snow: Snow-ettiquette in Northern Virginia - 01/16/19 02:43 PM
We just had our first snowstorm of the season in Northern Virginia.  As far as storms go, it was great! It began late on a Saturday evening and continued until Sunday evening. All told, most areas got 8-12 inches. School was closed on Monday and delayed 2 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is still lingering on the grassy areas, but most roads are clear at this point.
Seeing how things were the next day (and the next), there are obviously some  reminders that could benefit us all.
1. Clean off the roof of your car...please! Even today (Wednesday), I saw SUVs, … (1 comments)

snow: The Snow has provided a Great Opportunity to evaluate your home! - 01/27/11 01:13 AM
The Snow has provided a Great Opportunity to evaluate your home! Northern Virginia got socked with 8-12 inches of snow last night. I hope all of you reading this got home safe and sound last night (and without too much of a delay).  Right now begins the big dig-out, but it also provides a great opportunity to see how well sealed your home is. A well-sealed house will not release as much warm air as a house with less insulation and sealing. As you clear the driveways and sidewalks in your neighborhood, pay attention to how quickly the snow melts on … (4 comments)

snow: I think this time we are going to get it... - 01/26/11 08:09 AM
Snow, that is! Northern Virginia has had a number of huge storms miss us so far this season. It looks like the one that started about an hour ago with sleet and thunder,  and now snow, is going to hunker down and drop on us!
Most of the area was anticipating this to begin at between 3 and 4. It began right on schedule. We are expecting between 7 and 10 inches in the Reston area. That might not seem like a lot to places more accustomed to snow, but that is a huge amount for (although nothing like the back-to-back … (3 comments)

snow: What You Can Do To Prevent Snow Storms! - 02/09/10 08:09 AM
I am at the point where I just have to laugh with all the snow that we have had this year in Virginia--otherwise I would cry! The Washington D.C. metro area, which includes suburban Virginia and Maryland, usually gets a couple of light snows, but rarely anything like what we have gotten this year. The evidence is anecdotal, but it seems to me that the years that we  purchased or upgraded our snow blower were years that we got little or no snow So here is a list of things that you should do to prepare for NEXT winter. I can … (18 comments)

snow: Only A Virginian Can Understand This Snow Emergency - 02/05/10 12:20 AM
It has been 16 hours since I heard my daughter did not have school today. 15 hours since my oldest daughter's University of Virginia classes were canceled (this is not a commuter school--she and most of her classmates live there) and 14 hours since my son's school canceled classes. There is a state of emergency in effect for the whole state.  The Federal Government is closing 4 hours early and all local jurisdictions are on liberal leave policies. The house is stocked with food. Not a single snow flake has fallen. This is how Virginia handles snow. I grew up here. … (5 comments)

snow: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow in Virginia! - 12/05/09 04:42 AM
Today is our first snow fall. I heard on the news this morning that in the Washington D.C. metro area in the past 5 years, 3 of them we received our first inch of snow on December 5. This year is no exception! Luckily, we are all snugly tucked inside enjoying a quiet Saturday afternoon.  The snow is beautiful, and so far, not so deep that it would prevent us from going any where. Of  course, if you are at all familiar with the area, this small amount of snow can be pretty paralyzing.  For that reason, I think I will … (2 comments)

 
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