At the Starbucks in the Mid-Pike Plaza shopping center in Rockville, one or two customers ducked in every 5 or so minutes. On a normal weekday morning at 8 a.m., they’d be lined up at the counter.
Even on a morning when schools and the federal government were closed, Barbara Hansen headed to work as a nurse at a private daycare center for seniors.
“The side roads are a little slippery, but the main roads aren’t bad,” said Hansen, as she waited for her Starbucks soy misto.
She said she had driven several miles down Rockville Pike from her home in downtown Rockville. “People are driving slowly and there’s less traffic, so it’s much easier,” Hansen said.
Hansen said she didn’t mind heading through the snow to a job she enjoyed. Other people who also needed to work today would still need a place for their elderly family members to spend the day, and they would need a nurse on duty, she said. “I might as well go to work,” Hansen said before heading back out into the snow. “What am I going to do at home? Just watch TV and eat.”
— Katherine Shaver