Woowee, did we get some nasty weather last night. In the space of half an hour we went from rain, to sleet, to heavy, wet snow. The DC area, having learned ABSOU-FUCKING-LUTELY NOTHING from the major snowstorms last year appeared to have no plan in place for this event so the roads were worse than I’ve ever seen, anywhere. And by anywhere, I’m including Rochester, NY and Columbus, OH. Yeah. We spent two hours creeping home by car last night and it was only by the grace of four-wheel-drive that we weren’t among the many poor souls stuck on the roads during the storm. I’m totally never making fun of my husband’s giant, absurd SUV again. I (heart) that car.
Once we got home, we were all set to settle in for a cozy evening of togetherness when BAM. The lights went out. Our part of the region is known for older homes and large, mature trees, which translates to big-ass branches tumbling from the sky when the weather goes sour. Our house is fine but we still didn’t have power this morning and I’m not optimistic that we’ll get it back within the next 36 hours.
C, by the way, was totally terrified by the sudden disappearance of lights. He burst into terrified tears and begged us to call the fire engines to help us. We convinced him that we should call the “electric company man” instead and he kept asking when the “country man” was going to come. If only we had an answer for that…
Anyway, all of this is a long way of saying that this is probably the last post you’ll see until we get our power situation settled. We’ll likely be bunking in with family until we’re back up and running. Hopefully, I’ll be back to my usual deep thoughts and snark next week. meanwhile, have a great weekend!
I’m glad you guys had a SUV. I live in Lake Tahoe, CA and we get tons of snow up here. There are tons of poor goofballs from San Francisco that get stuck up here in 2-wheel drive cars.
I just grabbed your button. I recently discovered your blog through twitter.
@Kristina, we once stayed in Tahoe over Christmas and had to drive back to my sister’s place in Oakland through truly terrifying conditions. Way worse that what was here last night. I had forgotten about that. Yikes!
My folks live in NoVa and my dad said he counted 83 abandoned cars on his way into work down by Fair Lakes this morning. And Tyson’s Corner made OUR local news up here in CT for the crazy terrible road conditions and people stranded.
I hope your power gets turned back on soon (and that you remembered to eat all the ice cream before it defrosted) and things thaw out!
Philadelphia area had THUNDER SNOW last night. Isn’t that one of the plagues?
No power for like days? This has never happened where I live. I can’t even imagine. Brrr.
Hope you guys can find some place warm to crash at for the next few days. Take care woman!
Hope you stay warm and fed. I remember that Centreville would shut down(Fairfax county) if it was an inch of rain,sleet ice snow. I heard that in one area it took 5 hours to go 1 mile. Hope that wasn’t near you.
Yea, hubs left his office by Dulles Airport around 3:30pm yesterday and arrived home around 5:30 with our son (a normal 30 min trip). He said it was awful – even in the SUV he ended up sideways on 7100. Thankfully he jsut drove into the grass and righted himself. This morning I counted 10 abandoned cars on my 5 mile round trip to daycare – most sedans but a few of those mini suv’s built on a car chassis (which IMHO are not SUV’s!).
Hope they get your power back quickly. Ours flickered a bunch of times but never fully went out thankfully. I was preparing for a cold cold night without heat last night.