On Sunday, Washington DC saw snow its first significant snow fall in two years. The neighborhood went outside to play!
Although Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton requested the community be allowed to sled down Capitol Hill, US Capitol Police denied the request, citing security. The Capitol Grounds remained closed to tobogganers Sunday.
Instead, a number of the community headed to Eastern High School to take their sleds down the slope from the school building into the fields near 18th at Consititution.
Others found places to sled in Congressional Cemetery, a grass mound near DC Jail at 19th and D Streeet SE and even the steps at Lincoln Park, where workers for the National Park Service (NPS) pushed snow off the pathways onto the stairways to create a small slope for young tobogganers.
Late Sunday night, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that all DC Public School buildings would be closed Monday, Feb. 1. That was to have been the first day of in-person learning for more than 1,500 students.
But it’s not a snow day. Like their colleagues in virtual classes, they will take the first class of Term 3 online, meeting their new teachers through the screen.
The snow should last into Tuesday. The Capital Weather Gang is calling for intermittent snow showers throughout Monday, with highs between 30 and 35.