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After nearly 20 inches of snow fell on D.C. this weekend—though the official total is disputed—residents and city workers have begun to shovel sidewalks, dig out cars, and clear streets. Both the District and federal governments are closed today, while Metro is running extremely limited rail and bus service for only certain portions of the day.


  • The District saw one snowstorm-related fatality this weekend: that of an 82-year-old man who was shoveling. [AP]
  • Local airports are slowly getting back up to speed starting this morning. [AP]
  • Gregory Dean, D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services chief, has a lot on his plate to reform. [Post]
  • D.C. police were involved in some unexpected activities during the storm, including a pick-up football game in the middle of the street and an impromptu Frozen party. [Deadspin, ABC News]
  • In case you missed the Dupont Circle snowball fight on Sunday, you can relive it on video. [The Guardian]
  • What it’s like to be without heat during a blizzard. [Post]


  • Snow Scenes: Our staff photographer Darrow Montgomery braved the snow to take these one-of-a-kind photos.
  • Rides and Rooms: How did so many restaurants stay open this weekend? Owners and staff got creative.
  • Have Questions?: We have answers. Read our annual Answers Issue if you didn’t do so during the storm.

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • PJ Harvey‘s new album to feature songs about time spent in D.C. [DCist]
  • Chris Richards on the return of NoVa garage-punks Foul Swoops. [Post]
  • How local musicians balance playing music with their day jobs. [DC Music Download]
  • Why Bjarke Ingels Group wants to build a new stadium for the Washington football team. [Post]
  • Listen to Aerialist cover Weezer in honor of the blizzard. [Bandcamp]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Is snow safe to eat? [WAMU]
  • Bread Furst robbers scored ‘not even a loaf of bread.’ [Post]
  • Three new dining spaces are coming to the Watergate. [Eater]
  • Area grocery stores reopen after blizzard, but may lack some food [Borderstan]
  • What critics’ top 100 restaurants have planned for Restaurant Week. [Washingtonian]
  • Older restaurants revisited and reviewed [NoVa Mag]
  • The Japanese government honors two D.C. chefs [DCist]