I’m sure you all heard on the news about the record-breaking blizzard that hit Washington, DC, last Friday and Saturday, heaping over two feet of snow on the area in a little over 24 hours.
I was in it.
Yes, the storm social media named Snowzilla2016 came to my house, too
It takes only an inch or so of snow to bring this area to a screeching halt. The proof came only a few days before the storm when an unexpected inch of snow falling at rush hour on untreated roads caused commuter nightmares from Maryland to DC to Virginia. It took a friend four hours to make what is usually a ten minute drive. Another friend didn’t make it home at all, instead spent the night at a nearby relative’s house.
For Snowzilla, though, the local jurisdictions were as prepared as they have ever been for a storm. We had plenty of warning to stock up on toilet paper, milk and bread, and, for us, the ever important cat food and kitty litter. People knew not to go out on Friday afternoon after the snow began and all day Saturday when we hit blizzard conditions. Everything was closed, but it didn’t matter because most people had already stocked up on what they needed.
Here’s what it looked like:
Looking on to our street Saturday morning after about 12 inches fell
We shoveled our driveway and sidewalk, but the snow kept falling. Here’s the same scene Sunday morning
Here’s a cat’s eye view of our deck Sunday morning
To give you an idea of the depth, here’s a view of our sidewalk after shoveling was complete.
I know my relatives in Buffalo, NY, would laugh at me. This would seem normal to them, but THIS IS VIRGINIA!!! We’re in the South!!
We’ve been out and around a little since Sunday but things are not back to normal. It is going to take ages to get back to normal. There are huge piles of snow everywhere, often blocking whole lanes of streets. Parking lots have mountains of snow covering lots of spaces. Some cars that were parked on the street are still encased in snow, and it must have been a nightmare digging out the ones that were freed.
Were you in the storm? Do you have any storm stories to tell?