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(Washington Post)   Washington Post forecasts up to 20 inches of snow for DC region. EVERYBODY PANI... oh, it's over the entire winter snow season?   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 27
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2012-11-14 09:10:20 AM
Uhhhh...subby? A quarter inch of snow will bring the Washington DC region to its knees for almost a full day, empty grocery stores of milk, toilet paper, and bread, and cause dangerous runs on both gas stations and banks. Twenty inches of snow over the entire season, even spread out in quarter-inch increments, represents a three-month era of darkness that may cause the end of NOVA as we know it. Society may break down; cul-de-sacs will form into warring tribes. This is a grim future we speak of, and I would suggest that you not belittle it.
 
2012-11-14 09:33:58 AM
Or as Emily Litella would say,never mind.
 
2012-11-14 09:34:38 AM

Pocket Ninja: Uhhhh...subby? A quarter inch of snow will bring the Washington DC region to its knees for almost a full day, empty grocery stores of milk, toilet paper, and bread, and cause dangerous runs on both gas stations and banks. Twenty inches of snow over the entire season, even spread out in quarter-inch increments, represents a three-month era of darkness that may cause the end of NOVA as we know it. Society may break down; cul-de-sacs will form into warring tribes. This is a grim future we speak of, and I would suggest that you not belittle it.


You forgot: the government will shut down for 2-3 days. And people will kill over "their" shoveled out parking spot.
Yes, I live in NOVA.
 
2012-11-14 09:36:19 AM
Whether it is 20 inches over 35 femtoseconds or over the rest of eternity...either way it is because of global warming.
 
2012-11-14 09:45:24 AM
I also live in a region where a single flake will cause mass closings and panic as if fiery meteors were to start raining down any second. You see, it's really not the snow itself that's the problem, but the resulting behavior of my fellow townsmen
 
2012-11-14 09:49:10 AM

Pocket Ninja: Uhhhh...subby? A quarter inch of snow will bring the Washington DC region to its knees for almost a full day, empty grocery stores of milk, toilet paper, and bread, and cause dangerous runs on both gas stations and banks. Twenty inches of snow over the entire season, even spread out in quarter-inch increments, represents a three-month era of darkness that may cause the end of NOVA as we know it. Society may break down; cul-de-sacs will form into warring tribes. This is a grim future we speak of, and I would suggest that you not belittle it.


PN,
You must live here....if the guys on WTOP even says (*"snow"*) on the radio, folks start doing 360s on the beltway on dry pavement on a sunny day.
 
2012-11-14 09:49:37 AM
That's about 18 inches more than we had last year. Last winter was glorious though.
 
2012-11-14 09:50:51 AM
In Texas if someone leaves their freezer door open too long they shut down everything.
 
2012-11-14 09:55:17 AM

Pocket Ninja: Society may break down; cul-de-sacs will form into warring tribes. This is a grim future we speak of, and I would suggest that you not belittle it.


How's that different from normal around DC?
 
2012-11-14 09:56:39 AM
That's more than enough to make DC panic about 40 times or so. During the hot summers I sometimes doubt my decision to live downtown and walk or metro most places, but I swear, every time it snows it's so worth it to not deal with the idiots on the roads.
 
2012-11-14 10:15:55 AM

Pocket Ninja: Uhhhh...subby? A quarter inch of snow will bring the Washington DC region to its knees for almost a full day, empty grocery stores of milk, toilet paper, and bread, and cause dangerous runs on both gas stations and banks. Twenty inches of snow over the entire season, even spread out in quarter-inch increments, represents a three-month era of darkness that may cause the end of NOVA as we know it. Society may break down; cul-de-sacs will form into warring tribes. This is a grim future we speak of, and I would suggest that you not belittle it.


"There has been too much violence. Too much pain. But I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away. Give me your food, the Metro Smartrip card, and the whole apartment, and I'll spare your lives. Just walk away and we'll give you a safe passageway in the wastelands. Just walk away and there will be an end to the horror."
 
2012-11-14 10:40:13 AM
I remember Snowmaggedon. I spent 6 hours shoveling my car out and a path into the street only for my neighbor's asshole kid to take it later that day. And keep in mind this was in a suburban neighborhood directly in front of our house, not a townhouse situation in Old Town.

Then Carmaggedon I made great time to get home, took me almost two hours to get from Bethesda to the 123 exit at Tysons but as soon as I hit the ramp everything came to a grinding halt. I was in my car, on that stupid ramp, for 7 hours. I actually had to help push a car onto the shoulder because they ran out of gas in hour 5.
 
2012-11-14 10:42:17 AM
20 inches? do you know how much 20 inches is? (unzips pants)
 
2012-11-14 10:46:12 AM
Forecast = WAG

/because watching pots boil is so predictable
 
2012-11-14 10:53:55 AM

KatjaMouse: I remember Snowmaggedon. I spent 6 hours shoveling my car out and a path into the street only for my neighbor's asshole kid to take it later that day. And keep in mind this was in a suburban neighborhood directly in front of our house, not a townhouse situation in Old Town.

Then Carmaggedon I made great time to get home, took me almost two hours to get from Bethesda to the 123 exit at Tysons but as soon as I hit the ramp everything came to a grinding halt. I was in my car, on that stupid ramp, for 7 hours. I actually had to help push a car onto the shoulder because they ran out of gas in hour 5.


In Old Town's defense, they didn't have any streets cleared for what... 2 weeks? I worked at O'Connell's back then and you could have cross-country skied the whole of Alexandria (both city AND Fairfax County). I did two runs down King Street on the 200 & 100 blocks with my downhill skis that year.

As for that shiat-storm two winters ago. I worked in Leesburg and lived in Alexandria. Took me 8 hours to get home. 7.5 on the Dulles Toll Road, 30 min on 495. Only redeeming factor of that nightmare was seeing multiple exotics and high-end cars spun out into ditches on the toll road thanks to their RWD layout.
 
2012-11-14 11:01:47 AM

KatjaMouse: I remember Snowmaggedon. I spent 6 hours shoveling my car out and a path into the street only for my neighbor's asshole kid to take it later that day. And keep in mind this was in a suburban neighborhood directly in front of our house, not a townhouse situation in Old Town.

Then Carmaggedon I made great time to get home, took me almost two hours to get from Bethesda to the 123 exit at Tysons but as soon as I hit the ramp everything came to a grinding halt. I was in my car, on that stupid ramp, for 7 hours. I actually had to help push a car onto the shoulder because they ran out of gas in hour 5.


That was a horrible time. I was an Exec Chef at a restaurant in Brambleton at the time. We had gotten a big delivery a day before the storm hit...so on like day 3, the owner came and picked my ass up at like 7am from my house, as I did not have a 4 wheel drive car, he drove me to the restaurant and I was the only one in the kitchen, plus he did not want the food we purchased to go to waste. He bartended and I pushed out, I would guess a little over 300 meals from about noon to 9pm. We had a single server and a busboy/dishwasher. We ended up doing something like $15K that day...~40% food, the remaining 60% alcohol.

Once we got to the restaurant, confirmed that we had power, heat, satellite and internet, we posted on facebook that we were open. Not even 20-30 minutes later did we have a full bar.

I ended up doing something like a 17 hour day. Honestly, one of the most exhausting and rewarding days I have ever been through.

I was very amazed how generous the guests were with their tips, I guess being stuck in doors with your family for 3 days will do that to you...The lone server who chose to actually show up ended up making just shy of $2000 that shift as guests were extremely grateful that we were open, yeah, the owner who bartended ended up giving his tips to the waiter too. The busboy/dishwasher got like $500 too. That server bragged and bragged for weeks after that. We actually could not cash him out at the end of the shift, most guests paid with credit cards, so we had to cut him a check the next day.
 
2012-11-14 11:06:23 AM

Missicat: Pocket Ninja: Uhhhh...subby? A quarter inch of snow will bring the Washington DC region to its knees for almost a full day, empty grocery stores of milk, toilet paper, and bread, and cause dangerous runs on both gas stations and banks. Twenty inches of snow over the entire season, even spread out in quarter-inch increments, represents a three-month era of darkness that may cause the end of NOVA as we know it. Society may break down; cul-de-sacs will form into warring tribes. This is a grim future we speak of, and I would suggest that you not belittle it.

You forgot: the government will shut down for 2-3 days. And people will kill over "their" shoveled out parking spot.
Yes, I live in NOVA.


Eh, you exaggerate. Trust me, you don't know panic over snow until you've lived further south. I lived in Nashville for 6 years, and they panic a lot worse down there than they do here in the DC Area.

/moved back a few months after Snowmageedon
//not disappointed that I missed that storm
///disappointed that that storm dropped enough snow that it didn't snow at all last winter to make up for it
 
2012-11-14 11:08:24 AM

jkl65s4: Eh, you exaggerate. Trust me, you don't know panic over snow until you've lived further south. I lived in Nashville for 6 years, and they panic a lot worse down there than they do here in the DC Area.


The year following Snowmaggedon my parents moved down to San Antonio where it hadn't snowed for the better part of 20 years. My dad was excited about throwing away his snow shovels. Then his first winter down there... effing snow. Now, mind you, we're talking 1/4" of it. But it shut. DOWN. EVERYTHING.
 
2012-11-14 11:19:35 AM
Yeah, growing up near Annapolis means I found the idea of the Metro area NOT panicking over snow hilarious. My school once closed because the surrounding counties had a little bit of snow falling. Not even our county!

But I like the acknowledgement most of the Annapolis/DC/Baltimore area has about how we have no farking idea how to drive in snow and thus we SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.

Much safer than here in Philly where the morons think they know how to drive in snow and drive like a flake will burn through their engine block if it lands on the car.
 
2012-11-14 11:26:03 AM
From a single day of snowfall in Arizona last March:

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2012-11-14 11:29:40 AM
Dear God, please let it be plutonium enriched snow this year. Please?
 
2012-11-14 12:29:34 PM
Ah Snowmaggedon. That was so much fun a couple years back. I hope we get another one this year as last winter was rather weak.

www.wunderground.com
 
2012-11-14 12:41:43 PM
Snowmaggedon, I flew out of National the day it started and almost got stuck in Philly. Ended up getting out on one of the last flights and spent the next month and a half in Colorado.

WOO HOO The Rockies! That means LOTS of sno.....OH WTF! Evidently Snowmaggedon pulled all the snow out of the Rockies and sent it to hang out in DC. I think total there was 5" of snow for the entire time I was in Co.

The Snowpacolypse traffic bonanza, I stayed at work until 8pm on purpose. A bunch of folks I know spent 8+hours in their cars. I spent 4 hours. I ended up driving my little FWD coupe around 4x4s and watched 3 people who followed me on to a side road get stuck.

Now, I live on the other side of the Shenandoah river, and work in Mclean. If it starts snowing, Im working from home.
 
2012-11-14 12:43:03 PM
We got a foot of snow out here the other day. Big storm, I might say unlikely storm, for this time of year. But hardly unprecedented. You heard about that, right? The big snowstorm out west? Hello?
 
2012-11-14 04:57:59 PM
That's 19.5 more inches than we got last year here in DC. Freakin weather sucks in this town, hot and muggy with zero breeze in the summer, cold and 45 mph winds in the winter and no snow to play in. Also, DC drivers are utter morons.
 
2012-11-14 05:22:52 PM
The Snow Maggeddon, and the one the year before with the two in a row. Ass-deep in snow in the Northern Virgina.

Tricky part of it is we're on that treacherous Rain/Snow line and what looks like an inch of rain can stall and get cold and next thing you know it's a foot of snow. I do not care for it.

DC drivers are utter morons.
 
2012-11-14 08:52:29 PM

Oldiron_79: 20 inches? do you know how much 20 inches is? (unzips pants)


Oh, so about 30 of those then?
 
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