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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010

How Washington responds to snow

By Rob Pitingolo

Last week D.C. faced its first 'real snow' of the winter. The weather event actually reminded me of a few notable things about snow.

First, it's really not about how much snow falls, it's about how governments and citizens are able to deal with it. When I was in high school, I used to joke that kids in Florida got more snow days, on average, each year, than kids in Cleveland. For better or worse, as snow came down, life generally went on for us. So when three inches of snow falls and people freak out, it's not because it's a lot of snow, it's because they're not good at dealing with the situation.

Continue readnig this piece by Rob Pitingolo here at Extraordinary Observations.

Rob Pitingolo blogs at Extraordinary Observations. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Rob Pitingolo  | December 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, weather  
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Comments

Oh, Lord spare us another lecture on how badly DC handles snow from a native of a more snow-afflicted city.

News flash--I'd still rather be in DC. And so, apparently, would you.

Posted by: krickey7 | December 23, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Krickery7, but he's got a point. The population in the DC area is transient. I know how to drive in snow, but I avoid it as much as I can because I've seen way too many examples of folk that are clueless. I've driven thru blizzards in Garret County, MD, without incident. I avoid driving in bad weather in Arlington or DC. Too many 4-wheel drive owners that thinks that's all they need. (and my little 5-speed front wheel drive is better than any SUV if the driver doesn't know how to handle the conditions.)

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | December 24, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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