The Corner Forum
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003
Issue #20

Major Winter Storm Produces Record Snowfall Across Metropolitan Area

From a National Weather Service Report

(Issued 2 p.m. on Tuesday)

A complex storm system produced precipitation across the Washington D.C. metropolitan area between Friday night and Tuesday morning.

The first batch of precipitation fell Friday night through Saturday evening in the form of snow and rain.

The second batch of precipitation fell early Sunday morning through midday Monday in the form of snow and sleet.

The third batch of precipitation on the back side of the storm fell between Monday night and midday Tuesday, in the form of snow showers.

Significant amounts of snow and sleet accumulated across the area through the period.

Accumulations ranged from 15 to 30 inches regionwide, with the lowest amounts occurring across the southern Washington D.C. suburbs, where a significant amount of sleet mixed in with the precipitation.

The highest amounts occurred in the northwestern Washington D.C. suburbs, where the precipitation fell mainly as snow.

In Washington, this storm ranks as the number 5 snowstorm on record. A total of 16.7 inches was recorded at Washington Reagan National Airport.

The top 10 snow storms for Washington are as follows...

#1: Jan. 27-28, 1922 28.0 inches

#2: Feb. 11-13, 1899 20.5 inches

#3: Feb. 18-19, 1979 18.7 inches

#4: Jan. 6-8, 1996 17.1 inches

#5: Feb. 15-18, 2003 16.7 inches

#6: Feb. 11-12, 1983 16.6 inches

#7: Feb. 15-16, 1958 14.4 inches

#8: Feb. 7, 1936 14.4 inches

#9: Feb. 16-18, 1900 14.3 inches

#10: Jan. 29-30, 1966 13.8 inches