Sunday, December 20, 2009

Oh The Weather Outside is Frightening

I can't help it. I love my hometown. Washington, DC is beautiful almost every day of the week even with a blanket of snow. Unfortunately it doesn't take much snow to close down the city. Unfortunately for the current residents, the record-breaking snow buried the area, For those not familiar with what that means to people in the MD/DC/VA area let me explain. Metro will be suspending most public transportation, and closing just about everything else. Schools are already announcing that they are closed for inclement weather and the Virginia National Guard has been called up.

So what are the SNOW TOTALS as of now?(in INCHES)

District of Columbia received 16.0 and nearby Rockville, MD measured 21.0.
Centreville, VA (which is about 15 miles or so from where my parents live) has 23.0 and Arlington has 20.5
Waldorf (where I lived when I was 16 years old) got 13.5 and Ashburn received 19.0

One interesting incident that happened with the snow event was an off duty police detective after kids pelted his Hummer with snowballs at 14th and U Streets NW. The veteran detective got out of his car and eventually grabbed for his gun, displaying it to the crowd. He did not immediately identify himself as a police officer.

The Detective Baylor admits he pulled a gun because he was hit by a snowball. Some witnesses say that at one point the detective ran into the crowd and grabbed man whom he thought might have thrown a snowball at him. The detective then allegedly put the individual next to his Hummer. Cops grabbed two others. All three were given warnings

Meanwhile, down in Richmond (where I lived for about 5 years) up to twelve inches of snow fell. People are urged to use extreme caution when driving. personally I think they should avoid driving if at all possible. Just like in the DC area there are school and event closings so you should check your local paper to find out more.

I also checked the Hampton Roads area where I lived for five years. They avoided the huge snow falls but did have rain and flurries. Slippery conditions have led to multiple crashes. Officials have closed several bridges in the Oceanfront and Chesapeake Bay areas due to ice.

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