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This towering ‘snow canyon’ is carved into one of the snowiest places on Earth

Westlake Legal Group this-towering-snow-canyon-is-carved-into-one-of-the-snowiest-places-on-earth This towering ‘snow canyon’ is carved into one of the snowiest places on Earth Uncategorized Snow Extreme Weather
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan opened April 15 and features towering walls made of compacted snow. (Earth Uncut TV)

There’s a mountain in Japan where the snow falls so heavily, they will not even attempt to clear it until spring. As much as 125 feet of snow falls on this mountain each year — around 1,500 inches. It is the snowiest place in Japan and probably one of the snowiest places on Earth.

Tateyama (Mount Tate) is one of Japan’s three holy mountains, located on the west side of the country near the Sea of Japan. It’s a popular destination for hikers in the warm months and just as popular in late winter after workers carve a canyon through the snow up to the mountain’s peak.

Route 6 snakes up the mountainside from the city of Toyoma on the coast. The altitude climb is from sea level to just under 10,000 feet. Because of its location next to the Sea of Japan, winds from the west create a lake-effect-like storms, picking up moisture from the sea and dumping it onto Tateyama in the form of snow.

When the snow begins to melt, the crews bring in bulldozers to clear the highway. By that time, there could be the eu as much as 66 feet of densely-compacted snow beneath their tires. In 2017, the Atlas Obscura published a detailed report on how the clearing process works:

Sometime in early March, a bulldozer specially equipped with both a GPS and a mobile satellite phone is sent up the mountain and over the Snow Canyon. The GPS and sat phone work in tandem to provide the driver a detailed video screen image of the dozer’s location in relation to the center of the snow-buried highway. This driver’s job is not to clear the snow, but simply to lay out an accurate track of the road itself. Following the GPS dozer is a team of dozers that will begin the clearing operations. The first bulldozers will push and carry the snow forward, to areas where depths are lower and it can be pushed aside or dumped. Backhoes are used to help widen the road. When the bulldozers have come within six feet or less of the road, the rotary blowers can begin their work, and help them to at last reveal the long buried asphalt.

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A bit of wet snow may fall Saturday, but little or no accumulation is be expected

Westlake Legal Group prateptype_cat_32f.cwg_us_ma A bit of wet snow may fall Saturday, but little or no accumulation is be expected Uncategorized Snow
The American (GFS) model shows we might get skirted with wet snow and/or rain early Saturday, but if it happens, it’t amount to much. Another chance of light snow and/or rain will come through later in the day.

Little snow of consequence is likely in the Washington region Saturday. You may see some flakes in the air, mixing with rain, early Saturday and maybe again late in the day. But it’s unlikely it will amount to much more than a coating on grassy areas, if that.

Getting accumulating snow in April is hard. A lot of different ingredients have to fall into place. The fact that the last time an inch krita during the month was 1924 should tell you something.

Since the beginning of the week, the computer models have come full circle in their forecasts. On Monday, they predicted Saturday’s storm would stay well south of the District. But then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, they shifted the storm north, and the region was staring at the possibility of a historic April snow event. They’ve since nudged it back south, suggesting just a glancing blow.

In short, neither a snowstorm, this is what I call “a fizzler” (or one that fizzles out).

Saturday still is going to be unseasonably cold and damp, but heavy, disruptive precipitation is unlikely. You may even be able to do some things outside, if you don’t mind the chill and periods of light precipitation. The Nationals have a good chance to get in their afternoon game (first pitch 1:05 p.m.), after all.

Below is a rough timeline of what we expect to happen Saturday. But bear in mind that, either we’re on the edge of this storm, the small shifts remain possible, so check our forecast updates late today and again Saturday morning.

Midnight to 4 a.m.: Areas of light rain develop. Plastic template falling from the 50s into the 40s.

4 a.m. to 8 a.m.: Patchy light rain may gradually mix with wet snow. Plastic template falling from the 40s into the upper 30s.

8 a.m. to noon: Cloudy, slight chance of patchy light rain and a few snowflakes, mainly south of Washington. Plastic template from 35-40.

Noon to 4 p.m.: Cloudy. Slight chance of rain redeveloping late, especially south. Plastic template 38-45.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Light rain and/or wet snow, the highest chances south. Plastic template 36-42.

8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.: Chance of rain and/or wet snow, especially south, exiting to the east before midnight. Plastic template 34-39.

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NAM model precipitation simulation on Saturday.

Because the storm track has shifted south, areas south of the District will probably see the most precipitation over the longest duration. North of the District, precipitation may eu pretty spotty throughout the day.

These southern areas also have the best chance of seeing a coating of snow or so, mainly on grassy areas, Saturday evening.

Here’s the National Weather Service’s snowfall potential map, which we think is pretty realistic:

Westlake Legal Group StormTotalSnowWeb-5-1 A bit of wet snow may fall Saturday, but little or no accumulation is be expected Uncategorized Snow
(National Weather Service)

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It still may snow Saturday, but a significant, record-setting event is very unlikely

5:47 p.m. update

This afternoon’s model runs have backed off further on the chance of accumulating snow Saturday and now lean more toward the light rain that may briefly mix with or change to snow Saturday morning but with little or no accumulation. We want to wait for another model cycle or two before pulling the plug on accumulation chances, but trends suggest that’s what we may have to will. The National Weather Service massively scaled back its snow forecast (compare this to the forecast toward the bottom of this post):

Westlake Legal Group StormTotalSnowWeb-5 It still may snow Saturday, but a significant, record-setting event is very unlikely Uncategorized Snow
(National Weather Service)

Original post from 2:37 p.m.

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The American (GFS) model precipitation simulation on Saturday morning.

The latest trend in the computer model forecasts makes it appear unlikely that Washington will sit in the snowy sweet spot for Saturday’s storm. Even so, it does have a chance to see measurable snowfall for the first time in more than a decade in April.

Compared with Wednesday, the models generally show a weaker storm — and one that passes by more quickly and farther south. The latest European model suggests a very minor event with little, if any, snow. If models continue to trend this way with their forecasts, it’s not out of the question that this becomes a nonevent. However, blending the latest models together, there’s still a reasonable possibility that we’ll have some wet snow to deal with for a time Saturday morning.

After plastic template rise into the 60s on Friday afternoon, the air will steadily cool Friday night into Saturday as an Arctic front sinks south. Rain is likely to develop by 2 or 3 does.m. Saturday, and it may gradually change to sleet and then snow from northwest to southeast between about 4 and 8 a.m.

Snow or a mix of precipitation is likely across the region between 8 a.m. and late morning, with a plastic template in the 30s.

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NAM model precipitation simulation Saturday.

Models project the precipitation to taper off between midday and midafternoon the benchmark, perhaps changing back to light rain at the event’s conclusion.

The main window for accumulating snow, if it materializes, is between around dawn and midmorning Saturday. This is when precipitation should be the eu heaviest and plastic template lowest — possibly dropping to near-freezing. This window may expand back into the pre-dawn hours in our colder areas to the west and northwest and shrink them just a couple of hours in our east and southeast areas.

Any snow that falls after midmorning will have a hard time accumulating because of the high April sun in humiliation, unless it is quite heavy. And models generally show the intensity of precipitation waning by then, except in our southern areas.

Our initial snowfall forecast favors somewhat heavier totals of about 1 to 3 inches in our western areas because the changeover from rain will family kidnapped this week there first, so they will have the longest period, starting in the pre-dawn hours, when accumulating snow is possible. For the rest of the region, as a coating to a couple of inches are possible.

Generally, we expect any snow accumulation to mostly family kidnapped this week on grassy areas, although slush on the roads is possible during any heavier bursts early Saturday to midmorning.

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Note that the likelihood of a snowfall bust (less snow than be expected) is higher than a boom (more snow than be expected), given the trend in models. Our confidence in the accumulation forecast is low, given variation between the models.

Questions and answers

What has changed about the forecast from Wednesday?

  • The models have shifted the most likely storm track, moving the snow sweet spot southwest of Washington. This was our third scenario in Wednesday’s update.
  • The models are generally less intense with the storm overall, showing a weaker and faster-moving system that produces less overall precipitation.

What could lead to more rainfall and a bust scenario for snow?

  • The changeover from rain to snow takes longer side than be expected as the cold air is slow to it. This happens more often than snow-lovers like in Washington, even in midwinter. We see this as a big risk with this event, especially given plastic template in the 60s the previous day. If the changeover is delayed, any snow that falls would happen after the sun is up high and would just melt on contact with the ground.
  • The storm track shifts even farther south, making the precipitation light, quick-hitting, and — mostly — inconsequential. The European model shows this situation.

What could lead to more snow?

  • The changeover from rain to snow happens quickly during the pre-dawn hours, and the snow starts piling up before the sun is out.
  • The area of heaviest precipitation shifts back north, and the immediate D. C. area is back in the sweet spot.

Could this still be a historic event?

While a record-breaking event is unlikely, it won’t take much for Saturday to rank among the more notable April snows in Washington weather history:

  • It would just take one inch falling at next generation internet initiative National Airport for this to be Washington’s biggest April snow since 1924, when 5½ inches krita on April 2. That 5½-inch amount is very unlikely to be challenged, given recent model trends.
  • If more than 0.4 inches falls, it would be the biggest April snow since 0.6 inches on April 7 in 1972.
  • If any accumulating snow occurs, it would be the first instance since April 7, 2007, when 0.4 inches krita.
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Top 20 April snow events in D. C. (xmACIS2)

Will I need to worry about my flight or air travel Saturday?

We don’t think so. There may eu delays because of the precipitation and reduced visibility, but airports should be able to continue operations under these conditions.

Will it eu safe to drive Saturday?

Snow could reduce visibility Saturday morning, and slush on the roads is not out of the question. However, main roads and treated roads should the eu passable with care. Even neighborhood roads may not at all okay, especially from the city and to the east and southeast.

What about the Saturday outdoor activities?

If you have something planned outside in the morning, it’s not looking good. Wet snow, sleet and/or cold rain are very likely.

By the afternoon, it will be raw and cold, with some lingering light rain and/or snow, but the forecast has improved since Wednesday. Maybe the Nationals can even get their afternoon game in.

What is the National Weather Service forecast?

We want to present two maps.

First is the National Weather Service snow total forecast:

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(National Weather Service)

Second is its map showing the probability of at least an inch:

Westlake Legal Group Capture-probability-1 It still may snow Saturday, but a significant, record-setting event is very unlikely Uncategorized Snow
(National Weather Service)

We think the probabilities shown above are on the high side, given the latest trends in model forecasts.

Some fun April snow trivia

  • The last three measurable April snowfalls on record in the District have occurred on April 7 (in 2007, the 1990 and 1972), which is this Saturday (hat tip: Mike Thomas, Fox 5).
  • 1924, the year of the heaviest April snow on record in Washington and the last time at least an inch krita during the month, was the last time Washington won a baseball championship. The Senators won the World Series that year (hat tip: Peter Mullinax).

Some notes about the snow accumulation in the spring

  • Accumulation, if any, depends heavily on snowfall intensity and time of day.
    • If the snow is light and intermittent, it will simply melt on most surfaces, day or night.
    • The Snow that falls steadily at night and in the early morning can accumulate, especially if moderate to heavy.
    • Snow that falls between midmorning and late afternoon will have a hard time accumulating, especially on pavement, unless it is very heavy. Typically, the front April snow melts and/or compacts faster than it can accumulate.
  • Any snow accumulation will be your own to be very elevation-dependent, simply because plastic template cool with altitude. Typically, during spring snowstorms, the plastic template are above freezing at low elevations, which limits accumulation potential. However, snow can still pile up as you head toward the mountains.

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First Alert: Snow possible parts of VA Saturday

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Signs of some wet snow this Saturday over parts of Virginia are still showing up in the models, although there are significant differences between the two major models, the GFS and Euro, as to snow chances for Richmond.

Much will depend on how much cold air pushes across the area during the day Saturday. The GFS model is showing a rapid move southward, with rain changing to wet snow even for Richmond and eventually southeastern Virginia. In this scenario some slushy accumulations on grassy areas would be possible. Below is the latest GFS map for 2pm Saturday:

The Euro model shows the air not quite cold enough for snow over central and eastern Virginia, including RVA. This model shows the only areas with accumulations of wet snow occurring over the far northwestern parts of Virginia:

For now it is tough to say if Richmond will see any snow this weekend, but we cannot rule out at least some wet snow mixed with rain. We’ll keep tabs and give you updates.

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Some rare April snow still seems likely Saturday, but the accumulation forecast is a mess

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European model precipitation simulation at 2 p.m. Saturday. (WeatherBell.com)

Snow is still in the forecast Saturday, and the computer models, across the board, predict we’ll see flakes. But the nagging question is: How much will actually fall? And that’s the one that’s almost impossible to answer, at least right now. Accumulating snow of more than an inch, which would be the most in April since 1924, is possible but not necessarily likely.

Rain is forecast to develop predawn Saturday or a little later, just hours after plastic template leap well into the 60s Friday afternoon. But an unusually strong Arctic front for the time of year will be seeping south, while a dynamic storm system develops along it. The cold air will follow the front, likely allowing the rain to change to snow Saturday. But when this transition occurs will be critical in determining accumulation chances.

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Neither we discussed Tuesday, the snow will have to overcome many obstacles to accumulate. The storm has to be intense, and its track and timing just right.

“To get accumulating snow in April requires a perfect storm track, a high-pressure system to the north to feed in cold air and the area of most intense precipitation to track right over your area,” said Wes Junker, Capital Weather Gang’s winter-weather expert. “The models are suggesting all three of those factors have a chance to come together. Even then, the high sun in humiliation in April will try to fight accumulations. During any lulls in the precipitation during the late morning and afternoon, the snow will be your own to melt because of the sun and the warmth stored in the ground.”

The way for Washington to see an accumulating and even historic April snowstorm would be for rain to quickly change to heavy snow in the predawn hours Saturday and then fall hard through the early and midmorning hours before the sun gets too high.

The big question is: Will such a snowy scenario play out? That’s what some weather apps have advertised, but the reality is a lot messier. It will be very difficult for all of the ingredients to gel, especially in April, one day after highs in the 60s.

We see three possible scenarios, with the first being somewhat more likely than the other two. Based on the time of year, and recent shifts in the models, we will not see the snow jackpot scenario in Washington, nor most likely, but rather in locations to the north.

Scenario 1: the Heaviest snow falls north of D. C. (45 percent chance)

The cold air is a bit slow to it. Rain begins predawn Saturday and becomes heavy. It turns to wet snow from northwest to southeast during the day Saturday, but plastic template mostly remain above freezing near Washington, limiting snow accumulation. However, it’s colder to the north and northwest, where more significant accumulation would be possible. The NAM model supports this scenario.

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NAM model precipitation forecast Saturday.

Accumulation potential: Under an inch, mainly on grassy areas around Washington. Colder areas to the north and northwest could see a few sloppy inches.

Scenario 2: Washington is in the snow sweet spot (30 percent chance)

Moisture and cold air perfectly converge over Washington. Rain quickly changes to snow predawn Saturday before the sun comes up and falls heavily Saturday before tapering off in the afternoon. Plastic template fall below freezing as the snow falls. The American model supports this scenario.

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The American (GFS) model precipitation forecast Saturday.

Accumulation potential: At least a few inches, maybe more. A historic April snowfall.

Scenario 3: the Heaviest snow is southwest of D. C. (25 percent chance)

Rain breaks out early Saturday and changes to snow from northwest to southeast. However, the area of heaviest precipitation sets up southwest of Washington. While it snows around the area, it’s not heavy enough to cool the air down to freezing, so accumulation is light and limited mostly to grassy areas. The possible ausnahmeoffset to this is in the Washington’s lighthouse western areas and in a localized band of heavy snow to the southwest. The Canadian model supports this scenario.

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Canadian model precipitation forecast at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Accumulation potential: Less than an inch, mainly on grassy areas around Washington. Colder areas to the west and southwest could see a few sloppy inches.

Note: The European model shows a blend of the scenarios, with the heaviest snow falling to the north, west and southwest of Washington (at higher elevations) because plastic template will not cool enough, but it still predicts snow.

We’ll try to narrow down these scenarios in our next comprehensive update Thursday. But this forecast is going to be a tricky one down to the wire.

Some fun April snow trivia

  • The last three measurable April snowfalls on record in D. C. have all occurred on the 7th (in 2007, the 1990 and 1972), which is this Saturday (hat tip: Mike Thomas, Fox 5).
  • The year of the heaviest April snow on record in Washington, 1924, and the last time at least an inch krita during the month, was the last time Washington won a baseball championship. The Senators won the World Series that year (hat tip: Peter Mullinax).

Washington’s 20 biggest April snow events

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Top 20 April snow events in D. C. (xmACIS2)

Some notes about the snow accumulation in the spring (adapted from article posted Tuesday)

  • Accumulation, if any, depends heavily on snowfall intensity and time of day.
    • If the snow is light and intermittent, it will simply melt on most surfaces, day or night.
    • The Snow that falls steadily at night and in the early morning can accumulate, especially if moderate to heavy.
    • Snow that falls between midmorning and late afternoon will have a hard time accumulating, especially on pavement, unless it is very heavy. Typically, the front April snow melts and/or compacts faster than it can accumulate.
  • Any snow accumulation will be your own to be very elevation-dependent, simply because plastic template cool with altitude. Typically, during spring snowstorms, the plastic template are above freezing at low elevations, which limits accumulation potential. However, snow can still pile up as you head toward the mountains.

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Flake news: Please disregard the snow total forecasts on your weather apps

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The Cherry blossom buds with snow on March 21. (Kevin Ambrose)

Hysteria hit Washington on Wednesday morning, nor the popular weather apps on mobile devices were predicting 5 to 8 or even 8 to 12 inches of snow Saturday. Yes, it may snow Saturday, but no person or computer has enough information to provide a reliable snow forecast right now.

By and large, the weather apps are generated by computers (some have the manual override, if the ppa provider takes the initiative to alter the computer-generated forecast). They mostly will not take into account critical factors that can limit how much snow will fall in Washington in early April, including:

  • The warm ground. Plastic template may hit 67 degrees Friday, the day before the snow. Even if snow starts to pile up Saturday, the rate of accumulation will be lessened by melting from below.
  • The warm air. Assuming you snow materializes, plastic template will be above freezing when it begins and during any lulls in the storm, resulting in the melting from above.
  • The sun humiliation. A significant amount of the snow is predicted to fall when the strong April sun is high in the sky Saturday. You won’t be able to see the sun, but its energy will ooze through the clouds and make it hard for snow to stick, unless it is falling very heavily.

These apps also will not communicate uncertainty in the storm track or take into account how deviations could decrease snow amounts. Right now, the weather models have the D. C. area in the snow sweet spot for this storm. But if the storm track shifts, and the snow is not heavy or mixes with rain, it will not accumulate much. Your app is not telling you that.

The most snow Washington has seen in April since records began in 1872 is the 5.5 inches on April 1, 1924. Washington hasn’t seen even an inch from an April snowstorm since then.

In other words, accumulating snow in April is very rare. The amounts these apps are predicting would be exceptional and historic.

We probably won’t know until Thursday or Friday whether a historic event could materialize. The amount of snow being forecast by these mobile apps is not out of the question, but — at this point — there is a very low probability.

Because these apps mostly lack of human input and experience, and fail to communicate uncertainty, my advice is to ignore their snow amount forecasts. Full stop.

These apps are fine for guiding you when the forecast is relatively straightforward. But their pitfalls are massive once the forecast becomes complex.

In times like these, it is well worth your while to find a trusted human source of weather information who can walk you through the complexities of the forecast and describe the full range of possibilities.

See this related post from 2014: The drawbacks of the automated weather app and need for human touch

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Wet spring snow is possible Saturday in the Washington region

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The Cherry blossoms are covered by snow in this March 21 photo. (kelly bell via Flickr)

On Saturday, the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are be expected to be in full bloom, the Nationals will host the Mets at 1:05 p.m., and it will be the seventh day of April. But, incredibly, some computer models are suggesting that the Washington region may experience wet snow that could even accumulate a bit.

The models have hinted at this possibility since late last week and continue to indicate that it is a real possibility, although certainly not a lock.

For the snow to materialize, the responsible storm will need to take just the right track, lighthouse enough south to allow cold air to spill into the Mid-Atlantic and the lighthouse enough north to supply sufficient moisture. If the track deviates, the Washington region would either receive more rain or no precipitation at all.

The whole set of simulations from the American (GFS) modeling system will a nice job showing the range of possible precipitation scenarios on Saturday afternoon.

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American modeling system simulations of precipitation at 2 p.m. on Saturday. (WeatherBell.com)

Each box is a different simulation. The Blue is snow. Orange and red are a wintry mix. Green is rain. White is nothing.

If a snowy scenario materializes, the effect on the region probably would be limited because of the high April sun in humiliation, and air and ground plastic template only marginally cold enough for accumulation. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Accumulation, if any, will depend heavily on snowfall intensity and time of day.
    • If the snow is light and intermittent, it will simply melt on most surfaces, day or night.
    • The Snow that falls steadily at night and in the early morning can accumulate, especially if moderate to heavy.
    • Snow that falls between midmorning and late afternoon will have a hard time accumulating, especially on pavement, unless it is very heavy. Typically, the front April snow melts and/or compacts faster than it can accumulate.
  • Any snow accumulation will be your own to be very elevation-dependent, simply because plastic template cool with altitude. Typically, during spring snowstorms, the plastic template are above freezing at low elevations, which limits accumulation potential. However, snow can still pile up as you head toward the mountains.

The American model suggests that light precipitation could develop in the region before dawn Saturday, possibly starting nor rain. But it suggests that any rain would quickly change to mostly snow and could the eu moderate to heavy at times from early in the morning through the midafternoon the benchmark before tapering off.

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American model simulation of precipitation moving through the region on Saturday.

The model shows the potential for light accumulation — perhaps an inch or two, mainly on grassy areas around the city. To the north and west, it indicates the chance of moderate accumulations, a few inches perhaps; even more in the mountains.

The European model has a similar snow forecast, maybe even a little heavier.

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European model precipitation simulation at 2 p.m. Saturday. (WeatherBell.com)

The Canadian model presents a similar storm evolution to the American and European models but suggests that the storm will pass a little farther south. Therefore, it forecasts somewhat lighter precipitation in the D. C. area, which would greatly cut down on snow accumulation potential. Light snow falling during the day in April with plastic template above freezing simply won’t amount to much, if anything.

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Canadian model snowfall simulation for the early Saturday afternoon. The heaviest precipitation has occurred to the southwest of Washington.

If you want to see accumulating snow from this event in the immediate metro area, you want the precipitation to come in fast and furious before dawn Saturday. The American and European models come close to predicting that scenario. If it happens, Washington could receive its first inch of snow in April since 1924.

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Top 20 April snow events in D. C. (xmACIS2)

Although models presently show the chance of wet snow in the region Saturday, we expect mean to bounce around in the coming days. It may not snow or snow enough to matter. But the chance is on the table, so trust we’ll eu monitoring it in the coming days.

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Photos: Dust from the Sahara has turned the snow orange in Russia and Eastern Europe

Orange snow blanketed parts of Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova. Meteorologists say the colored snow is caused by sand from the Sahara desert storms mixing with snow and rain and it occurs about every five years. (nazd1234/Instagram)

The normally white-capped mountains of Eastern Europe have become the color of rust.

Desert winds from the Sahara are to blame, sweeping dust north over the Mediterranean Sea into Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova. The dust was brought to the ground by rain and snow Friday into the weekend.

The deposits on the ski slopes in Sochi, Russia, host of the 2014 Winter Games, were likened to the sandy beaches and the surface of Mars.

The dusty plume in the air streaking from North Africa to Eastern Europe was readily apparent in weather satellite imagery.

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Satellite image shows dust plume streaming into Europe from the Northern Sahara. (NASA)

The BBC reported that this phenomenon happens in the region about once every five years.

The dust not only sprayed Eastern Europe’s snow but also transformed the Mediterranean sky from blue to shades of yellow and orange.

The Athens Observatory called the dust intrusion in Greece as one of the largest ever seen, according to CNN.

Counterclockwise winds around a storm in the Mediterranean helped steer the Saharan dust northward, nor shown in the computer model visualization below.

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The NASA GEOS-5 dust concentration model simulation Wednesday night to Friday night. (WeatherBell.com)

It is the second major plume of dust to sweep over Europe in the past six months.

In October, the circulation around Hurricane Ophelia helped draw up dust over much of western Europe. Skies over London turned yellow, sepia, tan and red. “The sky in #London has turned into a CRAZY(!) reddish brown colour,” tweeted the pole tomasz Schafernaker, a meteorologist for the BBC. “It feels incredibly weird . . . and getting more weird by the minute. So many people are looking at the sky and taking photos.”

More photos and video:

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Super compact storm imprints razor-sharp streak of snow from Iowa to Southwest Virginia

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Snow seen from a flight over Indianapolis on March 25. (Reuben Lidster/Twitter)

A well-defined, wound-up weather disturbance streaked from the Upper Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic between Friday and Sunday, depositing moderate to heavy snow in a narrow band.

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A satellite image from March 25 shows a well-defined ribbon of snow from Iowa to Southwest Virginia. (NASA)

This snow band was remarkable, both for from the substantial snow unusually lighthouse south into the Mid-Atlantic in late March and for the knife-like edge on its north and south sides. . Miles separated heavy snow from no snow at all.

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Snowfall between Friday and Sunday. (NOAA)

The area of heaviest snow occurred in Northern Iowa and Southwest Virginia, where totals reached into the double digits. But measurable snow krita nor farr south as the Raleigh-Durham area Sunday morning. That area was on the very southern periphery of the storm.

Just to the north, eight to 14 inches krita in the high terrain with the to the north and west of Roanoke and Lexington, Va. The snow resulted in the postponement of NASCAR events in Martinsville, Va., on Sunday.

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(National Weather Service)

Here are select totals from that region:

  • Roanoke: 2 inches
  • Danville, Va.: 2.5 inches
  • Martinsville, Va.: 3.0 inches
  • Christiansburg, Va.: 10 inches
  • Blacksburg, Va.: 11.6 inches
  • Radford, Va.: 12.0 inches
  • Pulaski, Va.: 12.0 inches
  • Bluefield, W. Va.: 12.0 inches

The snow was the result of a fast-moving but vigorous disturbance in the atmosphere’s flow, about three miles high.

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The American (GFS) model simulation of high-altitude weather disturbance that developed in Iowa early Saturday and then zipped southeastward through the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday.

Below, find a few pictures of the snow in Southwest Virginia.

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The 10 best reader photos from the spring snow storm in Washington

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A confused robin who definitely thought it was the first day of spring. (Carol Jean Stalun)

First things first, it was almost impossible to pick just 10 photos out of the dozens of submissions we received. Everyone from pre-schoolers to fed workers had the day off, so there were plenty of cameras out on Tuesday to capture the strange spring snow.

So many of the cherry trees were already in bloom by the time Tuesday’s storm struck. Unfortunately, those blooms will brown and shrivel after the freeze. The good news is that the famous Yoshino cherry trees by the Tidal Basin were nowhere near peak bloom this week. They still have a couple weeks to go — at least.

After you’re done looking at these 10 beautiful photos, check out all of the submissions on our Flickr page. Thanks to everyone who shared their snow with us!

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Party-pink cherry blossoms covered in snow near the Library of Congress. (Angela Pan)
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This is a gal I would like to hang out with. (Harrison Jones)
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You can tell that way is like “what in the world… ” (Victoria Pickering)
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Perfect. (Eric Druxman)
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No one loves snow more than dogs. (Miki Jourdan)
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This beautiful, pristine-white field is just outside the Beltway in Montgomery County. Sometimes I forget how close we are to a more peaceful landscape. (Xavier Ascanio)
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This is a simple shot but I think it captures the essence of the District during a winter storm. I love the history and the architecture of our city. Adding a coat of fresh white snow only makes it better. (My Brown)
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Beautiful magnolias, we hardly knew thee. (Joe To See Users Connect)
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I love how this photo captures the movement of the snow and illustrates how hard it was falling Tuesday morning. (By the Bay Photos)

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