Snow accumulates at Big Meadows, Va. at Shenandoah National Park Monday morning. (elevation 3500 feet) (National Park Service)

Temperatures yesterday evening show a cold pool over air over the mid-Atlantic with the Northern Plains toasting. (Unisys Weather)

The high of 52 at Reagan National Airport Sunday tied for the coldest maximum temperature on record for the date and Dulles’ 50 and BWI’s 51 both set records for coldest high temperature. These highs were more typical of the very tail of November.

At elevations above 2,000 feet, yes, it has been cold enough to snow as I forecast last Thursday. Many of the nearby ski resorts recorded snow including around 5” at Canaan Valley, and 9” at Snowshoe in WV. Snow also fell at Wisp in western Maryland and even in Frostburg.

Video of snow on Saturday, October 1 in Snowshoe, WV. Nine inches of snow has fallen there since Friday night.

Sometimes, with upper level low pressure systems like the present, you see breaks in the cloud cover in between spokes of energy rotating around them. Sunday morning, we experienced such a break in the District, resulting in some dramatic rainbows, beautifully phototographed by readers below...


Full rainbow over Georgetown and the Potomac Sunday morning. (Mercedes Marx)

Full rainbow over Columbia Heights Sunday morning. (Ken Rub)