Jump to 5:10pm totally dejected update.

Inevitably over the next several days, you're going to hear about the weather in the Washington, DC area. It doesn't matter if you are a local and the news is plastered with status updates, or if you live 3000 miles away and Brian Williams mentions it briefly on his evening report. If there's one thing at which DC is great, it's totally freaking out about snow.

Here's a live look out of our front window so you can keep tabs on the storm.

Since Wendy and I grew up around Cleveland, and we're both serious snow lovers, the mere mention of snow conjures emotions of giddiness rather than concern. It's true, the DC metro area isn't particularly prepared for snow, but the frequency of big snow events is such that we aren't inconvenienced too often when they occur. Besides, the last time we had a snowfall of more than 2" from a single storm was an astounding 769 days ago, so I'm for welcoming this potential late season snow with open arms.

The calm before the storm. Ominous clouds on my commute home.

Given the recent political fervor surrounding the Federal Government's Sequestration, my favorite local weather blog, Capital Weather, has coined this storm "Snowquester." Along with it, the appropriate tags, mock accounts, and references to #Snowquester have popped up all over the Internet. But the big question remains: Will this be a bang of a snowstorm, or a total bust as we're often used to in this I-95 corridor? You can see by the Capital Weather accumulation predictions that we're on the borderline of the 3"-8" and 6"-12" totals.

We're going to be periodically updating this blog post over the next day or so as this weather event unfolds. The primary purpose is to keep friends and family updated on our snow progress and to share everything as it happens. There's really nothing quite as lovely and fun as a snow day in Old Town, so stay tuned to our live front window cam, watch our obligatory puppy playing in the snow Vine videos that we'll surely upload, and enjoy my ranting if the storm fails to live up to the hype no matter how many times Channel 4's Pat Collins measures the snow totals outside of a random gas station using a comically large ruler.

Stay safe and stay tuned.

3/6 3:45 am Update

The Federal Government just updated the operating status for today and they are officially Closed! We're not seeing any snow stick yet, but it is surely coming down. Can't wait to see what it's like when I wake up in a few hours. It is a wet snow, so hopefully won't cause power problems and knock us offline. Updated snow total map from Capital Weather shows 5"-10" for our area.

I may have guessed 5.5" in our office pool, but I can't help it, I'm hoping for more than less!

3/6 11:00am Update

So far the Snowquester has failed to live up to the hype. It is snowing, and has been for at least nine hours, but here's the sad view out of our sunporch to the backyard. Pretty depressing.

This is all due to the warm weather we've had over the last several days, which has led to warm ground/roads. 20 miles west of us they already have six or more inches of snow, but we've got nothing. Well, at least we're starting to get our Pat Collins Snow Stick on channel 4. Later they're giving one away to a lucky winner. I can only hope to be that lucky person!

Hopefully we'll have more snow to update you on later. Until then, we need to look for some projects to do around the house to distract me from my mounting disappointment.

3/6 11:45am Update

Still no snow but Wendy just yelled at me for having "Pat Collins tourettes." But I just learned the best snowman photo can win an official Pat Collins Snow Stick! If only we had snow!!!!!

3/6 2:05pm Update

Worst. Snowstorm. Ever.

At least that's how it is in Old Town. I keep seeing photos and news stories of massive snow all over the Virginia area, but we've got nothing. Even commenters are saying they have a little snow just three miles south of us. But here...bupkis. I'm just dejected. Here I wanted to give you all wonderful photos of snowy Old Town, in all of it's beauty, but instead we're stuck inside because it's essentially raining giant raindrops that masquerade as snowflakes.

Our whole area has the distinct tendency to seriously overstate the possibility and projections of snow accumulations, and every time I buy into the hype and get excited. Nine times out of ten, I'm sorely disappointed. It seems we only get good snowstorm seasons about once every seven years. We had one in 2003, the next in 2010, so I'll report back in 2017.

We need to go out to grab Lulu some food, so maybe she'll get to experience some miserable wetness so she can do her business, but it seems we won't have any frolicking puppy videos to entertain you with. For this, I am truly sorry. 

3/6 5:10pm Update

Total Bust.

That's all there is to it. At least for Alexandria and DC area snow lovers, this entire storm, all of the hype, all of the lead-up, massive snow predictions, suggestions of thunder snow, the thought that Pat Collins Snow Stick would be completely buried under massive mounds of snow, it's all been a whole lot of nothing. Apparently someone forgot to fill mother nature in on all of our lofty plans.

I wanted to give you photos like this...

...or this...

...but all I have is this.

I hear there's tremendous volume of snow at points west and south, but our point, the one that I had such high hopes for, nothing. Sorry I bought into the hype, the hope, and hysteria, I am humbly apologetic. This pretty much sums up this storm.

Now we turn our attention to St. Paddy's day and spring. Maybe next year, snow, maybe next year. 

Comments 32


Kristin Frykman
3/5/2013 at 9:50 PM
I hope it's a whallopalooza of snow -- bring on the pretty white fluffiness!
It it even happens at this point it seems it will be wet heavy snow rather then the fluffiness.
3/5/2013 at 11:06 PM
Pat Collins is a DC treasure ;) although I do feel bad they always send him out in the elements.
He is indeed! I think he loves being sent out in the bad weather initially, but gets sick of it and surly be the end.
3/6/2013 at 12:48 AM
Oh man! I totally forgot about Pat Collins, who I only learned about recently (From you). Here's hoping Pat gets a ton of snow to measure!
His shtick with the stick is starting up, can't wait to see what he's up to by about 4:00.
3/6/2013 at 11:44 AM
Shtick with the stick? You're as funny as he is! :)
That's high praise! :-)
3/6/2013 at 1:03 AM
I'm squarely in the 6-12" range, but it started snowing before they said it would so I'm hoping for higher. Bring it on #Snowquester!
Any updates from your neck of the woods? I imagine you're seeing more than us.
3/6/2013 at 12:31 PM
We have 10" in Charlottesville, and it's still coming down! The wet snow and high winds are bringing down lots of trees, and power is out across a lot of the area. We're staying warm with our whole-home generator, thankfully!
3/6/2013 at 11:05 AM
Ugh it's still just raining here in Baltimore. :-/ It's a little slushy, but that's it. I was so disappointed. My parents down in Fredericksburg already have 6" of snow.
We're in some weird DC pocket of no snow, where it seems everyone around is getting snow to stick except for us. Hopefully this changes soon.
3/6/2013 at 12:12 PM
I am Alexandria, just 3 miles south of Old Town. We have more snow on the ground at our place than you all seem to at this point (maybe 2+ inches). The regional variance between inside vs outside the beltway that the weather guys have been talking about seems pretty spot on.
It's crazy how the urban pockets are warm enough to completely keep snow away. I pine for the 2010 storms.
3/6/2013 at 12:35 PM
Amazing what a few miles does. We have 2 or 3" on the ground in N. Arlington and it's really coming down again. Hope it stays ok until I have to run over to Doorways at 1:30!!
It seems like you're still in pretty good shape (and probably already at the house now). We've been keeping up with the Doorways project and it's really looking great. You must be very proud!
3/6/2013 at 1:21 PM
I miss the days when I the area would shut down on the hint of snow. Now that I'm back up in the NorthEast it's common place. Enjoy the time off :)

I'm Jealous!!!!
I'm more jealous that you actually get snow! I would much rather have to go to work in snow than get this tease of a storm.
3/6/2013 at 1:22 PM
We live in Silver Spring, MD and we have mostly slush on the ground... not great snowman making snow. My husband is from northern Indiana and I am from southwestern lower Michigan so we are no strangers to snow. We think it's hilarious how people freak out about snow around here. At least I got the day off from work and we are exposing some brick in our house!!
I do find it hilarious the way the DC area reacts. I can remember driving to school with 6"-12" of fresh snow from the night before, and I honestly can't remember a day where school and work was cancelled, usually it was just school.

Great job on making actual progress today. I think I need to actually get to work on something.
3/6/2013 at 1:34 PM
My BFF is hoping for a huge dumping in Reston. She's also been counting the days since the last storm.
Maybe we need to get together with her and do a snow dance for the next storm. Thus far we're SOL in the accumulating snow department.
3/6/2013 at 2:23 PM
She reports big fat flakes, so she's quite happy.
Karin K
3/6/2013 at 3:17 PM
You poor things! I've had your live feed up all day. My father-in-law keeps calling with tales of accumulation in Richmond, so I'm surprised you're not getting any. Maybe there's a tiny bubble of no snow over Old Town... the opposite of what they've been showing over Front Royal, which is supposed to get hammered. There's still time! Hold on!
Karin K
3/6/2013 at 8:02 PM
Re: the 5:10 pm update: I consider any post with a picture of Oliver a win-win. My local news' website had a few pics of Old Town and what could be Wendy...stylish woman crossing King St. in the falling snow....but the umbrella is covering her face. Oh well...maybe next time. :)
Thank you Karin. I think this is officially the first time in my life that Wendy and stylish have been used in the same sentence! :-) It wasn't me, given I spent the day inside in sweatpants, but thanks for thinking it could be!
3/7/2013 at 5:58 AM
Got about three inches in Midlothian. It snowed all day long, starting at about 7 AM, but it was so wet and heavy that it didn't amount to much. Still, it was a lot more than I expected to see out of the storm.
Even at only three inches, we're jealous! They're forecasting temps in the 60s next week, so we're convinced our final shot at snow is now gone until next winter. Bummer.
3/7/2013 at 1:04 PM
We were supposed to get "6-10 inches" according to all the local reports. We ended up with just enough ice in the morning to make the road slick and a slight dusting of snow. Nothing worth the panic the media worked up in everyone!
I have to admit I love when the media gets everyone worked up...as long as I don't have to drive anywhere or go grocery shopping! :-)
3/9/2013 at 5:33 PM
My town, south of Boston, received 2 feet.
I would trade in a heart beat if it were possible.
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