As we were dealing with our own snow system this past weekend, the Mid-Atlantic States were getting buried under what many people were calling “snow-mageddon”. The nation’s capital recorded 32 inches at the Dulles Int’l Airport and around 20 inches at Reagan Int’l Airport. In nearby Baltimore, nearly 24 inches was measured. Some locations with slightly higher elevations had over 40 inches of snow during the two-day event.
Many cities recorded either their all-time heaviest snow storm or the second highest since snow records started in the late 1800s, including both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Although not in the official records, back in 1772 both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson penned in their diaries of a snow storm that dumped around three feet of snow in that same area which would be the heaviest known event for that region.
So this event at least in some localized areas produced snow amounts not observed in over 230 years.