A winter storm dropped several inches of snow around Washington overnight. The winter weather continues Thursday, with the storm expected impacting Washington and spots all along the East Coast. We’re bringing you the latest updates here.
(For the latest forecasts, head to the Capital Weather Gang’s liveblog.)
The snow that fell overnight and is expected to continue on Thursday morning has shuttered government offices, schools and more.
Federal offices in the D.C. area are closed; emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agencies’ policies.
Every major public school system is closed, along with the University of Maryland, American University and Catholic University.
Here’s a full list of what’s closed.
The Metro rail system opened at 5 a.m., with the transit system aiming for normal weekday service this morning. Metrobus service has been suspended, however, owing to the conditions on the region’s roads.
Metro said it will run trains every six to 10 minutes during the morning rush. But Metro warned that snowfall of eight inches near the electrified third rail could result in above-ground service being suspended. As a result, trains would stop servicing about half of Metro’s 86 rail stations.
In addition, even if service at these stations isn’t halted, trains may not operate as often later in the day due to the weather and predicted low ridership.
Metro had announced Wednesday that MetroAccess, which serves riders with disabilities, would not operate on Thursday.
· US-GT- due to severe weather and road conditions DC CIRCULATOR service has been suspended until Friday AM.
— DC Circulator (@DCCirculator) February 13, 2014
Here’s a good look at just how much of the country is being affected by the storm, with the impact stretching from Louisiana to Maine:
— AFPgraphics (@AFPgraphics) February 13, 2014
The winter weather pummeling most of the East Coast is having the expected effect on air travel. More than 4,400 flights had already canceled by 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, with more than half of them at the airports around New York and Washington.
That already eclipses the 3,400 flight cancellations on Wednesday, largely centered in southern states hit by an ice storm. Atlanta, which had more than 1,600 flights canceled on Wednesday, has also had more than 770 flights halted Thursday.
As the storm moves north, so do the cancellations and problems for travelers. There have been more than 1,100 flights halted in the Washington area: More than 580 flights at Reagan National Airport, 380 flights at Dulles International Airport and 220 flights at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport.
In New York, more than 1,200 flights were canceled at Newark, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. And another 770 flights in Philadelphia have also been nixed.
The Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow reports:
The snow, which has fallen heavily since around 1 a.m., continues to pile up very quickly just west of I-95 where the sleet transition has not occurred. We are seeing many reports of totals in the 8-11 inch range, with up to several hours of heavy snow to go (the farther west you are) – falling at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour.
Snow has changed to sleet/freezing rain downtown. Mix line pushing west.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) February 13, 2014
Capital Bikeshare will be closed “until further notice,” the bike-sharing system tweeted moments ago.
While the storm has moved north, many problems are lingering in southern states that were battered by ice on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reports on the issues in Atlanta, the Carolinas and elsewhere:
Drivers in and around Raleigh, N.C., became snarled Wednesday in huge traffic jams and abandoned cars in scenes reminiscent of motorist woes in Atlanta during a storm two weeks earlier. In Atlanta, many streets were eerily quiet this storm, with drivers heeding dire warnings to stay off the roads. State troopers say they worked more than 200 crashes in Georgia…
For some on slick, snow-covered interstates in North Carolina, commutes that should take minutes lasted hours after many got on the highways just as soon as snow and sleet began at midday.
Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power on Thursday. Georgia Power’s outage map showed that more than 215,000 people lacked power as of 6:20 a.m., while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that another 129,000 members of Georgia’s electronic membership cooperatives were also without power. There are reportedly more than 230,000 outages in South Carolina.