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Follow City Paper’s live blizzard blog as we track the impending doom (storm) and how it’ll affect D.C. in ways large and small. Already on it: government closures, transit changes, and emergency numbers. Stay tuned for more throughout the coming days.


  • Meteorologically speaking, we’re about to get “a massive mid-Atlantic snowstorm.” Forecasts predict that the snow will start anywhere between noon and 2 p.m. and persist well into Saturday evening. [Post]
  • Metrobus and Metrorail will cease operating today at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., respectively, with all service suspended for the entire weekend. [City Desk, Post]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser took to national television on Thursday, apologizing for a botched snow response on Wednesday and discussing preparations for this weekend’s blizzard. [The Situation Room, Morning Joe]
  • Another potential impact of the double-digit wind speed blizzard? “Massive flooding.” [WIRED]
  • Anti-abortion-rights activists say their annual “March for Life” on the Mall today will still occur. [City Desk, The Hill]


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

  • Which D.C.-area theaters still use film projectors? Why is the hill outside the Warner Theater so big? Other burning questions, and more, answered in our annual Answers Issue! [WCP]
  • Listen to a new song from Fairfax’s Cinema Hearts. [Arts Desk]
  • Reunited At The Drive-In to headline 9:30 Club. [DC Music Download]
  • One Track Mind: Bleary Eyed‘s “Harping.” [Arts Desk]
  • Offerings abound in local children’s theater. [Post]
  • Go-go covers of pop songs, ranked. [Arts Desk]

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

  • The 20 best restaurants in the D.C. area revealed [Washingtonian]
  • Five must-try dishes at Yona in Ballston [Zagat]
  • Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. launches Thursday Test Kitchen at Union Market. [PoPville]
  • 11 places to put it on a pretzel bun [Eater]
  • New York Times restaurant critic dishes on Guy Fieri and the art of reviewing. [NPR]
  • Your food delivery apps won’t save you now. [CityDesk]