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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Sun and snow at Great Falls


The rocks at Great Falls are painted white by a coating of snow after Wednesday night's clipper snow event. A larger version of the photo can be found here. (Kevin Ambrose)

If you want to photograph snow in this town, it’s best to set the bar low for snow depth. My bar is set at 1” for a snow photo shoot, particularly after the paltry amount of snow we received last winter.

The clipper storm system that arrived on Wednesday night dropped about an inch of snow across much of the immediate Washington area, enough to prompt me to make a quick photo trip out to Great Falls to shoot snow.

When I arrived at Great Falls on the Virginia side of the Potomac River, light snow was falling, the temperature was in the upper teens, and blue sky was visible on the western horizon. Within 30 minutes, the sky cleared and the early morning sun illuminated the snow-coated landscape around Great Falls.

Below are a few photos from the trip and an on-line photo gallery can be viewed here.

Read below for more Great Falls photos.


The morning sun begins to shine through the departing clouds Thursday. This is the view looking downstream from Great Falls. A larger version of the photo can be found here.(Kevin Ambrose)


A snow-coated Great Falls scene Thursday morning. A larger version of the photo can be found here.(Kevin Ambrose)


A Great Falls close-up view Thursday morning. A larger version of the photo can be found here.(Kevin Ambrose)


Snow-coated rocks near Great Falls Thursday morning. A larger version of the photo can be found here.(Kevin Ambrose)

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