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The Washington region braced for another day of wintry weather, with a winter storm warning lasting into Monday morning. We’re bringing you the latest updates on conditions, what’s open, what’s closed and what to expect here.

(Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

(Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

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STORY: Accidents, power outages and closings

Winding down our live coverage

With the winter storm warning lifted and precipitation moving out of the area, we’re winding down our live updates now. Here are some resources going forward:

• Stick with the Capital Weather Gang for the latest on conditions and the potential for more snow Tuesday.

Closings and delays.

• Power outage numbers can be found on our power outage tracker.

• Roundups of photos captured during the snow can be found in our gallery and on The Grid.

Power outages remain a problem

Power outages remain a major problem in the wake of the snow, ice and freezing rain that coated Washington over the last day. Northern Virginia continues to see the largest share of outages in the region, as more than 75,000 are without power as of 9:50 a.m. Problem also persist in  Montgomery County (more than 4,800 outages), Prince George’s (more than 6,700 outages) and the District (more than 2,600 outages).

Stick with our outage tracker for the latest numbers.

Crews work in 12 hour shifts

In Virginia, the crews that clear and salt the roadways work 12 hour shifts in rotation during prolonged winter storms.

“They would tell you they are not tired but energized by the weather – many of them love this stuff,” said Joan Morris of VDOT.

Crews throughout the region may be needed again Monday evening and into Tuesday, with forecasts calling for snow and sleet.

— Ashley Halsey III

Freezing rain should clear by 10 a.m.

Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang reports:

Overnight ice accumulation, according to reports from the National Weather Service, was generally in the neighborhood of 0.1-0.25″. Even though most spots got the equivalent of about 0.75″ of rain, only about a quarter to a third of that amount stuck to surfaces because temperatures were not much below freezing.

He also adds that the spotty areas of light rain or freezing rain around the area should clear by 10 a.m.

Delays, cancellations for flights

Airline delays and cancellations continue to impact flights at Dulles International and Reagan National airports, reports the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Dulles and National. In addition, dozens of flights traveling to or from Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport were delayed.

Delays and cancellations at Dulles and National will continue through the morning, MWAA warned, so travelers should be sure to check in with airlines before heading out. The agency said its snow removal teams were out at both airports through the night to treat and clear runways.

Inbound flights to National were being held at their point of origin until 10 a.m., my colleague Ashley Halsey III reports. There also were delays building at major airports with flights headed to the Washington region’s three major airports. Airports in Chicago, New York, Charlotte and Atlanta were all experiencing delays.

FlightAware says that as of 9 a.m., 40 flights originating at National were canceled, as were 54 flights bound for that airport. There were also 26 flights from Dulles canceled and 39 flights heading to Dulles canceled, according to FlightAware. The numbers were lower for BWI, with 17 flights from the airport and four flights heading there canceled.

Winter storm warning lifted

The winter storm warning covering the Washington area has been lifted now that precipitation is moving out of the area, Jason Samenow reports.

Outages and slick roads

The sleet and freezing rain that coated the region led to icy roads, early morning crashes, school closings and many power outages.

Slick roads posed the biggest issue for people who still had to get to work Monday. Local highway and police officials reminded drivers to slow down and use caution, Dana Hedgpeth and Ashley Halsey III report.

Meanwhile, tree limbs caked in ice fell onto power lines and onto streets. More than 90,000 power outages, most of them in Northern Virginia, were reported by 8:40 a.m.

Closings and delays

Here’s the list of closings and delays across the region. Most of the schools in the Washington area are closed, with a few exceptions (the District and Prince George’s County) opening late. The federal government is also letting employees come in two hours late, telework or take unscheduled leave. Read the entire list here.

Video: Winter storm batters U.S.

Power outages top 80,000

The number of power outages in the area keeps climbing. In Northern Virginia, there are now more than 70,000 power outages, double the number reported two hours ago. Montgomery County has more than 4,600 outages, while Prince George’s County has more than 5,200. The District has more than 2,400,

Make sure to check The Post’s outage tracker for the latest numbers.

Metro on time, but use caution

Crews hope for brief window of rest

The region’s traffic officials hoped that a window of dry weather before things turn for the worse Monday night would allow them to rest road crews that have been on the job for 24 hours.

“As far as crews, we will get them home to rest, assuming the forecast remains,” said Valerie Burnette Edgar of Maryland’s State Highway Administration. “Generally we keep some folks (or contractors) in [service].”

— Ashley Halsey III

Delays felt at National Airport

Though all the nation’s airports other than Philadelphia report smooth operations, weather delays are being felt at Reagan National Airport. My colleague Ashley Halsey III reports that planes bound for National have been told to postpone their departure from other cities until 8 a.m.

More than 55,000 power outages

The power outages continue to mount across the region. The brunt of the impact is being felt in Northern Virginia, where more than 44,000 are without power. There are also more than 2,600 outages in the District, more than 7,500 outages in Prince George’s County and more than 3,100 outages in Montgomery County. Check the power outage tracker for the latest numbers.

Closings, accidents and outages

A winter storm that hit the D.C. region with sleet and freezing rain created icy road conditions that led to some early morning crashes and school closings Monday morning as the work week began…. But Monday morning, roads were still slick in some areas as temperatures hovered just above freezing. Local highway and police officials reminded drivers to slow down as they commute to work and elsewhere.

Read Dana Hedgpeth’s story for more.

Frederick County schools closed

Frederick County Public Schools will be closed today, the school system just announced. This is a change from the earlier plan, which had said the schools would open two hours late.

More than 35,000 outages in Northern Virginia

More than 35,000 are without power in Northern Virginia, according to The Post’s power outage tracker. There are also more than 7,300 outages in Prince George’s County, more than 2,600 in the District and more than 1,200 in Montgomery County.

Light freezing rain lingers

Here’s Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow with the latest on the freezing rain and what to expect in terms of ice:

The steadiest precipitation has now shifted east of I-95, but patchy light rain/drizzle and light freezing rain/drizzle linger. Temperatures are still hovering near or just below freezing west of I-95 and right at or just above freezing east of I-95. In some areas (mainly in our Virginia suburbs), ice build-up over night was considerable, and the number of power outages has increased (roughly 32K in Va., 8K in Md., and 2.6K in D.C.), but is not overwhelming.

As we go through the morning, we should continue to see a reduction in the coverage and intensity of precipitation and I don’t expect much additional ice build-up. Temperatures will slowly rise above freezing west of I-95, taking until mid-to-late morning in the some of the colder areas. Be extremely cautious, especially on sidewalks and untreated roads which are likely very slick.

MARC, VRE running full service

Virginia Railway Express trains and the Maryland Transit Administration’s MARC service will both run full service today, according to those agencies.

MARC trains were experiencing some early issues due to mechanical problems, with trains 505 and 892 already canceled due to these problems. But all three lines are expected to operate today.

Scores of power outages in Northern Virginia

There are more than 30,000 without power in Northern Virginia right now, according to the power outage tracker. The numbers are lower elsewhere, but there are still many in Prince George’s (more than 6,900) and Montgomery (more than 1,800) counties as well as the District (more than 2,400) experiencing outages.

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