I too am from the Washington DC area and was in DC last year during our 3 blizzard winter. The first blizzard struck just before Christmas that dumped nearly 20 inches of snow on us. The 2ed and 3ed storms both stuck in the same week, combining for what seemed like a super blizzard, and we got 3 feet of snow where I live just north of DC...
I too am from the Washington DC area and was in DC last year during our 3 blizzard winter. The first blizzard struck just before Christmas that dumped nearly 20 inches of snow on us. The 2ed and 3ed storms both stuck in the same week, combining for what seemed like a super blizzard, and we got 3 feet of snow where I live just north of DC during that one.
I'll start by telling you just how rare that is. VERY. It almost never happens. Washington DC has not seen that much snow in one season in several decades. It was a recored breaking snow for a reason, it just does not happen that often. I will give you a little hope by reminding you that in recent years around Washington DC, the worst of the winter weather tends to come in February, which we are are still a week away from, so all hope is not lost for this season. However, we are in a slight La Nina, meaning that our region is usually drier then normal, hence less snowfall. We have a better chance of seeing more significant snow when there is an El Nino, because it typically leads to an abundance of moisture over our region, increasing the risk for a big storm.
To sum it all up, here in DC we see a large scale storm of 15 inches or more only about 2 to 4 times a decade on average. More typically, we see about 1 medium size storm a year, that will bring us around 8-12 inches, along with a few minor storms that will bring us anything less then 8 inches.
Sorry to say this, but that super storm that we saw last year is such a rare occurrence that we might not see another one like it for a quarter of a century or longer. Its not often that you get 36 inches of snow from one storm, and I know my parents who are both age 50 and grew up around the area said they had never seen that much snow before in their lifetime, so we may have gotten our lifetime storm. However, that is the beautiful thing about meteorology,is that what is going to happen 2 weeks down the road is nearly a complete mystery to us. Sure we have models that can give us an idea, but we truly don't have a confident idea about what is going to happen until around 3 day before it does happen, which is when most models start to get consistent. So why I am telling you today that there is a slim chance you will ever get that much stow out of a storm again in the next decade, two weeks from now you could be buried in snow! And I really do hope that we are, because I love that snow and wish we had a storm like that every year!
Hope it helps.