So, we hit the road around noontime on Sunday. Snow is falling and starts to become heavy around Princeton. Things are really slow on US1 around Rutgers, with travel on the Turnpike and Lincoln Tunnel slow, but moving. We arrive in Midtown around 3:20pm, not bad time considering the blizzard is just beginning. We wait in the lobby while our room is being finished and head up after our game of Uno is complete.
The snow is REALLY starting to come down by 5pm, but we are all suffering from a bit of cabin fever from the drive down. So we figure it wouldn’t be too bad to walk a 1/2 block for a cup of coffee at Dean & Deluca. Well, of course Dean & Deluca was closed when we got there, so we walked 2 blocks downtown to Starbucks which was open! We were all getting hungry, so we did some Yelp and OpenTable searching and found a Chinese restaurant with good ratings 3 blocks down from Starbucks. So we bundled up and headed into the Blizzard some more!
Dinner at Chef Yu’s was tasty and we had a great view of the blizzard. Watching the snow falling horizontally was impressive, but the highlight was the Thunder Snow and lightning flash! After dinner We bundled up for the 5 block walk back, which turned into 7 because Abby forgot her scarf and we had to go back after a block’s walk!
Those were the LONGEST 5 blocks I’ve ever walked in New York. The pictures you might have seen on the Weather Channel were accurate…the wind was awful and the snow and wind chill hurt your exposed skin. Both Katherine and I forgot scarves, so we had to stop and pay the storm premium up-charge for cheap acrylic scarves. $25 bucks for two 5 dollar scarves…its like buying an umbrella in the rain!!
After trudging and plodding, we made it back to the hotel and watched the snow pile on Manhattan from the warmth of the 20th floor. After some warm drinks and treats, we retired to watch the Sound of Music and all fell asleep listening to the howling winds outside. Little did we know what would await us in the morning..