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Snow Day? Try Cross Country Skiing

Matt McCleskey poses with his skis outside the WAMU Media Center on Connecticut Ave NW.
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Matt McCleskey poses with his skis outside the WAMU Media Center on Connecticut Ave NW.

The D.C. region has been inundated by snow, sleet and rain, shutting down area airports, rail service and Metrobus. But while the federal government and local schools are closed for the day, there are still some going in to work.

WAMU 88.5 Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey grabbed his poles and cross-country skied to work from his home in Northwest D.C. at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning, and he captured the ride on video.

He says it's probably the first time since he's lived close to the station that conditions actually made it worthwhile.

"I tried it just once before and there wasn't enough accumulation that time," McCleskey says. "You also have to have enough snow to be able to make it back home."

While the roads are slowly being cleared on Thursday as the D.C. snow crews work their way outward from the main thoroughfares, the streets were totally empty when McCleskey hit the road.

"I walk in most days, so it wasn't that different for me in terms of solitude today," McCleskey says. "The snow made it much prettier, though, definitely. It was beautiful and quiet with nobody else around. All I could hear was the clicking of the poles."

He recommends other ski fanatics give it a try if they ever get the chance, but he says it's important to be cautious.

"It's a cinch when I come to work, but later in the morning, you really have to be careful around the plows and the traffic," he said. "But yeah, people should get out there."

His shift as host over, McCleskey straps the skis back on and heads towards Rock Creek Park for the trek back home.

"I hope there's still some fresh snow out there," he says, before strapping on the skis and heading back out into the cold.

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