Light Storm Blows Through Region
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UPDATE (2:30 p.m. Saturday)
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A brush with winter rolled through the D.C. area Saturday, leaving a few inches of snow west and north of the city.
By 2 p.m., the storm had moved through the region, and most of the snow has already melted.
Montgomery, Frederick and Howard counties in Maryland, and Loudoun County in Virginia, saw an inch or two of accumulation. The rest of the region saw more of a wintry mix and rain.
Despite the low totals of accumulation, the area was prepared for the worst:
The D.C. Department of Transportation pre-treated bridges, overpasses and other elevated structures with a solution to reduce the possibility of freezing.
“Two-hundred plows will begin spreading salt on D.C. streets once snow begins to fall,” said the Department of Public Works and Transportation Director William Howland. “The system is fast moving and is expected to leave the area by 3-4 p.m. Saturday.”
Virginia implemented new tools to respond more quickly to the public during winter storms.
“We will activate a web tool introduced last January that tracks the status of plowing in heavily populated northern Virginia neighborhoods after it snows two inches or more,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley.
This makes snow plow trackers available now in Virginia, as well as D.C.