Topper's Blog: Veteran's Day Snowtorm 1987

6:56 PM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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This Veteran's Day will be mostly sunny and seasonable but winter came early twenty six years ago. If you were in town you remember the Veteran's Day Snow Storm of 1987. National Airport recorded eleven and a half inches with eleven inches at Dulles. The eleven and a half inch total at National is a daily snowfall record for the month - and the fact that it occurred during the month's first half makes it especially impressive!

Thunder snow occurred east of town and some of the suburbs in Prince Georges County received fourteen inches. It's not too often when the heaviest band of snow is east of town. It snowed all day as far south as Greensboro, North Carolina producing a covering on the grass. This snowstorm is commonly referred to as the "Veteran's Day Snowstorm."

That's just an easy way to remember name given to an early season "Nor'Easter." Making this snow especially tricky to deal with across the region was the fact that it occurred in the first half of November when some leaves were still on the trees and those leaves that had already fallen had not yet been cleared.


It does not take much wintry precipitation to wreak havoc across the DC Metro area, but taking a considerable amount of snow - as this storm brought - and adding on top of it falling leaves, that created exceptionally treacherous travel conditions.  Getting snow in November is rare, but not unheard of.  National and Dulles Airports both average around an inch of snow in a typical November - making the "Veteran's Day" storm totals one for the record books.

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