Monday, March 25, 2013
Montgomery County could see an additional inch accumulate in addition to the snow already on the ground.
The National Weather Service has extended the winter weather advisory for Montgomery County through 6 p.m. Monday, and a total of 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected to accumulate. Initial predictions called for 1 to 3 inches, with snow tapering off mid-day. Now, forecasters say an additional inch could accumulate on top of the snow that's already blanketed the region, with snowfall continuing through the afternoon. Montgomery County could see a total of 3 to 5 inches. The weather could make for a slippery evening commute on Monday. State Highway Administration officials this morning urged motorists to slow down or delay travel. Has the snow affected your commute today? What are you up to this snow day? Tell us in the comments and upload …
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Snowprise? Following a "snowquester" bust last month, the region was blanketed early Monday after the National Weather Service predicted light snow. The snow may cause difficulties for commuters, and the State Highway Administration is urging motorists to slow down or delay travel. Montgomery County Public Schools were closed for spring break, but administrative offices are open. Unofficial NWS snow accumulation counts Monday morning show 3-4 inches in Montgomery County.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Some parts of the county could see 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulate.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Montgomery County from 4 a.m. to noon on Monday, according to a Montgomery County email alert. "Initially, temperatures are expected to be around freezing, and snow or sleet are expected before warmer air moves in and changes the precipitation to rain," the alert stated. The National Weather Service added that the snow, which started Sunday night, could transition to sleet and freezing rain during the night and morning hours, according to the alert. "Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible in parts of the county," the alert added.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A rare March snowstorm keeps some inside but work—and play—goes on.
Officials advised people to stay off the roads, agencies issued winter storm warnings and forecasters suggested that the area brace for a significant snowfall. And while most in the DC area did not see the multiple inches of accumulation predicted, there was enough bad weather for officials to close schools and government offices. Plow drivers took to the roads, shovelers took to the sidewalks and sledders took to the hills. But Skip Mills, whose grandchildren are seen sledding in the pictures and video above, said, "I am happy to bring them out, but told them [I] was staying in the car."
The 'Snowquester' brought less snow than predicted with little accumulation inside the Beltway.
The winter storm warning for the entire Washington, DC, region has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. Snow mixed with rain is expected to continue throughout the afternoon and taper off this evening. The snowfall in much of Montgomery County was less than the predicted four to eight inches, according to forecasters. There was little accumulation inside the Beltway in the immediate Washington, DC region, Capital Weather Gang reported. However, snowfall totals varied across the region, with Reagan National Airport receiving .2 inches of snow and Dulles receiving 3.5 inches, with continuing snow, according to the report.
Pepco also reported more than 100 customers in Chevy Chase without power.
A major snowstorm that is predicted to bring up to 8 inches of snow to Montgomery County by Wednesday evening had affected more than 100 electricity customers in the area by early afternoon. Pepco's online StormCenter showed that 128 customers in Chevy Chase were without power at approximately 1 p.m. A cluster of outages was also reported in the Kemp Mill neighborhood and in the Four Corners neighborhood of Silver Spring, both with fewer than five customers affected. Pepco announced that it brought in additional restoration crews from Alabama and Georgia to assist in case power outages are widespread. Heavy, wet snow and high winds can affect power lines and result in outages, the utility said. To report power outages and downed wires to…
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If you need to drive, slow down, use caution, and leave extra distance between your car and the driver ahead of you.
The best advice for drivers today is to stay off the roads, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. For those who need to drive, SHA is urging motorists to slow down, use caution and increase the distance between your car and the driver ahead of you. “Don’t be misled by the bare pavement you may see as you wake up this morning. Conditions will change rapidly and we’re urging drivers to stay off the roads and leave the driving to our crews,” SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in a news release. “Although crews are primarily treating roads with salt, we fully anticipate plowing roads as snow begins to accumulate. If you encounter our crews, remember to leave plenty of following distance and never try to pass plows.” …
Winter storm closes federal and county offices.
Schools and government offices are closed Wednesday, as the first significant snow storm in two years made its way across the region. Montgomery County Public Schools and their administrative offices are closed and all activities in school buildings are canceled, the school system announced. Federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed and non-emergency federal employees will be granted excused absences, the Office of Personnel Management said on its website. Montgomery County goverment offices are closed. "Essential personnel should report to work," the county's website said. Montgomery College is closed and testing deadlines will be adjusted by one day, the college's website said. The Universities at Shady …
Storm warning lifted; SHA continues to urge caution on roads.
Update, 5 p.m.: Snow emergency responses wound down, as the National Weather Service canceled the winter storm warning for the Washington metropolitan region Wednesday afternoon. The Maryland State Highway Administration urged motorists to continue to drive with caution, especially after sundown as visibility drops and roads could freeze. SHA encouraged drivers to dial 511 or go to www.MD511.org for traffic, weather alerts and road conditions. Road conditions, live traffic cameras and a variety of information to help with travel decisions and planning are available at www.roads.maryland.gov, SHA said in a news release. The Montgomery County government said its 311 call center would close at 7 p.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. Thursday. Pepco …