It took until March 14 for the first and potentially only snowstorm of the season to hit the Reston area, and its results are underwhelming for many who have been patiently waiting.
Monday morning, we asked readers to predict how much snow would fall during this weather event. More than 43 percent of respondents to our unscientific poll said we would see 4-8 inches. Another 20 percent called for 8-12 inches, while about 5 percent wanted a foot or more.
The National Weather Service’s official snowfall readings for Fairfax County this morning report between 1 and 3.5 inches of snow, with the highest numbers in the Vienna area.
At least one Facebook reader took issue with terminology that was being used to describe the storm.
“‘Significant snow has fallen’ — every picture is of ice and slush,” Brenda Leong wrote on our Facebook page. “I suppose an inch or so is significant compared to the nothing all winter — but it’s certainly not the 5 to 7 to 12+ we were led to expect.”
Not everyone is unhappy with the relatively small amount of snow, though, as Douglas Errett shared with us on Twitter.
She's happy @capitalweather @restonnow pic.twitter.com/J5RgWuVh0o
— Douglas H. Errett (@MrErrett) March 14, 2017
Dominion Power reports just a handful of power outages, affecting 189 customers as of 10 a.m., in the county.
The National Weather Service says flurries are possible throughout the rest of the day, but conditions as a whole are on the rise.
Weather conditions have started to improve across our area. Snow flurries possible for the rest of the day. #DCwx #MDwx #VAwx #WVwx pic.twitter.com/XgSmcca0OQ
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) March 14, 2017
VDOT encourages drivers to stay off the roads to allow plows to finish their work. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue reminds residents to use moderation when cleaning up heavy, wet snow — if they have any to clean up.
Take It Slow When Shoveling Snow. Heavy snow can be a health risk. More: https://t.co/j4xBGAlPTE #snow pic.twitter.com/CaUOhSyaz9
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) March 14, 2017
Photo of Reston Parkway courtesy Karen Eldridge on Facebook
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