- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 7, 2007

An overnight storm that dropped 1 to 4 inches of snow on the District, Maryland and Virginia caused a handful of minor traffic accidents and widespread school delays yesterday morning, but no major problems were reported.

The cold weather is expected to continue, with morning temperatures today in the teens and a high of about 33 degrees. Forecasters say no additional snowfall is expected through the weekend.

The modest storm was enough to close schools yesterday in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and cause two-hour school delays in the District, Arlington County, Alexandria and Falls Church.

Officials in Loudoun County also have announced that schools will open one hour late today.

The biggest lingering problem yesterday was in Potomac, where the cold had caused a mechanical problem that cut gas service on Tuesday to 660 houses along River Road between Swains Lock Road to the north and Bradley Road to the south.

Washington Gas crews repaired the damage, contacted residents and went to the Potomac homes through the night to light the pilot lights of furnaces, fireplaces and water heaters. By midafternoon, service was restored to 636 homes, said Janet Davis, spokeswoman for Washington Gas.

“A technician will be sent out immediately to the home of any customer who calls 1-703/750-1000 to arrange for a relight,” Ms. Davis said.

Officials with the District’s Department of Human Services said they would continue for at least nine days to deploy hypothermia vans to search for homeless people in need of shelter.

Debra Daniels, a spokeswoman for the agency, said residents should call 800/535-7252 to report an address where a homeless person was seen.

“What we ask is that people help us to save a life,” Miss Daniels said.

By yesterday morning, snow across the region measured about 1 inch to a little more than 3 inches.

The National Weather Service reported 1.3 inches in the District, 1.1 inches in Prince George’s County, 1.5 inches in Arlington and Falls Church, 2 inches in Vienna, 2.2 inches in Damascus and 2.6 inches in Haymarket, Va. Frederick, Md., reported 3.3 inches of snow.

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