Environment Planet Earth Snowtastic: East Coast Snowed in -- Again By Catie Leary Writer and Photographer Georgia State University Catie Leary writes and curates visual stories about science, animals, the arts, travel, and the natural world. our editorial process Catie Leary Updated October 27, 2019 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Planet Earth Weather Outdoors Conservation Snowmageddon is upon us Photo: thisisbossi/Flickr [CC by SA-2.0] All across the mid-Atlantic, residents are slowly recovering from the record-breaking snowfall. Washingtonians had to dig out again after the region was hit by a second mega-snowstorm. The second snow storm — dubbed 'Snoverkill' — left an estimated 10 to 20 inches on top of the snow from the previous storm, making 2009-2010 the snowiest winter since record-keeping began in 1870. With homes and businesses without power, streets and sidewalks buried in the white stuff, the only option for residents was to shovel snow, to curl up by the fireplace, or to start an enormous snowball fight. Scoop, roll, throw, hit, duck ZUMA Press. People armed with snowballs charge one another during a large snowball fight involving about 100 people on Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10. The Alma Mater Ski Jump Phillip Ritz/Flickr. Students at Columbia University make use of their snow day by ski jumping off the steps of Lowe Library on Feb. 10 in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City, N.Y. Pedestrians, reclaim the streets! treegrow/Flickr. Pedestrians turn a snow-covered road into a walkway in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 7. Shoveling the roof Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Peggy Grace leans out her second-story window to push snow off of her roof on Feb. 10 in Owings, Md. Owings was hit with a second snow storm after getting 2 feet of snow earlier in the week. An intense set of icicles Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Icicles hang from the roof of a resturaunt on Feb. 11 in Suitland, Md. Downright neighborly people Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press. Bonnie Kilby braces against wind and snow as she makes her way back home after helping a neighbor sweep steps in Lancaster, Pa., on Feb. 10. Shoveling a mountain Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press. Zoila Kiester shovels heavy wet snow from her front walkway the day after a blizzard in Wormleysburg, Pa., on Feb. 11. Snowy tree hugger Digiart2001 | jason.kuffer/Flickr. The environmental movement is becoming so widespread that even snowmen, like this one in New York City's Central Park, are hugging trees. Vancouver, here I come! Mike Stewart/Associated Press. Evie Reinsel cross-country skies on Feb. 10 in Baltimore. More than 10 inches of new snow fell before dawn in parts of Maryland that had received up to 30 inches just a few days earlier. Governmental snow Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Groundsworker Kevin Trodden uses a snow blower to clear sidewalks at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C. We're open wiliam couch/Flickr. Employees of the Birch & Barley/ChurchKey gastropub in Washington, D.C., built a snowman outside to alert passersbys that the bar is open for business, despite the major snowfall. Snowy destruction Alex Wong/Getty Images. A pedestrian walks behind tree branches that snapped from the weight of thick snow following the snowstorm on Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C. Red fire hydrant sees white √oхέƒx™/Flickr. A bright red fire hydrant is engulfed by snow on Feb. 7 near Baltimore, Md.