Snow Ain’t Over Yet … In 1942

The weather has been awesome lately, and frankly, this has been a really easy winter. Well, that doesn’t mean it can’t snow this late in the winter or even in early spring.

Early on during World War II, in 1942, Washington was getting ready for spring and the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival (watch a 1944 video of the festival). Then, on March 29th, the temperature plummeted and flakes started falling. The snow lasted over 24 hours and D.C. had its largest spring snowstorm at 11.5 inches. Baltimore saw 22 inches from the same storm!

Here are some photos of D.C. snowstorms that I found in the Library of Congress archives.

Another freak storm hit the area in late spring of 1891. On March 27th, a similar storm dumped 12 inches on the nation’s capital.

I’m not saying it will happen, but it has happened, so maybe I’ll be able to say I told you so. Happy spring!

 

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