Washington DC - Extreme Daily Snowfall for Each Year





Here's a list of yearly records for the heaviest snowfalls and snowiest days in Washington, DC. The information easily answers questions such as: How much snow fell in a day during the biggest snowstorm of 2018? When was the last time Washington got more than a foot of snow in a single day?

This page gives the highest daily snowfall of each year in Washington and the date it occurred. If a date has a plus sign beside it that means the same amount of snow also fell on at least one other day earlier in the year.

These extremes were measured at Reagan National Airport near downtown Washington and go back to 1946. Since then, the record amount of snow to fall in one day at Washington is 16.4 inches (41.7 centimetres) on February 11, 1983.

Most snow to fall in one day during recent years in Washington DC
Inches Date Centi­metres
4.1 March 21, 2018 10.4
1.5 December 09, 2017 3.8
11.3 January 23, 2016 28.7
4.8 March 05, 2015 12.2
5.9 February 13, 2014 15.0
1.4 March 25, 2013 3.6
0.6 January 21, 2012 + 1.5
5.0 January 26, 2011 12.7
9.1 February 06, 2010 23.1
Highest daily snowfall recorded at Washington DC each year
Inches Date Centi­metres
15.0 December 19, 2009 38.1
1.3 January 17, 2008 3.3
2.9 February 25, 2007 7.4
6.7 February 12, 2006 17.0
3.0 January 22, 2005 7.6
3.5 January 25, 2004 8.9
13.3 February 16, 2003 33.8
6.1 December 05, 2002 15.5
2.8 February 22, 2001 7.1
9.3 January 25, 2000 23.6
8.4 March 09, 1999 21.3
0.4 December 23, 1998 1.0
3.2 February 08, 1997 8.1
13.0 January 07, 1996 33.0
4.5 February 04, 1995 11.4
2.3 February 11, 1994 5.8
6.5 March 13, 1993 16.5
3.8 January 25, 1992 9.7
2.7 January 07, 1991 6.9
3.0 December 27, 1990 7.6
3.6 December 08, 1989 9.1
6.3 January 08, 1988 16.0
11.5 November 11, 1987 29.2
3.6 February 24, 1986 + 9.1
3.9 January 17, 1985 9.9
3.6 January 18, 1984 9.1
16.4 February 11, 1983 41.7
6.6 December 12, 1982 16.8
2.7 January 01, 1981 6.9
4.8 January 05, 1980 12.2
14.0 February 19, 1979 35.6
4.6 January 13, 1978 11.7
4.6 January 07, 1977 11.7
0.9 February 02, 1976 2.3
4.1 February 04, 1975 10.4
4.0 February 08, 1974 10.2
6.0 December 16, 1973 15.2
5.5 February 19, 1972 14.0
4.4 January 01, 1971 11.2
4.9 December 31, 1970 12.4
4.3 December 25, 1969 10.9
2.0 March 12, 1968 5.1
8.7 February 07, 1967 22.1
12.0 January 29, 1966 30.5
3.8 January 10, 1965 9.7
8.1 February 11, 1964 20.6
5.6 December 23, 1963 14.2
5.4 December 25, 1962 13.7
7.0 February 03, 1961 + 17.8
7.1 March 03, 1960 18.0
2.2 January 16, 1959 5.6
12.9 February 15, 1958 32.8
11.1 December 04, 1957 28.2
2.4 January 19, 1956 6.1
2.5 February 11, 1955 6.4
6.4 January 22, 1954 16.3
6.5 November 06, 1953 16.5
2.5 March 01, 1952 6.4
3.4 December 14, 1951 8.6
3.0 March 16, 1950 7.6
5.7 January 31, 1949 14.5
5.4 January 24, 1948 13.7
7.6 February 20, 1947 19.3
4.8 January 27, 1946 12.2
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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