Washington Sets a New Record

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The Mail must go through!

The TV weather forecasters could barely conceal their delight. Washington had done it! A new all-time winter snow accumulation record of 55.6 inches (141.2 cm) for Washington, DC, had been set on their watch! The previous record of 54.4 inches set during the "Snow King" winter of 1898-1899 had been broken.

Therein lies the rest of the story. As forecast, the secound round of the Blizzard of 2010 began late Tuesday evening. Accumulation forecasts varied. Northern Virginia would not receive quite as much snow as the weekend storm had brought. "Only" 10-12 inches now! Signifcant accumulations would occur north of Washington, ranging from Baltimore to Philadelphia and now spreading to New York City. (Baltimore and Philadelphia also set all-time winter snow accumulation records today.

Neighbors help push a mail truck
) Another lull occurred after Midnight, just as it had this past Friday. By morning, the snow was again in full force. This time high winds added to the effect, blowing the snow horizontally and blowing it off already high drifts to join again with the falling snow and create whiteout conditons. News reports told of snow plows and power line bucket trucks being pulled off the roads due to the deteriorating situation. Again, there was no air, road, or rail transporation in or out of the region.

The storm ended in this area around 3:00 p.m. I was out to measure and then to begin clearing the walkway, cars, and driveway. It was difficut to get an exact accumulation reading due to the winds and drifting, but I meaured 8 inches (20 cm) on our driveway apron. Clearing the street would have to wait until Thursday morning.

kerisina says:
well this sure will be a weird year !!! The nature is making sure we understand she rules !!!!
Posted on: Feb 11, 2010
jenn79 says:
oh boy - worst since 1898?!?! That's INSANE! =(
I'm right here with you - stay warm Andy!!
Posted on: Feb 10, 2010
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The Mail must go through!
The Mail must go through!
Neighbors help push a mail truck
Neighbors help push a mail truck
Midnight lull
Midnight lull
Must walk the dog
Must walk the dog
Trying to maneuver
Trying to maneuver
The blizzard returns
The blizzard returns
Eight inches (20 cm) for Round 2
Eight inches (20 cm) for Round 2
Heavy equipment was sometimes call…
Heavy equipment was sometimes cal…
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