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Blizzard time. We're due. The last horrible blast struck in 2010.
One of the prediction maps:
|Photo from the Washington Post|
The biggest concern, of course, is the possibility of losing electrical power.
After observing what happened on Wednesday into Thursday, I am not optimistic about how the Washington, D.C., area will handle this Blizzard of 2016. From An inch of snow, icy roads, unleash 9 hours of traffic chaos across D.C. region (dated January 21, 2016):
“Horrible.” “Pathetic.” “Painful.” “Unbelievable.” “One inch of snow did this.”So much for the get-'er-done pioneer spirit!
From every corner of the region, into the wee hours of the morning, from every highway and byway, motorists vented their anger and frustration at the fact that they were still out there, at 1:00 am, then 2:00 a.m. and still at 3:00 a.m. due to, well, complications, namely ice and untreated roads, from a modest early evening snowfall that came and went in a few hours. As the beginning of the [Thursday] morning rush hour grew near, there were still reports of hazardous conditions, road blockages and backups in many areas.
It proved once again, though no proof was needed, that Washington, when taken by surprise, is woefully unprepared, not just for a blizzard, or the dreaded “wintry mix,” but for any “snow event,” and how little it takes for the region to descend into a long night of traffic chaos: More than 1,000 reported fender-benders (unofficial numbers via Waze), six- and seven-hour trips home, jammed arteries, impassable frozen exit ramps, compounded by road-treatment crews desperately, but generally belatedly, trying to make things right and, because they hadn’t or couldn’t, emergency vehicles responding to calls about countless accidents. Most were said to be “minor” as cars skidded and slid into one another, but there were also reports, with little detail, of more serious crashes.
Every major highway appeared to be backed up in one spot or another, many in numerous places, throughout the overnight hours. Those roads bearing the letter “I” in their titles — 66, 295, 495, 395, 95, 695, 270 — were the worst of all. With many exit ramps blocked, there was no escape....
The homesteading spirit lives here in the AOW household:
|Wheelchair ramp with ice-prevention rugs in place|