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UPDATE: Expected Winter Storm Fails to Materialize

Snow was predicted to be a rare appearance in an otherwise warm, dry winter.

UPDATE 6 p.m. Wednesday: With little more than wet pavement and a few occasional snow flakes during the rush hour, weather forecasters are now predicting less than an inch of accumulated snow from this winter weather event. Most of the accululations will remain far north and west of the D.C. area and in elevated areas.

Thursday's weather will be sunny and much warmer. The high temperature should be about 48 degrees, allowing

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UPDATE 8:55 a.m. Wednesday: Area weather forecasters predict Northern Virginia will see a wintry mix of rain and snow beginning at about noon on Wednesday, falling until about 10:30 p.m.

NBC-TV Channel 4 metereologist Tom Kierein forecasts 1-4 inches of snow, mainly north and west of the metro area. The Capital Weather Gang's Dan Stillman says we may see just enough snow to whiten the ground. The weather could impact the evening commute, he noted.

The National Weather Service forecasts a sunny Thursday with a high of 45 degrees, and weekend temperatures only reaching as high as the mid-30s.

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Original post, Tuesday morning:

Maybe Punxsutawney Phil was right in predicting six more weeks of winter.

Temperatures Tuesday night will dip into the low to mid-30s before a wintry mix starts during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

The precipitation should move out by the end of the day. The high temperature Wednesday will be 39.

Very little accumulation is expected and anything that might accumulate will probably stick only to grass and cars.

Warm, Dry Winter So Far

Wednesday’s potential snow is an anomaly this winter.

In Northern Virginia, the normal average snowfall through the end of January is 8.4 inches. So far this winter, we’ve had just 1.7 inches of the white stuff, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

Temperatures in the region also have been well above average. The average high temperature in January is 43 in the D.C. area. This January the average temperature was 48, with four days reaching a high of 60 degrees or above. On the first day of February, the high temperature in the area was 72 degrees.

It’s been so warm and dry, in fact, that at least one .

Virginia isn’t alone: Nationwide, this has been one of the warmest and least snowy winters on record. January was the third-least snowy on record for the lower 40 states, according to the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University, which has been keeping snowfall records since the late 1960s.

Alaska is this year’s outlier. Several towns in Alaska have broken snowfall and low temperature records this winter.

Sky Amazon February 08, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I am disgusted by Novec cutting down trees on Fairfax Station Road To prevent outages putting up knew poles During storms Novec is destroying the forest in Fairfax Station With no thought to ecological effects of them cutting down trees The pond needs the shade of the trees and what trees do just like the ground does Shame on you Novec it Wont stop outages during storms It had destroyed property values
Rachel Hatzipanagos (Editor) February 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Hey Sky Amazon are you interested in speaking to a reporter about this? You can email me at rachelh@patch.com or call 571.212.7455. Thanks!
James Cullum February 08, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Still waiting on that snow to show up!
WaqAs December 07, 2012 at 11:26 PM
When it will be a snow ,I heard at 6 pm today but not yet

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