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