Stranded by Snowzilla: How to be prepared for D.C.’s next big storm with or without a plow!

snow stormThe snow is melting in the DC region, though memories of Storm Jonas or Snowzilla, as it was so lovingly nicknamed in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, are still very fresh. The storm hit midday Friday, January 21, 2016 and finally began petering out late Saturday night, close to 36 hours later. Washington D.C. saw its fourth worst snow storm in history. Areas in the region saw an average of 20 inches of snow, some recording over 30. For a mid-Atlantic region not proficient in the art of handling such mass amounts of snow, it seemed as if the region stood still. Local county schools including Fairfax, Arlington, Frederick, and Prince William County closed for over a week, and Federal offices in DC did not open for normal operations until the following Friday.

Although DC may have shut down, the rest of the world did not. The Washington D.C. area work force woke up on Monday with 25 inches of snow on their cars, not a snow plow in sight, and thought, “Well what now?”

Although streets were blocked, Metro opened with limited service on Monday morning at 7 a.m. with the entirety of Metro lines and stops opening Wednesday morning. Bus service was also available on Monday morning, though limited. For those residents who do not have the luxury to stay home, snowstorms like this are detrimental. If preferred transportation is blocked or dangerous, and folks don’t know their other options, they will find themselves in quite a pickle.

So what’s the solution?

Be prepared. Have a backup plan. Access Tysons is here to assist you in finding what alternative ways you have to get to work.

Take our short survey and find your Plan B! Don’t let Mother Nature dictate your outcome or impact your income!

Don’t forget to check on the status of your roads during inclement weather. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has a web tool that shows the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods. Once it snows at least two inches, residents can find out the status of plowing in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William county neighborhoods.

*image courtesy of Washington Post