CLOSINGS AND DELAYS:
A number of school systems have announced delayed openings for Monday.
Get the full list of closings and delays on WTOP.com.
DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of flights have been canceled over the long Presidents Day weekend as a winter storm rolled through parts of the Midwest and Northeast.
Southwest Airlines Co. canceled more than 150 flights on Monday. Spokeswoman Michelle Agnew says Dallas-based Southwest expects the number of cancellations to rise throughout the day.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro says it will be suspending its MetroAccess service for those with disabilities due to expected snow.
Metro says it will suspend the service as of 6 p.m. Monday and that it will be suspended all day Tuesday.
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State of emergency called for entire state of Virginia
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will issue a state of emergency for the entire state beginning at 3 p.m.
He called the coming snowstorm unique.
"Every part of the commonwealth is going to be hit with this storm. It's not like we can reposition equipment for certain parts of the state. We have to have equipment everywhere."
Southwestern Virginia is already seeing snow fall and highway accidents have been reported, McAuliffe says.
McAuliffe urged drivers to stay off the roads to allow plows to begin their work of clearing the snow. In the meantime, highway crews have been busy pre-treating highways. Crews can begin plowing once 1 inch of snow has accumulated.
In addition to making travel difficult, the storm could also bring the chance for widespread power outages.
The state has opened its emergency operations system, the National Guard is on standby, and Virginia State Police troopers will work extended shifts.
McAuliffe encouraged Virginians to have a three-day supply of water and food on hand and to keep cellphones charged.
-run generators in well-ventilated areas
-only travel if necessary
-take your time shoveling snow to avoid overexertion
-keep plenty of batteries on hand
Communities across the D.C. metro area are gearing up for the approaching snow.
The bitter cold temperatures are expected to aggravate road conditions and will complicate snow-removal. Drivers are urged to stay off roads and highways until the snow stops Tuesday morning.
Property owners are urged to clear side-walks and fire hydrants. Some areas are asking drivers not to park on the street so plows can clear neighborhood streets.
Rockville has declared a snow emergency, and residents are asked to remove vehicles from city streets by 6 p.m. Monday. If a garage or driveway isn't available, drivers are asked to part on the even-number side of the street. Tuesday trash and recycling pickup will be delayed until Wednesday. Residents can find more information here.
Manassas has issued a snow emergency beginning at midnight tonight. Cars parked along designated snow routes could be towed or fined.
Falls Church has declared a snow emergency, effective at 6 p.m. Monday. All vehicles must be removed from designated snow routes or they could be towed and the owners fined. See the full list of snow routes at fallschurchva.gov/snowroutes.
D.C. has issued a snow emergency that takes effect at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Vehicles parked along snow routes could be subject to a $250 snow emergency violation, $100 tow fee and $25 per day storage fee.
Vehicles towed by the Department of Public Works will be taken to 5001 Shepherd Parkway SW. The lot is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays but is closed on holidays. The phone number is 202-645-5500.
Residents can visit snow.dc.gov for more information about the snow emergency or to track D.C. snow plows.
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WASHINGTON — In Montgomery County, residents have 24 hours after the snow falls to clear the sidewalk in front of their homes. And no skimping.
The cleared pathway “must be wide enough for safe pedestrian and wheelchair use,” according to the Montgomery County government’s website.
Last month, county officials including County Executive Ike Leggett as well as council members Nancy Floreen, Hans Riemer and Sid Katz appealed to residents’ better natures and attended a news conference to urge residents to clear their sidewalks as a neighborly act.
Did someone bail on their shoveling responsibilities?
Call 311 to report the unshoveled sidewalk, or click here.
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