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Snowmageddon!

by Nick

Over the last weekend, DC got plastered with snow. I think it was one of the largest blizzards in the last 90 years or so. The final tally was something like 20 inches and some areas out in Virginia and Maryland got up to 30 inches. Now I know that in some areas of the country, this amount of snow is way more common, but NOT in DC. The city literally shuts down if there’s more than a few inches of snow. I know that hundreds of thousands of people lost power and even two days later public transit isn’t running.

But, for the most part, people were in good spirits and took advantage of the situation to have some fun in the snow! I thought I’d share some photos I took over the weekend since it’s pretty rare to see DC in this state. Special shout-out to my friends Liz and Yasmin. They let me use a few of their photos also.

The Streets

I think this photo pretty much sums up the situation at hand.

pretty street

DC is not made for this.

Even 24 hours later, the roads were a mess. If you could get to your car, you couldn’t really drive anywhere. Luckily DC is very walkable.

street view

Snow!

Most of the streets in DC are lined with trees and it was really pretty how the snow would collect on them.

tree

Veins of snow.

Surprisingly, most the streetlights kept working throughout the blizzard. Not that anyone was using them.

streetlight

Green light!

The Monuments

I was able to snap this photo at the top of a major street in DC. You can see the Washington Monument in the distance.

down street

In the distance.

Downtown, the mall was blanketed with a thick layer of snow.

The mall

National mall.

People got creative with their snow structures…

capitol

Double vision.

Trip to the Park

Bets and I live a few blocks away from a pretty large park so we figured it’d be fun to walk over and see what was going on there. These are a few photos I snapped on the way.

If you lived in a basement apartment, you had some serious shoveling to do if you ever wanted to get out of your house again…

stairs

Lots of shoveling...

And people that had cars parked on the streets might be better off just waiting until spring. This was one of the worst ones I saw…

car stuck

Seeya in April.

In general though, most people were in good spirits. This was the best snowman we saw on our walk. The nose is a parsnip!

snow man

Making the best of it!

In the park, there were some statues that looked awesome draped in snow.

statue

In the park.

My favorite thing in the park though is people had turned stairs into slopes for sledding. The only thing is that people rarely get the opportunity to sled in DC so very few people have actual sleds. So people got creative: boxes and lids work just fine!

sledding

Inventive!

This was probably my favorite impromptu sled. These kids had found a laminated protest sign and were using that. Because it was laminated, they could fly on it!

protest

Only in DC...

And possibly my favorite photo of the day is Betsy catching some sick air off a jump.

air

Hangtime!

The great thing I noticed about the weekend was how a huge snowstorm really bought out the child in people. It was fun to see grown professionals sledding on boxes and having snowball fights.

Of course, now there’s work to be done. For example, I’m one of those unfortunate souls that needs to spend a few hours shoveling my car out…