Storm to dump more snow, possibly freezing rain on DC area – NBC4 Washington
Weather conditions in the D.C. area are expected to worsen overnight into Tuesday morning as snow continues to fall across the region, causing car accidents and closing schools and federal offices in the nation’s capital.
Parts of the area are under a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. Tuesday before heavy snow is expected to fall an additional 1-3 inches overnight, for a total accumulation of 4-6 inches by Tuesday morning, according to Storm Team4 forecasts.
A winter weather warning remains in effect for other areas. Go here for all weather alerts.
“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.”
Slick roads are the biggest concern Monday night and could become icy by Tuesday morning.
“If you can, you want to avoid travel,” Draper said.
Freezing rain could fall along and east of I-95 early in the morning.
Most of the snowfall will end between 7 and 9 a.m
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.
Travel conditions and their impact
Schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia were closed on Tuesday due to bad weather, and other schools opened late. See the full list here.
Federal offices in the D.C. area will also be closed.
Metrobus will operate under the severe snow plan with approximately 40 bus routes in operation. Service is limited to major roads with additional snow diversions possible depending on road conditions.
Metrorail and MetroAccess operate regular service, although service may change based on weather conditions and staff availability.
Customers are advised to travel only if necessary and expect delays. If snow is blocking the sidewalk, they are asked to wait on the sidewalk instead of in the street until the bus arrives.
Several passengers reported that they were stuck on the runway upon arrival at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, including chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer, who was unable to get to the terminal in time to watch the 11 p.m. news. An MWAA spokesperson said their snow team kept the runways clear, but the backup was due to an “airline congestion issue.” News4 has not received any response from American or Southwest Airlines. No other airports reported similar delays.
Storm Team4 meteorologist Amelia Draper finishes the storm timing, and Chief Meteorologist Doug Kamerer explains why it kept snow from making it to the 11 p.m. show.
Maryland State Police said that between 2 and 10 p.m. Monday, troopers responded to 125 crashes and 41 disabled vehicles, and answered 350 calls for service.
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 due to poor road conditions, impacting travel near Reagan National Airport.
And the snow is here to stay, because things are not getting better. Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to be in the mid-30s, with winds 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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