WASHINGTON — A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is hitting the Washington, D.C., area.
Officials are urging people to stay off the roads Tuesday while crews clear them. Federal workers reported three hours late, while city government offices are opened two hours late.
President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of his Monday evening meeting with Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld to discuss storm preparations. In a statement, Bowser expressed pride in the agencies and employees working to keep residents safe.
Metrorail is running on a Saturday schedule. Metrobus started the day on a “severe” snow service plan, but it’s now moving to a “moderate” plan.
It is a surprisingly aggressive stance for the city. Despite the warm temperatures bringing more rain than snow, most of the area was hit with at least a small amount of snow overnight, and the early morning brought a significant helping of rain and sleet.
Roads across the city were in varying states of being cleared. It was predicted by many that city schools would have the day off, especially considering the snow days already factored into the school year that have so far gone unused.
While many surrounding counties called off classes, D.C. Public Schools opened two hours late and later announced after-school classes and activities would be canceled.
Among the nearby counties to close schools are: Fairfax County, Montgomery County, Arlington County, Prince George’s County, Loudoun County, Charles County, Frederick County, Fauquier County, Prince William County and Anne Arundel County.
National Weather Service predicts afternoon snow showers, with highs near 37 degrees. One to two inches of snow and sleet could accumulate over the course of the day.
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