Feb 4, 2015

Snowmageddon, five years later: The first of two Mid-Atlantic blizzards in February 2010

Washington, DC
USA
by
Ian Livingston and Kevin Ambrose
,
Washington Post
Sledding at the Capitol during Snowmageddon. Photo: Ian Livingston
Sledding at the Capitol during Snowmageddon. Photo: Ian Livingston

Five years ago, Washington braced for perhaps its most memorable snowstorm in modern times. It was named Snowmageddon, and it paralyzed the region with 18 to 32 inches of snow, ranking among the top five largest snow events in 144 years of records. Remarkably, this well-forecast storm was the second snowstorm to rank among Washington’s top 10 biggest in the 2009-10 season. “Snowpocalypse” had buried the city in December...During the lead-up to Snowmageddon, an enormous conglomeration of moisture with roots in the tropics traversed northern Mexico in the continued active, and El Nino-enhanced, southern jet stream.