The Snowquester — a.k.a. "Saturn" — is finally upon us. Weather forecasters expect 6 and 12 inches of snow to pummel the D.C. region today, for which the federal government has preemptively closed all of its Washington offices. (Which, incidentally, will grant White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a rare respite from the White House Press Corps — and canceled a Congressional hearing on global warming.) While the storm has already begun hitting portions of Virginia, it hasn't really dumped much on D.C. (Yet.) As you'll see below, the effect is a bit disconcerting for those expecting a dramatic weather event.
Update, 3:10 p.m.: The National Weather Service has cancelled its storm watch for D.C.:
JUST IN -- The National Weather Service has canceled the winter storm warning for Washington DC.— Vaughn Sterling/CNN (@vplus) March 6, 2013
The Washington Post reports that the capital city will see about 1-2 inches of snow in total.
Scenes from a (less than snowy) D.C.:
Lots of media waiting for Mayor Gray to talk about what so far are only wet city streets. twitter.com/timcraigpost/s…— Tim Craig (@timcraigpost) March 6, 2013
Dear Snowquester - thanks for the awesome commute to work twitter.com/jamiedupree/st…— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 6, 2013
Thank you late starting snow storm for zero traffic downtown. twitter.com/alexis_levinso…— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) March 6, 2013
Completely snowed in, and neglected to buy cookies.yfrog.com/odzy2fyzj— Kevin W. Glass (@KevinWGlass) March 6, 2013
Further out, however, the snow appears to be piling up quickly:
But it looks like the snow is finally coming into D.C. One resident captured this scene at the Capitol:
Stay tuned, D.C.