While the “pasting of snow” from Snowquester did not happen as advertised in downtown Washington, some of Washington’s suburbs were pasted quite well with snow. At the Manassas National Battlefield Park, I discovered the snow bands were intense and the landscape was covered by a thick layer of wet snow.
I made the drive to the Manassas Battlefield Wednesday afternoon for a photo shoot with the thought that the statue of Stonewall Jackson and many of the park’s cannons might be coated white by the snowfall. I was not disappointed.
As I walked across Henry Hill, the strong wind blew heavy, wet snow horizontally into my face and eyes. The depth of the snow was about four inches.
I found that my umbrella was useless against the strong wind. In a matter of minutes, I was pasted with snow much like the statue of Stonewall Jackson that I viewed in the distance.
The wind-driven snow immediately stuck on contact and then rapidly melted. It did not take long before my clothes were soaked and my camera gear was dripping with water. As a result, the photo shoot was short, only about 15 minutes, and I rushed back to the car to find warmth and to dry my cameras.
Above is a video of the snowstorm at the Manassas National Battlefield Park, March 6, 2013. Included is a scene of the drive home on I-66 near Fairfax, VA. Note, the video camera was resting on the dash for the I-66 clip. (Kevin Ambrose)
The still photos do not capture the extent of the heavy snow and windy conditions at the park. I took a few short videos which more accurately show the blustery and snowy conditions that I encountered.
The photos in the post were taken with a Sony a580 in the aperture priority mode. A few of the photos in this post were cropped, but none were enhanced. My new Sony a99 camera arrived the day after the snowstorm and that will probably be my camera of choice going forward.
The storm was definitely not Snowmageddon, but for those of us in the suburbs with a little bit of elevation under our houses and backyards, it was a nice way to end a fairly pathetic winter season. It provided the much anticipated pasting of snow, as advertised here on the CWG and other media outlets.