Dusting to 2 inches fall, forecast was fair

Overnight, two quick rounds of snow – mixed with some sleet and snow pellets – deposited a quick coating to a couple inches across the Washington and Baltimore metro regions.

The heaviest amounts fell in D.C.’s northern suburbs (up to 2-2.5 inches in northern Maryland), with little or no snow to the south and southwest.

Officially, Reagan National Airport picked up 0.3″, Dulles 0.5″, and BWI 0.9″.


Overnight snow amounts, February 18, 2014. (National Weather Service)

Link: List of snowfall totals from National Weather Service

Our forecast of a coating to a few inches was in the ballpark in most areas – though snow totals tended towards the low end of our projected ranges (which we noted would likely be the case in a 9 p.m. update). We correctly predicted the heaviest snow would fall north of the District. Generally, somewhat less snow than forecast fell west and southwest of the District, with amounts falling in our “bust” range.

Overall, we accurately captured the overall timing of the event and its impacts.


Capital Weather Gang snow accumulation forecast for Monday night issued 3:00 p.m. Monday

Storms which track north of D.C. rarely put down big snow amounts, and this system was another example of that.

Overall, I’d give us a B grade for this event.

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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