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First D.C. snow: Magic date is December 5th

December 6, 2012 - 05:00 AM
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So far we’ve come close to seeing a few snowflakes but officially nothing yet. Did you know that December 5th is historically the first eye opener snow of the year?

Following record warmth earlier this week, some of you may be asking yourself, “Where’s winter?” The holidays are here and some folks would like to see some snow to add to the spirit! Well, historically, December 5th usually kicks off the winter season in the nation’s capital.

After doing a bit of research, I have compiled some compelling data that shows December 5th wins the award for the first measurable snow in Washington. As a matter of fact, some of the first snowfalls have been on December 5th within the last decade. In order to qualify for the first measurable snow, at least 0.1 inch must fall. Anything less than that is considered a “Trace” of snow.

Here’s a look…


December 4, 1910 was the date of the second measurable snowfall during that winter season with 0.1 inch. The earliest measureable snow in the District was October 10, 1979 with 0.3 inches The latest measureable snowfall, on the other hand, was April 28, 1898.

Winter will likely remain absent in the District through at least the next week as the jet stream winds stay north of the area and Pacific origin cold fronts move through, replacing above average temperatures with more seasonal readings.















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