Thanks, Capital Weather Gang: It wasn’t the next snowmageddon after all
The monster winter storm said to hit the eastern coast of the U.S. this week dusted D.C. with a covering to an inch of snow. As a precaution, however, the city was on storm warning, and huge quantities of salt were dispatched to counter the freezing of sidewalks and roads.
Capital Weather Gang of The Washington Post predicted that this paralyzing northeast blizzard would dump up to four inches in D.C. and almost four feet in New York City and Boston.
While places like Long Island got close to the actual predictions with up to 2 feet of snow and dangerous wind and sea conditions, NYC got 11 to as little as 4 inches of snow and D.C. got only a light dusting. In general, the predictions were way off.
The reactions to the impending “crippling and potentially historic blizzard” were equally exaggerated. Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted a city wide travel ban beginning Monday at 11 pm and announced that schools would officially close on Tuesday.
“This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” said de Blasio to NBC news.
D.C. is infamous for being completely paralyzed by even three inches of snow, which explains the winter storm warning. Workers of Georgetown University began covering the sidewalks of the campus with a layer of salt as early as Monday morning, before it began snowing, and plowing continued more or less steadily throughout Tuesday night.
The approach may seem exaggerated, but D.C. especially is afraid of anything approaching the Snowmageddon emergency of 2010 when the city was hit by two successive storms, dumping a total of 32 inches of snow. While this particular storm was a dud, not quite of blockbuster proportions, it is good to know the city is prepared.
For all the snow junkies that didn’t quite get their fix with this storm, there is a chance of snow on Thursday and Sunday, though only a “medium” one according to our analyst friends at Capital Weather Gang.
Perhaps the most distressing part of these overstated weather reports is that they get Vox‘s hopes up that maybe one of these days, she will get her snow day. Until she remembers they no longer exist.
Photo: @maximusupinNYc via twitter