A Washington Winter Wonderland

Heavy snow shuts down Washington DC, but it also transforms the National Mall, its monuments, and other Washington landmarks like the White House into a winter wonderland.
White House in the Snow
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Washington’s weather is best known for being hot and humid in summer, but the region also gets a good dose of each of the other three seasons. It doesn’t get anything like the regular snow of places further north, but it can still get some big dumps of snow. Most of it typically comes in January and February, although it’s naturally variable with outliers. The historical average in even the snowiest months is still under 6 inches, but that doesn’t tell the whole story, because the area can be prone to some big storms. The record holder so far goes all the way back to 1922, with the Knickerbocker storm dumping 28 inches. More recently storms in 2016, 2010, 2009, and 2003 have all dumped over 16 inches.

And while even small amounts of snow can create a surprisingly large amount of havoc for the area’s legions of commuters and it forces many schools to close–and even sometimes the federal government–it also transforms the National Mall, its monuments, and other Washington landmarks like the White House into a winter wonderland.

Here’s a sampling of some of the photos I’ve taken in DC during various snowstorms, including the Snowmageddon (2010) and Snowzilla (2016) storms and the much smaller but still significant Snurlough (2019) storm.

Photos of Washington DC in the Snow

A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
DC World War I Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Lafayette Park and the White House in Snow
A statue of President Andrew Jackson, surrounded by cannons, in Lafayette Park, next to the White House. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
JFK Hockey Fields toward the Lincoln Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Tourists out in front of the White House with snow in the evening
Outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. license topic=”white house dc snow”]
A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
MLK Memorial under a blanket of snow.
MLK Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns Guard
Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
Rotunda of the DC World War One Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
Walkway along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool (Reflecting Pool is to the left, with the JFK Hockey Fields on the right.) Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
A Washington Winter Wonderland | Photo by David Coleman
DC World War One Memorial through Ash Woods. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washingotn DC Covered in Snow
Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Arlington National Cemetery in the snow with fall foliage
Arlington National Cemetery. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Washington Monument with floodlights in a snowstorm at night
Washington Monument. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
World War One Memorial in the Snow
World War I Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Snowman next to the Potomac with the Arlington Memorial Bridge in the Background - Potomac River Frozen Over - January 26, 2016
The Potomac and Arlington National Bridge. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Geese with the Washington Monument and Snow - Potomac River Frozen Over - January 26, 2016
West Potomac Park with the Washington Monument. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
MLK Memorial in the Snow - January 26, 2016
MLK Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Snow on the Cherry Trees in Washington DC
One of the century-old Yoshino cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Statue of President Andrew Jackson
Lafayette Park. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Lincoln Memorial in the Snow
Lincoln Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Cherry Blossoms - March 9, 2015
Jefferson Memorial across a frozen Tidal Basin. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
White House Christmas tree at night
White House Christmas Tree. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Cherry Blossom Lantern in the Snow
Japanese Lantern next to the Tidal Basin. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Washington DC Street at night in snowstorm
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Snow in Constitution Gardens Washington DC
Constitution Gardens. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Frozen Tidal Basin Covered with Snow with Jefferson Memorial
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Arlington National Cemetery Headstones in the Snow
Arlington National Cemetery. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Washington Monument in the Snow
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
National World War Two Memorial in the Snow
National World War Two Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
White House with snow in the evening
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Lincoln Memorial in the Snow
Lincoln Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
National Mall in the snow (Photo)
Next to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Korean War Veterans Memorial in the snow (Photo)
Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
World War Two Memorial in the Snow
National World War Two Memorial. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in the Snow
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Old Canal Keeper's House on the National Mall in the Snow
Old Canal Keeper’s House. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Park bench next to the Tidal Basin with Snow - Washington DC Cherry Blossoms - January 26, 2016
Tidal Basin. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
White House in the snow (Photo)
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Washington Monument in the Snow
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
US Treasury Building with snow and Christmas decorations
US Treasury Building. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
Washington DC Street at night in snowstorm
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
US Treasury Building with snow and Christmas decorations
US Treasury Building. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com
White House with snow in the evening
Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com

More Photos

I have more high-resolution photos of Washington DC in the snow.

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