Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Storm Had a Second Wind

The view from the front porch.

There was a lull for a few hours. Then around 2 or so it got its second wind. It was really coming down. Almost as much snow as when the storm was at its strongest. I had to use a broom handle to measure the snow. I took two measurements. One was 17 inches. The other was 19 inches. I'm going to take the average and say 18 inches.

It's 6:30 and it is still coming down. It's supposed to stop in another couple of hours. I think we could get another inch or two. The wind has continued to be strong. It is not supposed to die down until sometime tomorrow. That's not going to make shoveling this out any easier.

Here's how the storm's looking from the Post:
  • Snow totals have reached 22-35 inches west, north, and northwest of the Beltway (locally 35″+), 17-24″ inches inside the Beltway, and 10-20 inches south and southeast of the Beltway.
  • Steady snow and gusty winds are likely for a few more hours
  • Snow tapers off between 9 and midnight tonight
  • Blizzard conditions were achieved late this afternoon, but have relented some.
  • Total snow accumulations of 16 to 30 inches are expected with some 30-36 inch totals well north and west of the District (Frederick and Loudoun counties). 20-30 inches totals will be most common in the immediate metro region. Totals in the 12-20 inch range are most likely near the Bay into Southern Maryland.
One final note:
D.C.’s official storm total, as of 5 p.m., is 17.5 inches which puts it ahead of the Blizzard of 1996 and into 5th place among the top 10 greatest storms. Just 0.3 inches need to fall for it to pass Snowmageddon.
 I have a feeling that we'll pass this when and is said and done.

My poor car buried in snow. Glad I don't have to drive anywhere until Thursday.

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