One Canadian visitor to the region was stunned on Sunday as he watched residents of a quiet neighbourhood in nearby Silver Spring, MD, digging out under sunny skies, some with garden spades rather than the snow shovels that are required possessions for any Canadian.Silly Montrealers. (McGill is in Montreal, in case you didn't know.) Well, thanks for a spring break covered in eighteen inches of snow. I was just as surprised as you are. Y'all say you have "snow plows and stuff," but where were they to dig out your precious Cafe Starbucks?
"I completely didn't expect anything like this when I came down here; I was kind of looking forward to getting out of the snow," Jono Cottingham, 19, a McGill University student, said Sunday.
"In Canada, we get this stuff a lot but comparatively, it shuts down completely, everything shuts down here. In Canada, we have salt and snow plows and stuff."
Cottingham had only Nike running shoes on his feet as he trudged through the hip-high snowbanks. He was heading to downtown D.C. to check out the some of the city's famed museums after the subway finally started running again.
His girlfriend wore rubber rain boots, assuming she had packed well for typical December weather in Washington.
"I was told it never snowed here," she said.