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A "stay in touch during the snow" front page story

by: teacherken

Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 12:35:55 PM EST


The purpose of this diary is to provide a way for people to stay in touch and share stories about the big snow.

I am in Arlington, 2 blocks from the Hospital.  As of Noon I had 12" of snow, coming down at >2"/hr, with the heaviest snow yet to come.

Metro has announced that all above ground service - bus and rail - will stop at 1 PM.

What are you seeing?   what are you hearing?  How much do you have?

Prince George's County, where I teach, has just declared a state of emergency.  There are cars abandoned in main roads.  No one should be on the highways now.

And by the way, while meteorological winter started 12/1, the solstice has not yet occurred.
Peace.

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as of 12:40 up to 13"
looks like storm will move out a bit more quickly

Arlington County has already announced all County facilities are closed for Sunday.

I know of some churches already canceling services for tomorrow.

This is my world and welcome to it


snow still coming down fairly heavily
another inch in last half hour - now 14".  Figure at least 3 hours more of this kind of snow means 20" is more than likely.

This is my world and welcome to it

Roanoke: 16-18 Inches of Snow
Here in Roanoke the snow has stopped, but we have 16-18 inches on the ground. I-81 is a mess, and dozens of motorists had to be rescued by firefighters from Salem.

Thankfully, we are snug inside with nowhere we have to go.

Take care, teacherken. The worst of the storm is up your way now.


Two Feet in Blacksburg-Radford
I understand that parts of Montgomery County got about 2 feet of snow.

Blacksburg
We have about 15 inches of snow on the ground, with a few more inches predicted for the rest of the day.  There have been worse snows (48" in 1993)here, but not for a very long time.  We can't get out (not that we'd want to).  

There was a single pass one blade-width (on the other side of the street)of one plow last night.  But there are still literally tons of snow between our shoveled driveway and our ability to get out.  We'll face that one tomorrow.  Enough shoveling for one day.  

Meanwhile many plows have been diverted to assist where major tie ups occurred and on i-81. Montgomery County VA has been in the national news (CNN and MSNBC).  The section from Dixie Caverns and the Blacksburg exit (118B) have been an overnight nightmare.  Tractor trailers wrecked and hundreds of motorists were stranded in the section near Christiansburg Mountain, a treacherous section in storms, and even sometimes during more normal conditions.  It's a mistake to try to drive the mountain in such bad weather.  EMS and National Guard have been assisting stranded passengers over night and into today.  Several hundred have finally gotten off the highway.  about 100 remained the last I heard.  No room at the (hotel) inn, so stranded persons are being housed in emergency shelters.  There were 350 in Wythville's (further down the 81)alone.  Apparently, all of I-81 is closed.

We are lucky to have electrical power, gas (for heat), cable for internet and sat TV.  We live near a bus stop, so whenever buses start again, we can at least get to town. Panera is 1.5 miles each way on foot.  :-)  (Assuming it opens.)  We have a market w/in walking distance (don't know if it is open).  But we don't need anything.  

Hopefully the power will stay on.  I will be a happy puppy with that. I am belatedly considering getting over to the sledding hill. Wanted to get chores done in case we lose power. But "all work and no play..."


"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010


C'ville area
20" and counting.

hammered big time. National Guard is out rescuing people from their stranded cars.


I'm snowed in!
At work.....I was able to drive into work this morning leaving at about 5:20 and I actually made it into Fairfax City by 6:03.  I was impressed because I was only drive maybe 15 max!  The main roads were awful for Virginia standards and only getting worse.  Now that I'm at work I can't go home because the parking lot to my complex hasn't been plowed and probably won't be until tomorrow but I have to go to work Sunday morning so no real point in driving home and back when the drive will take about 2 hours both ways.   I can drive on the roads but for whatever reason there are people out on the roads.  My friends on patrol are telling me people are driving running errands for stupid, illogical reasons.  Amazing, just amazing!

The life of an "essential" person!  :)


Thanks, DanielK
for all you do.  It's really sad how people think the most mundane is a must-do (even on the weekend) and put themselves and their families in danger--and then make themselves the responsibility of first responders.

The police have told everyone here to stay home, but as you'd guess, some neighbors think that doesn't mean them just because they have an SUV.    

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010


[ Parent ]
Airports:
Breaking news from Wash Post email alerts:
News Alert
02:28 PM EST Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blizzard closes runways at Reagan National and BWI airports

No flights are arriving or departing at Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International airports because of heavy snowfall. Reagan National's runways will be closed until 6 a.m. Sunday. BWI hopes to reopen later today.

Problem 4 people there:   Metro there is closed (above ground), no buses, probably not enough cabs to get anywhere.  

This is my world and welcome to it


and my wife offers following comment
"If they can call it Reagan they should call it Marshall" (for BWI).

This is my world and welcome to it

[ Parent ]
major dc area malls closing
major DC area malls closed or closing  Potomac Mills at 1 PM, Fair Oaks at 4 PM

This is my world and welcome to it

Rockbridge County
Report that there are between 500 and 1000 stranded on I-81 in Rockbridge County alone.

http://www.wdbj7.com/

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010


Virginia Beach, Norfolk...Heavy Rain
While we wallow in snow, the coast of the state is having heavy rain. I hope the winds don't get up. Thay have had enough with Nor'easters for a while.

No kidding
The rain has stopped here in VB, thankfully. Still cold as hell, though; everything's probably going to freeze over tonight. There's some flooding in Norfolk and Chesapeake, but nothing nearly as bad as the last nor'easter.

[ Parent ]
That's Great
That's better than it seemed like it would be. I sure would like some beach to be left for the next time I visit VB :-)

[ Parent ]
Route 66
Route 66 is shut down at the Fauquier line is closed!  In Linden (Exit 13) there is about 20 inches of snow up in the mountains there!  

Route 66--Wow
I just got a glimpse of a traffic camera from near Exit 13 on Rt. 66 and it's a near white out condition there. Somehow cars are getting on but they aren't even working on the roads.

[ Parent ]
Our Quaker meeting in Langley closed tomorrow
15" on parking lot at 3 PM.

Sue Palka at 4:10 predicted 4-6" more in immediate DC area before it stops.

Already a record for DC for December.  Official records now kept at National Airport, which tends to register lower than old site in downtown.  

Storm on target to ge top 5 all time for DC.

MysteryPollster (Mark Blumenthal) tweeted about 40 minutes ago he had 16" in Palisades section of DC.

This is my world and welcome to it


Rockbridge County
is about an hour and a half northeast of me.  Check this out:

I do not usually copy news site's photos.  But given the extremeness of the situation in some parts of the state, I don't think they will mind.

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010


Guessing food supplies will be short
for Christmas week.  

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010

[ Parent ]
Apparently, folks have been taken to shelters...
and people are gradually returning to their vehicles.  Snow removal is progressing.

http://www.wdbj7.com/Global/st...

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010


[ Parent ]
just measured snow again

now 19" and still snowing in N Arlington. Moved here in 1982. 2nd highest total, late to January '96 storm with 21.5"

This is my world and welcome to it

snow starting to drift - hard 2 get accurate measurements
best I can do is measure on steps since last cleared.  By that measure am past 20"   snow now very light


This is my world and welcome to it

[ Parent ]
Yep -- just hoping my deck doesn't collapse under all that weight...


[ Parent ]
Williamsburg
We got a couple inches of snow but the killer is all the sleet that came after and froze on the roads. It's supposed to snow over all that but I didn't see anything much until this evening. We got a light snow cover this evening. Nothing major.

Just don't attempt to drive down here. Coastal folk not used to the ole slip 'n' slide.


It snowed
all afternoon yesterday here in Lexington and must have snowed most of the night. We woke up to Winter Wonderland, with about 15-16" of snow. The mailbox was wearing a hat, very much like those beaver ones the guards at Buckingham Palace wear, but white. The table on the deck looks like a giant wedding cake and the chairs around it look like pregnant aliens from some strange planet.

A little more snow this afternoon, but it didn't last long and doesn't seem to have added anything to the strange landscape.

Did all my errands first thing yesterday, came back with the first flakes, as did my husband, from his gym stint. We're snug: electricity is on, the furnace is working (it died a couple of weeks ago but was fixed some 4 days later), gas (stove and heat) is on... Given the cold, we decided to pull a Scarlett on shovelling -- we'll think about it tomorrow :)


Lynchburg
Apx.12 inches of snow. Folks traveling 29 South and North stranded in shelters in Lovingston.

Big awning over The Country Store on Starkey Rd. in the Cave Spring area of Roanoke County collapsed.

Penn State continued its 102 match win streak defeating Texas last night in 5 games.One of the BEST matches I have seen in many years! 3 Virginia players on PSU team including All-American Blair Brown!

Volleyball is GREAT!!!!


Roanoke Final Measurement: 17+ Inches of Snow
Well, the airport officially had almost 18 inches of snow in Roanoke, making it a record December snow. There have been bigger snows than this, but not this early in the winter.

I haven't heard a snow plow, not even in the far distance out here in Botetourt County. We can't get anyone to plow our dirveway until our street is plowed. Good thing we have plenty of food.  :-)


official final for Reagan National 16.4"
making it 6th largest DC storm since records kept in 1880s.

For me, 19.5" making it my 2nd largest since moving to Arlington in 1982.

I am on a corner, public sidewalks both sides.  I have been shoveling throughout storm, so there is path on the sidewalks, but only 1 snow shovel wide.

Our front street is main road to hospital emergency room, 2 blocks away, so it has been clear.  My driveway is on back street, which is not ploughed, but is passable the 40-50 feet to the front street.  I have one car shoveled out and can get out if I need to.  The other is still buried - assuming I am off from school tomorrow I will dig that out.

DC schools were already closed for the holidays.  Most Virginia schools were due to be open Monday and Tuesday.  So far Frederick, Clark, Loudoun and Stafford have announced they are closed both days, giving students a 16 day break.

Most subdivisions in NoVa are officially state highways.  VDot plans to have them cleared by Wed. night.  I suspect Fairfax will not open either.  Arlington clears its own roads, and may open tomorrow.

We do not yet know about Maryland schools.  Local governments are responsible for subdivisions.  PG County Exec Jack Johnson said they hope to get to subdivisions starting tomorrow.  I expect PG and Montgomery will both be closed at least on Monday.  We were scheduled for school through Wed, and we have an H1N1 clinic scheduled for Tuesday morning.  

Some parts of PG County got in excess of 20" -  the last time that happened, in 1996, schools were closed for a week.

Rep. Donna Edwards was having an event last night for which entry was donating food in cans or packages.  That was postponed to tonight, but I doubt that she will be able to keep that.   Many churches around DC are closed today.

Reagan National Airport was supposed to reopen at 10 AM, but that now has been postponed until at least Noon.

I am done shoveling for now.  Maybe this afternoon, if they plow our street, I will have to dig out the end of my driveway once again.

I will be reading and grading 100+ AP student papers.  

I am NOT doing any planning yet.  Whatever is our first day back, I have to finish showing video of Gideon's Trumpet to all my classes, which gives me some flexibility.

This is my world and welcome to it


[ Parent ]
Northern Albemarle: 20 inches

Just measured a fairly compacted snow at 20". It is 19 degrees and one report says it will not get above 29 degrees today. Power went off for a about 6 hours last night but came back on at 2AM. Rappahannock Electric reported over 2000 customers out last night.

Given the forecast and the fact that it usually takes the county a long time to get plows in this area, I am hoping the roads open by Wednesday. Of course, there is a forecast for snow again on Christmas eve.

This is certainly the whitest Christmas in years!


we are scheduled for wintry mix on 24th.
We will get above freezing, with it clear, Mon, Tue and Wed to be sure, which will give some melting, with the risk of refreeze at night.

We will not get above freezing in NoVa today, but with the sun there will be some minimal melting/evaporation.  

This is my world and welcome to it


[ Parent ]
If it stays on the ground
through Thursday and Friday, it'll be the first white Christmas I've experienced in my 36yrs in Virginia. I wouldn't mind -- I've be missing the magic of snow on Christmas all those years -- but I hope we can dig ourselves out no later than Wednesday. My son's flying in (San Francisco to Roanoke) early Thursday morning (red-eye; the cheapest he could get, even booking 6 weeks ago) and we need to pick him up, not to mention feed him (16yrs of childhood favourites packed into a week's stay)

It got up to 33°F today and was sunny so that, once I did the basic clear-off on the car, the sun did the rest. But it's still totally snow-banked on all sides and the driveway's still almost pristine. Almost; there's a single track of my footsteps where I decided to try and see if I could reach the (fully plowed) street. What with the drifts, the snow reached to my bum in places, so I forbade my husband to even try shovelling; it's too much for either of us. Someone's supposed to be coming with a snowplow, tomorrow...


[ Parent ]
your son might not make it early Thursday morning
depends in part from where, but by Thursday Roanoke area should be getting an ice storm.

This is my world and welcome to it

[ Parent ]
Storm Upside: Best Sledding in Years
But today marks the end of great sledding...

But I pretty much wiped out.  Blackened my hand the first day and landed on my face the second day.  Much ice available, though, for ice packs! :-)

But I can hardly wait for the next snow...(and I don't usually think that highly of the disruption).  On second thought I think I'll head to WV (Winterplace) and do snow-tubing.  

Christmas Eve day was the most beautiful day in the Burg. Today it's gray with freezing rain, which is giving way to rain.  



"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010


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