Cold weather emergency issued in Washington D.C (includes video story)

The most significant snow in the past two years hit the nation’s capital this past Monday. With four inches of accumulation and very low temperatures, D.C. Mayor Bowser activated a cold weather emergency plan in the district. This aimed to help unhoused people find shelters and asked residents to check on vulnerable neighbors and seniors. 

Multiple crashes and collisions were registered this past two days as there were many slippery roads throughout the DMV area. However, many trucks spreading salt through the highways to melt the snow that fell on them were seen since Sunday night. The VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) alarmed residents to be prepared as this was one of the first snowfalls seen in a very long time. 

But not everything was about warnings. Residents and snow-lovers took advantage of the much-awaited snowfall to go out and enjoy the flurries. People playing in the snow with their dogs, having a snowball fight, and visiting the monuments were some activities that took place this past two days. 

“I’ve been in D.C. for almost two years so this is the first time I’ve seen snow in D.C. and it’s great, it’s really pretty. Checking out the monuments is very pretty, looking at the monuments with the roofs covered in snow”. 

Snow blanketed D.C. started the week eventfully and temperatures are expected to keep dropping and more snow is also expected to keep coming our way. 

Nicole Castañeda is a psychologist and designer double major at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and has a master degree in Clinical Psychology and Logo-therapy. She is currently doing her masters in Spanish Journalism at Florida International University. She is passionate about fashion and journalism and her goal is to be able to work as a reporter in a Latin American channel.