Perhaps we didn't get as much snow as we received over the course of last year's Snowpocalypse, but the timing of this year's storm (now featuring thundersnow!) couldn't have been worse. I was fortunate in that my commute yesterday afternoon was no more than 30-40 minutes, but a lot of people out there trying to escape the city through Silver Spring encountered an apocalyptic nightmare.
I saw a long line of cars forming out in front of my house, but until my power went out at about 8 or so, I wasn't particularly interested in going outside to survey the traffic scene. Once the inevitable outage occurred, I had nothing better to do, so I bundled up and trudged over to Colesville to see what was going on. I got my first indication of the severity of the backup when I noticed that a Postal Service truck that had been in front of my house an hour earlier had only advanced about half a block since.
|Colesville & Sligo Creek Pkwy|
Over on Colesville, I witnessed a backup of epic proportions. One reason (among many) was that cars were having to be pushed one by one (!) up the hill at the intersection with Franklin Avenue. No cars were advancing in the opposite direction, and as with any good apocalypse, there were actually vehicles headed outbound in the inbound lanes.
As an aside, that's one thing that always bothered me about this poster for the Walking Dead show on AMC. They are implying that either people in Atlanta are law abiding to a fault or really stupid. Why would you not use all available lanes to escape a disaster?
Any buses with routes along Colesville had just given up and pulled over to the side of the road. Inside, the buses were pretty empty, as a lot of people just decided to bail and hoof it.
|Colesville Road nightmare|
|Cars being pushed up the hill, one by one|
With my power still out, I decided to explore the neighborhoods, away from the backup on the major streets. These streets were eerily quiet and dark, with no traffic or electricity. It was pretty peaceful, though the sound of wet snow falling from trees onto the road behind you sounds a lot like quickly advancing footsteps, so that was a tad disconcerting.
|Back in the neighborhoods it was quiet...|
So how was your commute? Do you have power? Mine eventually came back on last night, so I feel lucky. I'm somewhat less fortunate in that my office is open today, albeit a bit late, so I'm off.
Before I go, I apologize for this but I feel obligated...
Here's some additional photos and videos submitted by readers. If you have some of your own and want to share, email them to me.
A desperate plea for help @ Wayne and Dartmouth. (Submitted by LW)
|Fallen cable across Lansdowne Way. (Submitted by JRM)|
Bad traction on Dale Dr. (Submitted by CD)