Meteorological spring began March 1st and astronomical spring arrived March 20th at 7:02am. Just when we thought, after a relatively snow-less winter, we were done with snow for the season, Mother Nature threw us a curve ball. Just as forecast, snow started falling late last night and many people woke up to a winter wonderland. We received some beautiful pictures from our news and weather team, as well as from loyal viewers. Check out the full photo gallery here.
- Mary Kay Mallonee - Shirlington, VA
Snowfall totals were higher farther north and west of the metro area, but D.C. and southern Maryland still picked up some measurable snow.
Reagan National recorded 1.3" of snow, which is not a record for the day. The record still remains 1.5" from 1906. Even though it wasn't a record for the day, the inch of snow at DCA ends the longest inch-free streak in D.C. history! The last time Reagan National received more than an inch of snow was back on January 26, 2011 -- Commutageddon.
D.C.'s 1.3" of snow today, March 25th, will go in the record books, as the most late March snow in 23 years. The last largest recorded snowfall at DCA was 1.9" on March 24th, 1990. Dulles also falls in this category with 3.2" of snow today. The last time Dulles received 3 inches of snow, this late in the season, was also on March 24th, 1990.
A few snowfall records were made this late March date. Both Dulles and BWI received 3.2" of snow, which breaks the previous records from the early 90s. Reagan was close to at least tying a record, but was .2" short.
An interesting tidbit I read on the NWS Sterling discussion, Dulles received 3 inches of snow on 3/24/90, another 1.2" on 3/25/90, and then 2.7" on 4/6/90! It's not common to have snow this late in the season, but from the stats here, it's definitely not a rarity.