Snow Leaves Some Roads, Sidewalks Slippery

Overnight snowfall left some untreated roads and sidewalks snow-coated and very slippery for drivers and pedestrians Wednesday morning.

Areas south and east of D.C. received 3 to 5 inches of snow, Storm Team4 meteorologist Tom Kierein said.

Schools in Fairfax County, Montgomery County and Prince George's County will operated on a 2-hour delay Wednesday. Nearly 150 schools in the area were either closed or delayed because of the inclement weather.

Maryland's State Highway Administration says crews are plowing and salting in southern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore, where some spots got 4 inches to 6 inches of snow. Major roads in the Washington and Baltimore areas are mostly clear of snow.

While the snowfall ended, temperatures in the D.C. area aren't expected to go above freezing until Thursday.

To help residents cope with the dangerously cold weather, a number of warming centers will open in Charles County, Md. Those buildings include:

  • Capital Clubhouse
    3033 Waldorf Market Place
    Waldorf, MD 20603
  • Community Services Department
    8190 Port Tobacco Rd.
    Port Tobacco, MD 20677 in Port Tobacco
  • Richard Clark Senior Center
    1210 Charles St.
    La Plata, MD 20646
  • All Charles County Public Libraries will also be used as warming centers Wednesday.

You can also contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office for shelters open after hours.

The same winter storm that left the D.C. area with a dusting of snow crippled parts of the south.

The coast of Virginia was blanketed in snow Wednesday morning, with many workers in the heavily-populated Hampton Roads region being told to stay at home rather than the travel to work in dangerous conditions.

In Atlanta, students camped out with teachers in school gyms and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations - even grocery stores.

There were hundreds of fender-benders, and some fatal crashes too. Jackknifed 18-wheelers littered Interstate 65 in central Alabama. Ice shut down bridges on Florida's panhandle and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the world's longest spans, in Louisiana.

Poor travel conditions were exacerbated by a mass of workers ending their days early.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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