Well played, meteorologists — you got one right.
A huge snowstorm whooshed through the DC area all day yesterday, dumping record amounts of the snow in the region, the largest December snowstorm in 70 years. We woke up to snow flurries, which turned into a near-blizzard by late afternoon, and finally wore out as a nice gentle snowfall by 10 last night before petering out. We ended up with about two feet of the stuff here in our corner of Maryland, and we spent most of our morning shoveling, snowblowing and salting driveways, patios and sidewalks.
The sun is out now, and while temperatures are still hovering in the low 30s, any asphalt surface we managed to expose by shoveling is warm enough to melt the snow around it. Still, it’s a mess — they’ve already cancelled school across the county for tomorrow — and plows and salt trucks are still standing by in the event dropping temperatures turn half-melted surfaces into skating rinks tonight.
But it sure is pretty, isn’t it? Here’s the sun poking up over the southwestern corner of our house this morning, right before Barb and I set out to shovel our long, sloping driveway:
Here’s the walkway leading to the back door, where our bushes look as if they’ve been dunked in melted marshmallow:
Here’s Abbey peeking out over the edge of the dog run I had to dig out in the back yard. This gives you a bit of an idea of how deep it is:
To give you an idea of what it looked like during the storm, here’s a shot of the house directly across the road from us as the snow was really starting to fall at about 2:oo p.m. on Saturday. You can see the roads were getting tough to clear, despite the best efforts of Maryland State Highways:
And how are things in your neck of the woods?