Ok, maybe the exclamation point is over-doing it. But we've got about 6 inches of new snow on the ground, right now, and 11 to 17 more are promised, tonight. A few additional inches will arrive tomorrow, if the forecasts are correct.
Downtown Mall. Charlottesville, Virginia. 5 February 2010.
It's been enough to slow the city to a crawl. Local schools are closed; there's little traffic on the streets, and the University of Virginia, my employer, canceled classes.
So, how am I spending my unexpected day off? Reading a couple of graduate student papers and printing some of the photos I made in Cape Town, during the New Year's Carnival, last January. (You can see the photos that I printed, here.)
Morning view from my window. 6 February 2010.
In between reading and printing, I had lunch with Eric Stassen, an old friend who's in Charlottesville to perform with a local orchestra and spread the word about his new venture, Symphonic Voyages:
"...the perfect winter getaway for lovers of classical music: a performance festival on the high seas, featuring a full symphony orchestra and guest artists Cho-Liang Lin, Susan Lorette Dunn and Larry Rachleff. Our maiden voyage will take place from January 3-15, 2011, departing from Baltimore and visiting the Eastern Caribbean (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Antigua, and St. Maarten) aboard the luxurious Celebrity Mercury."
Sounds good to me. Especially on a day like today.
Update, 6 February 2010: More snow and sleet overnight, but the totals are considerably lower than the most dire predictions.