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March snowfall is not unusual

Monday - 3/17/2014, 12:09am  ET

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A snow storm in March? It happens.

WTOP's Dave Dildine reports.

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WASHINGTON -- Spring may be around the corner, but snowfall in March is not entirely unusual for the D.C. region.

The WTOP listening area is under a winter storm warning through 2 p.m. Monday (St. Patrick's Day). Forecasters predict 4 - 7 inches in many areas around the Beltway, with more possible locally to the west of the Metro area.

This year, the D.C. metro area saw 4 - 6 inches of snow on March 3 and 4 and snow showers between then and now.

Particularly big storms, like the 1993 superstorm, may occur once per decade. The region got anywhere from 8 - 16 inches of snow on March 13, 1993.

Normally, chances for significant snowfall in the region quickly drop off after the Ides of March. However, the region saw two to four inches of snow on March 25, 2013.

Other notable March snowstorms:

  • 6 - 10 inches of snow on March 1, 2008
  • 11 inches of snow March 28 - 29, 1942
  • About a foot of snow March 27-28, 1891

Since 1885, D.C. has recorded 82 March months that included measurable snow.

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