The Day After Snowzilla

The Day After Snowzilla

Six years ago, during Washington’s 2010 Snowmaggedon, the blizzard winds nearly knocked me horizontal as I trudged to a friend’s birthday dinner fully clad in ski gear, goggles and all. The storm dumped so much snow on a city unable to manage the slightest dusting, that most of its population stayed home from work as the government’s doors stayed shut. And we played, romping around the city. Dupont Circle’s epic snowball fight, with over 1,000 participants set the stage, and expectation, for snow events to come.
 
This weekend’s Snowzilla 2016 descended over the swampy banks of the nation’s capital at around 1:30pm, Friday January 22. Just in time to heed Ryan’s tips for surviving the snow, hour-long lines at the grocery store snaked around the aisles and ended at the produce section. Cheese, wine, hot cocoa and toilet paper were gone by the afternoon. Metro didn’t even bother to try. The city’s transit system closed its doors until Monday
Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

By Saturday morning streets and cars disappeared under a heavy white blanket and a wonderland beckoned.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

D.C.’s inhabitants are often known for their relentless drive and commitment to their work, or at least the appearance of both. And yet, when all official work channels are forcibly shut down and Washingtonians are given license to go play, they do. Either that, or all the fun people emerge and converge at once. People are friendlier than one might usually find them in the January doldrums and more kindness inspires new connections, friendships, and possibilities. Highlights from Snowzilla 2016: snowboarding down 15th Street, two Star-Wars themed snowball fights involving hundreds of people, makeshift sledding down public staircases, and packing in as many cheese-laden dinner parties as possible.
Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Snowzilla 2016, Washington, D.C.

Suffice to say, (most of) the city let out a collective whoop when OPM announced a closed shop for Monday. Now, as the snow turns to a grey slush, the din of cars beginning to hum through the streets again, we wait for the next Big One.


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