The DC area is notoriously skittish when it comes to snow. I would argue that it's with good reason, though:
a) DC area is full folks from warmer climes, like myself. I never had to drive in snow until I was 23 (when I moved here)
b) It doesn't snow that often here. This means that people like myself don't get the opportunity to properly practice the winter driving *and* that there is little incentive for local governments to invest heavily in snow plows, etc.
c) Traffic is bad on a good day. It's a thousand times worse on a snow day.
d) When it snows here, it usually happens in the morning and just a few inches. This melts by midday and then freezes into black ice juuuuuuuuust as rush hour starts. That is terrifying stuff.
But, this recent snowfall rivals the Storm of 2003. That was my first winter in this area and in February, we got a doozy. I remember opening up the door to my balcony and sticking a yardstick in the ground...18in! My grad school was cancelled for that entire week.
This snow storm is probably worse that that. In my yard, I'm measuring about 20 inches in the non-drift areas. Remember my raised beds that looked like this in the summer:
Well, you can't really tell I have raised beds. Or, really any garden at all now:
Unfortunately, this snow is too fluffy for snowballs or snowmen. Therefore, it does me no good.