Light from the rising sun illuminates the Capitol the morning after a snowfall, January 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)

For almost three full years, Washington, D.C. was in a fairly bad snow drought while the suburbs to the north and west of town have done much better with snow.

Many of us remember Christmas Eve of 2012, when it rained in Washington but towns to the north and west such as Leesburg, Va., received a postcard snowfall and ended up with a beautiful, white Christmas.  There was no white Christmas in Washington that year, just a lot of puddles.

Then there was the over-hyped Snowquester in March last year that produced occasional bursts of snow into the city but it was too warm to stick to the ground.   Non-sticking snow doesn’t count.  It’s basically white rain. Then there was real rain.

Manassas, Va, where it was slightly colder got absolutely pasted by Snowquester.  Some areas near the Blue Ridge Mountains received up to 20″ of snow!

The only conclusion could be it never snows in D.C. anymore…

A church in Woodley Park D.C., late on Jan. 2, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

A fresh blanket of snow covers the National Mall, January 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)

Still, we all knew it was a matter of waiting until the snow hole around Washington collapsed and the city received a nice grass-covering snowfall.

Our long overdue Washington snowstorm finally arrived on January 2.   Most of the city and nearby suburbs received between 2-4 inches of snow while areas well to the east of Washington, such as Annapolis, received up to six inches of snow.  The eastern suburbs did better than the western suburbs for a change.

Take that, Leesburg!

It was no Snowmageddon, but it produced significant and sticky snow that stuck to the ground. It also didn’t melt within a few hours.  What a nice concept for winter in D.C., and something many of us haven’t seen for awhile.

Below are more photos that show a white and frosty Washington and Great Falls. We document the collapse of the great Washington snow hole and capture a moment of time when D.C. snow lovers were finally able to rejoice.

Stay warm and keep wishing for more snow!

A northwest D.C. street late on Jan. 2, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

The National Gallery of Art on the snow-covered Mall, January 3, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)

The Kennedy Warren apartment building highlighted with snow and lights Jan. 2, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

The National Mall resembles the frozen tundra on January 3, 2014.  (Kevin Ambrose)

The Capitol in snowy surrounds at dusk on Jan. 3, 2014 (Ian Livingston)

A frosty view of Great Falls during the morning of January 4, 2014. A polarizing filter was used to darken the sky and suppress the glare. (Kevin Ambrose)

Ice in the developing stages on the Capitol Reflecting Pool during the evening of Jan. 3, 2014. (Ian Livingston)

The Potomac River appears to steam as river mist coats the rocks with a glaze of ice, January 4, 2014. (Kevin Ambrose)

Dusk on the National Mall Jan. 3, 2014. (Ian Livingston)