Historic’ Mid-Atlantic Snowstorm to Join Ranks of Record D.C. Snowfalls

As another major storm is on its way, take a look at top snowfalls (1-3 day period) in Washington's history since 1884.

Speaking of the snowstorm that's expected to come this weekend, Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel warned, "We're talking blizzard condition, whiteout conditions."


January 27-29, 1922 (28.0 inches)


The storm, known as Knickerbocker Snowstorm, caused the roof of Crandall’s Knickerbocker Theatre to collapse, killing 98 people and injuring 133 at the time. Above, people walk on the street in January, 1922 in Washington.

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February 7, 1936 (14.4 inches)


Above, a person stands in front of a house after snow piled up in February, 1936.


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February 18-19, 1979 (18.7 inches)


Above, Snow piles up in front of the White House on Feb.19, 1979 as a record snowfall blankets the Washington area, but even the low temperatures and drifting snow failed to deter a lone protester talking to a police officer on the partially cleared sidewalk. 

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February 10-11, 1983 (16.6 inches)


Above, Dale Wey, Cleveland, a Vietnam veteran, sweeps the walkway in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a snowstorm in Washington on Friday, Feb. 11, 1983.  

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January 7-9, 1996 (17.3 inches)


Above, tourists visit the Vietnam War Memorial during a blizzard in Washington on Jan. 8, 1996.       

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December 18-19, 2009 (16.4 inches)


Andrew Kermick, who works on Capitol Hill, goes airborne as he skis in the snow on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 19, 2009.   

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February 5-6, 2010 (17.8 inches)


Above, a snow plow is dwarfed by a pile of snow during snow cleanup on the tarmac at Washington's Reagan National Airport, Feb. 6, 2010. All flights in the airport were cancelled. 

All data comes from National Weather Service.


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