Yes it snowed in South Dakota and Colorado. Really? I was shocked to read this. Memorial Day is two weeks away and we’re talking snow.
South Dakota had up to 18 inches of snow in various areas of the state and Aurora, Colorado received 9 inches of snow.
While it’s snowing out west the temps around the DMV are 80 something with a touch of humidity. Way too early for that.
Yes I am. The weather folks are talking about more snow tomorrow and Wednesday. The accumulation projections range from 5 to 16 inches depending on where you live in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Like I need more snow to shovel 😦 But the good news is that I don’t have to go to work tomorrow. The federal government was closed today but today was my day off anyway. But I do get a snow day tomorrow. And after reading the Washington Post’s Get There column with Dr. Gridlock, if the government was open my train station won’t be open anyway. Metro is running on a limited service schedule. Fifteen stations are closed due to heavy snow drifts on the tracks. There’s also limited bus service as well.
The effects of the past storm and anticipation of the next will limit Metro transit services on Tuesday.
The train system will open at 5 a.m. with limited service and may close early depending on how cold it becomes and how deep the snow gets. Fifteen stations will remain closed because the snow drifts on the tracks are so heavy.
Six-car or eight-car trains will operate at 30-minute intervals. They will travel at 35 mph.
Here’s the line-up:
Red Line Limited Service: Medical Center to Union Station and Glenmont to Forest Glen
Blue Line Limited Service: Franconia-Springfield to Stadium-Armory
Green Line Full Service: Greenbelt to Branch Avenue
Orange Line Full Service: Vienna to New Carrollton
Yellow Line Full Service: Huntington to Fort Totten
Closed stations: Shady Grove, Rockville, Twinbrook, White Flint, Grosvenor, New York Ave, Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland, Silver Spring,Takoma, Benning Road, Capitol Heights, Addison Road, Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center. They all have snow drifts of three to six feet on the tracks.
30 minute intervals at 35 mph? It would take forever to get to work. I wonder if metro is charging rush hour fares for this limited service since morning rush hour starts at 5:00am.
Yes, Snowmageddon is the name that this upcoming snowstorm is being called by the Capital Weather Gang over at the Washington Post.
Anyway my feet are hurting right now. I spent about 50 minutes standing in line at the grocery store 4 hours ago. All this so I can be well stocked up for the upcoming snowstorm.
This picture was taken at a supermarket in the Washington, D.C. area. This is how the store I stood in for 50 minutes looked, lol.
The local weather folks are predicting snow accumulations could get as high as 26 inches depending on where you live in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Unfortunately according to this map I live in the 16-26 inch category of snow prediction.
Folks around here will be digging out for days if we get up to 26 inches 😦
It’s only February, early February at that and I’m already sick of this winter. We’ve had enough snow to last a lifetime around here. It snowed last Saturday. I thought we would only get a dusting or maybe an inch of snow. But it kept snowing and snowing and snowing all day long. So of course I had to clean the snow off my car on Sunday morning and do a little shoveling. At least it was easier to clean the snow off my car and shovel this time than it was with the snow we had the weekend before Christmas 2009.
Well last night we got more snow. Wasn’t as bad as last Saturday but I still had to clean the snow off my car again before going to work. And I still got to work on time. Imagine that, lol 🙂
And you know what? We’re supposed to get a major snowstorm Friday night and Saturday. Oh what fun. Snowbound again. I don’t know how much snow they’re talking about when they say major storm. But I’m not looking forward to it. More snow to clean off my car and probably more shoveling. Oh happy day 😦
The Washington Post has an article today on how folks in the D.C. area are getting sick of all this snow.
By Annie Gowen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 3, 2010; B01
February — there is so little to recommend it.
Endless gray skies, gray faces, and gray snowdrifts that never seem to melt entirely. The month has barely started and here it comes — unwelcome to much of the wind-chapped and crabby populace — snow on Tuesday and Wednesday and again this weekend.
Will it ever end?
“I’ve had enough snow to last me a lifetime,” said Keisha Mims, 28, a lawyer from Southeast Washington, slogging home during a recent rush hour. She’s dreaming of her vacation in April to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. Until then, she said, “I’m going to sit in the house and eat myself into a coma.”
Lower temperatures than normal and higher-than-average snowfall — including an unusual December snowstorm that dumped 16 inches on the region — have combined to make this winter more severe than most, weather experts said. They expected three to seven inches for Tuesday and Wednesday’s snowfall and even more this weekend, a bane to local jurisdictions where snow removal funds are rapidly being depleted.
Even though past Februarys felt dreary, the past six winters have been relatively mild, with below-average snowfall totals, said Bryan Jackson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling. In the past three years, the tally at Reagan National Airport has been less than 10 inches a year, far below the average of about 15 inches. This year, the total is 24 inches — and counting.
That’s why this year’s unrelenting snow and cold seems to some like, well, an affront.
I especially love the part about sitting in the house and eating yourself into a coma. I try not to do that when I’m stuck in the house during snowstorms but that refrigerator gets awfully damn tempting when you have cabin fever.