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First widespread snowfall of 2013 in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

* Snow totals from NWS | Light snow delays school opening; federal government open with liberal leave in effect *

( National Weather Service, left image; CWG, right image)

For once this 2012-2013 winter season, a snow event behaved as advertised in the Washington, D.C. area - with amounts meeting and, in a few places, exceeding forecasts.

Generally speaking, the light, sweepable snow totaled about 1 inch in the immediate metro region (including Fairfax, Montgomery, the District, and Prince George’s county), although the snow hole that is Reagan National Airport only logged 0.4 inches. Dulles reported in with 1.8 inches and BWI Airport 2 inches.

Jackpot totals over 4 inches occurred in southern St. Mary’s county where one rather astonishing 5.5 inch total was reported by a National Weather Service spotter.

As always, we received some great images of the snow from our readers via social media.

Snow in Centreville, Va. this morning - about 1 to 2 inches fell. (Kathryn Prociv)

The images below were aggregated from our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Thanks so much for the contributions and sorry we could not share them all!

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Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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