The Great DC Blizzard of Aught-Nine! A major snowstorm hit Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland (and later, the northeast US east coast) Friday night, 18 December, through Saturday evening.
It was a classic nor'easter, in which moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, moving north, combines with frigid air coming south from Canada. A counter-clockwise flow created by the low pressure, brings in more moisture from the Atlantic.
In northern Virginia, 16 inches of snow fell in Falls Church, Virginia. Some areas in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area received up to two feet.
This photograph was taken on Sunday, when we all began to dig out. I was fascinated by the patterns of snow-reflected sunshine and shadows of snow-laden boughs. Notice the lawn furniture, in the background, buried in the drifts.