A White Christmas for Washington

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Deck on Saturday morning

The weekend before Christmas brought a large (for this area) snowstorm to the Washington, DC, region. Washington area residents are very ambivalent about snow. The region has a very diverse population with people from all parts of the country (and the world) living here along with long-time residents. Some are used to snow, or have become used to it. To others, it's something new and unexpected. The highway departments depend to a great extent on contractors for snow removal rather than investing in equipment that may be used only rarely. Schools tend to close with less snow on the ground than in other regions because neighborhood street snow removal has not been completed.

Until mid-December, little snow had been seen in the region, though there had been ice.

Backyard during the storm
Would this be another winter without much snow? Then, forecasters began calling for a significant snowstorm the weekend before Christmas. It was to begin after 10:00 p.m. on Friday and fall for a  full 24 hours. It would be a large one, up to 15-20 inches in the metropolitan area. Speculation began. Would it set a record? The last big snowstorms were two back-to-back ones in 1996 when schools and offices were closed for a week. The official snowfall record for Washington, DC, is 28 inches (71 cm), set in 1922. George Washignton and Thomas Jefferson both wrote of snows of 30 inches in Virginia in 1772. 

Looking out on Saturday morning, I could see that yes, there was a lot of snow! Drew and Julia were home from university for the winter break. They decided start clearing the walkway and getting snow off the cars way on Saturday afternoon. By that time, the snow was almost to Julia's waist! The snow ended before Midnight, after almost 26 hours. 

By Sunday morning the sun was out! I measured 18 inches (46 cm) of snow on our back deck, though the official Washington record would be 15 inches at National Airport. By afternoon, we had cleared walkway, driveway, cars, and sidewalk. Julia and Drew were on their way to meet friends and enjoy the snow.  

 

WalterC says:
Not fun having to shovel and dig the car out of the snow. And may have to do it all over again tomorrow.
Posted on: Feb 09, 2010
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Deck on Saturday morning
Deck on Saturday morning
Backyard during the storm
Backyard during the storm
Julia starts to make headway
Julia starts to make headway
Drew and Julia at work
Drew and Julia at work
Sunday morning after the storm
Sunday morning after the storm
18 inches (45 cm) of snow on our d…
18 inches (45 cm) of snow on our …
Deck chairs
Deck chairs
Backyard after the storm
Backyard after the storm
No school today
No school today
Amtrak on Christmas Eve
Amtrak on Christmas Eve
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