WASHINGTON -- When forecasting snow storms in the DC area, one must never ignore the ever-elusive rain/snow line.
After some forecasts had projected snow totals of 6 inches or more even east of the Beltway, the 'Snowquester' storm has proven to have more bluster than bite for much of the region.
"Temperatures are just a little bit warmer than we expected, and so snow has mixed with, and sometimes changed to rain, and not accumulated in the urban core," said Washington Post Weather Editor Jason Samenow. "However," he warned, "as you get west of the Beltway - places like Reston, Oakton and Fairfax and up into western Montgomery County and places south and southwest like Warrenton and Gainesville, they are really getting hammered."
Some of those spots west of DC had seen eight inches or more of snow by Noon Wednesday, said Samenow, who said those areas will continue to be pounded as the day goes on.
North of DC, places like Rockville, Gaithersburg and Germantown will also see less snow than originally forecast - 4 to 8 inches, as opposed to the original 6 to 12 inch forecast.
"We do expect these snow bands are going to continue to cycle into the area, and some colder air is going to wrap into the area as well," said Samenow, who added, "We might see the mix of rain and snow transition to more snow, even in the city, so it's not out of the question that we'll still see some lighter accumulations."
The Weather Channel's most visible forecaster, Jim Cantore, was not too impressed with the storm. He tweeted: "Just about ready to declare a BUST for #DC. Western burbs continue to get it. #Saturn #snowquester"
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