This page will serve as our winter update home for all of our Blythewood Landscape Management clients. Please check back regularly as we will post our plans of action for every area affected by the winter storms.
Winter Weather Update 1/13 @ 8:20AM
Generally we saw 3 to 6 inches of snow last evening and overnight, with amounts increasing from north to south. The steady snow combined with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 20s has left many roads treacherous and snow covered.
There’s the potential for an additional 3 to 6 inches today, with a band of particularly heavy snow possibly developing this morning south of the District. Storm totals of around 5 to 10 inches are likely by evening, with amounts increasing from north to south. Some spots mainly south of D.C. could see up to around 12 inches.
After a midday lull, the snow may pick up again during the mid-afternoon into early evening.
Plan of Action:
Plowing operations are in full swing. We expect to be working throughout the day and well into the evening.
If you have specific questions or concerns about your property, please call me or Mike (410-200-5056).
Fortunately it’s a Sunday, so hopefully you’re able to sit back and enjoy the winter wonderland.
Winter Weather Update 1/12 @ 5:09PM
*** A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the entire area from 4 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday ***
Light snow has begun to fall across much of the area as the first piece of our weekend winter storm arrives. Snowfall intensity will gradually intensify this evening with accumulation picking up, especially after sunset.
The second phase of our storm will take shape off the coastal Carolinas overnight into Sunday. The developing low pressure system will be close enough to generate some moderate to at times heavy snow overnight into Sunday morning, when the bulk of our accumulation should occur. The storm will start to push out to sea by Sunday afternoon, but a continuing unstable atmosphere around the region may allow snow of varying intensity to continue into the evening.
When all is said and done, 4 to 8 inches is most likely in the immediate metro area, with somewhat more south and less north.
Plan of Action:
Properties have been pretreated and crews are on standby to begin plowing operations. We expect to start plowing after midnight and work throughout the entire day tomorrow.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
Winter Weather Update 1/12 @ 8:57AM
The Immediate DC metro area has been upgraded to Winter Storm Warning.
Early this morning, the National Weather Service upgraded the District, Fairfax, Prince George’s, Loudoun and southern Montgomery County to a winter storm warning (from a winter weather advisory). The warning takes effect at 4 p.m. this afternoon, when snow should be beginning, until 1 p.m. on Sunday. In this zone, the National Weather Service increased its snowfall prediction from 3 to 5 inches to 3 to 6 inches.
Areas to the north of the winter storm warning are under a winter weather advisory from 4 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday and should receive 2 to 5 inches or so of snow.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a sizable snowstorm in the middle of winter. We have to go back to the Blizzard of 2016, in fact. While this isn’t going to rival that in any way, it’s coming at a prime time to take advantage of cold air and, if you like snow, maximize enjoyment. It’ll stay tranquil through the morning today, but snow should increasingly fill the air as we head toward sunset.
Tonight: We’ll continue to see snow during the evening, and it should generally pick up in intensity deeper into the night. It may ease at times as well, but it seems like the heaviest snow of the storm may come in the overnight period. Several inches are likely to pile up through the night and untreated surfaces will become snow-covered and slick. Temperatures will be mostly in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds will be light.
Tomorrow (Sunday): Shovels and plows seem likely to be busy in the morning. Accumulating snow could continue for a while, with amounts settling into the 3 to 6 inch range for much of the local area - more south and less north. The storm should be tending to wane as we get into midday if not prior, but it could be a slow process to totally shut off. Even once the accumulation stops, some snow should stay in the air during the afternoon as well. Highs will be near or below freezing for most spots, with a range from near 30 to the mid-30s overall.
Tomorrow night: Winds are gustier and a few snowflakes could linger into the evening. Otherwise, it’s calming down as the storm pulls away. Lows range from the upper teens north and west to the mid- or upper 20s in the city and southeast.
Plan of Action:
We will begin treating parking lots and sidewalks this afternoon ahead of the storm. That will help keep the snow slushy and from turning to ice before midnight. Overnight, crews will begin clearing the snow and work throughout the afternoon tomorrow clearing the snow until the storm is over. Once parking lots and sidewalks have been cleared, we will treat everything to help keep surfaces from refreezing Sunday night into Monday morning.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call me or Mike (410-220-5056). As always, if you wish to decline service at your specific property for this storm, please reply back to this email.
Have nice day!!!
Winter Weather Update 1/11 @ 4:18PM
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis, and points north from 4 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. It calls for 3 to 5 inches of snow that will cause “slippery road conditions.”
In Southern Maryland, a winter storm warning has been issued from 4 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. on Sunday. In this zone, it predicts 3 to 7 inches of snow. Travel in this area could be “very hazardous,” it cautions.
The latest forecast just in, suggests that the earlier forecast of 2 to 4 inches for D.C. may be too low. They’re now suggesting 5 to 7 inches (and a little more south of Washington and a little less to the north).
Plan of Action:
We may need to adjust our plan to include some plowing Saturday night into Sunday morning. Stay tuned for any forecast updates this evening and early Saturday.
Winter Weather Update 1/11 @ 1:20PM
*** Snow set to blanket Washington region this weekend: Forecast amounts and storm timeline ***
Forecasts models have come into reasonably good agreement that the Washington region will witness a light to moderate snowfall this weekend. The snow should begin Saturday afternoon and taper off during the day Sunday. Two to four inches of accumulation is most likely inside the DC Beltway. Washington’s southern suburbs should see the heaviest snowfall with amounts of 3 to 6 inches. Somewhat lighter amounts of around 1 to 3 inches are predicted in our northern areas.
Once the snow begins Saturday afternoon, temperature will fall below freezing and it should shortly thereafter begin to stick. Especially by Saturday evening, when the snow may pick up a bit, roads may turn slick. Through at least Sunday morning, travel may be challenging. “This looks like one of those storms with a drawn out period of light snow that could last well into Sunday with the snowfall intensity occasionally picking up,” said Wes Junker, Capital Weather Gang’s winter weather expert. “The heaviest snowfall will probably fall Saturday evening around Washington and very early Sunday morning in our southern areas.”
As with most snow events in the Washington region, slight shifts in the storm track could result in more or less snow than predicted. If the storm jogs a bit farther north on Sunday, heavier snow than predicted could fall from Washington to Baltimore and points north, and the snow could last longer into Sunday afternoon. But, if dry air suppresses the storm to the south, accumulations will be limited and the snow could end as early as Sunday morning.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: Flurries and light snow begins from southwest to northeast. Little accumulation except maybe a coating or so in our west and southwest areas. Temperatures 30-35, falling to 28-32 once snow becomes steady.
4 p.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday: Light to moderate snow. Accumulation of a coating to 2 inches or so possible, heaviest west and northwest of the Washington. Temperatures 27-31.
Midnight to 8 a.m. Sunday: Light to moderate snow. Snow decreasing some in northwest areas, but increasing some in our southern areas. Accumulation of 1 to 3 inches or so possible, heaviest south of Washington. Temperatures 26 to 30.
8 a.m. to noon Sunday: Light to moderate snow. Snow may begin to taper off in our northern areas between mid-morning and noon. Accumulations of a coating to an inch or so possible, heaviest south of Washington. Temperatures 28 to 32.
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday: Snow tapers off by early afternoon or so from the District north and by late afternoon in our southern areas. Little additional accumulation, except for an additional coating or so in southern areas. Temperatures 30 to 34.
Plan of Action:
Because we believe that this will be a long, drawn out storm where it may take some time to get any snow to accumulate, a pretreatment of salt and/or calcium tomorrow afternoon before the storm arrives may help surfaces become slushy and melt enough of the snow to help keep accumulations down as the storm lingers into Sunday. Once the storm comes to an end, we will begin clearing whatever snow and slush is remaining. Standby for updates as the storm gets closer and Advisories or Warnings get posted.
If you do not want service at your property this weekend, please reply back to this email to let us know.
If you have any questions, feel free to give me or Mike (410-200-5056) a call.
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Have a great day!
*** A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for a mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain tomorrow from 4am to 1pm ***
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for DC, Baltimore, and the surrounding area from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. It is forecasting up to an inch of sleet and snow and the possibility of a light (0.1 inches) glaze of ice.
This advisory extends until 4 p.m. in our far north and west suburbs, including northwest Montgomery, northern Fauquier, and Loudoun counties, where frozen precipitation is likely to last longer due to colder temperatures. In these areas, there is higher potential for an icy glaze (up to 0.2 inches) on top of the snow and sleet. In Frederick County, Md. and to its east across northern Maryland, the Weather Service forecasts one to two inches of snow and sleet accumulation. Advisories are not in effect in Southern Maryland, where mostly rain is predicted.
The period of greatest concern is between about 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., coinciding with the morning commute, when temperatures will be lowest and the chance of frozen precipitation highest. This is your typical Washington/Baltimore winter weather event in which conditions will tend to deteriorate as you head into the colder areas north and west of the Beltways, where the chance of snow and sleet accumulation and slick spots is greatest.
Forecasts by zone
As conditions will vary widely over the region, from mostly rain in Southern Maryland to substantial amounts of frozen precipitation toward the Interstate 81 corridor, we’ve divided the region into four zones, shown on the map below.
Zone 1: Northern Maryland, eastern panhandle of West Virginia and northwest Virginia
(Includes Winchester, Hagerstown, Frederick and Westminster)
Moderate accumulations of snow and sleet (one to three inches) and a glaze of freezing rain are possible in this region, as temperatures will be lowest here, and precipitation is likely to remain in a frozen form for a good portion of the event. Precipitation should begin as snow and sleet early Thursday morning, and then transition to more sleet and freezing rain as the morning wears on. Some areas could change to plain rain during the afternoon, but pockets of freezing rain may linger even into the evening in some of the colder valleys in the western parts of this zone.
Zone 2: Washington’s and Baltimore’s north and west suburbs
(Includes Warrenton, Leesburg, Rockville, Columbia and Towson)
Mixed precipitation should begin just before dawn and snow and/or sleet is likely to put down a coating to an inch through midmorning or so. More sleet than snow is likely to fall. Road surfaces, especially those that are untreated, could turn slick. Some areas may change to plain rain by late morning, and most areas should do so during the afternoon, but there may be a few colder spots (sheltered valleys) where temperatures hardly budge — which would allow for a slick glaze of freezing rain to develop. The freezing rain risk may be mitigated by the fact that precipitation will fall heavily at times and make it hard for ice to adhere to surfaces such as trees and power lines. Also, temperatures in this zone may hover right around freezing (between 30 and 34 degrees) — and would need to be lower for a more serious ice buildup.
Zone 3: The immediate Washington area and city of Baltimore
(Includes Gainesville, Manassas, Fairfax, Bethesda, Laurel and Annapolis)
Precipitation may begin as light rain predawn but transition to a wintry mix of sleet and snow around sunrise through the midmorning hours. Then the wintry mix may transition to rain. However, it’s possible that pockets of sleet and freezing rain linger into the early afternoon in some of the colder areas. Temperatures in this zone will be near if not above freezing, generally limiting accumulation. However, slick spots could form during any heavy bursts of frozen precipitation. Even if icy travel does not materialize, roads will be wet, and visibility will be reduced because of the messy mix of falling precipitation — so allow extra time to reach your destination.
Zone 4: Far southern suburbs and Southern Maryland
(Includes Fredericksburg and La Plata)
Expect mostly a cold rain in this zone. A little sleet or wet snowflakes could mix with the rain during the early morning, but roads should mostly remain just wet.
Plan of Action:
For properties in Zone 1, we recommend treating parking lots and sidewalks before the rush hour and then monitor the storm to see if any accumulation does occur and either plow or treat each property as necessary.
For properties in Zone 2, a pre-treatment of salt and or calcium on the parking lots and sidewalks should do the job. Crews will remain on standby in the event any unexpected accumulation occurs and either plow or treat as necessary.
We believe that no action will be necessary for Zones 3 and 4 but we will keep a close eye on things and will be ready to service any property if needed.
Please reply back to this email if you wish to decline service at your property for this winter weather event.
If you have any questions, feel free to call me or Mike at 410-200-5056.
Have a great night!
*** It could snow in the Washington / Baltimore area tomorrow ***
How often does that happen in November?
It’s only the second week of November, and we’re already talking about snow. A wintry mix is in the forecast for Thursday morning, and snow could coat the grass in the D.C./Baltimore metro areas and accumulate up to two inches in the higher-elevation suburbs.
Ian Livingston, climatologist for the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang, discusses snow in November. When asked about the history of snow in November, his answer was pretty much what we expected.
“There really isn’t much of one,” he said, “although the north and west suburbs get a little from time to time.”
Measurable November snow hasn’t fallen in Washington in more than two decades. The last time it snowed enough to measure was 1996, and even then it was just two-tenths of an inch — barely enough to register on a yardstick.
That’s not to say snowflakes are rare in November, they just don’t tend to accumulate enough to measure. The last time we saw snow in the air in November was 2014 during a storm similar to what we have in the forecast this week; the National Weather Service had a winter storm warning up in the far-northern and western suburbs, and a winter weather advisory in the immediate northern and western suburbs. Although Dulles ended up with 1.3 inches from that storm, there wasn’t enough snow to measure beyond a “trace” at Reagan National Airport.
In fact, Washington has measured November snow more than 50 times since records began in 1871. Washington’s average November snowfall is half an inch — the product of many Novembers with no accumulation punctuated by significant winter storms.
The top November snowfall records in the capital are more than three decades old at least, with the largest being a surprise storm in 1987, better known now as the Veterans Day Storm. The night before, forecasts called for up to an inch of wet snow. Some forecasters were predicting that it would be nothing but rain. “Just two days before, it had been nearly 70 degrees,” Jason Samenow wrote. “The air wasn’t cold enough for much snow, forecasters said, and the ground was too warm for much to stick.”
Those forecasts were very, very wrong. The next morning, snow was falling at a rate of three inches per hour with thunder and lightning. The storm was crippling. By the time it was over, nearly a foot of snow had accumulated in the capital.
The earliest snow measured in Washington was Oct. 10, 1979. A frigid rain fell the night before, postponing the first game of the World Series at Memorial Stadium, where the Orioles were scheduled to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The next morning, rain turned to wet, heavy snow. In Washington and Baltimore, 0.3 inches fell, but totals up to seven inches were reported in the northern and western suburbs. Dulles recorded 1.3 inches. “The tree damage was especially severe because the trees had not yet lost their leaves, allowing huge amounts of snow to accumulate on the branches,” the Capital Weather Gang’s Kevin Ambrose wrote in his book, “Washington Weather.” “Huge snowflakes were accompanied by lightning and thunder.”
Plan of Action:
There are no advisories posted for our area as of yet but that’s not to say that the NWS wont post something later today or early tomorrow morning. With that said, because of the possibility of winter weather, we will be preparing our equipment to service properties in the event this storm does the unexpected and drops some snow or covers us in ice. Standby for updates if the forecast changes.
Also, please reply back to this email if you any contact info that needs to be updated on our end.
Have a great day!