D.C. Digs Out of Biggest Snow Storm in Years

Midday, the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, NW, was mostly deserted.
Robert Devaney
Midday, the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, NW, was mostly deserted.

The Washington, D.C., area was hit with a winter storm that dropped heavy amounts of snow in the early hours of Feb. 13 and shut down the region.

Between six and 11 inches fell throughout the District; parts of Maryland and Virginia got as much as 18 inches.

More snow was expected the evening of Feb. 13.

A "Snow Emergency" was declared by Mayor Vincent Gray, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 12. The last such emergency for D.C. was called in 2010.

The federal government, the District government and other local jurisdictions shut down for the day. Even Metrobus service was suspended, but it was expected to resume for some main routes around 2 p.m. today. Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport were closed Thursday morning -- with flights cancelled across much of the East Coast.

For Georgetown, almost all businesses were closed. Those that opened on Thursday included several restaurants, such as Peacock Cafe, Cafe Milano, Martin's Tavern, Clyde's, El Centro and Cafe Bonaparte.

Also, open "as a community service," said proprietor Sean Clark, was Dixie Liquors at Key Bridge and M Street. Among those manning the snow shift was Carlos Arredondo, who works at the U.S. Senate and whose office was closed. He walked from the Farragut North Metro to the store to help for the day.

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