Rare St. Patrick's Day Snow Gives Everyone a Day Off

For 20 years, this group of Northern Virginians has begun their St. Patrick's Day in D.C.  At Martin's Tavern: Roger Beyer, Mike Egan, Joe Skawronski, Joe Caswell, Charles Bram and Darren Koch.
Robert Devaney
For 20 years, this group of Northern Virginians has begun their St. Patrick's Day in D.C. At Martin's Tavern: Roger Beyer, Mike Egan, Joe Skawronski, Joe Caswell, Charles Bram and Darren Koch.

For most, the luck of the Irish brought an easy-going snow day off. Georgetown neighbors and colleagues were checking restaurants in town by noon to say hello and to honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Per American tradition, crowds in many establishments are expected to larger than usual, but the weather may tamp that down. Meanwhile, the unusual snow this March 17 makes this storm the 10th-largest March snow ever.

The following report is from Accu-Weather:

Another round of late-winter snow walloped the mid-Atlantic Sunday night into Monday. Washington, D.C., received 7.2 inches of snow from the storm, making it the third-largest snowfall to hit the city so late in the season. The only storms that produced more snow in the second half of the month of March occurred in 1942 when 11.2 inches fell March 28 to 29 and when a foot fell March 27 to 28 in 1891.

This storm is also the largest March snowstorm in the city since 8.4 inches fell March 9, 1999. As the 10th-largest March storm in Washington, D.C., it knocked the historic blizzard of 1993 off the list of 10 most prolific March snowfalls.

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