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    Posted January 23, 2014 by
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    Wintry weather 2014

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    District Snow Day


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photographer Makandel bundled up in six layers and set out to the NW quadrant of Washington, D.C. to see the snowy city after dark on Tuesday. When there’s a snowstorm in D.C., “the city is peaceful and traffic is non-existent,” he said. “It was as if this normally busy city was my own little world for a time.”

    His favorite two photos of the set show opposite views of the city: the calm of Lafayette Square Park and the usual chaos of the D.C. lifestyle shown by the woman walking with an umbrella. Serious snowfall in the city is rare, but when it does happen, it paints a peaceful picture, he said. “It turns a fast-paced urban environment into a serene, peaceful thing of beauty. Perhaps these images will inspire people to brave the cold and venture out to see it for themselves next time.”

    Photo #4 was CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for Feb. 5, 2015. See it here.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    While meteorologists love to predict monumental snow storms for the district, DC usually ends up with a dusting to an inch at most. This past storm wasn’t exactly a dusting, but it certainly wasn’t the 8 inches newscasters were clamoring about. But, unlike past storms which haven’t left much more than a trace since I can remember, DC did receive a 3 or 4 inch thick blanket of fresh powder – which made for great pictures.

    Just after nightfall, I bundled up and made my way out into the cold. Here are a few shots from a lap around the NW quadrant of the city.

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