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Saturday, December 19: A Lot Of Snow At FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on December 19, 2009 – 4:32 pm

Those of you who don’t live on the East Coast, don’t watch the Weather Channel, don’t use Twitter, don’t watch CNN, and are essentially cut off from the outside world except via this blog might be unaware of the historic snowstorm currently smothering that side of the country. And for that group, let me just say this: it’s a lot of snow.

Enough snow that my local grocery store is completely devoid of eggs and milk. Enough snow that the Redskins canceled their practice today altogether. Enough snow that at least two other NFL games tomorrow have been pushed back to give the stadium crews time to clear space — and to give the visiting teams at least a chance of arriving.

In that environment, having a Monday Night Football game seems like biggest stroke of luck ever, because it gives the crew at FedExField a full extra day to do all of this:

There are a bunch more pictures after the jump, but here are some quick stats on the snow removal:

  • 1,200 workers are shoveling to clear the snow. And it’s a lot of snow.
  • 25 MILLION pounds of it, in fact. That’s 25,000,000 pounds, or 12,500 TONS of snow — the most snow removed from a stadium in Redskins history.
  • The equipment being used is the same gear that’s used to clear runways at Dulles Airport.
  • The team consulted with the NFL experts at snow removal: crews from Denver, New England, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo — and, in fact, sent staffers to observe snow removal in Buffalo last week.

Plenty more pictures of the snow after the jump.
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