Wow, that was a blizzard!
I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical and made fun of people stripping the grocery stores bare last week. My skepticism vanished completely when I was going through my fridge on Sunday afternoon thinking if we have enough food in case the stores won’t open next day. I also have to say, I have never seen that much snow fallen down in one go. I lived in Ukraine with distinct four seasons and I lived in Finland with its three seasons: white winter, grey winter, summer (2 weeks, feel lucky if you are not sick during these 2 weeks). But what we saw this past weekend beat all the records for me. 36 inches of snow (almost 1 m) on our balcony, how about that? And boy I’ve been enjoying this weather, January finally looking like January, winter finally being white as it should, ’cause I hate grey winters since my first year in Finland.
All public transportation including both Washington airports and metro was shut, and today it’s slowly recovering, with most of the metro lines still closed and many flights still cancelled. Government, schools, a lot of retail and offices are still shut and the employees are asked to work from home, if possible.
(I just read the other day that if telecommuting is not possible, the employees have to take the snow days as vacation time, which I believe is outrageous.) Continue reading