Lessons Learned from Snowmageddon
Commentator Chris Core in 2011
WASHINGTON - Where were you two years ago? Certainly not enjoying the temperatures in the mid to upper 50s that have warmed the region in recent weeks. Here's a hint: You were digging out of upwards of three feet of snow...
Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the precipitation that would eventually be known as Snowmaggedon. The torrential two-day storm that began Feb. 5, 2010 left some parts of the region under more than 34 inches of snow.
This map from the National Weather Service provides a detailed look at the conditions that slammed the Washington region, leaving cars stranded on area roads and thousands without power, many for weeks.
The intense weather proved foreboding for those trying to accurately map its path, as multiple blizzards slammed the WTOP listening area.
"We were covering the one underway, the blizzard that was happening, but the computer model guidance kept coming in every 6 hours telling us there was going to be another one that was going to be even worse or just as bad," ABC7 Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill told WTOP at this time last year. "When that realization was 'Oh no, we're going to have another one in 36 or 48 hours,' that to me was the moment I thought, 'I'll never see my kids again.'"
This year has been marked by warm weather and less than average accumulation. There have only been traces of snow throughout the region since November 2011, according to AccuWeather.com, and many of what ABC7 meteorologists call "upside-down days," where a warm dawn quickly dropped to chilly conditions by midday as cold fronts whipped through.
However, snow is expected for Wednesday morning. Learn more at the WTOP Weather Center.
Commentator Chris Core recounted last year digging himself out from under four feet of snow during the 2010 deluge, and some of the major lessons he learned. Check out his full audio at right.
So, snow lovers and spring enthusiasts alike: If Snowmageddon was a 10, and this winter is a 1, where does your ultimate winter season lie? Post to the comments section to let us know.
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