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Marilee J. Layman

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04:01 pm: o/~ The Weather Outside is Blizzardly... o/~
Okay, the blizzard warning is down, but we have 12" of snow so far and are expected to have 1.1" of snow per hour for the next 15 hours. I hope they're wrong. BWI and National airports have closed and Dulles has only one runway open and few flights. The two big malls in Virginia are closing at 4pm so people don't come out in the snow.

The weatherguy told us a couple months ago that this would be a heavier winter storm season than usual (although I don't think he expected this) so I stocked up more than usual and will be fine for about 2.5 months if I have to stay in that long. The big problem with this much snow is that it will be ice tomorrow -- the very cold air will freeze it overnight -- and the stupid people will still drive. The telephone reports from the road managers of the different jurisdictions say they have people in their big SUVs and Hummers interrupting the plow trains and ending up smushed against the railings.

One of my neighbors moved his two SUVs which were in parallel parking spots into back-in spots that someone else opened to get their cars out earlier. That's very rude. My upstairs 88-year-old neighbor called and told me he'd swept our stoop earlier to find my newspaper, but it wasn't there. His daughter got hers as did another friend I talked to on the phone, so probably the paper guys didn't manage to throw it to the stoop and I won't get it for several days. (Yikes, a bus with people on it just slid sideways and fell over on a ramp.)

I kept waking up with the plow last night (although we haven't been plowed since about 8am -- we hire the medium-size trucks with plows attached instead of real plows) so I'm going to nap now.

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From:gerisullivan
Date:December 19th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I heard your area was getting slammed, but your post really brings it home.

May you stay warm, safe, and comfortable!
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 19th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
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We haven't been shoveled at all except for a few people who shoveled from their own doors to the cars. It's going to be a lot harder tomorrow, because of the ice, and I'll be inside longer.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 19th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it really is. Spirit and I slept under the duvet for 2.5 hours until Loki just woke us up. It should be dark out there, but all that snow makes it kind of ghost-like. Some kind of animal heavy enough for their paws to go down four inches, but walk in almost a straight line, had been on our porch and came to the sliding glass doors to look in and then went on.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 20th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
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First rule of big winter storms:

DON'T DRIVE WHILE IT'S ONGOING.

I learned that one when I was about 25, fortunately not the hard way. Most New Englanders grasp it. Apparently some people down there don't. I'm currently stranded in Boston, but do hope to get out this afternoon after the storm ends and they have a couple of hours to clear the roads. But we're only looking at about 8" total up here as far as I can tell. It's hitting much harder south of here -- home is getting 10-16". I'm not looking forward to shoveling it when I get back!

Susan
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 20th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, we ended up with 20" here which means I'll be inside for probably a week. The plow pile in front of my van is about three feet tall and it will take several days to melt, considering we're only going to be just above freezing most days. The sun helps, as will rain, but not as much as higher temps.

The only thing that bothers me about being in is getting the mail, but maybe the mailman will stop and give it to me because the sidewalks are clear. Otherwise, he'll keep it at the post office.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:December 21st, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I had to work Saturday night and had no choice but drive home during the storm. It wasn't snowing to hard, but nothing was plowed although there were plenty of private plows milling around. But the fools with their all wheel drive SUVs thinking that just because the car ads show some stunt driver driving like crazy through snow, they can too. I was driving our truck, 4 wd and went home very slow. I didn't lose control or slip at all, but there were plenty of others that slid up against the curb.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 21st, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it really makes you wonder why they do that. Don't they read the small print on the ads?
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