It's been a while. The snow started Friday, we lost power that night. Trekked out with the boys, and rode out the storm in a hotel room that thankfully kept power. Got back home yesterday, between waves of the storm.
Now the blizzard is back, with such ferocity that the municipalities have pulled all snowplows, and the power companies have pulled their repair crews. You know its bad when even the times has a big article on it:
Blinding winds whipped across the snow-pummeled Washington region on Wednesday, causing treacherous whiteout conditions that forecasters said would only degenerate as the day progresses.
Federal agencies were closed for the third straight day Wednesday in Washington because of the weather.
With visibility severely restricted and power lines threatened once again, blizzard warnings were in effect through 7 p.m. in the Baltimore-Washington area. But because the winds were so high, Washington’s power company, Pepco, could not even fix downed wires, posting on its Web site that all crews were pulled off the streets “due to whiteout blizzard conditions.”
Federal agencies were closed for the third straight day this week. And, for the second time in a week, mail delivery and collection was suspended in Washington and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs.
“The wind will become the big scenario during the rest of the day,” said Kevin Witt, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington region in Sterling, Va. “We can expect gusts up to 55 miles an hour. In Washington, the winds will be 25 to 35 miles an hour all day.”
The winds began roaring as early as 7:30 a.m., where one such gust in Manassas, Va. registered 60 miles an hour. By mid-morning, winds were churning at a steady 30 miles an hour in the nation’s capital, swirling the snow sideways and kicking up the many inches left unplowed from last weekend’s storm.
In one woodsy neighborhood of Silver Spring, a northern Washington suburb, a half-dozen 40-foot fir trees had already snapped in half by early morning, with the gusty winds just beginning to reach their full power, raising the prospect of extensive new power outages. Other, smaller evergreens bowed under the weight of the heavy snow.
Near whiteout conditions were also reported from other suburban towns just at the hour when commuters typically hop in their cars for half-hour drives to town, or wait for buses to take them downtown or to the local subway stops. But today there were no buses, and Metro trains were only offering service every half hour within the underground portions nearest to downtown Washington.
Worst February on record. And now, it looks like we're on our own...