From this morning:
Here we go again. We are in the middle of a blizzard where 10 inches of new snow is expected to drop on Prince William County today. So far, about 4 inches have fallen. The snow has been heavy at times but nothing blinding. But it isn’t over. The emergency blurb from N & M that arrived moments ago says we are under a blizzard warning and to expect blinding snow and high winds.
That was all earlier today. It looks like we dodged the proverbial bullet. Areas north of us were not nearly so lucky.
The weather is costing the municipalities a fortune!
According to the Manssas News & Messenger:
Prince William County, Va.—It’s too soon to figure how much money Prince William taxpayers are spending on snow removal and related storm activities, but supervisors were told Tuesday to expect costs to be “extensive,” according to the county’s emergency services manager.
The bright spot is that the county executive’s recent declaration of a state of emergency makes the community eligible for pursuit and receipt of federal disaster dollars.
“We’ll follow the [Federal Emergency Management Agency] guidelines for reimbursements and go after every dollar we can,” said Patrick Collins, the county’s emergency services man-ager, in a last-minute presentation to supervisors during a 2 p.m. board meeting on Tuesday.
It’s been record-setting levels of snow that Prince William has experienced—and another 10-to-20-inches is on the way by Wednesday evening, according to weather reports.
“According to the totals we’ve seen, with another 10 inches, this will be the snowiest winter in 111 years,” said County Executive Melissa Peacor. “So we’re facing that proverbial 100-year storm.”
Some places in the county reported 30 inches of snow this past weekend, Collins said. Power outages, meanwhile, have hit thousands. But as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, service had been restored to all but 523 NOVEC customers and 107 Dominion customers, Collins said.
Those without electric service may contact Dominion at 888-667-3000 and NOVEC at 888-335-0500.
Virginia’s Department of Transportation has all but depleted its stores of salt, Collins said, and most county Public Works clean-up trucks were now relying solely on sand to help clear the roads.
How does the state run out of salt. Totally amazing. Is it possible to get more? We are still at the beginning of February and there could be a lot more el Nino left. Should we take bets that there is no more moisture left in the atmosphere?
The snowiest winter in 111 years is quite an accomplishment. What did people do back then in 1899? Were they better equipped in some ways than we are today? Were people better prepared then? When we lose our comfort zones, are we more miserable?
On a lighter note, the dude on Squawk on the Street just said he was in the heart of Snowmageddon 2010. (Reagan National)