The first snowfall of the year falls along Arlington’s Bluemont Trail on Tuesday. (Tom Mockler/Flickr)

The first snow of the new year in the Washington region was rather modest but, considering how little has fallen this winter, it made a mark.

The snow forced the early closure of the federal government and schools Tuesday, and delayed and closed numerous school systems Wednesday. Iciness in the wake of the storm may have contributed to a deadly car crash on Interstate 95 early Wednesday.

Snow amounts across the region ranged from a coating to several inches. Interstate 95 served as a dividing line between just a coating or so on its east side to an inch or more as you headed west.


Snowfall reports compiled by the National Weather Service on Jan. 7. (National Weather Service)

At the airports, just a trace of snow was reported at Reagan National Airport, but Dulles and Baltimore-Washington International airports posted 2.0 and 1.5 inches.

Inside the District, amounts ranged from barely enough to briefly coat the grass downtown to an inch in Upper Northwest. In Maryland’s Montgomery County, totals ran from an inch in Chevy Chase to three inches in Damascus. In Virginia, amounts increased from half an inch in eastern Fairfax County around Alexandria to two inches in the west around Oakton and Centreville.

Link: Comprehensive list of snow totals

The heftiest totals within a two-county radius of Washington focused in the northernmost and westernmost areas. Between two and four inches of snow fell in western Loudoun, Fauquier and Frederick (Md.) counties.

Amounts were fairly close to those predicted by the Capital Weather Gang, although some spots in the far west and northern parts of the region exceeded our call of 1 to 3 inches, with “boom” amounts up to 4 inches (and even up to five inches along the Blue Ridge and in far northern Maryland along the Pennsylvania line).


Snow accumulation forecast. Second call, issued 9:55 p.m. Monday.

Below, find photos of the snowfall from readers and Washington Post photographers.


Early morning sun on Wednesday brings a glow to Tuesday's snowfall on Nicodemus Road near Westminster, Maryland.(Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

A pair of horses didn't seem to mind the snow as they took a break while hunting for some grass to munch on in Brunswick, Maryland on Wednesday. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

A traveler at the Franconia-Springfield Station during a snowstorm Tuesday in Springfield, Va. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Travelers wait for a train at the Franconia-Springfield Station during a snowstorm Tuesday in Springfield, Va. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Traffic moves in the snow near the Interstate 395 and Interstate 495 interchange Tuesday in Springfield, Va. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

A school bus navigates a snowy, curvy Mountville Road on Tuesday in Adamstown, Md. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)