Lincoln Memorial covered in snow by Sgt. Simeon Klebaner, US Park Police Aviation Section
You may have seen a bunch of the pretty pictures from our weekend snowpocalypse in this morning’s flashback
, and you might have even taken the advice about how to shoot in the snow
and are out there taking pictures, but it’s very likely you don’t have access to a helicopter.
Sgt. Simeon Klebaner of the US Park Police’s Aviation division does, though, and while out on patrol snapped some fantastic aerial shots of our fair town smothered in almost two feet of snow.
Yes, I know there’s another storm coming, and you’re all sick of not being able to go anywhere, but look at those photos. They might make you feel better about snomgasm 3.0!
‘The Day After Tomorrow………….’
courtesy of ‘LaTur’
SNOW! Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snOMG, snogasm, snobama, Tai Shan’s last dump – whatever you want to call it, the frozen white stuff dominated our weekend. (And like unwanted houseguests, will linger for many more days to come.) Even with the nearly three feet of snow dropped in the DC area, many of our area photographers ventured out into the blizzard and its aftermath.
So while you enjoy your snow day, here’s some photos from the “Blizzard of 2010” for you to enjoy. Probably best if you had some warm tea/coffee/hot chocolate, a roaring fire, and a blanket while you check them out…
‘Stuck Circulator Bus’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’
Great news from our friends at DDOT: the DC Circulator is running, and all rides today are free! Keep in mind that there will be fewer buses than normal, and some routes will have changes (like in Georgetown, the Circulator isn’t going up Wisconsin). But this sounds like a great excuse to escape cabin fever and finally get out to see the rest of the city. And it’s free!
courtesy of ‘kimberlyfaye’
THIS JUST IN: OPM has made the call you’ve all been waiting on. The federal government in the DC area will be closed tomorrow! REJOICE!
The Washington Post reports on the decision here. Approximate cost to taxpayers is around $100m per day closed. But go ahead and enjoy that snow day anyway. In other news, it looks like the OPM.gov is actually down from too much traffic. OPM is also a trending topic on Twitter in DC.
The Official Dupont Circle Snowball Fight kicked off around 2 PM today, drawing hundreds of participants. The event had over 1,400 confirmed guests on its Facebook page as of Saturday afternoon, and it didn’t disappoint. Check out some of these images from the fight! Continue reading
‘DC Snow 1: Whiter Than the White House’
courtesy of ‘little-wings’
Blizzards don’t stop Presidents. President Snowbama (I AM hilarious) today ventured out into the frozen tundra of Penn. Ave (along with 14 other vehicles) to give a talk at the meeting of the Democratic National Committee at the Capital Hilton. But his what would normally be a short and uneventful journey riding in the luxury of the super-hip, certifiably badass “beast” limo turned into a rather eventful trip in a snow-killing Suburban that included not one but TWO little accidents. Snow induced fender bender in the Presidential motorcade before even making it out of the driveway? Check. Tree limb falling on top of a media SUV in the motorcade causing them to stop outside of Treasury? Check.
Public Transportation in the Snow
Even though we’re all being told to stay home, we’ve got restaurants to visit, snowball fights to participate in, and hills to sled down. So what’s the best way to get around in the city?
Skiing seems to be very popular, as seen in this picture taken this morning in Adams Morgan. Most pedestrians are walking in the streets, since they tend to be plowed better than sidewalks (many of which are covered in 2 feet of snow). There’s no Metrobus or Circulator service today, and the Metro system is operating only underground with trains every half-hour.
Check out some other creative transportation options after the jump. Continue reading
courtesy of ‘Hoffmann’
Yes, that’s right, a blizzard warning. The National Weather Service has issued a statement going into effect at 10pm warning of blizzard conditions in the District. Earlier today, a similar warning was issued for Baltimore and Southern Maryland, but it seems the effects are projected to be further south than originally expected. So, look for 2 feet of snow on the ground by the time you wake up tomorrow, and in excess of 20 inches when all is said and done. Welcome to the true Snowpocalypse. December’s got nothing on February.
Krispy Kreme closed
Originally uploaded by carlweaver
My lovely wife and I had lunch in Alexandria today and afterward had a hankering for a doughnut. Of course, I thought, let’s go to Krispy Kreme. For those of you who never leave DC, there are hot doughnuts now on Rt. 1 south in Alexandria.
When we got there this sign and a locked door were all that greeted me. You think it got bad when you couldn’t get your coffee? This is dire, my friends. Big Daddy needs his doughnuts. I’m not screwing around anymore.
Is there an area Krispy Kreme that is open in this Snomageddopocalypse?
courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
#snOMG. #snowpocalyse. #snowmageddon.
#snOMGasm. #snogasm. #snoWTF. #snowlyshit
The only thing more ridiculous than the amount of snow we’ve been getting this year are the snow hashtags flying around the interwebz. And by ridiculous, I mean RIDICULOUSLY funny. In a good way. LAUGH. Let us also recognize that we must pay homage to the fact that this is indeed the second coming of the #snowpocalypse this year. Therefore, #snOMG2pointO is pretty appropriate.
#snovechkin #snohedidnt #precipaggedon #snowpocalypseNOW #snowbliteration
‘damn the snow — full speed ahead!’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
After a second snowpocalypse, do we stop getting excited about them? This question is not abstract; I really mean it. It looks like we’re in for yet another snow storm, perhaps larger than any we’ve had so far this year. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, calling for up to 20 inches for the DC area. Who’s ready to be snowed in for yet another weekend? Not this guy. Still, it seems inevitable. So, make a run on milk and bread and find some sweet board games, or something. I don’t think you’ll be going anywhere this weekend. And stick with WLDC for all of your Snowpocalypse 2.0 coverage.
courtesy of ‘erin m’
Despite the hype and my most fervent prayers, the District came out on the winning end of its bout with snow. This was due largely to getting considerably less precipitation than was predicted. Most of the DC area reported less than 3 inches of accumulation, but this was enough to close Montgomery and Fairfax county schools and to put the Fed into unscheduled leave. Still, the roads were little more than wet, this morning, and my commute wasn’t harried in the least. It was kind of a let down, to be honest. We’ll see if mother nature throws something more challenging our way, this weekend. Considering that there won’t be any work to miss, I’m guessing that she will.
courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
It’s been snowing a lot lately. The DC Snowpocalypse, or snOMG if you will, was just the start. Even with the three or four storms we’ve had already, Mrs. Nature (she’s the mother) is not done with us yet. With a few more storms already in the forecast, we had to call on our National Weather Service Senior Forecaster Logan Johnson once again. Logan’s WeLoveDC forecast and description of thunder snow was a big hit in December and he’s done it again.
So, Logan…give it to us straight. What does the next few days hold for us?
courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
While Saturday proved to be more than just a ‘dusting,’ it was still less than our Snowpocalypse of December. And when there’s light, fluffy snow and a sunny day afterward, it’s just natural to have photographers out in droves to capture the beauty created around the capital area.
Enjoy. Continue reading
Keep your pets and children inside during a blizzard by gerdaindc
Have you heard the rumor? Due to the perfect combination of cool and moist weather patterns, DC could be in for a whole lot of snow this winter. Our twenty inches that fell earlier this month could foreshadow much more white stuff to come.
Being from Denver, I love snowstorms, especially blizzards. The bigger the better as far as I’m concerned. I love how quiet things are when it snows and how it can transform a dirty, ugly city into a beautiful, serene wonderland. Snowstorms can bring random strangers closer together, give people an excuse to stay home from school or work, and make for some great photographs. Yet despite all of this, some people hate snow, hate the cold, and can’t wait for the sweaty, humid days of summer to return.
We’ve loved all of the snow photos that you’ve been adding to our Flickr pool. This shot by gerdaindc takes me back to my childhood days when the kids in my neighborhood would build snowmen, go sledding, and depending on how ambitious we were, build igloos. We may have even thrown snowballs at cars, but in those days it was all just innocent fun.
‘Rowhouse Turret with Snow’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’
Believe it or not, what’s left of Snowpocalypse can help you save money. By looking at what’s melting on your roof, you can tell if your heat is going through the roof — and launching your utility bill sky high, too.
If the snow on your roof melted quickly, it may mean that your heat is zooming toward the heavens, along with your hard-earned dollars. You can save on heating and cooling simply by insulating your attic. And of course that means you’ll burn less fossil fuel.
Arlington’s Fresh AIRE blog has pictures that show you just what to look for. For starters, try comparing your roof to your neighbors’. It’s just another way to keep up with the Joneses.
‘South Smithsonian Escalators’
courtesy of ‘william couch’
The DC area, this weekend, was something of a post-apocalyptic landscape. Driving down 395 on Saturday, one would have seen abandoned cars spun out at odd angles and their stranded drivers trudging towards some nameless help. Most residents stayed holed up in their homes, living off of the provisions they had dutifully stocked the day before. Basic commodities were impossible to come by and the majority of services simply shut down. As the snow storm abated, DC residents peered from their homes at the changed landscape, and painstakingly began the cleanup, trying to return to normality.
Ok, sure, that is a bit of an over-dramatization, but seriously, 395 did look like something out of 28 Days Later. This snow, like any snow, threw into sharp relief how woefully unprepared DC area citizens are for wintry weather. So, as a northerner, I take it upon myself to save you all from yourselves before the next snowpocalypse.
I saw this truck parked in the garage at Ballston last night. Yes, you caught me – I was buying last-minute gifts for my loved ones and for my We Love DC secret Santa person. (Katie, you are totes going to love what I got you!) Actually, it was the beginning of my shopping spree, but that’s beside the point.
Can you imagine being enough of a dick as to drive like this, with half the windshield obstructed? Well, I am here to tell you that some people really are that stupid. I know there’s got to be at least one of our readers that does this sort of thing – clearing a small space at the front of the windshield and hoping nobody else is coming down the road. Probably the same people who do not stop at stop signs. So can someone shed light into this type of laziness? Why not clear the whole car of snow?
courtesy of ‘architeuthis dux’
If you guessed that our photo pool would be filled with snow pictures this week, you were right and deserve a prize. Almost as many pictures as millimeters of snow, and we rounded up some of the best yesterday. That’s not going to stop me choosing another snow picture as our feature photo for the week.
When the first failed attempt to purchase the land that would become Rock Creek Park was introduced in the Senate in 1867, Sen. B. Gratz Brown of Missouri, chairman of the Public Buildings and Grounds committee, said of the proposed park, “it has running water; it has rugged hills; it has picturesque scenery; it has abundance of varied forest timber; it has a native undergrowth blushing with beauty.”
It is this “picturesque scenery” that photographer architeuthis dux found when he wandered past the historic Boulder Bridge. Built in 1902 to carry Beach Drive over the creek, the bridge seems to have been waiting for this snowfall and photo opportunity. The snow, the creek, the quiet serenity, even the slight sepia coloring all combine to create a stunning picture that many won’t believe is inside the heart of our city.
Some snow plow operation in Arlington has seen fit to pile this massive snowbank right on top of a pedestrian crossing outside Clarendon Metro, forcing walkers to walk around it, on the road, dodging ice and skidding cars to get across Wilson Blvd. Hey, Arlington, I know it’s hard to figure out where to put all this snow, but if you’re trying to encourage walkability in the county, you’re doing it wrong.