Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Our First Snow of 2015

We had our first snow of the season yesterday.  And, as is frequently the case, the forecast was not quite what we were expecting.  It was reported that we would receive a dusting to one inch of accumulation before the snow ended around noon on Tuesday.  We had already received two inches by the time we left the house at 8:00 AM.  So we knew then that this would turn into more than just a dusting to one inch of snow.  What we actually got was four to six inches of snow in the city and at least six inches points west of the city. Based on the forecast of a dusting to one inch, employers and school systems opened.  Some of the schools opened two hours late.  The roads were an absolute mess and this lead to all kinds of automobile accidents.  Some schools ended up closing for the day but others did not.  Pandemonium ensued.  The bottom line is, we do not do well in the snow here in the mid-Atlantic.  Other areas of the country have their weaknesses.  Ours is our inability to function on the roads or in any way during snow.  That's just the way it is.

Below are some pictures I took throughout the day.  I don't particularly like going out in the snow, but it is beautiful.

The new fallen snow on the greenery draped over the front entry railing.  Very Norman Rockwell.

Looking out to the street with the Commander in the driveway and Bug parked at the end of the sidewalk.

One of the little outdoor Christmas trees along the sidewalk at the front porch.

The stone Labrador all covered in snow.

The greenery on the mailbox post covered in snow.

The Commander or "Monster Truck" as I refer to it.  A cold wintry morn and nobody looks forward to cleaning off the car.

These red bells on the lamp post were a favorite of mine during our Christmas decorating.  I like them even more with the freshly fallen snow.  It would have been nice to have had this on Christmas day.

I really like this shot of the huge ornaments we hung in the tree in the front yard with a topping of snow.  Very festive.

Here, a shot of some of the accumulation of snow at the train station last night.  I don't think this is a true and accurate accounting.  This looks like about and inch of snow.  We got closer to four inches of snow in Cheverly and six inches in the city and points west.

The faux Christmas trees on either side of the front porch were magical last night.

I loved how the light shone through the snow.  The snow was beautiful but it caused headaches for those of us who were out in it.  I heard stories of it taking five hours to drive from downtown DC to Alexandria, VA.  For reference, that trip should take about twenty minutes without traffic and no longer than an hour in heavy rush hour traffic.

And that was our snowy Tuesday.
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