Washington's "Snowmageddon" February 6, 2010 and the week following
A near-record snowfall beginning on February 6, 2010 brought Washington to its knees. Randal Marlin looked at the photos that follow and sniffed from Ottawa: "A flurry. Dusting."
But Washington, DC closed down, and reasonably so. The city is not used to 20 inches of snow followed by icy conditions. Many workers live in suburban communities that became even more treacherous than Washington. Unluckily, the weather remained well below freezing for the next few days (below the level where salt helps much), making roads and sidewalks slippery and turning mounds of snow into rock-hard obstacles.
The red lights symbolize the shutdown of the city for what appears to be, with further snow galling on February 9 and 10, an entire work-week.
View the photos that follow either as a slide show or a thumbnail gallery. Click on a thumbnail photo and it will open into a full-sized photo. The main public buildings shown besides the Capitol are the Supreme Court and Library of Congress (Jefferson and Madison Buildings) on the east side of the Capitol; the Hart, Dirksen and Russell Senate Buildings on the north side of the Capitol; and the Cannon, Longworth and Rayburn Buildings on the south side of the Capitol.