Dupont Circle Snowball Fight, Round 2
On this date in 1996 snow began to break out across the Metro Area either side of ten PM. This was the beginning of the Blizzard of '96. At the time this storm ranked in fourth place of all time snowstorms Downtown. It now follows the new number four which was last February's Super Bowl Blizzard and comes in at number five, 17.1" and 17.8" respectively at National.
On this date in 1998 Montreal experienced their worst ice storm in memory. The winter of 1997-1998 was a very mild winter that allowed warm air to move northward all the way into Canada. Freezing rain coated trees and power lines with up to an inch of ice bringing down trees and utility poles. At the height of the storm there were four million customers without power in Quebec and around Montreal alone. At the height of our ice storm back in mid January in 1999 five hundred thousand were without power. Many Canadians traveled to Burlington, Vermont to spend the night; somehow they still had power. This was a major ice storm for Maine as well.
On this date also in 1998 record warmth covered the East. Dulles hit a record of 66, with cloud cover, Beckley, WV hit 62 while Binghamton, NY topped out at 56. January of 1998 ended up as our seventh warmest on record. We went into February with less than an inch of snow for only the tenth time in 112 winters. We might well repeat that this year. Let's hope not ! The winter of 1997 - 1998 tied for the least snowfall Downtown with only .1" at National !