Season's First Flurries Fall in D.C.

By Matthew Stabley
|  Friday, Dec 10, 2010  |  Updated 8:03 PM EDT
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Friday morning's snow resulted in several traffic accidents Friday.

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Friday morning's snow resulted in several traffic accidents Friday.

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You may have started sweating or twitching at the sight of flurries this morning, reaching for phantom pains in your shoveling muscles at the thought of February's Snowpocalypses, don't worry, the white stuff won't bury us this weekend.

But please be careful out there. Enough has fallen to cover the pavement in some places, making for slick walkways and roads, especially roads that haven't been pre-treated.

A slick dusting of snow is causing problems for drivers in Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, where police reported numerous fender-benders as snow coated the roadways late Friday morning.

Maryland State Police reported a 10-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 70 between Frederick and Hagerstown. Seven victims, mostly children, were taken to Washington County Hospital after the pile-up in snowy conditions at the 38-mile marker at about 11 a.m., the Associated Press reported.

All northbound lanes of Interstate 270 were closed at the Frederick-Montgomery county line due to multiple accidents at 109 for a time early Friday afternoon. They reopened by about 2 p.m.

State police in Frederick County even put their snow emergency plan into effect at 11 a.m., restricting parking on designated emergency routes, the Associated Press reported. Frederick County Public Schools canceled afternoon pre-K classes because of the snow.

But otherwise, enjoy the snow. It's winter after all, and while this isn't a snowfall to inspire holiday songs, it's kind of charming for a Friday afternoon, and there was enough in Leesburg, Va., this morning to build a couple of the first (smallish) snowmen of the season.

(And don't forget to send your snow photos and video to weather@nbcwashington.com!)

The flurries stopped Friday afternoon. No accumulation was reported in D.C.

High temperatures could approach 40 degrees Friday, and Saturday should be warmer, with highs in the 40s. Expect precipitation Sunday in the form of rain when highs could reach 50 degrees, NBC Washington meteorologist Doug Kammerer said. It could possibly start as freezing rain in the Shenandoah Valley. Another cold snap that could mean highs in the low 30s Monday, when we could see some more flurries. Snow could begin late Sunday, NBC Washington meteorologist Veronica Johnson said.


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