I hereby declare the official Ode Street Tribune snow measurement site to be the intersection of Ode St. and Fort Myer Dr., just in front of the Westmoreland sign (see banner above). That spot had 12 inches of snow as of 1:30pm today.
Dealing with extraordinary weather requires creative, ingenuity, and patience (it will melt). Bold, who lives in the Nalbert Apartments across the street from Westmoreland, built a snow shovel from the materials he had at hand. Not only that, he demonstrated the effectiveness of his shovel by clearing a path to the door of his apartment building. I hereby declare Bold to be the Neighbor Hero of the Week.
Bold explained to me that in Mongolia it gets cold, but it doesn't snow like this. If we get snow like this a few more times this winter, I'm going to look into moving to Mongolia.
As of early this afternoon, Café Assorti, Piola, and the Rosslyn Safeway were open. Santa Fe Café is closed. Rt. 50 is snow-covered, but some cars are traveling on it (probably Canadians).
Additional news: I experienced a 5 second power outage at 3:52 today. Power spikes are tough on computers and other electronic gears. In this neighborhood, a surge protector or an uninterruptible power supply is a good idea.