D.C. Area Gets Second Blast of Winter Weather
Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 1:45 p.m.
Original: Dec. 7, 2013 5:35 p.m.
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The Washington area got hit with its second blast of winter weather in three days Tuesday, shutting down federal agencies and most public school school systems in the D.C. area.
The fast-moving snowstorm began dropping precipitation in the D.C. area around 7 a.m. and moved out of the area by noon.
Downtown D.C. received about an inch of wet snow, but roads remained mostly clear in the city.
Areas north and west of the District received the most snow: Frederick received 4 inches, Clarksburg got 3 inches, and Front Royal totaled 3.5 inches.
Points south and east received more rain than snow, keeping accumulations at less than 2 inches.
The winter weather shuttered federal agencies in the D.C. area Tuesday and the city’s public schools and government also were closed. Almost all public school systems in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs also were closed Tuesday.
Crews worked diligently to salt and chemically treat roadways overnight, but the storm still made for a messy morning commute in some areas.
The usually bustling Springfield Metro station was nearly deserted. Those who did have to work said the lack of traffic made the slushy roads easier to navigate.
“I wish it was like this all the time — minus the snow,” said Maelin Traylor, 28, of Springfield. “The traffic was wonderful.”
Jean Walsh, 72, of Springfield, said she was accustomed to much worse weather growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., and never considered skipping work.
“To me, this is nothing. It’s melting when it’s hitting. I don’t think they should have closed the government,” Walsh said. “It’s no big deal and I’ve got work to do.”
Airports in the Washington region are urging passengers to check on their flights before heading to the airports as some flights have been delayed or canceled because of the winter weather.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says flight delays and cancellations are affecting flights at Dulles International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration says there are significant delays for flights heading north to Newark, New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Thousands were still without power Tuesday morning from the snow and freezing rain that fell earlier in the week.
Points north and west of the District received the highest snowfall totals Sunday.
More than 8 inches of snow fell in Frederick, while Damascus received 4.5 inches. Germantown received 3.3 inches and Gaithersburg received just 2.2 inches of recorded snowfall.
In Virginia, 1.5 inches of snow fell in Reston. In Loudoun County, 4 inches fell in Leesburg while 3.1 inches covered Ashburn.