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Snow, ice leave thousands without power in D.C. area

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Federal and local government offices opened late and utility companies worked to restore power to thousands Monday morning in the wake of a winter storm that coated the region in a thin layer of snow and sleet.

But as the ice and snow melted, utility and road crews braced for another dousing of precipitation as the National Weather Service issued a second winter storm watch — predicting that 5 inches of snow could fall on parts of the region beginning early Tuesday.

Both Pepco and Dominion Power reported outages in the region, with Northern Virginia most heavily affected. More than 74,000 Dominion Power customers in Northern Virginia were without power Monday morning, including 44,860 customers in Fairfax County. Pepco reported close to 11,000 customers without power in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and another 3,200 customers without power in the District.

Classes were canceled at public schools in both Fairfax and Montgomery counties. Meanwhile the District government opened for business two hours late as did the city's public schools.

In some areas the outages caused businesses and government offices to remain closed throughout the day. The Prince George's County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement announced that its permitting and licensing offices would be closed Monday as a result of power outages caused by the storm.

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