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Snowstorm brings D.C. area to a halt
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The nation’s capital awoke to a blanket of snow that closed schools, offices the federal government and its local counterparts and resulted in at least one death as of Thursday morning.
And more snow was on the way.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jared Klein said another 1-4 inches of snow was expected into the evening.
“It’s not going to be as widespread,” he said. High temperatures for the day were expected to be near 34 degrees.
Between 6-11 inches fell across the District Wednesday night into Thursday, with Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland reporting as much as 18 inches.
Transportation was hazardous across the region, with several vehicle accidents reported.
The most serious accident involved a Virginia Department of Transportation contract driver who had gotten out of his vehicle when he was struck by a VDOT dump truck and killed.
Virginia State Police said the accident occurred at about 5:55 a.m. at Belmont Ridge Road and Chesterton Street in Ashburn.
Police said the driver pulled over to the right shoulder and was standing near the spreader in the rear of the vehicle when he was struck.
The man, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital where he died.
Virginia State Police said they responded to 78 traffic crashes and 172 disabled vehicles from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Nearly 995 traffic crashes were reported statewide.
In Maryland, a tractor trailer overturned and leaked fuel at Interstate 295 and the Capital Beltway Thursday morning, blocking all lanes of the Inner Loop in Oxon Hill.
Every major school system announced closures, most of the making the calls on Wednesday evening.
All runways were closed Thursday morning at Washington Dulles International Airport and at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and widespread delays were reported at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport where the airport was open but flights were grounded.
Amtrak service was canceled from the District to Wilmington, Del.
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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