Healthy quantities of snow have blanketed the eastern U.S. so far this winter. But look at poor Washington — all by itself along the Eastern Seaboard — with nary two inches to its name.

Storms have tracked north and south of the D.C. area forming a gaping hole in accumulated snowfall that spans from Charlottesville to Baltimore.

Lynchburg and Richmond, Va., have above-normal snowfall so far this winter, and so do Syracuse, New York City and Providence.

But Washington and Baltimore have only managed 0.4 and 0.7 inches, about five inches below normal for this point in January.

Making matters worse for children and teachers seeking a snow day, all of the season’s snow and ice so far has fallen on Saturday.


Washington is no stranger to snow holes. They appeared regularly in the span of non-snowy winters from 2010-2011 to 2012-2013. You may recall snow falling ostensibly everywhere but Washington in January 2013 and December 2010.

Over the next 10 days, Washington’s snow deficit will only grow as forecast models predict mild temperatures and no new snowfall.

But a slow start to the snow season doesn’t necessarily mean the snow won’t eventually come. This time last year, no snow had fallen through this date before we were socked with a massive snowstorm Jan. 22-23.


The past three winters, in fact, were all slow starters, producing below-normal snowfall through mid-January. But they all ended up with above normal snowfall and D.C. posted back-to-back-to-back snowy winters for the first time since the 1960s.

Snow lovers may be further encouraged by the fact the overall weather pattern is predicted to change to a colder one, more supportive of snow by the end of this month.

February is historically Washington’s snowiest month, averaging close to six inches.