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”|
|Feb 2003||23||Presidents’ Day Blizzard; total is for the month|
|Dec 2009-Feb 2010||58||Snow total for multiple storms|