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It wasn’t a white Christmas, but I guess it was close enough.
Yesterday, the DMV region was slammed with a Capital S Snowstorm. The National Weather Service reported 8.5 inches of snow fell in Washington by 1 p.m. Monday. The rest of the DMV got anywhere from 6 to 10 inches. This included 7 inches of snow on NBC4 reporter Pat Collins’ back deck, as measured by Mayor Muriel Bowser in the most ambitious crossover event since Avengers: Endgame. The large snowfalls brought a flurry of cancellations. Government services, Metrobus, and COVID testing and vaccination sites were suspended due to the unsafe conditions.
Those conditions were deadly for some. Three people in Montgomery County were killed and one was injured after a car reportedly crashed into a snow plow. Thousands of drivers—including Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine—got trapped on Interstate 95 after icy conditions brought travel to a standstill. Some people were trapped for up to 20 hours. Officials are working to free up traffic, but for now, do not get on I-95. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told WTOP they’ve responded to over a thousand crashes since midnight.
“An emergency message is going to all stranded drivers connecting them to support, and the state is working with localities to open a warming shelter for passengers, as needed,” he said.
For those not driving or losing power—the day brought fun to the District! A giant snowball fight took place on the National Mall Monday afternoon. Many residents broke out their skis and children took advantage of their day off by sledding and playing.
Here’s some other non-snow news for your day.
D.C. Public Schools students return to classes Jan. 6, but students and teachers are asking if in-person learning should continue. D.C. is in the midst of its most mind-boggling surge in cases thanks in part to the omicron variant. Johns Hopkins reports just over 9,200 cases in D.C. on Jan. 3.
This leads to the great question looming over education right now. Some students and officials are advocating for temporary virtual learning to avoid worsening the spread. Others say students have lost too much educational ground to leave in-person classes.
DCPS is requiring students to upload a negative COVID test to the school system before their return Thursday. (Classes were originally slated to return Wednesday, but the start date was pushed back due to the snowstorm.) Students’ negative tests must be uploaded by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The workers of the D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose have had their union officially recognized. Owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine chose to recognize the union in a collective bargaining agreement Dec. 31. Now 54 employees are represented across three locations by UFCW Local 400, organizing director Alan Hanson told DCist.
“We are proud to join the growing movement of booksellers and baristas across the country who have unionized their workplaces,” the Politics and Prose organizing committee said in a statement. “Forming our union has not only served as an affirmation of our shared values within the Politics and Prose community, it will also strengthen our workplace and ensure the long-term success of our beloved community hub.”
Graham and Muscatine did not initially recognize the union last month and even hired union-busting law firm Jones Day to represent them. But public scrutiny changed their tune.
“As stewards of a local, independent business with a 37-year legacy of progressive management and mission, we’ve valued collaborating with employees to solve problems and address needs, and we look forward to working with the union in the same spirit,” the owners said in a statement released Monday.
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