Storm Team4

Mid-April Snow Falls West of DC

Winter weather advisories and a winter storm warning were unusual for April

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Storm Team4 tracked weather Monday that seems more fit for early March than early April. 

D.C. and near suburbs hadrain, cloudy skies and frosty temperatures. Many areas to the west saw snow.

Snow Totals for April 18, 2022

Storm Team4 took a look at some of the snow totals for Monday:

  • Purcellville, Virginia: 2.0 inches
  • Thurmont, Maryland: 3.5 inches
  • Hayfield, Virginia: 3.5 inches
  • Martinsburg, West Virginia: 3.1 inches

The snow caught many people off guard. How unusual was the snow?

It’s a little bit difficult to measure because the D.C. metro area didn’t get snow, and rural weather stations don’t keep records with the same level of detail, Storm Team4 Meteorologist Amelia Draper said.

Mountain snow isn’t unusual in April, but the amount of snow was notable, Draper said.

Martinsburg, West Virginia, reported 4.5 inches of snow in April 1987 and 1.9 inches of snow in April 1996. Compare that to 3.1 inches recorded Monday.

“It’s not unheard of, but it is unusual,” Draper said.

“It’s simply incredible that this is the type of storm we’ve got in the middle of April,” Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said. 

A winter storm warning was in effect for extreme western Allegany County. Winter weather advisories were in effect for Clarke, Fredrick and Warren counties in Virginia; Washington County, Maryland and a number of West Virginia counties. Go here to see all weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service.

A reported 3 to 4 inches have fallen in some locations as issues developed on some roads.

Photos from viewers show snow in Front Royal, Virginia; Smithsburg, Maryland and Sherpherdstown, West Virginia. In Smithburg, bright spring tulips got a coating of snow. 

This week is expected to warm up. We’re looking at a high in the upper 50s on Tuesday, mid-60s on Wednesday and about 70 on Thursday. We’ll climb near 80 as the weekend approaches. Tuesday is set to be blustery.

Stay with Storm Team4 and NBC Washington for details on the forecast. 

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