Snow tops two feet in Va., one foot in Md.
Snow accumulations across the region were moving toward record territory just before noon on Saturday. Some locations in Virginia had reached two feet, which 12-inch counts were posted for parts of Maryland.
UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.: Looks like the Blizzard Warnings have been lifted across the region. We remain under a Winter Storm Warning, in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday, with total accumulations of 12 to 18 inches expected.
UPDATE 8 p.m.: BWI staffers have remeasured their snowfall for this storm. It now comes to 16 inches, making this the deepest December snowfall on record for Baltimore, going back to the start of official record-keeping in 1883.
At BWI, the station of record for Baltimore, the measurement was 9 inches at 11 a.m. And the storm, forecasters said, was just starting to intensify as the low approached the Virginia coast.
Here are some samples from the accumulation reports posted by the National Weather Service.
Fishersville, Augusta Co., Va.: 24.5 inches
Covesville, Albemarle County, Va.: 22.3 inches
Huntingtown, Calvert Co., Md.: 12 inches
Taneytown, Carroll Co.: 12 inches
Owings Mills, Baltimore Co., Md.: 11.5 inches
Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co.: 10.5 inches
Garrison, Baltimore Co.: 9.9 inches
WeatherDeck, Cockeysville: 9 inches
Jacksonville, Baltimore Co.: 7.0 inches
Baltimore City: 7.5 inches
UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The snow on the WeatherDeck (photo) has now topped 14 inches.
The snow has turned to heavy rain down at Ocean City, where residents are under a Coastal Flood Warning, a Hazardous Weather Outlook, a Winter Weather Advisory and a High Surf Advisory. The rain will change back to snow before ending, forecasters said.
"Here is my 18 in ruler, about to disappear into the snow on the table
on my deck. 4:30 pm, Ellicott City."