A nighttime snowstorm fell inches in the Washington, DC area as the area dug snow and snow-capped streets from Monday’s storm, causing schools to close and creating problems on roads.
Two to 4 inches of snow must have fallen overnight, and Storm Team4 measured 3.1 inches in Northwestern DC
Storm Team4 says wind chills will occur among teens on Friday, which will turn snow on untreated areas into ice.
The snowstorm is moving out of the region towards the Atlantic Ocean, leaving behind dangerous travel conditions, according to Storm Team4. But the good news is that the plows have been making progress since the snow stopped.
Drive and walk carefully, especially on side roads and untreated sidewalks. Some larger roads could also be dangerous.
Numerous accidents have been reported along I-270 in Montgomery and Frederick counties overnight, Maryland State Police said. A News4 photojournalist was stranded in traffic south of Urbana for about 30 minutes.
Icing is possible in freezing weather. Friday afternoon will be windy and freezing with wind chills in teens and twenties.
The United States Office of Personnel Management announced that federal offices in the DC area will be closed on Friday.
Many public schools will be closed Friday, including those in DC; the cities of Alexandria and Manassas; and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Prince William and Culpeper in Virginia. In Maryland, public schools in Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties will close. Go here for the latest school closings.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Wednesday night ahead of the second snowfall.
“With two consecutive spells of snow and freezing weather, it’s more likely that communities will need extra help as they continue to recover from the first round of wet snow and ice ripping the trees we have. views Monday, “Northam said in a statement.
Metro said on Thursday that service on some bus lines would be suspended.
Some COVID-19 vaccination centers in Fairfax and Prince William counties and Fredericksburg, Va., Will be closed due to weather on Friday, the Virginia Department of Health said.
People trapped for hours on Interstate 95 in Stafford County after the blizzard speak with News4’s Drew Wilder.
Monday brought the biggest snowstorm that DC, Maryland and Virginia have seen in years. Several school districts were closed Thursday and thousands of people in Northern Virginia were sitting in the dark for the fourth day. More than 100 roads remained closed in the Fredericksburg area Wednesday.
Weekend Forecast in DC Area
After the cold, frigid and snowy weather on Friday, we will only have a brief break before the third lap of a potentially disruptive winter.
Saturday will be sunny and chilly, but a good chance to clean everything up before our next winter mess arrives on Sunday, said Storm Team4.
There is an 80% chance of rain, which can start as sleet or freezing rain.
Another intense cold front will arrive on Sunday evening, which could change the rain to a brief spell of snow after 10 p.m. This could potentially cause problems for the Monday morning commute. Stick with Storm Team4 for updates on this over the weekend.
Get your warm winter layers ready for next week. We will only have biting cold temperatures and peaks in the 1930s until Wednesday.
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