPEAKERS TO EIGHTEEN WHEN YOU PLAY THIS TRACK IN THE PRESENCE OF SNOW!

 

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3 hours ago, psuhoffman said:

My daughter Nora got to play in the snow for the first time. She loved it. Then took my son to the school at the bottom of the mountain to go sledding.  I was saying we are overdue for a year without a warning level event here, been since 2002. This won’t be the year. Ended up with 5.2”. 

Down to 27 now.  Roads are very icy up here.  

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Going out for one more jebwalk. 

WOW! I am gonna have to find just the EDM track for this! Thats a LOT of fresh snow! I can fly right over if you need some help diggin' out..........

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4 minutes ago, showmethesnow said:

Nice little event up this way. Going with 4.5" as the final total. 

Solid haul. Looks like usual colder spots in N MD into S PA jackpotted

I’ll take my 4 and run with it in this pattern. 

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8 hours ago, Sparky said:

This storm was legit especially the last hour and a half.   I am going with a final of 4.75".  Considering I was above freezing for much of it by a degree or so I don't think I could have done any better than this.

That little extra elevation helped ya squeeze out an extra .75 or so! I averaged about 4” here in Union bridge. Had a few 4.5 measurements but discounted them against the other 7/8 consistent  measurements.

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6 minutes ago, jayyy said:

Solid haul. Looks like usual colder spots in N MD into S PA jackpotted

I’ll take my 4 and run with it in this pattern. 

We are always searching for that perfect pattern but I bet more then half, if not 2/3rds of our snow come in flawed, if not severely flawed patterns. Maybe I should ask @psuhoffman, he always seems to have the numbers. :) 

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2.7" seems to be the closest measurement here. Might have been a little more but to stay consistent I'll go with the same NWS measurement. Fun event...I actually enjoyed getting out and driving in it at the height of the heavy snow.

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5 hours ago, Interstate said:

I mean I don’t know what you are looking for. I do not know of anyone who thought that downtown Washington or Baltimore was going to receive any accumlations. 

He said he was disappointed that a bunch of snow fell but nothing stuck. I’m not sure how you can’t understand that and that you feel the need to twist the knife by mentioning models and insinuating that he’s a weenie.

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Fairfax schools just closed, to join Culpeper, Fairfax (for students), Fauquier, Fredericksburg, Loudoun (for students), Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Rappahannock and Madison.

The UHI area (Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church) is on two-hour delays.

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For many people(myself included) that were in the DC S&E areas of I-95 this one wasn't as fun as other near miss snows.  Again, the concern some had yesterday morning about lack of clouds and sun was warranted.  I'm not sure there were as many model runs that had DC and other places absolutely torch prior to the onset of precip.  If it was a few hours faster like the people in SW VA benefited from then I bet all of us would be rejoicing.

I started the morning at 28F prior to sunrise.  By the time precip started it was 46 IMBY.  That was just too much 925s to overcome.  It didn't flip for me until after 2pm which for many it had been ripping for hours and mainly had the luxury of temps helping. 

I understand location and climo.  Probably more than most of you.  So when models had my area for 1" or so I always know the challenges.  What grinds most of the gears for the people who see less snow isn't that we don't know what the odds are.  We just don't need that one extra thing to make it that much harder to get snow.  Yesterday was soaring temps.  That clearly delayed the flip.  Once I did I still had temp issues of only getting to 33F.  So it was mostly white rain.  Despite that, if I wasn't battling 40s at the start I would have seen a few more hours of snow even if it melted.  Thats what most of us wanted.  Just to have snow falling.  

So I got .5" yesterday.  Not just because of location and elevation.  Those are constants.  Yesterday's lower total was due to clouds not getting in soon enough, temps soaring, and the column not being able to overcome it.  

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3 minutes ago, leesburg 04 said:

Pretty hefty batch riding the MD/PA border

Only light returns here but impressive little bursts of snow. I imagine those along the border up there are experiencing some pretty heavy snow Noticed there are snow squall warnings up in central pa.

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9 minutes ago, H2O said:

For many people(myself included) that were in the DC S&E areas of I-95 this one wasn't as fun as other near miss snows.  Again, the concern some had yesterday morning about lack of clouds and sun was warranted.  I'm not sure there were as many model runs that had DC and other places absolutely torch prior to the onset of precip.  If it was a few hours faster like the people in SW VA benefited from then I bet all of us would be rejoicing.

I started the morning at 28F prior to sunrise.  By the time precip started it was 46 IMBY.  That was just too much 925s to overcome.  It didn't flip for me until after 2pm which for many it had been ripping for hours and mainly had the luxury of temps helping. 

I understand location and climo.  Probably more than most of you.  So when models had my area for 1" or so I always know the challenges.  What grinds most of the gears for the people who see less snow isn't that we don't know what the odds are.  We just don't need that one extra thing to make it that much harder to get snow.  Yesterday was soaring temps.  That clearly delayed the flip.  Once I did I still had temp issues of only getting to 33F.  So it was mostly white rain.  Despite that, if I wasn't battling 40s at the start I would have seen a few more hours of snow even if it melted.  Thats what most of us wanted.  Just to have snow falling.  

So I got .5" yesterday.  Not just because of location and elevation.  Those are constants.  Yesterday's lower total was due to clouds not getting in soon enough, temps soaring, and the column not being able to overcome it.  

Yeah you guys were very unlucky yesterday and I hated to see that happen.

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7 minutes ago, leesburg 04 said:

Pretty hefty batch riding the MD/PA border

I’ll let you know when it gets here 

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