Crushed! Snowpocalypse crippled Washington, D.C. on this date in 2009


The Air and Space Museum during Snowpocalypse, submitted by mattiew.

On December 18-19 2009, Washington, D.C. experienced its biggest December snowfall on record – named Snowpocalyspe. It dumped 16.4 inches at Reagan National Airport.  Other locations in the region got as much as two feet.

The National Weather Service’s snowfall map from that storm shows the incredible expanse of hefty snow totals.  Double digit amounts spanned from southern Maryland to eastern West Virginia (link: interactive map).


Snowfall amount from December 19-20, 2009 storm (National Weather Service)

Amazingly, it’s taken the combined snowfall from more than 3 winters (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-2013, and 2013-14, so far –>totaling 16.7″) since the record-setting 2009-2010 (when Snowpocalyspe occurred, in addition to Snowmageddon and others) for D.C. to equal the amount of snow from that single storm.

Nostalgic for a real snowstorm?  Read some of our past coverage of Snowpocalyspe and share your memories, below…

The Perfect Snowstorm for a Snow Lover

How did this happen?

The evolution of a monster D.C. area snowstorm

Washingtonians react to storm and storm stats

CWG storm reaction video

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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