The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, January 21, 2014. “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.” (Kevin Ambrose)
Do you remember when snowstorms were cold and windy, and the snow fell as dry powder that accumulated everywhere? Apparently those storms can still happen!
After nearly three years of wet, white slop that did not accumulate to even 2 inches at Reagan National Airport and then melted within hours, we finally received an old-fashioned snowstorm! And, guess what, the snow will be around for a while with plenty of cold weather for the rest of the work week. Kids can groom their sledding hills like we used to do when we were kids. What a treat!
Snowfall across the area generally ranged from 4 to 8 inches. Washington Dulles Airport recorded 8.5 inches, Baltimore Washington Airport picked up 5.1 inches, and Washington Reagan Airport came in with 3.8 inches.
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For this snowstorm, we split up and divided our photography efforts between Arlington National Cemetery and the National Mall. Both Arlington and D.C. were in prime winter form as periods of moderate to heavy snow swept across the area during the afternoon and evening.
A snowy late afternoon on the National Mall, January 21. (Ian Livingston) A cardinal in heavy snow at Arlington National Cemetery, January 21. (Kevin Ambrose) For the most part, not many people braved the weather. Snow was heavy at times. January 21. (Ian Livingston) The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, January 21. (Kevin Ambrose) Lowered visibility during a heavier period of snow during the afternoon of January 21. (Ian Livingston) Snow falls at Arlington National Cemetery, January 21. (Kevin Ambrose) A little snowman hangs out near the U.S. Capitol near dusk January 21. (Ian Livingston) The Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, January 21. (Kevin Ambrose) The “blue hour” around dusk was more like a pink/purple hour as the sun caused a serene glow while disappearing beyond the horizon January 21. (Ian Livingston) The grave of Knickerbocker Snowstorm victim, Lt. Col. Shaughnessy, Arlington National Cemetery, January 21. Col. Shaughnessy died when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapsed on January 28, 1922 under the weight of 28″ of snow. (Kevin Ambrose) Snow was “deep” and drifting near the Capitol Reflecting pool. Another 1-2 inches fell before the storm finished as a strong band pushed through during the evening. (Ian Livingston)