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. (more…)

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