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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/ 1/2010

Georgetown Snow

By Kevin Ambrose

* Stormy start to February: Full Forecast | Two snow chances: SLCB *

Heavy snow falls at corner of Prospect St. and 35th St. in Georgetown.

My car's thermometer read 18 degrees at 1:30 p.m. Saturday as I headed toward D.C. for a Georgetown photo shoot. The snow was picking up in intensity and the heavy snow bands were moving closer to town. It was hard to believe that I had planned this trip five days earlier, when all the long-range weather models locked onto a big snowstorm for D.C. At that time, there was talk of heavy snow, temperatures in the teens, and I completely fell for the hype. It's not often that the models agree so well 5 or 6 days out and I was sold. I should have known better, it's never that easy for snow forecasts in this town.

Keep reading for more photos and the rest of the story.

A Georgetown sidewalk scene in snow.

Later, by midweek, the weather models suddenly changed, taking the storm track well south and it appeared that D.C. would be on the northern fringe of the storm, receiving little or no snow accumulation. I was quite disappointed and I reminded myself that it's always best to wait until 48 hours before a storm to really count on snow, and even then it can change. I thought about doing a sunrise shoot over the weekend, but I wasn't too excited about watching the sun while cities just to our south were being crushed by snow.

Then came the roller coaster ride of model trends to the north, now-casting the radar and satellite loops, and watching an experimental weather model that still showed D.C. getting a snowstorm. There was still a little hope that we could get a good snow. In the end, I had to wait until the snow started falling Saturday morning to be really sure that we were getting a big snow.

As Saturday afternoon unfolded, I was back to my original plan. Heavy snow was moving into the area, the temperature was in the teens, and I was driving toward Georgetown with my camera, just like I had envisioned it five days earlier. I love it when a plan comes together.

Visibility is reduced in heavy snow. This photo was taken from the Key Bridge facing west.

The view looking down 34th St. to M St.

The frozen C&O Canal in Georgetown.

A Georgetown sidewalk scene in snow.

Heavy snow falls at Georgetown University.

By Kevin Ambrose  | February 1, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Photography  
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Great Pictures! I love the Key Bridge shot as it includes my current favorite ruin, the Aqueduct Bridge. The bridge diverted C&O barges boats to a canal on the other side of the river, and then down and to the port of Alexandria!

Posted by: drewbird911 | February 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice pics; hope the next snow shoot will be this Saturday. (If it's Saturday, it must be xxxx...)

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | February 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I went into the District Saturday specifically for snow shots. I got some great ones but the cold got the better of me. I would love to get more this Saturday!

Posted by: SPS1 | February 1, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I love these pics! Although I reside in SoFla right now, my heart is in DC! Would give anything to be DC/Arlington VA right now, watching the snowfall. Thank you so much for posting them.

Posted by: cherubino1 | February 2, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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