In a bit of Mid-Atlantic rabble-rousing, the Daily News makes the case that unlike New Yorkers, residents of Washington DC are cold-weather cowards. Despite the fact that the nation's capital got hit with between three and four feet of snow in less than a week compared to our relatively paltry 8 to 17 inches, politicians who know both cities say DC residents can't handle snow. "Wimp is the word, let me tell you," said Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel.

"In New York, I think I can count on one hand all the time they've closed the schools for my kids or even for me and my wife. Yet in D.C., there only has to be a threat of snow and they're closing the schools for a week," added Engel. "In New York, there's no way that would happen. It's like night and day." Though Mayor Bloomberg did preemptively close schools before the snow started falling, the storm didn't stop the MTA from offering relatively normal service and life in New York went on as it usually does, albeit with more slush on the sidewalks.

But in DC, some streets were being plowed for the first time on Thursday—nearly a week after the first storm—and life in the city reportedly isn't expected to return to normal until Tuesday, following a three-day Presidents Day weekend. "Certainly there's a different mindset where every threat of snow is the storm of the century," said Rep. Mike McMahon (D-Staten Island), who along with other congressional delegates had no work this week because of the snow and no work next week due to a holiday recess. "[In New York] we plan for it. We budget for it. Every inch of snow costs about a million dollars."