Video: Polar Vortex II shuts down DC, hits eastern US

posted at 8:01 am on January 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Normally, as a Minnesotan I would sniff at the idea that the nation’s capital would shut down over a few snowflakes, but this is more than just a little winter dusting. The National Weather Service predicts accumulations between 6″ and 10″ in Washington, which has closed down for the day. That kind of snowfall could do the same out here, depending on the rate of accumulation.

This storm goes much farther than just the Beltway:

Meteorologists expect the storm system to reemerge off the coast of Virginia, blowing into a significant coastal storm for the East Coast – bringing heavy snowfall from Virginia to New England.

The snow should start falling in most areas between 10 a.m. and noon. Major cities from Richmond, Va., north to Portland, Maine, are forecast to get at least half a foot of snow, with snowfall totals topping a foot in some areas. Areas close to the coastline should expect near-blizzard conditions Tuesday afternoon into the evening.

That storm threat caused the federal government to close offices in the Washington, D.C. area for today. Additionally, nearly 2,000 U.S. flights were cancelled because of the storm by 4:30 a.m., according to FlightAware.com.

Those flight cancellations will likely impact flights throughout the US, as planes needed for other flights end up stuck in East Coast airports. What’s causing the big drop in temperatures and snowfall? The return of the Polar Vortex:

If the Polar Vortex has returned, it seems a little less intense here in Minnesota. As I write this post, it’s -7º, and the predicted high will be 2º above zero.  That’s cold enough, but nowhere near as bad as the last storm, and won’t last as long, either. By Friday, the high will be 28º.

If you want to do business with the federal government, though, you’ll need to wait until at least tomorrow. That is also when the March for Life will take place, when hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists rally at the Mall to protest on the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade. A little snow and cold won’t dampen their spirits, but let’s hope and pray that they will be able to get there by tomorrow.


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“Global warming” in action.

Claims of an overwhelming “scientific consensus” about the “man-caused global warming” theory don’t hold up:

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/01/03/lawrence-solomon-97-cooked-stats/

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Brrrrr

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Top of the morning to you Ed.

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Word is that to combat the extreme cold and snowy conditions, members of Congress and the Senate have agreed to stand outside and make political promises. Obama remarked that it would be a perfect time for another round of golf.

GT on January 21, 2014 at 8:12 AM

“The Federal Government has announced it will be closed for the day.”

YAAAAAAY!!! Happy Snoopy Dance! One less day they can torment the life out of us!!

theotherone on January 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Better there than here.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Too bad it doesn’t turn that whole stinking city into an ice cube. . . then they can abandon the left coast and move the capitol to Wyoming.

rplat on January 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

…Al Gore is in front of his fireplace!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Oh good! Something else to distract us from Obamacare.

joekenha on January 21, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Video: Polar Vortex II shuts down DC, hits eastern US
=====================================================

If Hopey keeps playing politics with KeyStone Oil Pipeline,
rest assure,..that us Canadians,..will line up a third Polar
Vortex Part 3!!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Couldn’t that protest have been held during a warmer time? Isn’t the same year as the anniversary close enough? Doesn’t have to be on the exact same day.

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Northeast US severe winter weather, Jan. 21, 2014
Cape Cod, MA, US
28m
Photo: Blizzard warnings in place for Cape, islands and coastal Plymouth, Mass. – @NWSBoston
===================

https://twitter.com/NWSBoston/status/425582922402263040/photo/1/large

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:17 AM

The Weather Channel naming storms……beyond stupid.

How about these names for Winter Storms?

WinterStorm Olaf

WinterStorm Cuddleup

WinterStorm Brrrr

WinterStorm Abominablus

WinterStorm Ice Princess

WinterStorm AllSkate

Or for the really big one….Winter Super Mega UltraStorm Jackus Frostus

PappyD61 on January 21, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Roe vs Wade is the greatest evil decision of the Supreme Court ever.

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 8:18 AM

snow
1h
More than 2,000 flights delayed or canceled so far today due to snow storm moving into US Northeast – @TODAYshow
end of bulletin
=================

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/northeast-us-severe-winter-weather-jan-21-2014/

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Got about an inch here in Toledo. Can’t be bothered to shovel so little at this point. And I’m not worrying about single minus digit temps, it’s only when it hits -10 or so that I have to worry about pipes freezing.

How many days until pitchers and catchers?

rbj on January 21, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Ed and Allah, I think this site needs a new regular series or two.

Each week you should call out an outrageous or embarrassing Tweet of some liberal. A hall of shame, of sorts. You could also have runners-up.

I feel like things need freshening up. Would help to engage more with Twitter. Has done wonders for Twitchy.

I really feel like this site could take on a more fighting tone. It’s gotten too collegial at times. Needs more mocking of leftists.

Also, engage with the commenters (here, on Facebook, Twitter, etc.) more. Maybe have a photo caption or meme generator contest each week. You know you’d get some great material.

I offer these suggestions as a longtime reader.

Things really slow down here over the weekend.

Finally, my biggest problem with the blogging is the openness to illegal alien amnesty. That needs to change. But I won’t get into that now. Trying to keep this comment light.

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Snow & Dismissal Procedures Current Status

Washington, DC, Area

Applies to: January 21, 2014
*****************************

Status: Federal Offices are Closed – Emergency and Telework-ready
Employees Must Follow Their Agency’s Policies

FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency’s policies, including written telework agreements.

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/current-status/

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 6:02 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM

What needs to change is the amnesty-friendly stance, not my problem with it… Just wanted to clear that up from last comment.

Now back to the polar vortex discussion. Sorry that I got sidetracked.

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Happy Snow Day from DC (where it is 37 degrees and falling but no snow yet).

The burning question this morning is if you are to “hunker down” or “brace” for these snow events.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Notice that the Eastern US is getting Boinked,
and its interesting that Christie is getting crucified,
and I think, theres a direct correlation!

(sarc)

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Quick call Radi Aid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJLqyuxm96k

then do something to help these guys out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbqA6o8_WC0

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM

I miss the Obamateurism of the Day.

joekenha on January 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM

What needs to change is the amnesty-friendly stance, not my problem with it… Just wanted to clear that up from last comment.

Now back to the polar vortex discussion. Sorry that I got sidetracked.

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM

bluegill:Theres gonna be no amnesty for that Illegal Country hopping
Polar Vortex,…it needs to get its freezing *ss, back up
north, asap!(sarc):)

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Roe vs Wade is the greatest evil decision of the Supreme Court ever.

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Oh, I don’t know about that. Obamacare and all its subsidiary rulings (like forcing employers to provide contraception) is a contender. As is the state sanctioning of sodomite relationships as “marriage” and a legitimate lifestyle choice.

Anything that tears down society and the rule of law is evil.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 59s

AP VIDEO: A big winter storm is forecast to drop up to 10 inches of snow from Virginia to New England: http://apne.ws/1hIsjv8
=====================================================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd8Ng6wUhhs&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I miss the Obamateurism of the Day.

joekenha on January 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Given this administration’s second term failures and scandals, I think we’d have to have an OOTH (Obamateurism of the Hour). But, of course, the only problem here is that some people hate having a black President.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

New Jersey, US
1m
Snow now falling in New York City, northeastern New Jersey as winter storm approaches – @NWSNewYorkNY
end of bulletin

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Notice that the Eastern US is getting Boinked,
and its interesting that Christie is getting crucified,
and I think, theres a direct correlation!

(sarc)

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Christie should double down here. Choosing what cities get snow removal services and which ones do not. ;0

But don’t worry, Christie is stronger than the storm. Unelectable as a Republican Presidential candidate but he’ll come out of this smelling as good as Newark!

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Dry as a bone here in the Pacific Northwest, and not a flake all winter so far. Thirties and fifties for lows and highs, too. It’s good living here.

HiJack on January 21, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Well, let’s see what they actually get for weather today and tonight. Weather Underground forecasts a high of 33F today ’til noon then dropping to 21F by 9PM with an overnight low of 9F. Snow forecast is 3 to 5 today and 1 to 3 overnight. That won’t close Philly or NYC and it’s no reason to close DC, though I can think of several other reasons to close that useless effin’ city.

And you can be sure this will be yet another day where tax eating employees of government will get paid for not going to work.

Dusty on January 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 59s

AP VIDEO: A big winter storm is forecast to drop up to 10 inches of snow from Virginia to New England: http://apne.ws/1hIsjv8
=====================================================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd8Ng6wUhhs&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I hope the unions don’t murder anyone…again.

joekenha on January 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Because a tax is going to make it all go away .

EnglishRogue on January 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Given this administration’s second term failures and scandals, I think we’d have to have an OOTH (Obamateurism of the Hour). But, of course, the only problem here is that some people hate having a black President.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

We’re all racists now!

joekenha on January 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM

GOES SAT,..at 22,500 miles up:

GOES 13 EAST
=============

http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/goescolor/goeseast/overview2/color_lrg/latestfull.jpg

http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:41 AM

So it’s cold in the northeast in January, got it.

hillsoftx on January 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

move the capitol to Wyoming.

rplat on January 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

You really don’t want it. There’s a reason they put it in a swamp as soon as Philadelphia and New York could get rid of it.

Couldn’t that protest have been held during a warmer time? Isn’t the same year as the anniversary close enough? Doesn’t have to be on the exact same day.

bluegill on January 21, 2014 at 8:17 AM

It happens every year on that date, not just the big anniversary.

GWB on January 21, 2014 at 8:44 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I hope the unions don’t murder anyone…again.

joekenha on January 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM

joekenha: Goonions,…typical!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Polar vortex is a made up headline. The jet stream, however, is used to describe what is happening. It is bulging down over the middle of the country and giving us a very strong high on the western side of the Rockies. The snow in my yard has mostly melted leaving ice. To find snow for playing in, we have to go above 4000Ft. DC gets my money and now my snow. If Minnesotans are worried about 6-10in of snow, Montanans normally would sniff at you. Don’t mean to start a sniffing war, just sayin’.

Kissmygrits on January 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Christie should double down here. Choosing what cities get snow removal services and which ones do not. ;0

But don’t worry, Christie is stronger than the storm. Unelectable as a Republican Presidential candidate but he’ll come out of this smelling as good as Newark!

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Happy Nomad:Lol,

I think (joekenha), has that covered in his union slow-down linky,
but ya,..i can see the Dems adding the snow storm removal as
another Christie scandal!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

giving us a very strong high on the western side of the Rockies.

Kissmygrits on January 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

That ain’t the jet stream. It’s all the potheads in Colorado lighting up.

CurtZHP on January 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

[hillsoftx on January 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM]

Yes, and it also snows and gets windy at times. We call it winter. Media and government elites call it camera-ready opportunities for feeling important.

Dusty on January 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM

OMG! OMG! OMG!!!!!!!! A snowplow just passed by and “brined” the road! Still in the 30s without a flake yet visible.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

…Al Gore is in front of his fireplace!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 8:14 AM

and Bernie Madoff is working in the prison laundry. How is that fair?

onomo on January 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM

That is also when the March for Life will take place, when hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists rally at the Mall to protest on the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade. A little snow and cold won’t dampen their spirits, but let’s hope and pray that they will be able to get there by tomorrow.

I’ll be there, guaranteed!

Stoic Patriot on January 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Is there a chance we can get all global warming scientists on the next ship to the Antarctic?

onomo on January 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

…Al Gore is in front of his fireplace!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 8:14 AM

…making enough S’mores to feed a football stadium.

Maddie on January 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Proof that sometimes, Hell does freeze over.
Unfortunately, the Federal demons will just take a PTO day, and return to mischief tomorrow.

orangemtl on January 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I have to fly to Madison WI on wednesday night from sunny Central Florida.

Its going to snow on Wednesday, and the high is going to be 4′F on Thursday. Why people choose to live in these places, I’ll never know.

Defenestratus on January 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I have to fly to Madison WI on wednesday night from sunny Central Florida.

Its going to snow on Wednesday, and the high is going to be 4′F on Thursday. Why people choose to live in these places, I’ll never know.

Defenestratus on January 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Visit in the summer and you will know why.

chewmeister on January 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Breaking news out of D.C.
It snows in the wintertime.

chewmeister on January 21, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Visit in the summer and you will know why.

chewmeister on January 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I’ve been there in the summer. All week of it. It sucks then too.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Man, this winter weather is rough. If only there was some method man had of raising the global temperatures by a degree or two. Y’know, take the cold edge off of things.

Ah, but weather control is science fiction.

Right…?

JohnGalt23 on January 21, 2014 at 9:18 AM

It’s all the potheads in Colorado lighting up.

CurtZHP on January 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Dude, that’s like the eastern side of the Rockies, man. Brush up on your geograp… oooh, brownies!

GWB on January 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Kinda sad when push comes to shove ,very few people care about this issue.Oh well Jesus does.

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Visit in the summer and you will know why.

chewmeister on January 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

.
I’ve been there in the summer. All week of it. It sucks then too.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 9:17 AM

.
Not much of a fisherman, huh ?

listens2glenn on January 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

It always amazes me how even a couple of inches of snow shuts down Wash, DC. But having lived in that area before, it’s for the best…considering the absolute lunacy of the driving capabilities of too many people there.

OMG! OMG! OMG!!!!!!!! A snowplow just passed by and “brined” the road! Still in the 30s without a flake yet visible.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

They get real salt-happy on the roads where I live too. Makes taking the doggie on walks rather difficult, as the salt makes his paws burn.

JetBoy on January 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Bad snowstorm = “Polar Vortex”

Heat wave = “climate change” “global warming” “doom”

Just words

BobMbx on January 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I have to fly to Madison WI on wednesday night from sunny Central Florida.

Its going to snow on Wednesday, and the high is going to be 4′F on Thursday. Why people choose to live in these places, I’ll never know.

Defenestratus on January 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Pick your poison. When I was living in MI, the winters were cold and you got tired of the snow by March. But, the summer was nice and you had just enough of a growing season where you could garden without it becoming a burden.

People visiting “sunny Central Florida” in the summer might wonder why people would choose to live anywhere so hot and humid. Hell, I asked myself that during the years I was living in Louisiana.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

First flakes falling in DC.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Is Al Gore in Washington DC this week?

sadatoni on January 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I’m in the VA valley and my employer was about the only not to close. So I went in and boss said go home. As I was getting in the car I got a text saying they were closing. Shoulda just stayed home in the first place, it’s getting bad.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Not much of a fisherman, huh ?

listens2glenn on January 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Actually for much of my life I was an avid fisherman. Never caught a 75lb tuna in Wisconsin though. Ditto wahoo and dolphin (mahi-mahi to you West coasters). Could catch some nice walleye there, but then you can catch nice walleye in Lake Anna in Virginia AND catch striped bass at the same time. You don’t even want to talk about catfish either. Fishing is much better in Virginia than in Wisconsin. Perch will start their annual run in the Rappahannock in a couple of months as will the shad. Can’t ice fish in Virginia much though, which is a good thing.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

First flakes falling in DC.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Nothing here in F’burg yet.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Northeast US severe winter weather, Jan. 21, 2014
30s
US Supreme Court open for business despite federal office closures due to severe weather – @NBCNews
end of bulletin

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I’m in the VA valley and my employer was about the only not to close. So I went in and boss said go home. As I was getting in the car I got a text saying they were closing. Shoulda just stayed home in the first place, it’s getting bad.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Which VA valley?

I’m irritated, since I go in early, I could have gotten at least five hours of work in before things got to the point where going home would make sense. They say they encourage these closures because it keeps the cars off the road so it is easier for the snowplows and sand trucks. Nevertheless, DC would never have been closed so early back when I was growing up here.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I’ve been here 10 years and didn’t know about Lake Anna!

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Shenandoah Valley, lightened up a bit but they say it will get worse around noon.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Northeast US severe winter weather, Jan. 21, 2014
32s
Snow begins to fall in Washington, DC; light snow reported at Reagan National Airport – @TWCBreaking

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Nevertheless, DC would never have been closed so early back when I was growing up here.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Yea, but it had already started and the roads were already slick when I went in only to be told they were going to close. Nothing’s been plowed here yet that I could see.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I’ve been here 10 years and didn’t know about Lake Anna!

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

If you’re in The Valley you may be closer to Smith Mountain Lake.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

:-) Everybody in Virginia (except NoVa transplants) will know what you mean by “The Valley”. Outside The Old Dominion, not so much.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Yea, but it had already started and the roads were already slick when I went in only to be told they were going to close. Nothing’s been plowed here yet that I could see.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Man I’d love to take some pictures from the pulloff up on Afton Mt. tomorrow morning. I bet that’s going to be an awesome sight. Don’t think I’ll make it though :-)

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

The National Weather Service predicts ‘GLOBAL WARMING’ accumulations of between 6″ and 10″ …

Pork-Chop on January 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Started out slow here in McLean, but picking up a little now, with a full dusting over the grass.

hollygolightly on January 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Everybody in Virginia (except NoVa transplants) will know what you mean by “The Valley”. Outside The Old Dominion, not so much.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

The folks down in the New River Valley might disagree with you on that one.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I think Obama kept a campaign promise and hell froze over.

here in Richmond its supposed to be ~2* tomorrow.

mkbruin on January 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I’m right by Reagan National. Barely visible flurries at the moment.

WhatSlushfund on January 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Yea, but it had already started and the roads were already slick when I went in only to be told they were going to close. Nothing’s been plowed here yet that I could see.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

To be fair, when I was growing up in the DC area places like Winchester, Charlottesville, Annapolis, or Pax River were not considered part of the Washington Metropolitan area. Now they pretty much are.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Oh the horror of a little snow…130″ season to date here in N. Michigan so far. I Haven’t seen the ground for at least a couple months now. To get to work you just fire up the snowmobile.

moo on January 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Northeast US severe winter weather, Jan. 21, 2014
1m
Severe weather threat causes cancellation of 2,640 flights in the US – @FlightAware
end of bulletin

https://twitter.com/FlightAware

canopfor on January 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Oh the horror of a little snow…130″ season to date here in N. Michigan so far. I Haven’t seen the ground for at least a couple months now. To get to work you just fire up the snowmobile.

moo on January 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

So, in other words, you’re warmer than usual! ;0

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

We had a local radio host replay a couple of calls he made to DC during SnowMegadon one or two years ago. DC shut down for two days. The first day he called a Holiday Inn that was closest to the capitol. Rooms available, restaurant open, full service provided and all employees were on the job.

The next day he called a pizza joint near the capitol (his daughter was interning so he knew his way around DC). Same deal, fully operational, business was booming during the shutdown and his drivers were all busy delivering pizzas. He ordered one for Homeland Security and had it sent over.

DanMan on January 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

No Ed, It’s not Polar Vortex II, It’s Polar Vortex Babette. The next will be Polar Vortex Chauncey. Get with the program.

WryTrvllr on January 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

The folks down in the New River Valley might disagree with you on that one.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

the New River is “A” valley in Virginia but Shenandoah is “The” valley.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I have to fly to Madison WI on wednesday night from sunny Central Florida.

Its going to snow on Wednesday, and the high is going to be 4′F on Thursday. Why people choose to live in these places, I’ll never know.

Defenestratus on January 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM

tiny bugs.

WryTrvllr on January 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I would sniff at the idea that the nation’s capital would shut down over a few snowflakes

heh… sniff away.

Current Report: College Park, MD (inside DC Beltway) we have a light dusting with no road accumulations (none zero nada zilch).

Terp Mole on January 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Farmers Almanac said it was going to be a particularly harsh winter this year, so there was plenty of warning in advance.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Haha, yea, that was pretty much a giveaway. IMPORTANT WEATHER ALERT from my local news… This will be a fairly fluffy snow. Decent for making snowmen; but not the best.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Polar vortex…what a load of crap…its winter…

crosshugger on January 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

crosshugger on January 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Hahaha, and who cares about snow, I just hate when the words “frigid” and “biting winds” are in the forecast. Still,you’re right, it’s winter. Winter has always been that way.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

It is WINTER for GOD sake! The beginning of Winter was Dec 21!
Lived and grew up in Bethesda and Potomac Maryland and we were snowed in many times. All three fire places were going at once. Cords of wood were delivered like clockwork every year.
What are you pansies crying about?
Get over it and start shoveling!
Holy crap!

Delsa on January 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I have to fly to Madison WI on wednesday night from sunny Central Florida.

Its going to snow on Wednesday, and the high is going to be 4′F on Thursday. Why people choose to live in these places, I’ll never know.

Defenestratus on January 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Also, AlGore PROMISED me that in a few years I would be living on beach front property on the Mississippi Sea.

WryTrvllr on January 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Ya wanna see a DC “shut down?” Just wait until the fly-over-country vortex gets there.

Old Country Boy on January 21, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Whoa! This is getting serious. My deck is almost, I repeat, almost covered in snow and it’s still coming down. The street in front of my house is actually WET! It’s a catastrophe I tell ya. Been snowing for less than three hours now and we’ve got almost a quarter of an inch. Gonna be a big one. Good thing they cancelled school yesterday.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Yeah, we have a reversed ‘polar vortex’ here too, 76 degrees in Burbank today :)…79 tomorrow :) as for DC, let them enjoy their ‘polar vortex’ and while at it shut down, indefinitely or better yet, for good…

jimver on January 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Rest easy, Folks, the guards at the tomb will be at work through this and anything Nature can throw their way. God Bless

Sergeant Major on January 21, 2014 at 2:40 PM

OH MY GAWD

ITS SNOWING IN THE WINTER

HOLY CRAP ! ! ! ! !

/sarc

TX-96 on January 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on January 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

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