Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Gov. Larry Hogan mans the Maryland
Emergency Management Agency
Operations Center war room
Winter Storm Octavia is expected to leave Bethesda by 6:00 AM this morning. Don't try to convince the National Weather Service of that, as its Winter Storm Warning is scheduled to remain in effect until noon today.

The good news is that accumulation has not reached the maximum forecast of 8-10" in Bethesda; the bad news is that it is currently 16° F in Bethesda, meaning that what's down isn't going anywhere soon.

"Stay off the roads, if at all possible," Maryland Governor Larry Hogan advised residents at a press conference at the state's emergency management agency last night. Hogan is tackling his first major weather event as governor, putting 2500 state snowplows, spreader and chemical trucks and other State Highway Administration vehicles on Maryland roads at this hour.

Montgomery County Public Schools are closed, as is the federal government.

Metrobus service is suspended at this hour "until further notice." Check their alert page throughout the day for changes in service.

Metro subway is currently expected to operate after 5:00 AM.

Ride On buses will operate on the S "snow" schedule today. Expect delays on all routes.

MARC and MTA Commuter Bus are both impacted by the storm.

MARC Train:
Camden and Brunswick Line, no service.
Penn Line, "S" schedule.  Only trains with an "S" under the train number in the timetable will operate.  Some trains may be cancelled due to a lack of equipment.

Commuter Bus:
Only Bus 201 (Gaithersburg-to-BWI) will operate today.


Expect some sun through the clouds by the late morning. We'll reach a high of 28° around 4:00 PM, and winds will range from 4-7 MPH. Overnight, it will be cloudy with a low of 11° by sunrise on Wednesday. Winds will be light.

Here are some scenes from the beginning of Winter Storm Octavia around Bethesda yesterday afternoon and early evening:
Hometown bank EagleBank on
Fairmont Avenue by 7-Eleven
The future 7770 Norfolk luxury
apartment tower

Bainbridge Bethesda luxury
apartment tower
Capital Bikeshare station on
Cordell Avenue
MOMO Chicken + Jazz on
Cordell Avenue
Snowplow/spreader truck speeds
toward Washington D.C. on
River Road, past the Westwood
Center II shopping center

Jeep Cherokee on Norfolk Ave.

Chevy Chase Cars on
Wisconsin Avenue

Veterans Park

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