Live blogging the storm: Thursday morning

9:00am – Good morning, my alarm just officially went off (after being woken up by people coming into the building and stomping snow off their feet at least three times last night, one of the perils of having your bed less than 10’ from the only entrance to\from the garage).

9:11amThe Baltimore Sun is reporting that “more than 10 inches of snow” fell in the city overnight. The Weather Channel is reporting “15.7 inches” for the past 24 hours. There is significant snow on the ground, but less than an ¼ inch on my windowsill.

9:50am – Sounds as if it has either started raining… or the snow has started melting (34 degrees outside now) and is slowly dripping off the roof.

9:53am – Meanwhile, it is still snowing in Harrisburg which currently has 5.7 inches (with another 2-3” expected through 2:30pm). Also, first time I’ve heard the outside door open in several hours meaning it is not “snowed shut” as I’d imagined it to be.

10:08am – Apparently, someone has started shoveling the walkway from the garage across the side of the building towards the other exterior units.

10:15am – Both buses and Light Rail are operating today: The former on alternate “snow routes” and the latter with significant delays (30 minutes or more) in the northern suburbs.  Metro subway is running “on time” (though most of its route north and west of downtown is above ground)

10:25amReuters (via Yahoo News) is reporting that while government offices as well as public transit in DC are closed today, public schools are OPEN in New York City. Comments section appears to be back to normal (though Yahoo tends to post new stories over older ones of the same topic without clearing comments)

11:08am – the rain-like noise has gotten heavier, but there is no visible precipitation. The snow on the patio outside looks more like a slushy ice pond rather than a pristine snowfield – hopefully with temperatures above freezing all day it won’t be too bad for the weekend.

11:10am – Accuweather is reporting that storm will continue quickly up the East Coast, dumping up to 1’ of snow in inland areas such as Harrisburg (Pa) and Albany (NY) while coastal cities are getting mainly mixed precipitation.

11:13am – Foot’s Forecast is calling for a break in precipitation through 2pm with more “waves” of snow\freezing rain coming across the Chesapeake Bay into Maryland between 3-9pm (predicting 3-4 additional inches through tonight).

11:40am – Accuweather is predicting 12 inches total snowfall from this storm, but a chance of another storm later in the weekend as a front moves across the central plains…perfect.

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