D.C. area snow: Snow falls but doesn't accumulate in D.C. area

Snow in the Shenandoah Valley. (Photo: Susan Kolpack)

It wasn’t “snowmaggedon.” But a fast-moving end-of-the-year snow storm swept through the D.C. area Saturday, leaving at least an inch of snow in some areas.

The snow began falling in the metropolitan area around 10:30 a.m. and lasted for about 90 minutes. Large snowflakes fell from the sky from Bristow all the way to Silver Spring and beyond.

Although the snow exited the area around noon, a winter weather advisory remained in effect for Loudoun, Howard and Montgomery counties until 6 p.m.

But the snow didn’t accumulate much. In Arlington, no snow remained on the roads after the storm. In Front Royal, Va., about an inch gathered.

Snow isn’t expected Sunday but it could be colder than Saturday, with 15 to 20 mph winds coming through the area.

Meanwhile, forecasters expect the heaviest snowfall of 4 to 8 inches in southern New England, including Boston and Providence, R.I. The snow is expected to start falling there Saturday afternoon.

Farther south, New York City and Philadelphia are expected to see a mix of rain and a few inches of snow. Drivers are being warned to be cautious. Officials lowered the speed limit to 45 mph on much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The earlier storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some places has been blamed for at least 16 deaths.

The National Weather Service says it spawned more than a dozen tornadoes in Alabama.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.