It snowed -- once again -- across the D.C. area Thursday morning, prompting several school systems to close or open late Thursday.
Snow was heaviest during the early-morning commute, and will taper off and end around noon. Road conditions are slippery on untreated pavement; sidewalks and any untreated surfaces are going to stay slick because the region will stay below freezing for the rest of the day, Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Tom Kierein said.
Reported snowfall totals as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday were 1-2 inches in the D.C. metro area, and 3-6 inches in southern Maryland and the Northern Neck of Virginia.
Schools in D.C. opened two hours late due to the weather. In Northern Virginia, schools in Alexandria City, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties are closed.
In Maryland, schools in Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Charles, Calvert, Frederick and St. Mary's counties are closed.
Federal agencies opened with a two-hour delay; employees had the option for unscheduled leave or telework.
A winter weather advisory expired at noon for the entire D.C. metro area; areas of southern Maryland had a winter storm warning expire at the same time.
Amtrak canceled some Mid-Atlantic Region services for Thursday:
- Northeast Regional Train 174 between Norfolk and Richmond
- Northeast Regional Train 66 between Newport News and Richmond
- Northeast Regional Train 94 between Newport News and Washington, D.C.
- The Palmetto, which operates between New York City and Savannah, Georgia.
Temperatures remained cold Thursday, with the high only reaching near 30.
The good news is, it looks like warmer weather will move in Sunday and stay into next week. Highs by next Wednesday may reach the 50s.
This February has been an unusually cold one, and the region is running close to 10 degrees below normal for the month.