We just got hit with some snow last night, and it only ended up being roughly 4 inches, if that. It was lovely, actually. We all know I hate (HATESTABBYHATE) snow, but this wasn’t too bad because it wasn’t terribly cold, and the snow stuck to the trees to make everything quite pretty:
And then I got this today:
Issued by The National Weather Service
2:45 pm EST, Wed., Feb. 3, 2010
… WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING…
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.
* TIMING… SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE MORNING FRIDAY… CONTINUING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.
* TEMPERATURES… HIGHS IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S FRIDAY. FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY… TEMPERATURES WILL BE 25 TO 30 DEGREES.
* WINDS… EAST 5 TO 10 MPH FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT… BECOMING NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH SATURDAY.
THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE SIMILAR TO THE DECEMBER 19TH STORM. PLAN FOR SUBSTANTIAL DISRUPTIONS TO TRAVEL FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
UPDATE (2/4/10, 9:58 AM): The snow accumulation totals have been raised to 18-26 inches. Visibility expected to be less than a quarter of a mile with dangerous blowing winds reaching 30mph.
UPDATE (2/5/10; 9:04 AM): STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 20 TO 28 INCHES EXPECTED.