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.
The last of the raindrops and snowfalkes are now falling. Everything will be over by9-10am at the latest. Breaks of sunshine later today with highs back into the low 50s. More cold and wind later in the week. pic.twitter.com/cYLqLjdrZo
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.