How many times has snow coated DC area on March 21?

WASHINGTON — When it comes to snow in March, it’s not that uncommon in the D.C. area. But how about on March 21, when the region is supposed to have sprung into spring and cherry blossom blooms are on the horizon?

It has snowed before on March 21 at least once, Storm Team4 meteorologist Matt Ritter said. It was on March 21, 1924 with a record 5.3 inches. This predates Reagan National Airport, so the total is for Washington, D.C., he said.

As of 8:15 p.m. reported snowfall totals included:

  • Rockville, Maryland: 5.9 inches
  • Columbia, Maryland: 7.0 inches
  • University Park, Maryland: 6.5 inches
  • Reagan National Airport: 4.1 inches
  • Chantilly, Virginia: 5.2 inches
  • Lovettsville, Virginia: 7.0 inches

Keep up with the National Weather Service’s preliminary snowfall totals here.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21:  Snow falls as a K9 member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Snow falls as a K-9 member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the White House on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
A late-season snowfall coats blooming cherry trees in Northwest Washington on March 25, 2014.  Several late snowstorms produced more than a foot of snow that month, leading to one of the snowiest Marches in more than 50 years. The season culminated with a light snowfall on March 25, dusting budding cherry trees near the Tidal Basin. Snow is in the forecast again this weekend. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A late-season snowfall coats blooming cherry trees in Northwest Washington on March 25, 2014. Several late snowstorms produced more than a foot of snow that month, leading to one of the snowiest Marches in more than 50 years. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Snow coats a magnolia blossom near the tidal basin, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington, during a snow storm on the second day of spring. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Snow coats a magnolia blossom near the tidal basin, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington, during a snowstorm on the second day of spring. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
The Washington Monument is seen in the background as a worker clears snow from a sidewalk at the National Museum of African American History and Culture during a Spring snowstorm in Washington, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
The Washington Monument is seen in the background as a worker clears snow from a sidewalk at the National Museum of African American History and Culture during a Spring snowstorm in Washington, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
Pedestrians walk under a snow fall outside of U.S. Capitol building, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington.The storm shut down federal offices in the D.C. area, closed schools and stopped two major commuter rail systems from operating. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Pedestrians walk under a snowfall outside of U.S. Capitol building, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington. The storm shut down federal offices in the D.C. area, closed schools and stopped two major commuter rail systems from operating. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
Snow falls on a lone bicycle and cherry blossom trees at the tidal basin, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington during a snow storm on the second day of spring. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Snow falls on a lone bicycle and cherry blossom trees at the tidal basin, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington during a snowstorm on the second day of spring. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
Snow falls on the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington, during a spring snow storm. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Snow falls on the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington, during a spring snowstorm. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
A pedestrian races across the snow covered and tire streaked street in Washington during a spring storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
A pedestrian races across the snow covered and tire streaked street in D.C. during a spring storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) (AP/J. David Ake)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Snow falls as a member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Snow falls as a member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the White House on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
Washington visitor Haley Rich and Eric Merritt from Las Vegas, Nev., pause at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington during a Spring snow storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The coming spring nor'easter caused the federal government to close its offices in the Washington area. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Washington visitor Haley Rich and Eric Merritt from Las Vegas, Nev., pause at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington during a Spring snowstorm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The coming spring nor’easter caused the federal government to close its offices in the Washington area. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Wednesday's snow was the perfect excuse for CJ Appleton of Alexandria, Virginia, to go cross-country skiing. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Snow was the perfect excuse for CJ Appleton of Alexandria, Virginia, to go cross-country skiing on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Two people walk along a snow-lined sidewalk in Tenleytown on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. As much as 3 inches of snow fell on the District from a late-winter storm. The decision to open D.C. Public Schools two hours late on Tuesday surprised some partents, but drew a frosty response from some on Twitter. Most schools in the region closed. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Two people walk along a snow-lined sidewalk in Tenleytown on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. As much as 3 inches of snow fell on the District from a late-winter storm. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A woman sweeps wet snow off a car in Northwest Washington during a heavy snowfall in early March -- yes, March -- 2015. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A woman sweeps wet snow off a car in Northwest Washington during a heavy snowfall in early March — yes, March — 2015. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A pansy sticks out  from the snow. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A pansy sticks out from the snow in March 2016. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A street view of the snowfall in D.C. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A street view of the snowfall in D.C. in March 2016. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A coating of snow in late March 2013 wasn't enough to thwart the coming of spring.  (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A coating of snow in late March 2013 wasn’t enough to thwart the coming of spring. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Ice and snow coats I-270 in Rockville during a March 2017 winter storm. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Ice and snow coats I-270 in Rockville during a March 2017 winter storm. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Snow falls on blooming forsythia shrubs during a snowstorm in early March 2014. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Snow falls on blooming forsythia shrubs during a snowstorm in early March 2014. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
winter weather sleet snow ice dildine
A period of heavy sleet occurred in Bethesda, Md. and throughout much of the D.C. area early on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Wet snow falls over Friendship Heights in Northwest D.C. last Tuesday. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Wet snow falls over Friendship Heights in Northwest D.C. early March 2018. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21:  Snow falls as a K9 member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A late-season snowfall coats blooming cherry trees in Northwest Washington on March 25, 2014.  Several late snowstorms produced more than a foot of snow that month, leading to one of the snowiest Marches in more than 50 years. The season culminated with a light snowfall on March 25, dusting budding cherry trees near the Tidal Basin. Snow is in the forecast again this weekend. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Snow coats a magnolia blossom near the tidal basin, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington, during a snow storm on the second day of spring. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The Washington Monument is seen in the background as a worker clears snow from a sidewalk at the National Museum of African American History and Culture during a Spring snowstorm in Washington, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Pedestrians walk under a snow fall outside of U.S. Capitol building, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington.The storm shut down federal offices in the D.C. area, closed schools and stopped two major commuter rail systems from operating. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Snow falls on a lone bicycle and cherry blossom trees at the tidal basin, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington during a snow storm on the second day of spring. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Snow falls on the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington, during a spring snow storm. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A pedestrian races across the snow covered and tire streaked street in Washington during a spring storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Snow falls as a member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the White House on March 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The East Coast is experiencing a fourth nor'easter in recent weeks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Washington visitor Haley Rich and Eric Merritt from Las Vegas, Nev., pause at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington during a Spring snow storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The coming spring nor'easter caused the federal government to close its offices in the Washington area. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Wednesday's snow was the perfect excuse for CJ Appleton of Alexandria, Virginia, to go cross-country skiing. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Two people walk along a snow-lined sidewalk in Tenleytown on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. As much as 3 inches of snow fell on the District from a late-winter storm. The decision to open D.C. Public Schools two hours late on Tuesday surprised some partents, but drew a frosty response from some on Twitter. Most schools in the region closed. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A woman sweeps wet snow off a car in Northwest Washington during a heavy snowfall in early March -- yes, March -- 2015. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A pansy sticks out  from the snow. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A street view of the snowfall in D.C. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A coating of snow in late March 2013 wasn't enough to thwart the coming of spring.  (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Ice and snow coats I-270 in Rockville during a March 2017 winter storm. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Snow falls on blooming forsythia shrubs during a snowstorm in early March 2014. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
winter weather sleet snow ice dildine
Wet snow falls over Friendship Heights in Northwest D.C. last Tuesday. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

According to Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell, the region has not seen snow on March 21 in the past 10 years. But March 2014 was a particularly snowy month, Bell added.

For the snowiest date in March for D.C. and Reagan National, Ritter said remember March 29, 1942: 11.5 inches of snow coated the District. That storm also brought over 2 feet of snow in some parts of Maryland and northwestern Virginia, WTOP’s Dave Dildine said.

WTOP’s Jack Pointer contributed to this report. 

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