In the past week, if you live in the US, you've probably either gotten snowed in or saw all about it on the telly. Our winter here in the DC area took a while to come... Just to give you an idea of the mild winter we've had... On the last day of 2015, we were walking around and I found this new leaf:
... but now that it's here, it's really here!
Storm Jonas topped 45 inches in many parts of the East coast. Here in the DC area, it reached about 30 inches, depending where you live, going from NY, even covering some parts of Ohio. A lot of places in the E. Coast ended up getting flooded due to the constant snow fall + high levels of water, even here the Potomac was flooding some areas.
It wasn't heavy snow, it was light, but constant. I really don't know what would have happened if it'd been the big flakes of snow. It was all planned for Friday afternoon-evening, but Wed night, there was a light snow fall that brought DC to a halt. I mean, it stopped the capital and surrounding areas. The main highway, 495, had crashes and people abandoning their cars on the road... Crazy! The real stuff started as promised, Fri evening and it didn't stop until Sunday.
We didn't wait for the storm to come, as soon as the snow was coming down, I got Victoria and we went for a walk, right before bed, pajamas and all. Who can resist the white stuff falling from the sky? Even if just a tiny bit? I can't... I've seen enough snow to last me a life time, but I still can't resist, I love it!
You know you live in the DC area when it snows because:
- School is out! Victoria hasn't had school since Jan 21st and will not be back until Feb 2nd. Yeap, you read that right. Well, the 1st of Feb was due to a teacher's conference day which was already on the calendar, but hey, they've had over a week off before that, couldn't they have done the teacher conference on one of the snow days and get them back on the 1st? I guess that would make too much sense...
- Cars get into crashes with the slightest flurry because besides the 1 week warning, it still catches everyone by surprise.
- The shelves in the supermarkets look like this:
- For 36 hours all they will talk about on the news is the blizzard. The newscast will also make fun of how stupid people are to be out on the roads, while they themselves are out on the roads. Ah, and since no one ever believes the meteorologists, they love when they get a blizzard right, because they will gloat about it every time they are on.
- People will hide for the 1st day, then on the 2nd day a few souls will be out, after that it is all fun and games, everyone will be out enjoying the snow.
- That specific storm will be considered the worst ever, until the next one comes along.
- They will never have the correct amount of trucks and equipment to clear the snow of the streets.
- People will complain that they're stuck in snow and that their house hasn't been cleared yet.
- If you mention the panic that clear sets in, locals will make excuses why the local govt doesn't have their act together.
- At the end everyone has a great time, enjoying the blizzard, until the next storm. The best part was, all the sledding we go to do. Victoria was so lucky, that her best friend's mom got a sled just on time for the blizzard and we were so grateful that they let Victoria use it. Seriously, they were so nice, as those sleds were very sought after.
Note: Please ignore the messed up pictures. I know they are there, I am trying to resolve this issue. Thanks.