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Early season snow and ice storm for the Washington area (PHOTOS)


Snow at the National Christmas Tree, December 8, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

December snowstorms in Washington are fairly uncommon, especially in the first half.  During recent years, we’ve had a bizarre string of December 5 snowstorms, but not too many other notable events have occurred during the month (of course, Snowpocalypse stands out!).  January and particularly February are the big snow months for D.C.  December snow is basically a bonus for snow lovers.

This year, we can add a December 8 snowstorm (and ice storm) to the weather archives for Washington.  Perhaps we can even add another snowstorm or two before the month is over.  The pattern is looking at least somewhat promising.

Below is an assortment of snow photos taken Sunday in Washington.  The National Christmas tree was our target for shooting photos, but we photographed a few different areas in town.  Also included is a short video of the ice storm taken this morning near Oakton, Virginia.

Of note, while the snowstorm was fairly light in the immediate Washington area, the small National Christmas Tree town located on the Ellipse near the tree took a crippling hit.  See the photos near the end of this post that show the magnitude of the snow which buried their homes and vehicles.


A mainly wet pathway in Lafayette Square leads through a colorful section of trees lined with snow. (Ian Livingston)

Heavy snow falls at the White House, December 8, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)
The Washington Monument is seen behind a small Christmas tree that is part of the display at the National Christmas Tree. (Ian Livingston)
The Washington Monument is seen behind a small Christmas tree that is part of the display at the National Christmas Tree. (Ian Livingston)

The Department of Treasury building in snow with colorful foliage, December 8, 2013.  (Kevin Ambrose)

The National Christmas Tree surrounded by light snowfall. (Ian Livingston)

Snow falls at the White House, December 8, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

The White House during a lighter period of snow on December 8, 2013 (Ian Livingston)

 


A crippling snowstorm at the little National Christmas Tree Town located on the Ellipse, December 8, 2013.  The scene resembles Snowmageddon, perhaps even worse!  (Kevin Ambrose)

A military transport plane prepares to save the small town from snowstorm disaster. (Ian Livingston)

The snow is more than knee-deep which has paralyzed the small town located near the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Cars are buried in the tiny town under the National Christmas Tree as local residents stand in frozen terror over the situation. (Ian Livingston)


A short video clip taken near Oakton, Virginia, December 9, 2013. The video includes the sound of two branches breaking and falling to the ground. (Kevin Ambrose)


Two fallen trees block a road in Oakton, Virginia, December 9, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

Ice accumulation in Oakton, Virginia, December 9, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

A frozen Christmas tree in Oakton, Virginia, December 9, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose)

 

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Fri.

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19° /32°
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18° /35°
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