Heaviest snow expected this evening
Local weather update
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm advisory for snow for the Shenandoah Valley through Tuesday morning. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are predicted.
The heaviest snow is expected tonight.
All area public schools were closed today, including all locations of Lord Fairfax Community College. Warren and Shenandoah County public schools were closed due to a teacher work day. Handley Regional Library has announced its branches in Stephens City, Winchester and Berryville will be closed today for inclement weather.as well.
- The Virginia Department of Transportation issued the following road report at 11:30 a.m. today:
- Interstate 64 – Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear conditions in Alleghany and Rockbridge counties.
- Interstate 66 – Clear conditions in Warren County.
- Interstate 81 – Minor conditions in Augusta County. Clear conditions in Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.
- Primary roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Rockingham, Page and Shenandoah counties. Minor conditions in Bath, Augusta, Frederick and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Clarke counties.
- Secondary roads – Moderate conditions in Highland, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah and Frederick counties. Minor conditions in Bath, Augusta and Warren counties. Clear conditions in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Clarke counties.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A winter storm prompted the cancellation of more than 200 flights and closed many schools in the Mid-Atlantic region Monday, but the worst was yet to come.
Snow was falling throughout the region Monday morning, with mostly light dustings. In Hagerstown in western Maryland, the National Weather Service said 3 inches were on the ground.
Some parts of the Northeast could see up to 2 feet of snow. A winter weather advisory was in effect throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, with Washington, D.C. expected to get up to 4 inches of snow, Baltimore up to 6, and western Maryland up to 10. Snow accumulations could top 8 inches in parts of Delaware, and coastal areas of the state could see flooding. Heavy winds also were expected.
The National Weather Service said roads throughout the Mid-Atlantic would be slippery and visibilities could be reduced to a quarter-mile at times.
People across the region were bracing for the worst of the storm, expected Monday night into Tuesday.
Ludita Vallarta, a 62-year-old vice president of operations for a nonprofit association in Arlington, Virginia, said she went to a busy grocery store Sunday night ahead of the storm to get staples such as milk.
“It was very busy,” she said, joking it was “panic city.”
David Lockwood, a 26-year-old financial analyst of Rosslyn, Virginia, said he was hoping to leave work by 3 p.m. Monday to stay ahead of the worst of the weather during his half-hour commute to Reston, Virginia.
“I’m going to try to convince my boss,” Lockwood said as he checked his tire pressure at a gas station.
Keith Stevens, a 33-year pipefitter from Cumberland in western Maryland, said he left home just before 4 a.m. to allow plenty of time for a 100-mile drive to Frederick on Monday morning.
He said snow was falling heavily along much of Interstate 68 as he drove east. “The tops of the mountains were pretty snowy,” he said.
But Stevens said he encountered only light snow on Interstate 70 east of Hancock, giving him time to enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and potatoes at a convenience store in Hagerstown around 5:30 a.m.
More than 200 flights were canceled ahead of the weather in the Washington-Baltimore region.
Reagan National Airport was the most affected of the region’s three major airports, with about 140 canceled incoming and outgoing flights, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware. At Baltimore’s airport, more than 60 flights in and out were canceled, and nearly 40 were cancelled at Dulles International Airport.
Thousands more flights were canceled or delayed into and out of East Coast airports.