- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 29, 2005

The region received another taste of winter, as snow and ice covered area roads and streets for the second straight weekend.

Snow began falling late yesterday afternoon in the area.

David Manning, a warning-coordinating meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the storm was expected to bring about an inch of snow and ice overnight, with snow showers continuing throughout this morning.

The total accumulation for the region is expected to be 2 to 3 inches with more in western Virginia and as little as 1 inch on the Eastern Shore. A winter weather advisory was issued through noon today.

“The majority of the accumulation is expected to end by the morning hours” today , Mr. Manning said. He also said the mixture of sleet would keep down the accumulations. Temperatures in the 40s tomorrow are expected to melt the snow and ice.

The storm is a low-pressure system that moved along the Gulf Coast, then through the Southeast states yesterday. It is expected to move off the North Carolina coast today.

In the Southeast region, the storm left slick glazes of ice in many areas, shutting down sections of every interstate highway in the metro Atlanta area and canceling hundreds of airline flights.

The slippery conditions appear to have contributed to two traffic deaths, said the Georgia State Patrol.

Ice was a quarter-inch thick on downtown Atlanta streets as the storm spread snow, freezing rain and sleet from the Midwest into Georgia and the Carolinas.

North Carolina’s Highway Patrol reported numerous accidents.

Throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, crashes caused police to shut down sections of Interstates 85, 20, 75 and 285 and some other highways, said a state transportation official.

No major accidents were reported in the region as of early last night.

The D.C. Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works deployed trucks and crews at 8 last night, said agency spokesman Bill Rice.

“We’ll have close to 200 light and heavy trucks mobilized,” he said. “We’ll begin salting and plowing as the snow accumulates. We have approximately 40 tons of salt ready to go, which is plenty.”

Crews will pretreat roads with de-icer and salt, concentrating on bridges, overpasses and shady and hilly streets, Mr. Rice said. Crews worked throughout the evening to keep major roads clear and treat secondary roads and residential streets.

No snow emergency is in effect today, he said.

In Maryland, more than 2,400 vehicles were on standby statewide by 10 p.m. yesterday, said Adrienne Cousler, a spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration.

The state has 300,000 tons of salt available, Miss Cousler said.

The storm comes after last weekend’s from the Midwest brought 4 to 7 inches of snow, the region’s first significant accumulation of the season. Area officials reported numerous accidents last weekend but no major injuries or fatalities.

New England was the hardest hit, with accumulations of 1 to 3 feet.

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