We awoke this morning to freezing rain and a wintry mix throughout the area. Schools throughout the area from Frederick MD to Winchester VA to Culpeper VA to Fredericksburg are closed….except for Washington DC schools. All colleges in the area are closed. All country governments in the area are under liberal leave and a two hour delayed opening except for the Washington DC government. Once again the Washington DC government and school boards march to a happlyland drummer by expecting children to walk down ice covered sidewalks and cross streets where cars are sliding.
Liberal leave is a day when you can stay home and have it credited as a sick day. One does not need to inform one’s supervisor as it is assumed that most people will not be coming to the office.
I left home early to get into the office ahead of what traffic may be on the roads mid morning. Indeed the traffic was light, so light that it was lighter than it is on Sunday morning. With being out of town a good part of this week and all but Friday next week, today will be a good day to plow through the mail and get memos/letter drafted without being interrupted.
It is interesting how this area handles inclement weather. Road departments put salt on the roads by the buckets full. From last week’s storm the roads are still covered in white with the salt so much so that yesterday traveling to and from work you could see salt dust hanging in the area as cars stirred it. Though there is already plenty of salt on the main roads, more again is being applied in great volume while the side roads and sidewalks are totally ignored.
Five to eight hours ahead of a storm you will find legions of salt trucks and plows sitting along the side of the road waiting for the storm to hit. Early Wednesday evening there was a chance we would receive some light snow. On my way back from Warrenton mid-evening I passed a group of 8 trucks and plows parked along the shoulder waiting for the light flurry, a flurry that did not materialize.
If we received three inches of snow the area would be virtually paralyzed for one to two days. If we received a third of what Watertown NY has received I fear it would be a National Disaster locally for a month or more. Outside the area, even though the Federal Goverment would be closed for weeks, I am confident that life in the nation would continue on fine without the nation's government meeting.