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A group of people were sledding down 14th St. N. in Courthouse tonight, just like they were doing over the weekend.

In Pentagon City, however, most of the people out and about were there strictly out of necessity.

There were a few people walking their dogs. Police and fire department SUV’s passed by. But by and large, most of the people braving the 40 mile per hour wind gusts were plowing, shoveling or hauling snow.

Here are some photos and a video taken tonight.

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A number of people have been wondering: where do those dump trucks — the ones filled with snow scooped up off Wilson Blvd., Clarendon Blvd., Crystal Dr., and other main roads — go after they’ve been filled up? And what happens to all that snow? Now we have an answer.

It turns out the trucks (which have been operating since Friday night) actually are dumping the snow in several parks, parking lots and other county-owned locations, including:

  • A site on S. Clark St (just off of Old Jefferson Davis Highway)
  • The future Long Bridge Park (also off of Old Jefferson Davis Highway)
  • The Virginia Highlands park parking lot (off of S. Hayes St., near Pentagon City mall)
  • Barcroft #6 parking lot (off of 4 Mile Run Dr. near George Mason Drive)

Over the next few weeks, the Department of Environmental Services will try to clear the huge snow piles using a mechanical snow melter, according to spokesperson Myllisa Kennedy. The department is also hoping that mother nature will pitch in with some sunshine and warmer weather.

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Update at 7:25 PM – The federal government is closed Thursday.

Update at 6:45 PM – Arlington County government offices, courts, libraries, and recreation facilities will also be closed Thursday. No word on Friday, yet.

Arlington County schools will be closed for the rest of the week. Students will resume classes on Tuesday, the school system announced this afternoon.

Part of today’s email to parents from superintendent Patrick K. Murphy, after the jump.

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Blizzard by the Numbers

Here’s an update on the blizzard statistics we’ve compiled today.

  • 11+ inches of fresh snow on the ground in South Arlington
  • 41 mile per hour wind gusts recorded at Reagan National Airport
  • 1,253 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia without power (at 5:20 PM)

Emergency calls in Arlington, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM:

  • 10 calls for downed trees, downed power lines, transformer fires, etc.
  • 5 calls for stuck vehicles, including a fire engine
  • 2 calls for women in labor

Getting cabin fever? Want to get out of the house/apartment and go eat and/or drink your snow sorrows away? Here’s a list of some places that are open in the Clarendon area tonight.

  • Ireland’s Four Courts
  • Whitlow’s on Wilson
  • Hard Times Cafe
  • Liberty Tavern
  • Boulevard Wood Grill
  • Kitty O’Shea’s
  • Piola (which is in Rosslyn, but we’re including it in this list anyhow)

Note: we didn’t include several businesses that said they were currently open but closing early. Unfortunately (if you had hot chocolate in mind) that includes the Clarendon Starbucks, which is closing at 5:00 PM.

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Although Alexandria, the District and Montgomery County, Md. stopped plowing during the height of today’s blizzard, Arlington crews kept trucking. County snow removal crews were slowed down due to high winds and low visibility, but they did not stop their effort to keep main roadways passable, according to Department of Environmental Services spokesperson Myllisa Kennedy.

Due to the fact that it will take several days to clear neighborhood roads, the county has decided to suspend trash collection service for the rest of the week. Trash collection will resume Monday.


Summary of Today’s Closures

Here’s a summary of some of today’s closures:

  • County government, schools libraries and courts are closed
  • Pentagon City mall is closed (Ballston Common Mall is open)
  • The Arlington YMCA is closed
  • No flights are leaving from or arriving at Reagan National Airport
  • The Clarendon Whole Foods has closed (other grocery stores we talked to are still open)
  • Arlington Free Clinic is closed
  • Marymount University closed
  • The Art Institute of Washington, Arlington campus, is closed
  • Metrorail aboveground service, Metrobus service, and ART service is suspended

We know the drill by now. As the latest snow storm to blanket the Washington area arrived tonight, the plows were already out. The roadways were less busy. Pedestrians were wearing boots and heavy coats. And the grocery stores that hadn’t closed early were already picked clean of many items.

That’s right, we’re getting pretty good at this. More photos, after the jump.

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As the first wet flakes of the area’s latest snow storm begin falling, Arlington County is warning that “efforts to clear neighborhood roads will be set back, possibly by days.”

“Snoverkill,” as the storm is now being called, will dump another 7-14 inches of sleet and snow on the region, according to the National Weather Service. But the real danger may be the wind.

The Capital Weather Gang is warning of gusts up to 50 miles per hour tomorrow. Such strong winds could easily knock down scores of snow-laden trees and power lines throughout the region.

Weary Arlington County snow removal teams are halting their effort to treat neighborhood streets and will now focus on keeping main roadways clear, according to an email from the county to local civic associations.

If you’re planning on driving tonight or tomorrow, remember your snow plow etiquette.


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