Snow Pours Onto Capital Beltway Commute

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File photo of a winter storm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File photo of a winter storm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Washington area commuters had their work cut out for them as they sludged home through the snow Friday.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for the Washington area and most of Maryland until 9 p.m.

That’ll be the last of the heavy snow for the weekend, aside from a few flurries into early Saturday morning. Drivers should stay alert for icy side streets and exit ramps.

Snowfall reached about one inch in most of the DMV region. WUSA9’s Topper Shutt says Leesburg and Alexandria saw half an inch, while accumulation topped just over an inch in Laytonsville. Parts of western Maryland saw as many as four inches.

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This snow follows a light snow Thursday morning that made commuting difficult and prompted schools closings and delays throughout the area.

With temperatures below freezing in much of the region since Monday, the D.C. area is in the midst of its coldest stretch since 2010.

Highs aren’t expected to get above freezing until the weekend as the Arctic air mass has taken over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Lows have been in the teens overnight but “real feel” temperatures have been in the single digits due to the wind.

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Saturday’s forecast high of 34 will get the area above freezing, but not by much.

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