Friday, January 22, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas update for Bethesda

Bethesda Storm Center

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a State of Emergency, as Winter Storm Jonas approaches the D.C. metro area. The temperature is currently 21 degrees F. A Blizzard Warning will be in effect beginning at 3:00 PM this afternoon.

Expect the snow to begin between noon and 1:00 PM today, and to intensify by mid-afternoon. Blizzard conditions are predicted to start around mid-evening, and winds will increase dramatically to 25-35 MPH, with dangerous gusts up to 60 MPH. That almost guarantees power outages in the area.

Accumulations of at least 2 feet are expected (24-30" is the latest National Weather Service prediction), with the possibility of setting a new record for the area. Temperatures overnight will be in the mid-20s, but feel far colder with the Arctic wind gusts. Whiteout conditions are expected from Friday night through Saturday.

Montgomery County public parking lots and garages will be FREE starting today at noon, through 9:00 AM on Monday, January 25. If you're willing to gamble that there will be any kind of auto travel possible by Monday morning, you could theoretically stash your car in a public garage and avoid having to dig it out. Street meters won't be free, however. Watch to make sure you are not parked along a snow emergency route.

Montgomery County Public Schools are closed. It is not recommended anyone be out on the roads once the storm gets fully underway.

Stay tuned here on the blog, and on Twitter 24/7 (follow @BethesdaRow now to get ready) throughout the storm for updates and information.


Anonymous said...


Friends of Woodmont Triangle said...

Folks are stashing their cars in the new Capital Crescent garage for the weekend.

Anonymous said...

Tsk tsk tsk...

Shouldn't you have posted a picture of our governor, as you do on all his other proclamations?

And why no mention of our black MoCo executive?

Anonymous said...

@ 7:44 AM - I believe you mean Dyer. He's the one who posted a picture of his white self, wrote up the royal proclamation of our white governor, while completely ignoring our black MoCo executive.

Anonymous said...

From @BethesdaRow on 1/26/2015:

Anonymous said...
"Do people really skip over the local TV and WTOP and and, and say, 'I'm gonna check Dyer's blog for local weather first!'?"

5:58 AM
Blogger Robert Dyer said...
5:58: Considering I'm usually more accurate than the Capital Weather Gang, yes.

6:08 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Considering I'm usually more accurate than the Capital Weather Gang, yes.


I thought I had heard it all from you Dyer, but now you are saying that the weather posts on this blog are YOUR OWN PREDICTIONS? AND NOT TAKEN FROM THE GENERAL CONSENSUS OF AREA NEWS METEOROLOGISTS?

You continue to amaze and mesmerize. Congrats man.

7:14 AM


Your claim of forecasting superiority to the Capital Weather Gang still stuns me with its arrogance.

Steve Hell said...

Everyone get out to MoCo Restaurant Week tonight. Drinks are on me.

Robert Dyer said...

11:51: Yeah, I guess that's why the Capital Weather Gang had to apologize for blowing it again this week. Thanks for pointing out why my comments are still on-target.