Weekend Winter Storm Dumps Close to a Foot of Snow in DC Area

Snow expected to end by about midnight

What to Know

  • Up to 11 inches of snow has accumulated in some areas.
  • With falling temperatures, roads could become more treacherous.
  • Schools throughout the region are closed Monday.

A winter storm has brought up to 11 inches of snow to parts of the D.C. region making it the biggest storm to impact the region since the blizzard of January 2016.

Federal offices in the D.C. area will be closed Monday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced. Non-emergency employees who are not furloughed will get weather and safety leave for the hours they were scheduled to work. Emergency and telework employees must report for work.

The highest snow totals are around and inside of the Beltway and into parts of Northern Virginia, including Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

Some of the snow totals as of Sunday evening:

  • Chantilly, Virginia - 10.2 inches
  • Dulles International Airport - 9.6 inches
  • National Zoo - 7.3 inches
  • Bethesda, Maryland - 10.5 inches
  • Waldorf, Maryland - 6.8 inches
  • Reagan National Airport - 9 inches
  • Columbia, Maryland - 9.3 inches

A winter storm warning for the D.C. area has been canceled and replaced by a winter weather advisory until 5 a.m., as light-to-moderate snow will continue to fall for the next few hours.

Metrobus service was suspended Sunday evening because of hazardous roads. Service will resume Monday morning under a severe snow plan, limiting buses to major roads. Passengers should expect delays.

With the temperature dropping below freezing, roads are getting icier.

Crews were out Saturday night and through the day Sunday clearing roads with plows. But local authorities urged people to stay off the roads during the storm.

From midnight to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police said they responded to 324 traffic crashes and helped 196 disabled vehicles. Sixty-eight of those crashes and 81 of those disabled vehicles were in the Fairfax district, VSP said.

Maryland State Police said 197 crashes were reported between 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Montgomery County police responded Saturday night to more than a dozen car crashes.

Metro said it canceled track work on Sunday and reopened some stations for people who need to use the system to get around. See here for more information.

Many flights going in and out of the D.C. region's airports are canceled.

The FAA implemented a ground stop at Dulles International Airport Sunday evening because of the weather, affecting inbound and outbound flights. It was lifted before 9 p.m.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority advised travelers to double check the status of their flights before going to the airport.

Several public school systems in our region will be closed Monday, including D.C., Prince George's, Fairfax, Montgomery, Loudoun, Arlington, Culpeper, Fauquier, Prince William, Stafford, Charles, St. Mary's, Calvert and Spotsylvania counties and Alexandria, Manassas, Falls Church and Fredericksburg cities. Frederick County Public Schools will open two hours late. 

The University of Maryland-College Park, American University, George Mason University, George Washington University and Howard University also will be closed.

You can find a full list of closures here.

Prince William County also closed its government offices Monday. The Prince George's County government will open on a two-hour delay.

Many activities at schools, churches and community centers were canceled Sunday.

Many areas, including Falls Church, Leesburg, Frederick and St. Mary's County, declared snow emergencies that affect where you can park your vehicle. Check for signs and with your local authorities.

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia, allowing the state to mobilize more people and resources to clean up the snow.

This likely will be the longest stretch of winter-like weather we've seen so far this season as the cold stretches all the way through next week. A wintry mix is possible Friday.

D.C. Fire and EMS released a list of resources for anyone who needs shelter.

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