Winter Days and Snowmen in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C., generally does not see much winter weather. Most years we are only subjected to enough cold days and snowflakes to give us the sense that we live in a land of four seasons.

Many people freak out about the possibility of snow as soon as the forecast notes it as a possibility. It stirs many lively conversations about teleworking and drives us all to stop into our local grocery stores just in case. The idea of a snowstorm is simultaneously enticing and scary.

We people in the Washington, D.C., area are not the heartiest bunch, but this lack of severe winter weather is one of many reasons I like living here.

Yesterday many businesses and schools were closed in and around Washington, D.C., and I’m glad because we actually received a fairly heavy dose of snow and cold. This morning I reluctantly hauled myself back out into the workaday fray with a run commute.

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It was a windy morning in the ‘teens and the brisk air made me glad that I’d picked up that extra pair of cold weather running tights when I did.

I routed myself along the National Mall, rather than side streets. I wanted to see fresh snow, hear my breathing through my balaclava, and avoid the sight and sound of cars driving through slushy streets.

In return, I was rewarded with several encounters of the snowman kind.

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Whoever crafted this one gave it penny eyes and sacrificed two pens in the name of arms.

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This guy looks like it disagrees with the two-hour delay and wishes we could have stayed home for another day or two.

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What about this tiny one? It says “No one gave me any arms or eyes, but I welcome you to the Department of Labor all the same.”

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Broad in stature and grinning heartily, this snowman would melt most people’s hearts. It was impossible not to smile when I crossed its path. Alright, buddy, I thought. I’m glad I ran to work now.

Those who read this blog regularly know that I hail from Iowa, a state that gets plenty of snow and cold in the winter months. Every time flakes fall we do not run out and make a snowman. Sometimes, yes, but every time? No way. I can only imagine how evolved my snowman-making skills would be if we did. The snow and cold becomes a routine part of Iowa winters.

When snow arrives in Washington, D.C., it’s not only time to panic, it’s also an occasion to celebrate. Have a snowball fight. Go sledding with your kids. Run in the snow. Build a snowman. That celebration of snow makes me feel a little bit of love toward Washington, D.C., winters. Just a little.

5 thoughts on “Winter Days and Snowmen in Washington, D.C.

      1. Not where I live. We’re having standard late summer heat. But down south they had a couple days heat wave. We had a couple hot days in early January but it blew over. Our days are now in low-mid 30s celcius and will stay that way until early March. It’s humid even ar night … nights only drop to mid-high 20s celcius

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