An atypical November snowfall in Washington. (Jim Havard/Flickr)

The first snow of the winter season is always special, even when it’s a headache. Today’s has certainly been a bit of both.

A first snow before Thanksgiving is pretty exceptional around here. Today was the earliest official accumulation of snow in D.C. since 0.2 inches fell Nov. 14, 1996. Today’s total of 1.4 inches, as recorded at Reagan National Airport, is a record for the date, surpassing 0.2 inches in 1906.

Totals in the immediate area have mostly ranged from a half-inch to about three inches thus far (with higher amounts farther north and west). Snow has come to an end and more of a wintry mix has taken over (although some snow is still falling in our far north and west areas).

While this event overperformed in some ways and caused more issues than anticipated for the morning commute, folks across the area seemed to take it in stride. Given the very early nature of the snow, we were also treated to some special scenes.

We saw some great “snowliage”

That’s the sweet, sweet combo of snow and fall foliage!


A pedestrian makes his way in a wintry mix through the Rosslyn area in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 15. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

A Japanese maple still covered in leaves is coated with snow in Frederick, Md., on Nov. 15, during the first snowfall of a season that is predicted to be snowier than usual. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Our pets love a good snowstorm

It’s a whole new world.


Matt Krieger throws a tennis ball to his dog, Indigo, at the dog park off 17th and S streets in Northwest Washington on Nov. 15. (Calla Kessler/The Washington Post)

Carol Hardy walks her dog, Buddy, during the first snow of the season Nov. 15 in Frederick, Md. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Chance of South Riding, Va., seems ... not quite sure. (Lauren Walker via email)

Well, our pets mostly love it.

We love a good snow ourselves

The first snow is magical, even if it’s a little slushy.

Out-of-season events such as these are the ultimate reminder of the weather’s ability to transform the everyday into something amazing. As temperatures struggle to get above freezing during the day and the landscape is draped in various forms of wintry precipitation, it sure is hard to believe it’s only November around here.

As winter progresses, and we were already predicting a snowy one before this happened, please keep sharing your photos with us whenever you can, and especially through Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.