Photo Essay: DC transforms in the snow – images from storms past

Are deep snows time for hibernation, or play? Washington, D.C., as much as any other town, transforms in the snow to something very beautiful. And fun.

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A young woman breaks out her cross country skis, so she can zip by the Jefferson Memorial. Washington, DC. February 7,2010

As the Washington DC area braces for “Snowmageddon 2016”, a quick look back at snow storms past to get you in the mood for warm blankets, favorite movies and hot chocolate.

The February 5-6, 2010 snowstorm was dubbed “Snowmageddon” by President Obama. The official accumulation was 17.8” and shut down most of DC and left thousands without power for days.

The February 2010 storm is considered the 3rd worst in DC history. Only the “Knickerbocker Blizzard” in January 1922(28”) and the “Great Blizzard of 1922”(20.5’) had more official accumulation.

But they are calling for up to two feet in Washington DC over the next 24 hours. And while there will be those that hibernate, there will also be those who embrace and play in the white stuff from above.

A young woman breaks out her cross country skis, so she can zip by the Jefferson Memorial. Washington, DC. February 7,2010
A young woman breaks out her cross country skis, so she can zip by the Jefferson Memorial. Washington, DC. February 7, 2010

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About the Photographer: Sean Kelley is a travel photographer and writer from the Washington DC area who has been a creative professional for over 20 years. He has a BA in Communication from George Mason University and loves documenting and capturing different parts of the world, hoping to inspire people to “get off the couch” and explore as well.

You can follow him on twitter and his website 

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