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D.C. region digs out after storm, braces for more snow

  • Weekend snow forecast
    AP 

    More snow is coming. ABC7 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts breaks down how much the region will see and when the snow will fall. 

    Read the full story here

  • UPDATED 8 p.m. Friday: Sunshine has replaced the snow, but commuters faced icy roads Friday morning thanks to chilly overnight temperatures. 

    Although most area schools were closed Friday, federal workers had a two-hour delay pushing back rush hour. A crash along the Inner Loop before River Road jammed traffic through Tysons during the late commute. A truck crash closed Inner Loop through lanes before I-295 this morning,

    And the Baltimore-Washington Parkway was shut down for more than two hours because of icy conditions. 

    The storm brought 7 inches to Reagan National and Dulles had a total 13.3 inches of snow. A foot of snow was the average across the region, however the storm dropped up to 2 feet of snow in some areas of Carroll County, according to ABC7. 

    The sun will help soften the frozen snow as Washingtonians began digging out their cars and walks. But now the region is bracing for the possibility of more snow Friday night and into Saturday morning.

    WHAT TO EXPECT:

    The sun Friday will begin the melting process, but more snow is possible in the evening. Friday will bring sunshine and highs in the 40s. Friday night, skies will become cloudy and some light snow will fall after midnight.

    Morning snow showers will kick off Saturday morning, but clouds will break for some afternoon sun. Highs will be in the mid 30s. 

    Sunday will be partly cloudy with continued cold as highs reach the 30s. For Presidents Day, expect cloudy skies and a stray afternoon shower. Highs will be in the upper 30s. 

    Read the full forecast on WTOP.com.

    CLOSINGS AND DELAYS:

    The federal government will open on a two-hour delay Friday. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

    School systems have announced closings for Friday. See the full list of closings and delays on WTOP.com.

    TRACK THE WEATHER:

    See when weather will hit your doorstep or head out of the region with WTOP's radar maps.

    TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION:

    Many roadways are cleared, but conditions are worse on ramps, secondary roads and neighborhood streets. Both pedestrians and drivers should be very careful on neighborhood streets as there are reports of people walking in roads to avoid unshoveled sidewalks. 

    There were several traffic issues Friday morning. Follow @WTOPtraffic on Twitter for the latest traffic updates.

    For commuters:

    • Metrobus service transitioned  to a "moderate" snow service plan, starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday. For information about the routes, visit the Metro website.
    • VRE will run on an S schedule on Friday.
    • MTA says that D.C. buses are on an S schedule and a two-hour delay in the morning; the Baltimore buses are on an S schedule with no delay. Route 201 at BWI has full service, while 202, 203 and 204 will have regular service with a two-hour delay in the morning. And the trains will also be on an S schedule, with Brunswick Train line 880 running 40 minutes late to accommodate late-starting federal employees.
    • Due to hazardous road conditions, CMRT Local Bus, CMRT Access, Howard Transit Local Bus and HT Ride services will all be operating on a two-hour delay. Read more on the website.
    When it comes to flights, many have been cancelled at the regional airports. As always, check with your airline before heading to the airport.

    The cancellations could affect the area's three airports for days.

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