By Chris White

Weather Blog: Since Fredericksburg resides "in the seam" between the Richmond VA and Washington DC media markets this blog is a look at the weather from a Fredericksburg-centric point of view.

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Are snowstorms occurring less often in Fredericksburg?

Just a short post today in honor of the wintry weather the past few days. I have noted comments online from folks in and around the DC area about how we don’t get big snowstorms anymore.  (Hmmm…remember the winter of 2009-10?)  This is a table I quickly compiled this morning of significant Fredericksburg area snow and ice storms via several sources (NWS Sterling, Virginia Dept of Emergency Mgt, the “Weather Warehouse” website, et. al.).

This is NOT an exhaustive list but it does seem to support my somewhat leaky memory that the ‘Burg sees significant snowstorms about every 4 years. That doesn’t seem to have changed over time…

DATE Inches of snow Comments
Feb 1979 15+ Presidents’ Day Snowstorm
Feb 1983 20+ “Blizzard of 83”
Nov 1987 11+ Veterans Day storm; amt measured at Nat’l Airport; thunderstorms with heavy snow reported in Fredericksburg
Mar 1993 6-7 “Storm of the Century” included sleet totals
Feb 1994 Ice Storm
Jan 1996 21 “Blizzard of 96”
Jan 2000 10
Feb 2003 23 Presidents’ Day Blizzard; total is for the month
Feb 2006 5-8
Dec 2009-Feb 2010 58 Snow total for multiple storms