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A Foot of Snow has Melted, but will it Cover our Ground Again this Week?

February 24, 2014 - 08:02 AM
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Snow has dwindled, but winter's not over.


The past week has featured lots of ups and downs in the weather department and has left the D.C. Metro area with naked ground once again. It only took a week to melt more than a foot in some areas.

Snow Depth- NOAA

Of course, there are still mounds of plowed snow in parking lots in the metro, and Northern Maryland and the Mountains in West Virginia still have some snow pack.  It's tough to keep snow on the ground for long in our area.  We often freeze and thaw through the winter months.  Check out our quick loss of snow at Dulles last week.




Snow Depth & High Temperature Last Week at IAD





The National Weather Service records show that the longest stretch of snow cover at Dulles Airport lasted 23 days with 1" or more on the ground.  And in 42 years of records, an inch or more has stayed on the ground more than a week only 25 times.  So, can we expect a bare ground through the rest of spring?  Probably not.  In fact, there is snow in the forecast within the next 48 hours.  It's not expected to amount to much, but it looks like it will coincide with the Wednesday morning commute and that could make for tricky travel.  Here's our "Futurecast" for Wednesday showing snow across the area. 

 Wednesday Morning

Best case scenario, nothing accumulates.  Worst case, we get up to 2"  Right now my thinking is that we get a dusting at the most.  We'll keep watching on flake patrol for you and keep you up to date on forecast totals.  March starts this coming weekend, and historically we get snow that month, too. Our average snowfall for March at Dulles is 2.8"   and at Reagan National the average snowfall is 1.3" 

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