2015 Snow Season Begins in Usual DC Style
It might not be Snowmageddon, but the first snow of 2015 has, in usual DC style, created challenges for commuters in our area. Snow began falling in the early morning hours, and residents awoke to a blanket of the powdery white stuff that has created slippery sidewalks and local streets.
Forecasts initially called for 1″ to 2″, but the National Weather Service moved the needle on its prediction this morning up to 2″ to 4″. The increase seems a safe bet as by 9:00 a.m. some parts of the District already had 2″ and the snow is still coming down.
DC Public Schools opened on time, though getting to school in our area has not exactly been easy for all:
— John F. Settles II (@JohnFSettlesII) January 6, 2015
Those headed to work faced their own problems, as Metrobuses had difficulty navigating hills – one got stuck at the intersection of Brandywine Street and Wisconsin Avenue shortly before 8:00 a.m. – and Metro decided to move to a Moderate Snow Plan, which means service is suspended or rerouted in some areas.
For those who drove this morning it was slow going. Neighborhood streets were slick, and for a few proved too much to navigate:
Despite being forecast several days ago, neighborhood streets in our area appear not to have been treated in advance, and snow plows have been slowly making their way along some major roadways. Kudos to the District government, though, for its interactive Snow Response Reporting System, which allows users to track snow plows and salt trucks in real time.
As the DC government works to clear snow, District residents and business owners also need to do their part. A cursory survey of Tenleytown sidewalks this morning indicated that people may need to pull their shovels out and get to clearing the sidewalks.
A shout-out to the folks at Middle C Music who were working hard to remove snow in front of their store and at Fannie Mae who had shoveled a path by 8:30 a.m. – not to mention my neighbors, who are several decades older than I am and yet still manage to clear their sidewalks before I even open my door in the morning. For the rest, let’s start shoveling!