LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A winter storm packed a bit more of a punch than many in the Washington area were expecting overnight Wednesday.

Locally, the heaviest snow fell in Southern Maryland where residents awoke to find a fresh six inches of the white stuff had fallen. Accumulations were generally less closer to Washington and in Virginia.

Many area school systems opted to delay the start of class or remain closed Wednesday as a result of inclement weather.

In Virginia, Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun counties were among the systems to have a two-hour delay. Schools in Stafford and Prince William Counties were closed.

In Maryland, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard, and Carroll County schools operated on a two-hour delay. Schools in St. Mary’s, Charles, and Calvert counties were closed.

Public schools in the District opened on time with the exception of Jefferson Academy, which remained closed due to a power outage.

WNEW traffic anchor Lisa Baden said there was an uptick in the number of accidents because of slippery road conditions.

“You’re really going to need to slow down to anticipate the braking distance,” she said. “You may slide a little bit.”



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