For almost three full years, Washington, D.C. was in a fairly bad snow drought while the suburbs to the north and west of town have done much better with snow.
Many of us remember Christmas Eve of 2012, when it rained in Washington but towns to the north and west such as Leesburg, Va., received a postcard snowfall and ended up with a beautiful, white Christmas. There was no white Christmas in Washington that year, just a lot of puddles.
Then there was the over-hyped Snowquester in March last year that produced occasional bursts of snow into the city but it was too warm to stick to the ground. Non-sticking snow doesn’t count. It’s basically white rain. Then there was real rain.
The only conclusion could be it never snows in D.C. anymore…
Still, we all knew it was a matter of waiting until the snow hole around Washington collapsed and the city received a nice grass-covering snowfall.
Our long overdue Washington snowstorm finally arrived on January 2. Most of the city and nearby suburbs received between 2-4 inches of snow while areas well to the east of Washington, such as Annapolis, received up to six inches of snow. The eastern suburbs did better than the western suburbs for a change.
Take that, Leesburg!
It was no Snowmageddon, but it produced significant and sticky snow that stuck to the ground. It also didn’t melt within a few hours. What a nice concept for winter in D.C., and something many of us haven’t seen for awhile.
Below are more photos that show a white and frosty Washington and Great Falls. We document the collapse of the great Washington snow hole and capture a moment of time when D.C. snow lovers were finally able to rejoice.
Stay warm and keep wishing for more snow!
The National Mall resembles the frozen tundra on January 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)