The Snowstorm of the Century to be followed by another.
The current 30 inches of snow that has socked in Washington, D.C., is the most snow that I’ve ever seen! My neighborhood is covered in a smooth layered white blanket. The trees look like they are dressed in dangling crystals—except for the two unfortunate trees that fell into the street!
Icicles are everywhere, hanging on tree branches and the rain gutters around the house, glittering like shiny glass in the lazy winter sun. I can’t see our pool in the backyard because everything is covered with an even level of white icy powder. On the picnic table, a huge pile of fluffy snow stands tall like Abraham Lincoln’s hat, only pure white.
And guess what? More snow is coming. According to weather reports this morning, 6 to 10 inches more snow is on the way Tuesday.
I went out for a walk in the snow with my dad this weekend. I was dressed thickly from head to toe. Since snow gets into my boots, my mom used duct tape to seal in the warmth and keep me dry.
The snow looked like cotton candy, which is as light as feather. Walking through the drifts, I soon realized, was like walking with weights on my feet! At one point I felt like I was climbing Mt. McKinley, especially when nobody had been out before us, so we didn’t have any tracks to follow.
I won a race with my dad on the snow-covered street, and I jumped backward and landed IN the snow on my back. My hat got my all icy and wet!
I took a tape measure with me on our walk so that I could measure the depth. I measured the snow on the street, on the sidewalk, on the lawn, everywhere I could get to. Most of the area was about 20 inches, way above my knees!
I was so excited, but my dad was not so sure. After our walk, he had to shovel our driveway. It took him five hours and he made two massive snow walls along the path. They looked like chunky marshmallows that towered over me!
Not everything about a big snow storm like this one is fun and games, though. Roads were mostly shut down and those attempting to drive were getting into multiple accidents.
More than 100,000 people in Maryland and 50,000 in Virginia are out of power right now. One of our friends called us while driving to a hotel because their power was out so they could not cook and the house was cold. They said that every building they passed was pitch black—only the Marriott hotel had light!
Dad was disappointed that he would miss the Super Bowl party with his friends. Mom started to worry about the milk running out. I was not so happy that my school would be closed again Monday. I miss my friends at school, although I had lots of fun having snow ball fights with my little brother and my new friends.
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Alexandra Zhang measures the snow fall in her yard in the Washington, D.C., metro area. (Photo Courtesy Alexandra Zhang)