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What DC Locals Know...About January

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 1:39pm Laura Gray

Welcome to 2017, friends!  Now that the holiday season is over, local know January is about, well, being cold.  As in “we prefer indoor events” cold (except for snowball fights.  More on those in a minute.)

Locally, we tend to obsess about winter weather, since it’s a well-known fact the DMV area doesn’t handle inclement weather very well.  In a nutshell, winter 2016 forecasts are calling for MORE snow than last year but more evenly spread out.  While as of this writing there’s snow rumors as soon as the third week of January, click here for the full 2017 winter forecast

For a daily/weekly roundup of expected precipitation the National Weather Service has created an experimental page with a winter weather model, click here. Note: bookmark this page; it will refresh depending on the day you visit. 

If the winter weather forecasts have you thinking indoors, you’re thinking like a local!  That means museum visits are your best bet.  You can get a full list of winter 2017 exhibits here, but there are three particularly noteworthy items to review:

1. The Smithsonian African American museum changed its ticket policies in December.  The date you’ll want to note is JANUARY 4, 9am: that’s when advanced timed passes for April will first be offered.  (Yes, April.  It’s that good.)  Check out how to get tickets at the museum’s website, African American museum passes guidelines

2.  One museum often overlooked is the museum within the National Geographic building. Currently NatGeo is offering an exhibit of its most popular Instagram photos (that’s where the picture of the rhino at the top of this blog came from.)  If National Geographic is showing your photos, you know they’re pretty amazing.  Here’s the link:Nat Geo instagram exhibit

3. When you start to develop cabin fever (or we get a warm day), the Hillwood Estate and Museum in NW DC has a pretty amazing “Four Seasons” exhibit of sculptures, outdoors. This is a great venue to visit for a walk outside, followed by hot liquids in the estate café.  Here’s the link: Hillwood estate Four Seasons

Finally, just face it: winter is here.  Expect a few really great snowball fights if we get substantial snow!  They usually pop up via Twitter or Facebook, flashmob style (so look out for messages the day of/after a major snow).  Where else in Washington would there be an Association devoted to snowball fighting?  Check out the DC Snowball Fight Association page on Facebook, here

Have fun and stay warm!  


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