Frigid temps and power outages in MD, VA, D.C.
(WJLA) - Sunday’s ice storm toppled a massive tree onto lines that knocked out power to hundreds of people in this Centreville neighborhood. It came down on Sunday night at about 4 a.m.
And while crews are still fixing the mess as of Tuesday, resident Jonathan Hamby, his wife, and children did what they could to stay warm.
"We're on day two-and-a-half and it's getting pretty cold in the house, so we have a fire out here and it's actually warmer out here than it is in the house," said Jonathan Hamby.
Up the road in Purcellville, Mark Lussier is hustling to remove ice and snow from his car and driveway.
"I think it's about six inches total," he guessed.
Temperatures are expected to plunge overnight into Wednesday, which means that anything on the ground now will be frozen and treacherous come morning.
"We just had a three-year-old fall in the driveway, that's kind of my concern with the little ones. Trying to get some salt down before we go to bed tonight," said Lussier.
Back by the fire in Centreville, the Hambys hope the power is restored by morning.
"To the little ones it gets cold, so we're all sleeping in the same bed and trying to stay warm together," said Jon.
Earlier in the day in Frederick, there was no business like snow business for Brian Mullinex.
After a mostly snow-free winter last year, the contractor was glad to be pushing snow and making money.
Dale Reynolds, who lives up the street, said you can never be too old for a snow day. But he experienced the negative side of a snow fall during his commute to Westminster this morning, during which he found conditions to be terrible.
In Westminster, you can see why some businesses chose to close. The town seems to be the accumulation champion for both Sunday and Tuesday’s storm: about a foot total of snow.
"It caught everybody off guard," said Jeff Giles.
Both Giles and Amanda Swartzbaugh were told to say home from work.
"I'm shoveling, she's playing," he said.
"I helped him last time," she replied.
Meanwhile, letter carrier Lynda Rogers said she had no choice but to shovel out and go to work. She’s now worried that all this pre-Christmas snow is a bad omen.
“I think we're gonna have a rough winter," she predicted.
In Northern Virginia, 260 bucket trucks were at work trying to restore power to about 5,000 people throughout Tuesday. That included a major repair job for Dominion Power in Centreville, where 600 people were out of power in the area of Heron Drive and Eames Avenue.
The heavy, wet snow toppled trees throughout the area, and in some cases, they brought down power lines with them.
Another 1,000 NOVEC customers in Northern Virginia were still in the dark on Tuesday afternoon, while each of the region’s other major power providers have – for the most part – restored power to the majority of their customers.
Fairfax County reportedly had the most outages.
Prince William County recently approved $11 million to bury power lines, but not here at this house -- Daryl Brooks and his wife Shirley have no power, and they just stocked their fridge with about $200 worth of food.
In McLean, Bill Callaway gave his snow blower a workout, but is still concerned about what will happen to the pavement when the temperature drops.
"In this neighborhood, it just takes a little bit of ice to keep you from getting in and out," he said.
Meanwhile in the District, the snow fell so heavily that the Capitol Dome was just a shadow, but was it really enough for both the federal and D.C. governments to close?
"I'm from Minnesota so this whole concept of closing down at every hit of snow is a little silly," said resident Ryan Jensen.
Justified or not, since they were off, workers enjoyed it. Home Depot was a busy place on Tuesday, with shoppers purchasing plenty of rock salt and Christmas decorations.
And in NW, an unexpected day off meant a trip to what many call “Sliding Hill.”
The place was teeming with kids with every imaginable type of slide taking advantage of the snow slopes. One told us the formula for making this snow day happen:
"I put a spoon under my pillow, an ice cube in the toilet, wore my pajamas inside-out, and wished it would snow," explained Roland Jennings Cashman.
D.C. will rotate more than 200 trucks between the salt domes and the streets to minimize problems as temperatures drop further tonight into Wednesday.