Not another Snowmaggedon, but….

Last year’s double snowstorm in this area – a.k.a. “Snowmaggedon”  – was a real crusher, with snowfall exceeding 2 feet accumulation in both storms. Last night was the DC area’s first real snowstorm of the 2010-2011 winter and while it’s no Snowmaggedon, it sure did a number on things. By my eyeball estimate, we have about 6-7 inches on the ground here (could be more) but the effect was far worse than that number implies. The evening rush hour last night was a disaster with people stuck on major arteries for 45 minutes to almost 2 hours. Friends of mine whose commutes normally run 30 minutes took 2½ hours to complete.

And just in case anyone was thinking of just heading in this morning, authorities out here are warning people to stay off the roads this morning:

Authorities in Leesburg are asking everyone to stay off the roads this morning after yesterday’s storm dumped about 10 inches of snow on the ground around the region.

According to a traffic alert sent out at about 7 a.m., driving remains hazardous through town as police and road crews work to remove abandoned vehicles from the streets.

Authorities would like people to stay off the roads so that crews can plow once those vehicles are removed.

This is one of those phenomenons I ran into when I moved out this way: people who become convinced that they cannot drive the rest of the way to wherever they are going will simply abandon their cars where they are – including in the middle of roads. Some can’t help it. Others… well, the cars are in the road, regardless. And that makes plowing difficult or impossible, depending on the road.

More to come, but my advice is to stay home this morning unless it’s a bona fide emergency.