It's snowing in DC this morning.

That is all.

Photo + video: Xeni Jardin



    1. We’ve been over 80° all but three out of the last 26 days.  All your warming are belong to us.

    1.  As a MoCo resident, it’s the most we’ve had for >2 years.

      At 7AM, main roads were still slushy, side streets and parking lots were skating rinks.

  1.  The whole city was in a panic three weeks ago and federal employees and students got a day off for an epic snowstorm (“snowquester”) that ultimately did not happen. It rained a little and ended up being a pretty nice day. So naturally today no closures have been issued and everyone is complaining about not getting a day off.

      1. The real tragedy is Montgomery County, where they’re already on Spring break.  They lose the chance for a snowday.  Oh, the humanity. 

    1. I don’t want to that “that’s nothing, in x we have y cm of snow” guy, but after hearing about the snow last night in Kansas City, it doesn’t look like a whole lot of snow in the picture.

      1.  Yeah, it’s not a lot. But it’s way more in comparison to the last “snow day”. Basically, DC is spoiled when it comes to days off.

      2. DC never gets “a whole lot of snow”, not at least compared to other cities where I’ve lived like Montreal. But when I lived in DC I remember the whole city coming to a halt even for a inch or two — they just aren’t prepared for it — even the public transit isn’t.

    2.  The locals always panic and empty the shelves of  white bread and toilet paper for some reason.  My current theory is that they think that’s what igloos are built from, and when the black ice metastasizes from the roads and devours their houses, they’ll be ready. 

      1. I always assumed that the bread, along with the eggs and milk that fly off the shelves, was used to make the highly traditional, ritual meal of Snow Day French Toast.

        1. …suddenly needs to stop reading BB and go make French Toast.  While staring out my window at the icicles.  Thanks; good idea.

    1. Precious, isn’t it?  I’m still trying to wrap my head around the reasons why 4-6″ shuts down my town.  Where I grew up, we call that a nuisance.

      1. Methinks it’s to do with the law of diminishing returns.  If 4-6″ of snow is a regular event, people, businesses and governments are going to be prepared to cope with it and keep operating as usual because it would be too costly to shut down that often.  If 4-6″ only accumulates every couple of years, the preparations would cost more than the short term shutdowns.

        It’s similar to the reason I got irate with people who insisted New Orleans officials were incompetent because they waited until Katrina was two days out before declaring an evacuation.  If we bugged out everytime a hurricane got that close, we do nothing but move in and out the whole summer.

        1.  At least it takes a hurricane to fuck shit up. The UK is perfectly capable of grinding to a halt because of ANY kind of weather. Rain, wind, snow, hail, sunshine, fog, all capable of fucking the place into a cocked hat. ‘Drizzling a bit’ is about the only thing that doesn’t seem to gum up the works.

          1. The Daily Mail kept running snowpocalypse photo spreads last winter. Some of the photos showed places with large areas of visible green(!) grass and an inch of snow drifting in a few places. It was hilarious.

        2. Oh, no, it’s a regular occurance each winter.  Thus the reason it’s so confounding.

      2. I used to work in DC; half an inch of snow was enough to cripple the city, because lots of people there come from places that don’t get the stuff, so they don’t know how to drive in it.  If you live and work somewhere accessible by Metro, it doesn’t matter :-)

        I’ve had a meeting in Silicon Valley cancelled because of snow.  There was only a dusting down in the flatlands, but up on top of the mountains there was about six inches, and the main road to Santa Cruz has traffic problems even just from rain.  One of the main participants lived on the other side of the hill, and wasn’t going to be able to get to the office.  (Of course, it would all be cleared off by the next day, but first they had to remember where they’d put the snowplow.)

    1. Yeah, but D.C., NYC, and L.A. are where the reporters are, so they get a disproportionate share of coverage.

  2. We didn’t get a winter, and so far we’re not getting a spring either. But it is pretty and was fun riding in today.

  3. Xeni, since you’re visiting our town during one of its rare snows, I can heartily recommend Spices in Cleveland Park to warm you up.  A good bowl of Thom Yum soup should do the trick.  (You can try their Suicide Curry if you feel brave.)

    Nanny O’Briens is also down the street, and they may still have their Irish session on Mondays after 9pm.  You can go there after you nosh to quench the flames with a good pint of Guinness while listening to some spritely jigs and reels.

    1.  …and if it’s coffee you be looking for, Peregrine Espresso on 14th or Chinatown Coffee closer to downtown could do the trick.

        1. Just verified that Nanny’s still has their Monday night sessions. The musicians generally start showing up round 9pm.  Just follow the sounds of fiddles, tin whistles, and bodhrans wafting from the back room.  If you’re lucky, there may even be an uillean piper.  Just pull up a chair and enjoy!  (Preferably with a pint!)

          (I’d show up with shuttle pipes in tow but, well, grad school happens. Oy.)

      1.  I’m headed to the Joy Luck House in Chinatown for Chinese pastry and tea, my traditional snowy-morning breakfast. I highly recommend it.

  4. Sadly, I was gunna go down tomorrow to see the cherry blossoms, but I suspect they are all off the trees now, I should have done it yesterday. I wonder if I can find snow on cherry blossom pics on instagram yet….

    1. They’re still budding and you haven’t missed anything (though I’m not sure how today’s weather will affect them later). I took the family down there yesterday but no blooms, yet.  But out in our neighborhood they’ve already started (assuming they are cherry trees — all I know is, it’s too early for crepe myrtles).

      This source (as of 03/19) says the blossoms will peak next week.

      1. Thanks a ton last I checked the NPS website (early march during that brief above average period) they were forecasting a late march bloom but the cold temps in the middle of the month have slowed things down I see, sorry you missed it, the tidal basin is amazing in a peak bloom. 

    2. I think the trees at my office in Pleasanton CA are dogwood (though they’re much taller than normal dogwoods.)  They recently flowered, and the other day we had a some wind, so there was a snowstorm of white flowers blowing around the parking lot and forming small drifts.

      (Pleasanton is about half an hour southeast of Oakland and northeast of Silicon Valley, across the mountain range.)

    1. It took that long in the thread for someone to say it!

      I wish they were still making music. 

  5. Whaddaya know, I guess snowballs really DO have a chance in hell!  Hahaha. . .eh, I live in Baltimore so, yeah, go hit up Ben’s Chili Bowl.

    1. See above (which I guess I did post twice)…  No blossoms yet, at least not around the Tidal Basin yesterday.  The NPS webcam had raindrops on the lens when I checked.

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