That seems to be the best word to describe this winter season in the District.
With two storms that dumped a respective 16 and 26 inches of snow on the nation’s capital, and another storm slated to drop another 10 to 20 inches on the already crippled city, two long-serving administrators said this winter season has been the worst they can recall.
“I don’t recall any weather as robust as this during my 20 year tenure as President,” said former University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in an e-mail. “We had storms and snow and ice of course. Some big. Closed for a day or perhaps two. But this past experience and what they say lies ahead are special. Possibly historic.”
Already, the University has closed for three full days this season, once during the Dec. 19 snowstorm, and twice this week due to this weekend’s winter wallop.
Executive Vice President and Treasurer Lou Katz said Tuesday morning that GW will reopen again once public transportation is back up and running and city streets are once again safe to navigate.
But with another storm on the way, and with 25 percent of D.C.’s small fleet of snow plows out of commission according to WTOP, more snow days may be on the way.
“The worst winter we had since we have been here was 1996 up until this winter,” said Katz, who began working at GW in 1990. “And in 96 the storm we had was worse than any of them so far this year. The issue is we only had one storm, we didn’t have multiple storms. So this is clearly the worst I’ve seen.”