Snow storm smothers downtown Silver Spring

UPDATE — A weekend storm delivered as promised, dumping between 15 and 20 inches throughout greater Silver Spring.

Photo: East-West Highway was tough to manage in the middle of a snowpocalypse. Courtesy of Jeff Lautenberger.

Photo: East-West Highway was tough to manage in the middle of Saturday's snowpocalypse. Courtesy of Jeff Lautenberger.

“Just measured the front and back yards — 17 inches so far for Silver Spring!” reported @platinumforests via Twitter around 4:00 p.m. Saturday. By 6:00 p.m. that evening, she was calling it a cool 21 inches.

Official measurements from the National Weather Service put snow accumulations at 15 inches at Reagan National Airport, and 20 inches at Baltimore Marshall Airport.

Meanwhile, weather wreaked havoc on mass transit. By 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Metro rail’s outdoor stations and bus service were in the crapper, and MoCo’s Ride-On bus service was down by 3:00 p.m., according to press statements. Many downtown shops, like the Whole Foods Market on Wayne Avenue, closed early as well.

Shops that stayed open — like the Safeway on Thayer Avenue — ran low on one snowpocalypse staple, reported Eric of The condom rack in aisle 12 was bare.

Many Silver Springers stayed home, but others ventured into the snow by car (who the hell knows why) or on foot (just to shake the cabin fever).

Local guy and Twitter user @vuboq and his neighbors ran the first Sligo Snow Triathalon near Sligo Creek. Events included a quick run, snow angel construction, and bourbon consumption.

Updated Dec 22, 2009, to tweak mass-transit outages, and to add cool links. — JD

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9 Responses to “Snow storm smothers downtown Silver Spring”

  1. Kathy J says:

    Safeway closed early on Saturday too – and the last movies at Majestic were at 8pm – craziness

  2. J-Nice says:

    Z-11 Express Bus was not running this morning, making the Z-8 way packed. Not to bad tho, made it from Briggs Chaney to Discovery blng in about 30mins.

  3. Steve says:

    I’m just concerned that this snowstorm may have delayed some time sensitive projects like the Hook & Ladder Brew Pub, the Filmore Music thingy, and the Transit Center. We wouldn’t want them to be behind schedule, would we? Oh.

  4. NoGnusIsGoodGnus says:

    On Sunday, the Arliss Ave Giant had no eggs. Luckily I didn’t need any, but… really? Eggs?

  5. LuvMyHood says:

    NoGnusIsGoodGnus, haven’t you heard the Washington Area Snowstorm Warning Legend? About how everyone mobs the stores to get bread, milk, eggs and toilet paper? Like they were participating in a French-toast-a-thon? I was at Whole Foods on Fri. evening, and everyone was buying everything. I got the last bag for bulk coffee.
    About the Arliss Giant, it has recently been remodeled, and has a great selection of stuff. I liked that store before, and I love it now. Hopefully the egg outage was purely storm-related.

  6. Annie says:

    We took some video of downtown Silver Spring on Saturday & interviewed some folks – you can check it out here:

  7. Bubba says:

    On Saturday around noon I had to drive to DC and back (it really was important stuff.) Not a lot of people were on the road, but those that were on the road were handling the driving with no problems. All went smoothly, until I hit 16th and Colesville. What a debacle. It was like every clueless twit on a beer run with a Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai went on the road at the same time.

    On Sunday evening Safeway still hadn’t plowed their parking lot. Today, I guess it was plowed, but very poorly.

  8. Robin S says:

    There were no eggs at the Blair Shops Giant on Sunday as well. They were also short on organic milk, but not on regular milk (they had tons of that). I believe this to be a conspiracy.

  9. DogsRule says:

    Atlantic Guns is open. At least if you can’t get groceries you can get ammunition!

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