The Blizzard Cometh – Prepare Thyself

by Prince Of Petworth January 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm 65 Comments

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  • LedroitTigah

    The shelves already look like that?!?!?!

    • MM

      This is 2011 photo of Giant in Shaw just before it was closed for renovation

  • Naima Tillings

    I though this was actually a post on how to prepare. I’m from California, so we less-snow-experienced folks depend on the more well seasoned! I guess I’ll run to the grocery store to fake-panic and drink like the rest of DC

    • Abby
    • Anon Spock

      Ice melt and a shovel if you’re responsible for snow where you live. Food staples. Snow boots.
      That should cover it.

    • Practical advice:
      If you’re responsible for your own sidewalks and outdoor spaces, get a shovel and ice melt.
      Otherwise, just make sure that you’re well stocked with the essentials: milk, bread, eggs, toilet paper, hot cocoa mix, and booze :)

    • AG

      If you live in the city, you’ll be fine. Corner stores generally stay open, as do quite a few bars and restaurants. If it’s really windy, you probably don’t want to walk outside, so just have enough food to last you the weekend. You don’t have to really worry about getting non-perishables cuz if the power goes out, you can just stick your food outside.

    • dcd

      If you live in a house (or a converted condo) and have outside water sources, remember to turn off the water and drain the faucets. Other than that, food, booze, and you’re good to go.
      This is my first winter outside the friendly confines of DC and its buried power lines in – well, ever since I moved here. The preparation required when you expect to lose power for days in a row is a lot more extensive. This was one of my least favorite things about moving to the ‘burns, and hits 2 weeks after our move. Dammit.

      • Caroline

        That said: extremely cold weather can cause equipment to break. So there’s always a chance of an outage. I learned my lesson a few weeks ago when we lost power and I realize I didn’t even have a flashlight. Ten years in DC and I’d never needed one until then!
        Of course another good thing about DC is that you can probably walk to a bar that still has power, so it’s still not something you have to really worry about.

      • It’s just me

        Ha! And when I moved in to DC, I planned for more power outages than when I was in VA because DC seems to lose power all the time, even when there is no bad weather!

        • Say wha?

          Where do you live? I’ve lived in DC for 15 years. (U street nw). Lost power exactly once. As a WV native, used to losing power regularly, I notice these things. Thank you DC for underground power lines.

  • oh2dc

    Went to P St Whole Foods around 1 pm. It looked like a Sunday afternoon there already. Good luck, everyone.

  • Matt G

    I loved snow as a kid. And I remember my dad always hating it. I once asked him if he ever loved snow, and his response was yes.

    So I asked him when he started hating snow. His response was: When I bought a house. And its so true.

    • spookiness

      +1. It’s great until you have to take care of a house and/or go to work.

  • DC1

    Wen’t to Costco this AM for my monthly grocery/supply shopping. I got there 15mins before they opened and there was already a line out to the parking lot… check-out took about an hour! People are insane!

  • zandunga

    My dogs have enough food and water for a week.

  • DontForgetTheOldPeople

    if you have elderly neighbors, don’t forget they may need a hand shoveling out!

    • wdc

      We had some nice renters next door last year, and I think they thought *I* was the elderly neighbor. Sweet kids. I baked them stuff.

      • Ha!

        Love it. That awkward moment when you become “ma’am”. I dread the first time someone offers me a seat on the metro. Sit down kid, I’m only in my 40s!

  • 14kcindc

    Keep this in mind as we learned the hard way. If you live in the historic area, say Capitol Hill, there is not always adequate insulation in walls and under crawl spaces so when the cold temps hit, the pipes MAY FREEZE up. That’s what happened to us, thankfully, no pipes burst but we had no hot water until the sun came shining on the northern wall where some dope put the water pipes. We called a plumber and the former owners and all they advised was “Keep the water in all the faucets trickling at night to prevent a freeze.” Easy but expensive, old time way to handle pipes freezing. Keep that in mind as the winds blow cold and temps go below 30!!!

    • textdoc

      If it’s only a trickle, is it all that expensive?

      • madmonk28

        Not as expensive as a burst pipe. We had them burst last year and because of the backup, it took forever to get them fixed. We were showering at work and using the toilet at the Georgia Ave Wendy’s.

        • textdoc

          “Not as expensive as a burst pipe” — Yeah, that was my thinking. And honestly, I don’t think a faucet left dripping is going to be all that expensive (though obviously it depends how fast the drip is) — probably less than a bathtub’s worth of water overnight.

    • sproc

      It’s not just older buildings: One of my co-workers got back last night from an out of town trip to find the pipes had burst in her 80s vintage townhouse in Arlington. Shoddy construction and sub-standard insulation can bite you as well.

      • MtP

        Yep – shoddy construction in flips often has severely poorly insulated pipes. Definitely need to be careful.

  • wdc

    I was all clever, buying a snow shovel online yesterday, to be delivered tomorrow. And then I got the shipping notification: delivery on Monday. WTF Amazon Prime?? Now I’ll have to buy one today, and then I’ll have two. This irritates me to an irrational extent.

    • Anon

      Me too! Except I ordered hot cocoa. Monday!

    • Caroline

      I had this happen with a Christmas present I bought the Tuesday before Christmas. I complained, so they gave me a refund and told me to order it again with overnight shipping which they would give for free. When the original order came after Christmas I’d just have to send it back.
      Instead of doing all that I went out to a regular store and bought another present. Then the original present ended up being delivered on time anyway! So you could just wait and it might show up before the snow, or you could complain and have them overnight a new one.

    • You can cancel the Amazon Prime order if the delivery date changes. So, only one shovel!

  • ***

    went to Whole Foods last night, more because I actually did need groceries, but partially to avoid the frenzy. People were already loading up. The woman in front of me was buying 6 gallons of milk.

    • The OP Anon

      “The woman in front of me was buying 6 gallons of milk.”
      LOL, she must have 2 teenage boys.

      • Anon

        I fear that I will have all sons. Those things will eat you out of house and home.

    • Caroline

      What on earth do people use all this milk for? I don’t think I even use one gallon a year!

      • Traveler

        Same here!

      • The OP Anon

        In my family, it was boys going through puberty. My brother and I could easily put down 1.5 gallons per day between the two of us back when we were 14 and 16, respectively. Teenage boys chug milk like crazy (if the family can afford it, no dairy allergies, etc etc etc)

        • sproc

          Ugh, that’s so gross! Even as an adventurous eater and unapologetic omnivore without any food allergies, the thought of drinking straight milk, especially in quantities like that, is so disgusting it makes me gag. The moment my parents let me stop drinking milk was one the happiest of my food life. While I use it in things, I’ve never understood its appeal consumed straight.

          • Caroline

            Haha me too! I can’t imagine drinking a glass of it.

          • wdc

            I can’t imagine eating quinoa. It’s like a mix of maggots and the eggshells they just crawled out of. So glad it wasn’t a thing when I was a kid, because I’m sure my mom would have gone through a phase.

          • Anon

            How do you eat cookies without milk????

          • Caroline

            Cookies belong with tea. Possibly coffee depending on the type of cookie.

          • Anon

            Caroline- Chocolate chip cookies with tea? Blasphemy.

          • danielle

            same, i don’t think i’ve had a glass of milk in 20 years! gross!

      • Quotia Zelda

        I have 3 kids (2 teens, 1 almost-teen). In an average week, week, we go through 4 gallons. More if I’m making a recipe that requires milk or – like this weekend – we drink lots of hot chocolate.

      • KenyonDweller

        My 9-year-old goes through 1.5 gallons a week. My wife and I go through another gallon, which we pretty much just use for cereal and coffee. So 6 gallons doesn’t seem out of line if she has several kids.

    • Marty

      we buy 4 on a normal week. Maybe she has a large family?

    • Mamasan

      I was the one with the giant bag of coffee and enough creamer…:-)

    • Anon Spock

      Apparently I’m the only one still eating cereal for a quick meal.

      • danielle

        no, i do that often too, but with almond milk

  • Hookdntx

    Milk was a poor choice…..

  • The OP Anon

    Anyone know the condition of the Teeter in Adams Morgan? Do they get their deliveries overnight?

    • womp

      no clue on AdMo HT; though someone commented on a different post that the one in NoMa looked pretty rough this morning (??…might have been yesterday evening?). I’m heading to NoMa this PM … fingers crossed for you!

      • skj84

        It was yesterday around 8. Not sure when deliveries come in.

    • TM

      I was also there yesterday around 7:30/8 pm. It was pretty crowded… some things like ground beef, bread, and toilet paper were starting to run a little low, but nothing completely cleaned out yet. Don’t know when they get their deliveries; I’d assume the state of things will only get worse with the official blizzard watch now. Good luck!

    • FridayGirl

      Trader Joe’s on 14th Street was doing great last night, but who knows about today. I won’t be trying.

      • skj84

        I want to do Trader Joe’s for beer and wine. But can’t stomach the thought of standing in line. If its out the door on a normal Saturday afternoon; I don’t even want to think what it looks like today.

      • Liz

        Went there around 2 pm today and not bad at all. Maybe 15/20 minute line? Like a normal Saturday. But they were super-well staffed and stocked. Full shelves all over.

    • Anon

      They stayed pretty well stocked through snowpacalpyse, Irene, and Sandy, so I bet they’re in decent shape. I’ve noticed they’re always much better stocked than any of the Giants in the area.

  • sproc

    I think I’ll swing through Soviet Safeway later for a chuckle.

  • AMDCer

    I had been thinking that I needed a Peapod delivery this weekend, but when I saw the forecast I snagged a Thursday night delivery, so I’m all set for snacks, just need to get some wine on the way home tonight!

  • Anon

    I’m sure that they will if they’re able to get around. Why not just stock up now?

  • Anon H St

    It’s my first winter as a homeowner, and I live in a small rowhouse that has a partially flat roof. Do I need to shovel/scrape the snow off the roof? Or do people just wait for it to melt and run off?

    • Anon

      I’m not a homeowner, so take this as you will. I grew up in an area that got a lot of snow each year and my parents wouldn’t bother shoveling the (mostly flat, though slightly slanted) roof until we had at least 3-4 feet. If your roof is in good shape, it should be able to handle a foot or two.

    • textdoc

      FWIW, I’ve never heard of anyone shoveling snow off a roof in D.C. And other than the Knickerbocker disaster (in 1922), I don’t recall hearing about any incidents where snow made a roof collapse.
      Depending on what your roof is like and what the snow/ice is like, it might be dangerous to shovel it yourself (risk of slipping on ice and falling off roof).

    • jaybird

      You don’t need to shovel. If it hasn’t collapsed yet its not going to from this snow.

    • danielle

      ours is the same – never shoveled it and no problems yet!


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