Thursday, February 13, 2014

Photos: Huge Nor'Easter Covers White House And Kitchen Garden With Snow

The North Lawn driveway gets plowed
Washington, DC -- The major snowstorm that impacted millions of Americans in the northeast gave the District its biggest snowfall in four years, dumping seven inches of snow on the White House overnight. President Barack Obama's public events for Thursday were cancelled, and the federal government was closed for business.  

The city awoke to temperatures in the teens and winds up to 20 miles per hour.   A snow emergency was declared in the District. 

Two of the Kitchen Garden Hoop Houses, buried under snow

First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, still growing winter greens, was covered in snow on Thursday. 
 
The plastic and aluminum hoop houses that cover four of the beds will offer some protection to the remaining crops. 

Hoop Houses last Sunday, L, and today, R
Herbs from the garden, including thyme, rosemary, lavender, and sage, were used for the menu on Tuesday night at the State Dinner honoring the French President.  

The bees living in the White House beehive beside the garden are now dormant for the winter.  But the hive stood out against the snowy landscape of the South Lawn.

The half-deconstructed State Dinner pavilion on the South Lawn
The massive glass-walled pavilion built on the South Lawn for the State Dinner is still being dismantled, and it, too, was covered in snow on Thursday.  The fountain on the South Lawn remained unfrozen, despite the temperatures that hovered in the teens thanks to the wind-chill factor.

More snow fell throughout the day on Thursday, mixed with sleet and rain.  More snow and sleet is predicted on Friday from a second storm.

The snowy South Lawn:  The Fountain did not freeze
Early on Thursday morning, at 7:00 AM, snowplows were at work clearing the White House's North Lawn driveway.   Crews were at work plowing the South Lawn driveway later in the day.

*Photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama