A White Christmas for Washington
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The weekend before Christmas brought a large (for this area) snowstorm to the Washington, DC, region. Washington area residents are very ambivalent about snow. The region has a very diverse population with people from all parts of the country (and the world) living here along with long-time residents. Some are used to snow, or have become used to it. To others, it's something new and unexpected. The highway departments depend to a great extent on contractors for snow removal rather than investing in equipment that may be used only rarely. Schools tend to close with less snow on the ground than in other regions because neighborhood street snow removal has not been completed.
Until mid-December, little snow had been seen in the region, though there had been ice.
Looking out on Saturday morning, I could see that yes, there was a lot of snow! Drew and Julia were home from university for the winter break. They decided start clearing the walkway and getting snow off the cars way on Saturday afternoon. By that time, the snow was almost to Julia's waist! The snow ended before Midnight, after almost 26 hours.
By Sunday morning the sun was out! I measured 18 inches (46 cm) of snow on our back deck, though the official Washington record would be 15 inches at National Airport. By afternoon, we had cleared walkway, driveway, cars, and sidewalk. Julia and Drew were on their way to meet friends and enjoy the snow.