Beautiful spring snow blankets Washington, D.C. area

* Snow accumulation reports from NWS *

11:00 a.m. update: Reports from Twitter indicate snow in moderate-to-heavy band west of D.C. is not sticking to roads, but it’s not impossible that this band – which is shifting east – into the District and across I-270 could put down a bit of slush on the north side.  For certain, it will reduce visibilities at time, so use caution.  In the afternoon, snow should generally be light and may mix with and change to rain, especially along and east of I-95.

10:40 am. update: As the coastal storm is now taking over, we’re getting some redevelopment of snow over D.C.’s western suburbs which should expand and shift east and northeast. A little additional accumulation (less than 1 inch mostly) is possible in elevated areas north and west of the Beltway, but – by and large –  this snow will have a hard time sticking though it may fall at a good clip through midday.

A snowy scene in NW D.C. (Ian Livingston) A snowy scene in NW D.C. (Ian Livingston)

From 9:46 a.m.: Snow is winding down in the metro region, but not before depositing 1-4 inches in the immediate Washington, D.C. area, with some 3-6 inch totals well north and west of the Beltway.  The heavy wet snow adhering to trees and other surfaces has made for some very pretty scenes around the region, which we share with you here.

The snow totals were generally at the high end of our forecast range, but not unexpected (review our forecast made yesterday evening to see what we were calling for).  The snow which fell before and around sunrise stuck on some road surfaces causing some travel delays and accidents, but – by and large – this was a scenic, conversational spring snowfall, mostly piling up on grassy areas.


(National Weather Service)

For many locations inside the beltway, this was the biggest snowfall in more than 2 years (since 5 inches fell January 26, 2011).  Reagan National Airport officially received 1.4 inches.  While this storm broke the longest period on record without 1 inch of snow in a single day, it did not break the record long streak without at least 2 inches.

Here’s a selection of great photos we’ve received from Facebook and Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 


Snow in Falls Church (Bau Su, via Facebook)

Snow in Savage, Md. (Don Smith, via Facebook)
Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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