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I snapped this last night after it stopped snowing. More »

After last February’s snowpocalypse, I was pretty disappointed this morning. More »

Looking out the window this morning, I noticed a light dusting of snow. As I headed out the door to walk the dogs, I grabbed my camera and snapped this shot. More »

Two blizzards hit the east coast, days apart. I’ve only been into work once this week; it was closed on Monday from the weekend snow. On Tuesday, I went in, but they sent out an email saying they’re preemptively closing for Wednesday. And today, Thursday, they’re closed and assessing the aftermath.

Myself? Car shoveled anew, I’ll be trekking down to North Carolina in an hour or two to spend Valentine’s weekend with Linda. Hopefully the roads are in some state of sanity, but I doubt it. A co-worker told me that Maryland’s already over it’s snow-budget, which, according to this article, happened back before the New Year — explaining the terrible conditions the roads were in on Tuesday as I drove into work: three-lane highways were reduced to one, lanes would suddenly disappear, and random patches of uncleared snow would suddenly appear (How’s that for a run-on sentence?).

Speaking of snow, I’d just like to say that people who live in apartments ought to learn some manners. If someone spent a lot of time clearing off a spot for themselves, don’t just take it. That being said, since I’ll be gone, I’m sure someone will take my spot. I just hope it’s not whichever neighbor that’s been smoking in their apartment, wafting carcinogens to my own.

Ah, snow. So pretty to look at, yet so tiresome to move. I worked pretty hard clearing off that spot, too. Unlike some people, I clear my parking spot down to the blacktop, so that the snow doesn’t freeze into ice.

The roads were about as clear as I expected them to be. Drivable, but there was really only one lane clear at all times.

I think the worst part about my little excursion onto the wintry roads was that someone had taken my spot when I came back, so I had to clear myself a new one. C’est la vie, I suppose.

The vid above is of Ellie battling the winter elements just to go to the bathroom. According to my office mate, the winter storm that’s currently battering Maryland is called a Nor’easter. It’s basically when two air masses from Canada and Mexico converge and a storm results. Apparently these storms can just sit on the coast for a few days, but this one is only supposed to be here for the rest of today.

The funny part is that I’ve been getting emails from Roundtop telling me to go skiing because of all the snow. While it would be a lot of fun to do in all this light puffy snow, I don’t think I’m going to be leaving the apartment today.

Oh, and here’s a squirrel braving the snow for whatever reason.

It snowed last night here in Maryland and this morning the skies were clear and the sun was shining down. The warm golden light reflected perfectly off of the cotton candy snow. The snow was so light that you could see the individual ice crystals.

Unfortunately, the blurry camera-phone picture doesn’t capture the majesty of it all, but it was amazing.

Around this time last year, ice coated Maryland and D.C. shutting down everything and prompting President Obama to make the following statement:

“I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.”

After two winters here in Maryland and growing up in Illinois, I have to wholeheartedly agree with the President. In Illinois, as soon as the first flake of snow hits the ground, the snow plows are out in full force; fire and ice mingle as the plows leave trails of sparks, salt flies in all directions. Yet here, a full half a foot of snow accumulated on busy roads and there was not a plow to be seen. Moreover, highway ramps seemed to be neglected as seen from the well worn tracks carved into the snow — yet the ramps are probably more dangerous than the actual highway considering the curvature. For some reason I thought that the Presidents words would have been heeded more closely, but nothing seems to have changed. I have this nagging suspicion that if the plows were out sooner many of the hundred of accidents would have been avoided.

This is the aftermath of the blizzard that rolled through the east coast this past weekend — there’s something calming about the sun’s pallid light, cast upon the thick layer of snow that seems to have frozen everything in its tracks.

It took Linda over 12 hours to get here on Friday. The journey is normally only 4.5 to 5 hours. The New York Times has an article about the storm, but their coverage on the D.C. beltway seems conservative. She described the situation of all the cars parked on the road, some cars tried to pass on the shoulder, but got stuck, blocking the path for the snow plows. After some time parked on the interstate, she managed to make a u-turn, escaping the interstate-now-parking lot. I’m just glad she made it here safely.

Earlier that afternoon I went to the Verizon store to get a new cell phone. I just needed something to make calls with and ended up spending $150 on a refurbished Motorola. It was horrible timing to ruin my phone, but I at least had something working so I could track her progress and update her on traffic. It’s not the best phone in the world, but it got us through this blizzard.

This snow thing must be contagious because it’s snowing outside, too. It’s not the best shot in the world, but it gives you a good sense on how much it was snowing this morning. I just had to run out to the lake and snap a few pictures. But I suppose it was really snowing pretty hard since all of them came out a little white washed. That’s okay though, I’m just happy to see some snow.

On a related topic, if you’re going out there and it’s snowing, do us all a favor and clear off your car before you get on the road. There’s nothing scarier than seeing a car with all its windows snowed over going 20 under the speed limit.

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