- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2009

UPDATED:

The region’s first winter snow was coated overnight with a glaze of frozen rain, making Wednesday morning’s commute slippery and dangerous.

Officials reported no major problems on main roadways, but warned that sidestreets and sidewalk could still be coated with ice about one-third of an inch Wednesday morning.

A winter-storm warning remains in effect until about noon when temperature are supposed to get above freezing and the sleet turns to rain.

Most public schools are closed in the region today including those in the counties of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Howard and Frederick in Maryland as well as public schools in the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Winchester in Virginia. D.C. Public Schools are opening two hours late and the federal government is on its unscheduled leave program.

Conditions are worse north and west of the District, where a National Weather Service winter storm warning was in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Click here for the National Weather Service map

Around 2,000 customers are without out of power in Prince George County, Va as of 9:30 a.m on Wednesday. In Cecil County, Md, around 1,300 people are without people, according to the Delmarva Power company.

Traffic accidents got an expected spike Tuesday morning and afternoon.

The most serious accident occurred in Frederick, Md., at about 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, when a man was killed after his vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer as he was attempting a left turn on U.S. Route 15. The accident obstructed traffic for more than three hours.

See related story:Storm may leave thousands dark for days

In Charlottesville, VA, two women were killed when their vehicle skidded on ice at about on Route 29 and struck a tree. The crash occurred at about 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday.

In Waynesboro a man was killed when his pickup slid off U.S Route 340 and was struck by a truck.

“It was definitely a hellacious rush hour. Unfortunately, Washingtonians are notorious for not being able to handle the snow,” AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John Townsend said. “One inch can paralyze the city.”

Schoolchildren made the best of early school closings in many counties, breaking out the sleds and toboggans and taking to the hills. Loudoun County schools were closed and early closings occurred in areas such as the District, Prince George’s and Arlington counties.

Catherine Harris, 29, was playing in the snow with her daughter Nissa, 5, near Union Station.

“It’s great for snow lovers. How many times in D.C. can we make snow angels?” she said.

Much less fun and equally rare recently is shoveling snow, as Steven Taylor, 47, was forced to do outside his home near Third Street and Maryland Avenue Northeast.

“Snow comes along in D.C. not very often, but it definitely comes along. In the last three or four years, I can probably count the number of times I’ve shoveled my walkway on one hand.”

It was the first significant snowfall D.C. residents have gotten since last February.

On average, the Washington region receives about 5 inches of snow by late January, Mr. Konarik said. The snowiest January in the city’s history was in 1922, when 31 inches were dumped on the city.

The system also created havoc across a large swath of Southern and Mid-Atlantic states. In West Virginia, public schools were closed in all of the state’s 55 counties. In Kentucky, nearly 20,000 people went without power as ice up to 1.5 inches thick froze power lines and snapped tree branches in the western part of the state.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide