Today Should Be Snow Day in DC

Today should be a snow day in Washington DC. The Federal Government should join with every school district in the region and declare this a full snow emergency closure – a day off so we can dig out.

Yes, I know, for those from Buffalo, this isn’t even a dusting. Well then, go back to Buffalo and dig them out. Here, this snow has stopped local transportation cold.

The snowplow you see here – that’s 10:45am. K Street may be open to traffic but no side streets are. I watched a taxi skid down Mt. Pleasant Avenue this morning, narrowly missing pedestrians and parked cars.

And yet the Federalies say the government is open on a liberal leave policy. Um, thanks. That means the rest of DC economy, which all follows the Federal Government in snow rules, is trying to be open for business.

And failing miserably.

Are you at work? Can you get anything done? I think not. And yet here we sit in the office while we could be helping neighbours & ourselves prepare for a productive Thursday.

Today should be a snow day.

6 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    I decided that the commute to Reston was just not worth it. I agree that the government should have shut down, but my guess is that most of its employees are “working from home” anyway.

  2. Wayan (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    Further proof of snow day transportation issues:

    “Metrobuses have been able to provide only limited service this morning due to poor road conditions throughout the region. About 60 buses suffered the consequences of navigating unplowed streets and became temporarily stuck in the snow and ice before 9 a.m. All have been dislodged and continued their trips. “

  3. snow day (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    There was a stuck bus blocking two lanes of traffic at 17th and I this morning. And I’ve also just seen the first plows I’ve seen all morning. It’s ridiculous. They had plenty of advance warning for this storm. Don’t people work overnight in the south? In the north east, the plows and road crews come out as soon as the snow stops, whenever that is.

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    At work – took about 10 minutes of scraping my car and then just avoided the drifts on the way in. Most people are here as well… As long as you are smart about it, it’s not really a huge problem (I understand the bus issue, etc. if you use public transport).

  5. Mik (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    I had no problem getting in, and I drove down unplowed Georgetown streets, unfortunately most of my office didn’t feel the same way. I’m currently liaising with people in Chicago, they laugh at our diminished capacity.

  6. David (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    Yeah, having spent some time in snowier climes, and knowing the skill level of both driver and pedestrian, I do agree it should have been a snow day.

    I personally blame the recently released federal budget for the lack of a snow day… since the OPM folks looked at the decision more financially than safety, and said screw-it to Federal employees and made most people burn a day of vacation on their own dime.

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