The forecasters did label it historic, after all.
On Wednesday January 20, 2016, weather forecasters issued a blizzard watch for the Washington, DC, area. The following day, the notice was upgraded to a blizzard warning. The National Weather Service has named the event ‘Winter Storm Jonas”; Washington Post meteorologists have named it “Snowzilla.” For me, Snowzilla it is. Seriously, does the name “Jonas” inspire fear and awe?
Anywhere from 1.5 to 2 feet of snow was predicted. Mass transit is shutting down for the weekend. There’s a run on grocery and hardware stores — even Washington City Paper reported that a local Trader Joes had sold out of all its veggie flaxseed tortilla chips. Pepco, the electric company, announced that we could be spending days in a pre-electric living history museum.
Clearly, this is the BIG ONE. Besides staging firewood and all the necessary supplies (except the flaxseed anythings) to cope with the storm, I’ll be documenting the event as it unfolds. So sit back, grab something to eat and drink, and watch the end of the world from the comfort of your browser window.
Friday (1/22/2016) morning, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday (1/22/2016) morning, 11:15 a.m.
We live about one mile north of the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring, Md. — right in the storm’s bullseye. I mounted a scale bar in the front yard marked at 6-inch intervals to measure the snowfall over the next 48 hours. Gotta put those fancy archaeology skills to use somehow.
Friday (1/22/2016) afternoon, 1:04 p.m.
The snow has arrived.
Friday (1/22/2016) afternoon, 2:34 p.m.
The snow is sticking and increasing in intensity.
Friday (1/22/2016) afternoon, 4:24 p.m.
Friday (1/22/2016) evening, 6:04 p.m.
Friday (1/22/2016) evening, 8:54 p.m.
After a brief lull, the snow machine has resumed.
Saturday (1/23/2016) morning, 7:20 a.m.
Awoke to a completely white landscape. Snow accumulation about 18 inches. The first order of business was shoveling a walkway and space in the backyard for the basset hound — a very LOW-slung dog — to get outside to take care of business.
And how did Brix handle his first exposure to accumulated snow?
See for yourself:
Saturday (1/23/2016) morning, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
First shoveling pass, from the garage through the driveway and up to the front door. Though the snow’s still coming, getting a start on shoveling now is going to make tomorrow and Monday a whole lot easier.
Sunday (1/24/2016) morning, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.: The End
Fortified by coffee and the need to shake cabin fever, I began the big dig by clearing out the fire hydrant across the street. And then I began digging us out.
Final statistics: Two feet of snow, zero minutes without power.
© 2016 D.S. Rotenstein