More Snow Coming as Washington Region Digs Out of Massive Snowfall
Updated: 5:18 p.m. Feb. 14, 2014
Posted: 5:44 a.m. Feb. 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — As if the foot or more of snow that fell in the Washington region Thursday wasn’t enough, another blast of winter weather hit the area Friday night.
A third storm band could bring as much 4 more inches of snow overnight Friday into Saturday.
Points north and west of the District are expected to see the most accumulation from this storm. Channel 9 meteorologist Topper Shutt says the nation’s capital will likely only see an inch of snow at most.
— Topper Shutt (@Toppersweather) February 14, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Frederick County from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday. The same advisory will be in effect for Carroll, Harford and northern Baltimore counties from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Federal government offices in the D.C. area opened two hours late and most school districts are closed Friday.
Dangerous road conditions early Friday morning posed an issue for drivers as a refreeze of melted snow turned neighborhood streets into virtual ice skating rinks.
Portions of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway were closed Friday morning due multiple accidents and hazardous driving conditions.
Metrobus service was suspended twice Thursday and is opearting on a moderate snow plan as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. The agency also says riders should expect delays and possible detours as a result of deteriorated road conditions.
Operations are returning to normal at the airports serving Washington and Baltimore.
Airport officials say some of Friday’s flights have been canceled, but all runways are open and the airports are busy as passengers try to get to their destinations.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was the hardest-hit by the storm, and airlines were struggling to recover on Friday afternoon. At 1:30 p.m., more than 40 percent of outgoing flights were delayed or canceled, and nearly four out of five arriving flights were delayed or canceled.
Travelers should check with their airline before heading to the airport.
Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and Acela Express trains were operating on a limited schedule Friday. Amtrak says regular service will resume Saturday.
Maryland’s emergency management officials were pleasantly surprised by how well the state weathered the first wintry blast, as residents largely stayed off the roads and power outages were fairly low.
Mayor Vincent Gray says the city’s response to the snow went relatively smoothly. But it was an expensive snow day for residents who didn’t move their vehicles from snow emergency routes.
Gray says between 600 and 700 vehicles were ticketed, and 200 of those were towed. The fine for parking on an emergency route is $250, with another $100 for cars that are towed, plus a $20 daily impound fee.
Linda Grant, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Public Works, says the impound lot will be open until 6:30 p.m. Friday so people can retrieve their vehicles. The city’s impound lot will reopen on Tuesday.
People can avoid paying the impound fee over the three-day weekend by paying before midnight, says WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves.
Many people in the region woke up Thursday to close to a foot of snow on the ground.
Though snow totals varied, a number of cities throughout the region saw more than a foot of snow. The Weather Service said the 11 inches of snow that fell at Washington Dulles Airport broke a record.
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Snow totals were on the high end of what had been forecast, said National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Bettwy.
“It definitely was a very fluffy snow with big snowflakes, so it piled up pretty quickly,” Bettwy said, calling travel “absolutely treacherous.”
The severe winter weather resulted in nearly 1,000 traffic accidents in Virginia over an 18-hour span, state police say.
Authorities say a six-mile stretch of Route 17 in Frederick County, Md., was closed due to a fallen tree and power lines.
The slick roads played havoc with tractor-trailers. Three were involved in a crash that closed westbound Interstate 70 for an hour.
Police say a tractor-trailer ran off a ramp near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Washington’s Capital Beltway. And another slid into a ditch on southbound I-95 at Route 32 south of Baltimore.
On Thursday morning, a truck driver in Ashburn, Va., working to clear snowy roads died. State police say he had pulled off the road and was standing behind his vehicle when he was hit by another dump truck.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials say more than 12,000 plows were deployed statewide, and District officials say 287 plows have been clearing city streets.
Power outages are still a concern, though by early Friday only about 3,000 customers in the region were in the dark, according to power officials.
Utilities in the Washington and Baltimore area reported minimal outages.
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