Snowstorm brings D.C. area to halt, causes chaos on roadways

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Mr. Gray, a former executive director of Covenant House Washington, noted on CNN that a male patient who had wandered away from St. Elizabeths Hospital psychiatric facility in recent days was found dead in the snow Thursday afternoon.

Metrobus service was canceled overnight, but resumed on a limited basis at 2 p.m. Trains were operational through the storm.

The region’s snow day wasn’t all inconvenience. 

Amateur sculptors gathered in Dupont Circle to try their hand at a snow art competition, building a series of statues out of the heavy, wet snow. 

On Capitol Hill, dog owners took their companions out for romps in Stanton Park. 

Some pups, like 13-month-old English sheep dog Alys, were spooked at first by the layers of white stuff. 

“This morning she was a little cautious with all the snow, and then she loves it,” said her owner Blake Johnson.

The winter storm made its way to the region from the South, where ice combined with wind gusts up to 30 mph snapped tree limbs and power lines. More than 1.2 million homes and businesses lost electricity in the South and along the Atlantic coast, with about 550,000 customers still in the dark Thursday evening, mostly in South Carolina and Georgia.

More than 6,500 airline flights were canceled, and deaths blamed on the storm — weather-related traffic accidents and hypothermia — reached 21 by Thursday night.

• Meredith Somers and Meghan Drake contributed to this report.

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