Other than the lone snow day that Bullis students experienced shortly after Thanksgiving, the DMV has certainly not gotten as much snow as we’re used to before mid-December.
However, last week there was snow forecasted for over three days. The storm that was supposed to hit us took a southern turn, transforming Virginia and North Carolina into winter wonderlands. It is no secret that southern states are typically less prepared and less equipped to handle snowstorms like this one, but Bullis alumni Jacob Fishman (‘16), who is a junior at the University of Virginia, said that the university handled it much better than he had expected. “It did not have any real effect, other than school being delayed for a couple of hours.”
Nonetheless, while it may not have had a large effect on the academic side of campus, the heavy snow still took a toll on everyday student life. “The roads were very icy, and everybody was getting into car crashes,” said Fishman.
Citizens of the DMV may remember “snowmaggedon,” the week-long blizzard in the winter of 2009. Snowmageddon took place during an El Niño, which is a winter storm caused by unusually warm water temperatures south of the equator. An El Niño is forecasted for this winter yet again, but a much weaker one than the last, resulting in mild snow throughout the winter.