Vienna Recovers From The Snow: A Timeline Of The Storm With Your Tweets, Comments and Photos
Readers send in pictures, tweet and update road conditions
The powerful snow storm that began with thundersnow and ice pellets Wednesday afternoon may be over, but Vienna residents and county crews are still trying to dig out and get roads back in order.
The storm began at 3 p.m. last night, and by the time rush hour hit it was clear some commuters would be stuck for a while. Twitter user WhitneyDrew told the story of a friend who had been stuck on 495 for five hours; some commutes took up to seven.
Several cars spun out near the Vienna metro, according to Twitter user Mark Poblete, and many abandoned their cars on the road all together.
This morning, readers reported that Maple Ave and Church Street are looking pretty clear. Though much of Vienna avoided the hundreds of thousands of power outages across Northern Virginia, some parts of town are still without power and cleared roads.
Here's a timeline of the snow based on comments from readers via Facebook, Twitter and Vienna Patch.
3:30 p.m.: ColinStorm via Twitter: "Thunder has begun in Falls Church, along with some sleet.
5:03 p.m.: Vienna Patch asks @map408psu via Twitter "Any plows or salt/sand trucks down there, or are the roads untreated?"
5:16 p.m.: Reader Tara Miller says "Center Street & Lawyers Road both have cars that couldn't make it up the hill from Maple Avenue, and are sliding all around. It's really bad out there." Gayle Miller added "Some jerk drove across my front yard on Lawyers Road to get around a stuck car."
9:00 p.m.: Via Facebook, Sarah Osborne says "Vienna Parks and Recreation's snow policy states "If there is no school because of snow or a holiday, all classes are canceled."
10:00 p.m.: Magdalene Torres posts a picture on Facebook "Snow in Vienna," of Carey Lane behind Madison High School
12:00 a.m.: Vienna Patch on Facebook says "Police are considering closing Lawyers Rd at Hunter Mill Rd to "prevent any more accidents from happening there"
Facebook user Jennifer Carr responds "Please do that!!!!"
Between midnight and 1 a.m.: Facebook user Amie Aguiar posts a picture of "Snowy Curzon Court." He says "There are lots of branches coming down around my neighborhood and in Nottoway park because the snow is so heavy!" "Everyone around here seems to still have power, although while we were at Nottoway Park the scoreboard on one of the fields kept turning on each time we saw lightning. It was kind of spooky."
Viola Schwartz replied "This is my neighborhood, was walking on this street at abour 21 00 with my Boston and Chihuahua. Wish I had pics, they were so cute
all snug in their coats! A neighbor just up from here, had a tree so
laden with snow that 2 huge branches fell across her driveway! Luckily, I had already cleared my bushes and trees. It will surely cause a lot of damage in the area. So lucky with the power, we rarely have trouble with loosing it. I saw the lightning too, very impressive but other worldly! I feel sorry for all the people who were stuck on rte 66 and at Tysons."
7 a.m.: Facebook user Jeffrey Anderson says "Some burps and lots of flickers but Wolftrap area seems to be ok." and "Liberty Tree Lane is plowed curb to curb - last year we had to hire someone .. this year they nailed it."
9 a.m.: Facebook user Sallie Chase Johnson posts a picture of Glyndon Street SE. "We have power, but I hear that folks up on Moore Ave do not."
9:20 a.m.: A reader reports "lots of abandoned cars out there + Cottage St from Cedar to gallows had lots of sagging power lines."
9:50 a.m.: Facebook user Maria Alvarez-Lundie says "We haven't seen a plow yet. 2 of my neighbors have wire that is hanging kinda low over the road, not sure a big truck could come through.
At 10:21 a.m., she updated: "[We are in] NE - we are the last side street off Old Courthouse Rd. on the edge of Town. Old Courthouse was completely done last night. THEY JUST CAME BY!! YEAH! Love this town!"
10:26 a.m.: Martin Cooley says via Facebook that traffic signals were also out "As well as at Hunter Mill and Lawyers."
Click through our photo gallery to see snapshots of the snow throughout Vienna on Jan. 26 and 27 submitted by readers.