Brief winter wonderland: Record snow totals and what to expect next

Snow coats the ground early Sunday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Snow coats the ground early Sunday. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Sunday morning after the snowfall in northwest D.C. (WTOP/William Vitka)
Sunday morning after the snowfall in northwest D.C. (WTOP/William Vitka)

Vehicles sit with a covering of snow in northwest D.C. Sunday morning. (WTOP/William Vitka)
Vehicles sit with a covering of snow in northwest D.C. Sunday morning. (WTOP/William Vitka)

Snow falls on Wisconsin Avenue on Saturday night. A mix of warm temperatures and pretreated roads kept the snow from accumlating on the pavement in most areas. (WTOP/Patrick Roth)
Snow falls on Wisconsin Avenue Saturday night. A mix of warm temperatures and pretreated roads kept the snow from accumulating on the pavement in most areas. (WTOP/Patrick Roth)

About two inches of snow at a home just west of Front Royal, Virginia. (Courtesy Mike Stinneford)
About two inches of snow at a home just west of Front Royal, Virginia. (Courtesy Mike Stinneford)

Barkley, WTOP’s Mike Jakaitis’ dog, likes snow but not when it’s in his face.

A snow scene in Amissville, Virginia. (Courtesy David Faux)
A snow scene in Amissville, Virginia. (Courtesy David Faux)

Twitter user @Wh1pper photographed the snow in Olney, Maryland at around 11 a.m. Saturday. (Courtesy Twitter/@Wh1pper)
Twitter user @Wh1pper photographed the snow in Olney, Maryland, Saturday. (Courtesy Twitter/@Wh1pper)

The snow came down on College Park. (Courtesy Naumaan Hamid)
The snow came down on College Park. (Courtesy Naumaan Hamid)

Twitter user Eric Druxman (@druxman) shared a photo of the gray, snowy weather on the mall. (Courtesy Twitter/ @Druxman)
Twitter user Eric Druxman (@druxman) shared a photo of the gray, snowy weather on the mall. (Courtesy Twitter/ @Druxman)

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Snow coats the ground early Sunday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Sunday morning after the snowfall in northwest D.C. (WTOP/William Vitka)
Vehicles sit with a covering of snow in northwest D.C. Sunday morning. (WTOP/William Vitka)
Snow falls on Wisconsin Avenue on Saturday night. A mix of warm temperatures and pretreated roads kept the snow from accumlating on the pavement in most areas. (WTOP/Patrick Roth)
About two inches of snow at a home just west of Front Royal, Virginia. (Courtesy Mike Stinneford)
A snow scene in Amissville, Virginia. (Courtesy David Faux)
Twitter user @Wh1pper photographed the snow in Olney, Maryland at around 11 a.m. Saturday. (Courtesy Twitter/@Wh1pper)
The snow came down on College Park. (Courtesy Naumaan Hamid)
Twitter user Eric Druxman (@druxman) shared a photo of the gray, snowy weather on the mall. (Courtesy Twitter/ @Druxman)

WASHINGTON — The D.C. area felt a wave of winter weather Saturday, its first significant snowfall in December since 2013.

Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli said Saturday’s snowfall broke records at Dulles International Airport (4 inches), BWI Marshall Airport (2.6 inches) and Reagan National Airport (2 inches).

The snow began to fall along the I-95 corridor Saturday morning, and some areas saw more than 6 inches of snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory that was in effect until 9 p.m. for most of the region was canceled sooner than expected at 7 p.m. Most of the snow ended by 8:30 p.m. The advisory continued, however, south an east of D.C.

The National Weather Service had also issued a Special Weather Report for the District, warning of possible icy conditions.

Be aware of icy patches on sidewalks and other walkways. Use caution and expect delays.

Sunshine is in the forecast for Sunday, though temperatures will remain in the 30s.


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Snow totals:

Totals from the National Weather Service as of 1:30 p.m. Sunday:

  • Oakland, Maryland: 6.1 inches
  • Gamber, Maryland: 5.7 inches
  • Germantown, Maryland: 5.5 inches
  • Winfield, Maryland: 5.4 inches
  • Damascus, Maryland: 5.2 inches
  • Woolsey, Virginia: 5 inches
  • Indian Head, Maryland: 5 inches
  • Clarksburg, Maryland: 4.6 inches
  • Reistertown, Maryland: 4.5 inches
  • Poolesville, Maryland: 4.5 inches
  • Derwood, Maryland: 4.4 inches
  • Montgomery Village, Maryland: 4 inches
  • Dulles International Airport: 4 inches
  • Gaithersburg, Maryland: 3.5 inches
  • Leesburg, Virginia: 3.5 inches
  • Potomac, Maryland: 3.5 inches
  • Centreville, Virginia: 3.5 inches
  • Ellicott City, Maryland: 3.5 inches
  • Elkridge, Maryland: 3.3 inches
  • Crofton, Maryland: 3.2 inches
  • New Market, Maryland: 3 inches
  • Baltimore Washington International Airport: 2.8 inches
  • Bowie, Maryland: 2.7 inches
  • Dentsville, Maryland: 2.3 inches
  • Purcellville, Virginia: 2.2 inches
  • Thornhill, Virginia: 2.2 inches
  • Reagan National Airport: 2 inches
  • Dale City, Virginia: 2 inches

Forecast:

As the snow moves out, the winds will start to move in making for a very cold and blustery Sunday. Temperatures will rise to around 40 but windchill values will be in the upper teens and 20s.

There may also be a few flurries.

There will be a mix of sun and clouds early, giving way to more sun in the afternoon.

Winds will settle down as we head into the evening and temperatures will fall into the 20s overnight.

Monday will be partly sunny with highs in the lower 40s.

Forecasted regional temperatures from the National Weather Service. (Courtesy NWS)

Current weather:


Traffic:

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Commuting and travel:

Crews began treating the roads with salt in D.C. at 2 a.m. and the Snow Team will remain in full deployment through midnight.

All D.C. roads will be covered including residential streets, said Chris Shorter, director of the Department of Public Works.

“We assume we’ll move into a plowing operation by (Saturday) morning,” Shorter said.

Shorter asked that drivers give the plows room to work.

Track the plow:

Residents in D.C., Maryland and Virginia can track area snow plows’ progress:

How to check road temperatures:

VDOT posts road temperatures on its 511Virginia.org site. In the left navigation bar, choose the weather drop-down. Then click the button for pavement temperatures.

Drivers can find pavement temperatures on VDOT’s 511Virginia.org site. The information is under the weather tab. (WTOP photo illustration)

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WTOP’s William Vitka contributed to this report.

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