Sunday, January 24, 2016
Bethesda snow aftermath update
Wind gusts of 60-65 MPH never materialized, fortunately. Snow totals varied across Bethesda, but some spots did reach the widely-expected 30" mark, including Garrett Park, according to the National Weather Service. In contrast, the Town of Somerset in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area had only 22". Olney led the County with 31.5", and Damascus was a close second with 30".
The current temperature in downtown Bethesda is 18 degrees, but wind gusts are making that feel like only 6 degrees. Today will be clear and sunny, with a high of 29 plunging overnight to a brutal 9 degrees, in time for what will be an equally-brutal commute Monday morning.
Embarrassingly, New York City received more snow than the District, yet kept the underground portion of its subway system in-service throughout the storm, while our Metro system simply shut down for the weekend. Metrobus service was also suspended through Sunday.
Montgomery County's Department of Transportation snow operations map shows primary roads still in the process of being cleared, and no action yet on primary or secondary neighborhood streets.
Interstate 270 has reopened moments ago.
Pepco, which should be commended despite the storm's winds not reaching the speeds predicted, is currently reporting that all customers have electricity. That's certainly impressive under the circumstances, but we'll find out if it holds for the rest of the day.
Whole Foods in Bethesda (River Road) remains closed today. Westfield Montgomery Mall is expected to announce at 10:30 AM whether it will reopen this afternoon.
Stay tuned here on the blog, and 24/7 on Twitter at @BethesdaRow for updates.