Snow has been recorded as late as April in the D.C. area but when were the big ones this late in the Winter?
A lot of weather weenies have been wishcasting a snow storm this weekend as some model guidance hints at the potential of a coastal low passing by on Sunday. I, for one, am one of the wishers! I mean, come on, 2 inches for the entire winter? Give me a break! Instead of blog about the possibilities of what could happen with such low confidence in the models this winter, I decided to check and see what big snowfalls occurred this late in the winter in the D.C. area.
Top 5 Heaviest Snowfalls after February 14th in Washington, D.C.
1) February 19th, 1979: 14.0 inches (also had 4.7 inches on the 18th for a whopping 18.7 inch storm)
2) February 16th, 2003: 13.3 inches
3) February 15th, 1958: 12.9 inches
4) March 29th, 1942: 11.5 inches
5) March 4th, 1909: 9.8 inches
There were many other storms that totaled 8, 7, and 6 inches but those were really the big ones that stood out in the climate data. Interestingly enough, the latest recorded snowfall was 0.5 inches on April 28, 1898. The most in the month of March was number 4 above (11.5 inches) and the most in the month of April was 5.5 inches on April 1st, 1924. Reagan National did record a trace of snow on April 18th, 2001. That must've made my mom so mad on her birthday! She's not much of a snow lover!
The past 5 March's have only combined for 7.6 inches of snow with 5.5 inches of that coming in 2009. Usually the month only averages 1.3 inches of snow. With that being said, I wouldn't expect too much after February!