Storm to dump more snow, possibly freezing rain on DC area – NBC4 Washington

Storm to dump more snow, possibly freezing rain on DC area – NBC4 Washington

After 729 days, the capital’s snow drought has officially ended. Several inches of snow accumulated overnight, forcing the closure of schools and federal offices in the nation’s capital after initially falling snow caused car accidents on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Parts of the area were under a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. Tuesday. A special weather statement remains in effect for a large swath of the region from the Blue Ridge and Catoctin Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, warning of gusty winds and the chance of additional freezing drizzle. Go here for all weather alerts.



People walk around the snow-covered National Mall, in Washington, D.C., United States on January 15, 2024. (Photo by Rabih Eklal Turan/Anatolia via Getty Images)



A young girl tries to get snow on her tongue near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, before the start of a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the late civil rights leader’s legacy in Washington, D.C., on January 15, 2024. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)



The US Capitol building during snowfall, in Washington, D.C., United States on January 15, 2024. (Photo by Rabia Eklal Turan/Anatolia via Getty Images)



Snow dusts the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall on January 15, 2024 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)



A boy plays in the snow at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, after the start of a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the late civil rights leader’s legacy in Washington, D.C., on January 15, 2024. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)



“YAY! SNOW” is written on the driveway. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Reed)



“My puppy is playing in the last snowstorm!” Location not listed. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Lemon)



“My morning view of our backyard after a snowstorm.” (Photo courtesy of Angie Scott)



“Greetings, our kids, Aubrey, 9, and Austin, 6, created a little snowman — check out the Fruit Loops! Take care of the Burton family from Prince Frederick” (Photo courtesy of Tikisha Burton)



“Snow in the backyard in Bethesda.” (Photo courtesy of Sheetal Patel)



Cars in D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood covered in snow on January 16, 2024. (Photo by NBC Washington)



News4’s Juliana Valencia stands next to a large snow pile in Montgomery County, Maryland. (Photo by NBC Washington)



Capitol workers remove snow from the steps leading to the Capitol Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)



Skiers take advantage of the first significant snowfall in two years on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol as snow falls in the Washington area on Monday, January 15, 2024. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)



A child helps build a snowman on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol as snow falls in the Washington area on Monday, January 15, 2024. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)



“About 4 inches in Taneytown MD.” (Photo courtesy of Jim Tangers)



“Photos from Centreville” (photo courtesy of @jenniferchristiansen13)



Clifton, Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Caviness)



Snow-covered News4 station in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Amy Chu)



“Morning fun with the kids #sledding #snow @nbcwashington this is Freddy the Snowman.” (Photo courtesy of @bforte22)



West End Alexandria, Virginia (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Patch)



A worker removes snow from the Senate steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 16, 2024 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)



The Washington, D.C. Snowball Fight Association is hosting its first snowball fight in two years on the National Mall. (Photo by NBC Washington)



“My bristle collie wanted to show you her fun time in the snow, she just turned one and she loves it.” Photo courtesy of Leah Waldridge.



“Governor measures snow in Olney, Maryland.” Photo courtesy of Nicole Daniel



“This is what we made with my kids on the first snow day of 2024.” (Photo courtesy of Ghetto Ahmed)



“Our stick says 3” in Springfield! (Image provided by



Children skate on the West Front of the US Capitol after 3-4 inches of snow fell across the metro area on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)



A boy poses for a photo near a snowman at the Washington Monument, on the National Mall, in Washington, D.C. on January 16, 2024. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)



Denzel Box has a snowball fight with children near the African American Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on January 16, 2024. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

Most of Fairfax County, Virginia recorded 3-4 inches of snow. One reading in Gaithersburg, Maryland, showed 3.9 inches. Howard County, Maryland was the big winner with measurements of more than 5 inches, while southern Maryland got less snow — about 2 inches.

Chaotic roads are the biggest concern, but plows are out of order and crews are pre-treating roads in anticipation of snow.

“We haven’t dealt with this much snow in at least two years,” said Amelia Draper, Storm Team4 meteorologist. “It’s not just about the snow. There’s also a chance of some freezing rain… along and east of I-95.”

“If you can, you want to avoid travel,” Draper said.

Most of the snowfall was over by 10 a.m., and the bitter cold was starting to set in. Here are the Storm Team4 predictions.

Travel conditions and their impact

Closure

Many schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia closed Tuesday, and others opened late. See the full list here.

Federal offices in the D.C. area were also closed.



Children enjoyed sledding in Montgomery County on Tuesday, the first snow day of the year for many schools. News4’s Juliana Valencia reports — and she skied down the hill, too.

Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess

Metrobus is operating under a severe snow plan, with about 40 bus routes in operation. Service is limited to major roads, with additional snow diversions possible based on road conditions.

Metrorail and MetroAccess operate regular service, although service may change based on weather conditions and staff availability.

He advised passengers to travel only if necessary and to expect delays. If snow is blocking the sidewalks, passengers should wait on the sidewalks instead of the streets until the bus arrives.

Airport delay

More than 50 flights were canceled and nearly 100 delayed from Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport by 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to FlightAware’s misery map.

Several passengers reported being stuck on the runway upon their Monday night arrival at National Airport, including our chief meteorologist, Doug Kammerer, who was unable to get to the terminal in time for the 11 p.m. news.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) said their snow team kept the runways clear, but the backup was due to an “airline congestion issue.”

Southwest Airlines said Reagan National experienced delays and requested a “ground delay program.”

“We have had to divert flights to the Building and Timber Workers International Union and elsewhere, and return others to their departure points because DCA has been unable to accept them,” the spokesman said.

News4 has not received a response from American Airlines. No other airports reported similar delays.

Road conditions

Maryland State Police said troopers responded to 125 crashes and 41 disabled vehicles, and responded to 350 calls for service between 2 and 10 p.m. Monday.

A dump truck overturned on DC-295 in Southeast D.C., spilling its contents onto the road and closing all lanes. Firefighters in the capital said that no injuries were reported.

A driver collided head-on with an EMS vehicle along Rock Creek Parkway near Shoreham Drive, officials said. There were no injuries, but icy conditions are believed to have been a factor.



News4’s Derek Ward takes a look at the deteriorating conditions in Bowie.

Fairfax police said a pickup truck crashed into a utility pole in the Oakton area along Main Street near Presbyterian Road. Dominion Energy crews responded to the scene. Dominion reported that about 535 customers in the area were without power shortly after the accident.

The GW Parkway was closed between the Capital Beltway and South Run Parkway on Monday due to poor road conditions, impacting travel near Reagan National Airport.



MLK Day came to a cold end in the D.C. area. News4’s Walter Morris reports from Safeway, where shoppers ran in and out throughout the night.

Future predictions

The falling snow is here to stay for a while, because things aren’t getting any better. Temperatures will only reach the mid-30s on Tuesday, with wind chills in the 20s. Wednesday is expected to reach 30 degrees, with temperatures in the single digits early in the morning.

Draper said the snow likely won’t melt until sometime next week.

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