Snow day in West Germantown

Sun and mild temperatures brought people outdoors Thursday morning in Germantown after a foot of snow blanketed the region Wednesday night.


Neighbors who barely see each other during the cold winter months worked side by side to dig out sidewalks and parking spots. Kids appreciated a more packable snow consistency than the winter’s earlier storms provided. Snow forts sprang up in the front yards on School House Lane, stocked with snowballs. The sun and wind loosened snow caught on roofs and tree branches.

The snow was part of a double-whammy storm that lasted all day on Wednesday, dropping snow, then rain, then ice, then snow again. The heaviest snowfall hit the area late Wednesday evening, along with lightening and thunder.

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By ten o’clock Thursday morning, enterprising teenage boys were trolling the neighborhood with shovels on their shoulders, looking for people willing to pay them a few dollars for a half hour of shoveling.

Not to be outdone, a pair of teenage girls walked through West Germantown, also offering to shovel.

Major roads were plowed Wednesday night and again Thursday morning.

Some side streets were still untreated, but traffic was sparse since schools and many area businesses were closed on Thursday.

But don’t put your shovels away yet. The National Weather Service predicts a possibility of light snow on Friday and Saturday, with more snow likely on Tuesday.

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