Not far to the northeast of Washington, millions of people were buffeted Friday by a potentially historic snowstorm. Meanwhile, Washington has gone hundreds of days without a snowfall of more than 2 inches.
The disparity demonstrated the vast differences in weather and personal experience that can occur in a section of the country that increasingly appears to be one vast urbanized corridor from Boston to Washington.
In some parts of the Northeast, bulletins posted by the National Weather Service indicated that snow could fall as fast as 2 inches an hour.
Two inches is more snow than has fallen all winter at the official measuring station at Reagan National Airport. The total there is 1.5 inches.
It seemed possible that the winter’s total in Washington might be less than was recorded in a single hour in New York, Rhode Island or Massachusetts.
At times this winter, the Washington region, fueled by apprehension and informed by experience, has readied itself for snow and its hazards. And flakes filled the skies.
But as measured at National, not one of the season’s six snowfalls provided more than four-tenths of an inch of snow.
Moreover, 744 days have passed without a single snowfall, as measured at the airport, amounting to as much as 2 inches, according to the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.
Washingtonians could experience the full effects of Friday’s storm only vicariously. But the wind that drove the snow across New England also showed up here, if a bit weaker.
About 10 p.m. Friday, with Washington near the southern outskirts of the giant storm, the weather service said gusts here could go as high as 50 mph overnight and into Saturday. Authorities urged securing outdoor objects was urged, along with careful driving.
At 11 p.m., Dulles International Airport reported winds of 30 mph, with a gust of 45 mph.