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Spring snow falls in parts of DC region

Isn't winter supposed to be over by now? Evidently not. April snow has been spotted in counties north and west of the D.C. area. Here's what you need to know.

WASHINGTON — It is April, but parts of the D.C. area saw snow falling on Monday morning.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Monday for parts of Montgomery and Howard County in Maryland as well as Clarke County and parts of Loudoun County in Virginia, but Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell said everything should be over by around 10 a.m.

Storm Team 4’s Somara Theodore said the counties under the advisory can expect 1 to 2 inches of snow on grassy and elevated surfaces. Northern parts of Frederick County may see 2 to 3 inches of snow.

“If you live in upper Montgomery County, Frederick County, Loudoun and back toward the I-81 corridor, you could actually pick up accumulating snow,” said Theodore. “Those south of the District will probably just see rain. In the D.C. Metro area, we will get rain with some snow mixing in.”

Theodore said northern and western counties could see up to two inches of snow on grassy and some elevated areas, but all of it should melt by Monday afternoon.

The D.C. area has seen snow in April before, but it is relatively rare.

Measurable snow has only been recorded three times in the last 50 years at Reagan National Airport, most recently on April 7, 2007. The area also prior bouts of April snow in 1972 and 1990.

The latest recorded major snowfall, meaning four inches or more, happened on the April Fools’ Day Storm in 1924. D.C. got five inches of snow while Baltimore got more than nine inches during that storm.

The National Weather Service said the latest measurable snowfall ever in D.C. was on April 28, 1898 when half an inch fell in D.C. and .1 inches fell in Baltimore.

The latest snow was seen in D.C. was on May 10, 1906 when a trace fell.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine contributed to this report.


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