With all that’s happening in our nation’s capital — health reform, financial re-regulation, and the new centerfold Senator from Massachusetts — you’d think 36 straight hours of local news would have something better to cover. Instead, the only story receiving round-the-clock coverage is weather. Dubbed Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon, the DC metro area has received unprecedented amounts of snow. Dulles airport has recorded over 30″ since Friday and we’re within an inch of the all-time annual record snowfall.
Grocery stores have empty shelves and everything is shut down. No buses or above ground metro. No Smithsonian. Even the local mall and movie theater shut down. Thus, it was either stay cooped up or get an early start on the Ottawa outdoor activity. I donned my snow boots and Canada Goose jacket, wrapped a camera in a weatherproof housing, and headed for downtown.
The snow continued to fall in the afternoon which scared away 95% of the usual traffic and just about all the tourists. Some sporadic snowball fighting, snowman building, and cross-country skiing, but that’s about it. The DC mall like I’ve never seen it. Snowpocalypse indeed.