Tenleytown Braces for Winter Storm

Snow branches

Albemarle Street ~ March 2015

If you thought Wednesday’s dusting of snow caused havoc, just wait until winter storm Jonas descends on the DC Metro area starting Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for our area from 3:00 p.m. Friday until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, and the latest weather forecasts are predicting 16 to 24 inches of snow.

Ironically, the name Jonas means “gift from God” – without being blasphemous, this is one gift we’d like to politely decline. We’re all for fun snow days, but not so eager for a repeat of Snochi, Snowmaggedon, Snowpocalypse or any of the other recent storms deemed worthy of a special moniker. Speaking of – is DC really so lazy that the best we can do this year is tack 2016 onto Snowmaggedon and call it a day? Where are the witty nicknames? But we digress…

In advance of the storm, Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a public emergency starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. DC Public Schools will be closed Friday, and the District government will close at noon for non-essential staff.

Snow emergency routes will be in effect, which means residents need to move their cars off those designated streets before Friday morning. River Road, Western Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue, and Nebraska Avenue are among snow emergency routes in our area. Those who do not move their cars face hefty fines – a $250 ticket, $100 towing fee, and $20 per day storage fee, which given the amount of snow coming could really add up before owners can dig out to get their vehicles. More importantly, cars on snow emergency routes impede efforts to clear major transportation arteries. So just go move your car – you aren’t going to need it anyway for a few days.

Snow Emergency Routes

Snow Emergency Routes

Adding to the citywide shutdown, WMATA announced today that it would suspend bus and rail service on Saturday and Sunday. Metrorail will operate on a normal schedule until 11:00 p.m. Friday when it will close. Metrobus will operate on a “severe” snow weather plan on Friday, and will suspend service starting at 5:00 p.m. Many of the regular bus routes through Tenleytown will be out of service or detoured, so check the WMATA website before heading out on Friday.

Milk in high demand at Whole Foods

Milk in high demand at Whole Foods

Residents are advised to gather tonight and tomorrow any supplies they will need and to avoid going out during the storm. In Tenleytown, locals were already stocking up on shovels, ice melt, and other supplies at Ace Hardware Thursday morning. Safeway and Whole Foods Market also had a steady stream of customers Wednesday evening into Thursday. And the local listserv was buzzing with parents buying and selling snow boots for their little ones.

One ray of sunshine – see what we did there – on the horizon? Tenleytown is sure to have some spectacular sledding at Fort Reno after the storm. Once we dig out, we’ll plan to see you there.