OK. Among the reasons that I moved to Richmond was because it doesn’t snow here.
Except that once-in-a-decade or so Big One.
Well, the Big One hit last night. Somewhere around 6 inches of snow, on top of a layer of ice, all on a city that can’t handle 1/4 inch of light, puffy snow.
This morning, it took 10 minutes to clear enough of my car windows that I could see, and 35 minutes for the 12-minute drive to work. The roads were either pure slush or snow-coated ice (of a quality the Richmond Renegades would be envious), and the drivers – even at 6:15 AM – were more stupid than usual. I lost count of how many slowed up before trying to drive UP a snow-covered hill.
Then I get to the office to find out that it had actually closed for the day by the time I got there. The bad news – we were on generator all day… the good news – there’s talk of possibly getting double-time for the fact that we had to work while the office was technically closed. Keep in mind that our helpdesk supports locations in many states, some of which didn’t even get snowed on today.
The ride home was stunningly normal – giving credit where it’s due, the City of Richmond and Henrico County did a terrific job getting the streets back to drivable conditions this afternoon.
And, because this is Richmond, we may see 70-degree weather by the weekend. That after 10-degree lows tonight. If I didn’t already have a cold, this weather would probably give me a cold.