Definitely not used to it snowing this early in the season in Baltimore. As I always tell people, I’m not used to the first snow of the season coming until after the first of the calendar year. As it turns out, my gut feeling matches the reality behind early snow in this part of the world.
Thursday's snow is Baltimore's earliest in 22 years, and heaviest for November since 1989, @ssdance reports. https://t.co/xz44RHkhLD
— Colin Campbell (@cmcampbell6) November 15, 2018
UPDATE: On Baltimore's snowiest November day in nearly three decades, the region has unofficially broken a record for its wettest year in the books, which date to 1871. https://t.co/YEWOayTVCP
— Maryland Weather (@MdWeather) November 15, 2018
The storm wasn’t a Nor’easter, but it’s set records and we took a good shot with snow (amounts varied around Maryland) and the other elements of the dreaded “wintry mix” as well as plain old rain and wind. I stepped out for a little while during the rain to get my yak trax out of the car. Rain was nice and cold and raw. I was very happy to get back inside. Felt like January. I’ll be glad when it gets back into the 50’s next week.
Still, things could have been worse.
NJTransit buses delayed. Port authority bus terminal flooded with waiting for buses on the first snow day of the season. pic.twitter.com/dRPgFzk8l4
— Ajoy Singha (@AjoySingha) November 15, 2018
Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for the Port Authority Board in their study of an expanded Port Authority Bus Terminal within NYC, especially at the current location. Increased space wouldn’t have helped on a day like today, as the traffic was so bad in New Jersey. The Port Authority, MTA, and New Jersey Transit really need to consider another rail link, possibly an already discussed expansion of the #7 NYC Subway line, somewhere in New Jersey, along with a bus terminal there. I know one of the considerations is that quite a few commuters have one- or two-seat commutes and a solution that ends up with adding another seat, are less than ideal. However, on days like today, I imagine folks would rather have another viable way home, whether there are a couple of transfers or not, rather than being stuck inside the terminal and told to find another way home.
A total mess.
It’s approaching 8pm and the Port Authority is still turning people away due to overcrowding. Second and third floors are closed because of crowds. PA announcements say it’s unlikely many buses will reach the terminal tonight. A mob scene. pic.twitter.com/WaStFScGX3
— Theodore Kim (@TheoTypes) November 16, 2018
A strange day when transit functions worse up in New York and New Jersey than here in Maryland.