JANUARY 14, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 13: A child makes a snow angel at the Washington Monument on January 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. – (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
The DC area was hit with 4-7 inches of snow accumulation with the potential of another 2-4 inches. President Donald Trump is holding off from a threatened national emergency declaration to fund a border wall amidst the longest partial government shutdown in the nation’s history
WASHINGTON, DC — Forecasters definitely didn’t see this coming. Only a day or two in advance of this weekend’s snowstorm, they were predicting only a couple of inches, and perhaps a dusting or nothing at all.
Instead, the whole region got slammed, with some areas hitting double-digits and everyone getting completely blanketed with snow. In D.C., the final snowfall total was in the range of 8 to 12 inches, according to a map posted by the Washington Post.
Much of the D.C. area was just within the range of the heaviest hit area (10 to 12 inches), which stretched from central Loudoun County to northern Prince George’s County, Md. and covered the northern half of Fairfax County and nearly all of Montgomery County, Md.
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Even those just outside this area still go 8-10 inches, and snowfall totals dropped as you went south of the beltway, despite predictions that that’s where the heaviest snowfall would be.
Reagan National Airport reported snowfall for a staggering 35 straight hours, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and continuing unabated until 2 a.m. Monday, the Post reported.
Around 4 to 6 inches fell between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning alone. After a brief pause, the snow started right back up and added a few more inches to the totals.
Reagan National and Dulles airports recorded nearly identical snowfall totals of 10.6 and 10.3 inches, respectively.