Topper's Blog, Big Dawg Storm, President's Day Blizzard 2003

10:23 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
Perry Hall, U. of MD, Colin Beaven
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The Big Dawg Storm '03

It snowed from Friday night the fifteenth through the Monday the eighteenth. By the time snow stopped falling the President's Day Blizzard of '03 became the fifth largest storm for Downtown/National with 16.7" of snow. (Of course, it's now number six.) Some snow showers on Monday vaulted it past the Blizzard of 1983 which left 16.6". The storm left a little over two feet at Dulles coming in at number two all time behind the Blizzard of '96. (Now it ranks third after the February 5-6 Super Bowl Blizzard in 2010.) The snow piled up over twenty eight inches in Baltimore for the all time biggest snow, also surpassing the Blizzard of '96. 

The forecast evolution with this storm is interesting. On Monday we knew a big storm was on the way but our cold air was lacking so it looked like the precipitation would start as snow go to sleet and then to mainly rain. By Tuesday we were getting very concerned about an ice storm as colder air would be over us for a longer period of time. By midweek we had all the cold air we needed and the storm track was south and east of us and just classic. We knew we were in for a record setting snowstorm that's why we showed a list of the top five DC snows. We have a policy of no snowfall accumulation maps until we are within twenty four hours of the main event. I went on at 11 PM Friday night with snow bands raging from fifteen to thirty inches. We called that the 'Big Dawg Storm'.