I (Kevin Ambrose) bet Lucy never tasted an October snowflake. The October snowflakes that flew fast-and-furious across the Washington area late Saturday afternoon were plump, juicy, and partially melted by the time they reached the tongue. I found they were much better tasting than any crunchy, hard-frozen January snowflake.
The snow that fell in the immediate Washington area was conversational, good for tasting, but not disruptive. Areas to the north and west of Washington, however, had significant accumulations and wide-spread power outages. Areas to the south and east of Washington experienced a cold, rainy day.
Continue reading for more local snow photos and a video of the steaming Occoquan River.
There was a 30 minute period in Washington that the snow was able to accumulate; however, it melted almost as fast as it fell. I’d say spots ended up with a patchy 1/4” accumulation. Up at the Cathedral, there was a brief period where most of the grass (except under large trees) was snow-covered.
We may have flirted with the freezing mark as Washington National Airport got to 34 degrees during the heavy band but I never noticed any accumulation on streets or sidewalks. For that hour or so, it reminded of December 5, 2009, which featured a whole day of snow here but not a lot of accumulation (1.5-2” in the “hills”) and 0.2” at National Airport.
The Occoquan River steams during the late morning on October 29, 2011. Video: Kevin Ambrose