Snowpocalypse

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From February 5 to February 11, 2010, a record-breaking amount of snow fell across the region in two separate storms. This "one-two punch" set of storms came to be known as "the snowpocalypse" or as "snowmageddon". Here is information on "who to call" about winter-weather related problems and issues, and a timeline of the paralyzing winter-weather precipitation catastrophe.

Who To Call

*  If there is an emergency, County residents should call 911.
   The Police non-emergency number is 301-279-8000.
Please do not call 911 with snow plowing questions, as that 
delays responses to emergency calls.
*  Residents are encouraged to sign up for
   Alert Montgomery to have emergency alerts,
notifications and updates sent to
a cell phone, e-mail address, PDA, Twitter or Facebook.
*  Stay safe.  Stay off the roads if at all possible. Also, be
 careful of not to overexert yourself when shoveling.
*  To report snow removal problems, downed trees, social service
 needs or other storm-related issues, call 240-777-6000.
*  To report "hot" wires or sparking wires, especially those across
roadways, call 911.
*  For power outages, call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662,
Allegheny Power at 1-800-255-3443 or 
Baltimore Gas and Electric at 1-877-778-2222.
*  Clear snow away from fire hydrants if you are able.
If not, mark them with some sort of flag (even a broomstick will do).
*  The shelter at Richard Montgomery High School, 
2500 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville, remains open.
Transport to the center is being handled by County volunteers 
with four-wheel drive vehicles and by Maryland National Guard Members.
Two more shelters have opened at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center 
in Silver Spring and Seneca Valley High School in Germantown.
*  If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle and would like to volunteer, call 
240-777-2600.
*  Montgomery County's Fire and Rescue Service urges residents without
power to be aware that using gas or charcoal grills, propane heaters 
and stoves, kerosene space heaters or generators indoors can be fatal.
They are a source of carbon monoxide, which can build up indoors 
and cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
*  Montgomery County government's cable television channel's 
County Cable Montgomery, which can be viewed on Channel 6 
on the Comcast and RCN cable systems and Channel 30 on Verizon
is continuing to feature live coverage of road conditions at all major traffic
 intersections.
*  Suspension of enforcement of parking restrictions in all public
   parking garages and lots will continue through Thursday.
*  You can find information on County plowing policies and
   procedures on the County Web site [www.montgomerycountymd.gov].
*  For a street that may have been missed by County plows, report it
via County web site.
*  For County Council weather-related schedule changes, call
   240-777-7900.
* Within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm, all residential and
commercial property owners are required by county law to clear
their sidewalks. Residents are encouraged to help elderly or ill
neighbors with this task. Snow shoveling services for a fee are
listed through a web search ("snow removal services, Montgomery
County, Maryland") or through the yellow pages ("landscaping and
 maintenance services").
*  Montgomery County Police report that as some roads become more
passable, drivers are increasing their speed. However, motorists
are advised that they may encounter varying conditions on the
same stretch of road, as plowing operations continue.
*  If a County plow has damaged your mailbox, the County will
install a standard post and mailbox at your residence as soon as
all snow plowing is completed. Call 240-777-6000 to file a
report. If you have a non-standard mailbox, call the County?s Risk
Management Division at 240-777-8920. In the meantime, a temporary
mailbox will be installed.
*  Montgomery County Public Library customers are asked not to
return library materials until libraries reopen and are asked not
to leave materials outside the library buildings. Materials due
Feb. 5 through Feb. 10 will have their due dates extended one
week. No fines will be charged for the period from Friday, Feb. 5, 
through Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Timeline

2010

January 19

Almost 22 inches of snow fell on Aspen Hill, Maryland.

February 5, 2010

As much as two feet, possibly more, snow will fall.

Please click the link towards the bottom of the left column and upload your pictures of the Snowpocalypse.

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4:00PM

Serious accumulation begins on pre-salted Snow Emergency Routes as well secondary residential streets.

February 6, 2010

Extreme rates of snowfall about 3 inches/hour create blizzard conditions from midnight onward.

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Parts of Aspen Hill, notably parts of northern Wheaton Woods and much of Bel Pre Woods, lost power around sunrise.


Richnrockville submits a very nice photo (click for image) "At the height of the snow, a tree looks beautiful."

Snowfall continued until around sundown. Total accumulation was roughly 30 to 32 inches.

Despite the best efforts of the snowplow crews, even most of the Snow Emergency Routes were impassible at sundown.

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February 7, 2010

Digging out takes all day for those who bothered to do that.

February 8, 2010

A day of recuperation and of restocking. Power is restored to all but about 7000 Montgomery County PEPCO customers.

February 9, 2010

At 1620 hours (4:30PM) the first flakes start to fly here in Aspen Hill.

2320 hours (11:20PM) a cadre of small front end loaders are moving along Parkland Drive pulling old snow up and out of the street so that tomorrow's snowplow runs have someplace to which to move new snowfall.

February 10, 2010

0800 hours (8:00AM) snowplows are at Parkland Drive at the intersection with Heathfield Road and Marianna Drive. The roads appear to be treacherous but passable.

1200 hours (12:00 noon) wind effects yield a full blizzard with visibility under 1/4 mile. Insane people, idiots, and dedicated public servants are still on the roads which are marginally passable to heavy equipment and four-wheel drive vehicles.. Snowplow service is curtailed on orders from County Executive Isiah ("Ike") Leggett.

2230 hours (10:30PM) snowfall ceases in Aspen Hill. Accumulation is approximately 10 inches, with very significant wind-blown drifting effects.

February 11, 2010

By morning, a beautiful sunny day allows rapid clearing of most Snow Emergency Routes by noon. Secondary streets remain impassible. Perhaps you will want to see some digital photos of the event and the aftermath?

February 12, 2010

Around sundown, secondary roads across Aspen Hill see their first spreader trucks and snowplows making a serious effort at snow removal.

February 13, 2010

Many secondary roads have been sanded, salted, and partially or completely cleared to full passability, though many remain partially covered with snow-ice slush.

February 14. 2010

Overnight, front-end loaders came through and completed curb-to-curb clearance of the major arterials. Yet scofflaw parking obstructions remain and some create road hazards, notably on the eastern end of Heathfield Road where a lane disappears while rounding a curve near London Lane, due to scofflaw parking

By evening almost all roads in Aspen Hill have been cleared as much as possible from curb to curb. Scofflaw parker problems remain on many streets.

February 18, 2010

Afternoon and overnight, a combination of front-end loaders and heavy hauling trucks clears secondary and tertiary roads (such as cul-de-sacs). Also removed: line-of-sight obstructions, disability-access ramps, and other intersection-edge obstacles. The huge piles of snow at intersections are trucked away.

At Parkland Drive and Heathfield Road, they re-obstructed the sidewalks and destroyed the US Mail Box.