The wintry weather continues Tuesday with snow and sleet arriving during the morning commute. We’re bringing you the latest live updates on what’s going on, what’s open, what’s closed and what you should expect.
With the snow having fully moved out of our area, we’re going to wind down live updates. Here are a few resources going forward:
• Make sure you stay with the Capital Weather Gang for more on today’s snow and what you can expect Tuesday evening and going forward.
• Our list of closings and delays throughout the region. This will be updated, so keep an eye on it.
— Rachel (@rachelr07) December 10, 2013
Should we be worried about the evening commute? The Capital Weather Gang says many roads should be fine, but there could be some trouble spots:
The entire area will drop below freezing tonight, but with snow ending by early this afternoon, most roads should have time to get cleaned and/or dry out. Where they don’t, there could be some slick spots after dark, especially in the colder north and west suburbs. I don’t expect major problems and most areas should be in good enough shape for on time school Wednesday – although a delay or two in Loudoun and Frederick county wouldn’t shock me.
Everyone should still use caution when heading home. Roadways around the area could be slick, as could sidewalks and stairs at train stations. Be ready for your trip to potentially take a little longer than usual.
People enjoying a snow day are undoubtedly looking for something to do. But not everything is open. Some museums, galleries and other spots are closed. The Going Out Guide has a list here.
Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang asked readers around the Washington region to send in their snowfall totals over social media:
As far as I can tell, here’s a good overview of totals (though it’s still snowing in many spots): 0.5-2″ in D.C., 1-3″ in Fairfax County, 2-5″ in Loudoun, 2-4″ in Montgomery County, 3-6″ in Frederick County, and 1-2″ in Prince George’s County.
— ARuckus (@ARuckus4VT) December 10, 2013
— Susan Lilly (@AstrosFanInXile) December 10, 2013
— WineLvr83 (@WineLvr83) December 10, 2013
— Richard Barnhill (@wolfpackwx) December 10, 2013
One trickle down of the decision to close the federal government was the postponement early Tuesday of a hearing on the July 6 crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 as it approached the runway in San Francisco. The National Transportation Safety Board had planned to begin a two-day hearing at its Washington, D.C., headquarters Tuesday morning.
The hearing will be rescheduled, but the new date hasn’t been announced yet.
— Ashley Halsey III
If you have children, and if you’re looking for a way to keep them entertained on a cold day with no school, On Parenting has some ideas:
The U.S. Botantic Garden is a lot of fun for different ages. I used to take my little ones when they were still in strollers — such big, pretty things to look at in the warmth. Older ones can appreciate the interesting cactii and water features. And hey, how can a kid resist the train set up for the holidays?
The National Museum of the American Indian has an entire exhibit devoted to kids, with hands-on activities….
Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale has a pond, live animals, a climbing “tree” and puppet stage. The space is great for kids two and older.
Brookside Gardens has trails, a nature center with live animals, and, of course at this time of year, a fun train display among the many pointsettias.
— Liz Smith (@LiliBeanUGA) December 10, 2013
At area airports, snowfall this morning appeared to be heaviest at Washington Dulles International. The airport’s snow teams were out clearing runways.
However, runways at both Dulles and Reagan National airports are open and flights are arriving and departing, though some of the regional airlines had canceled some flights.
According to FlightAware, delays of two hours or more were reported at larger airports in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey due to snow and ice.
Winter storm warnings and weather advisories have been dropped, Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang reports. In addition, the snow should entirely wrap up in this region by 12:30 p.m.
— Steve Beam (@RealSteveBeam) December 10, 2013
What traffic there was in the Washington area moved smoothly on major roadways because there was so little of it. At times, fleets of yellow plow and salt trucks, working in teams, out numbered the cars and other trucks on the Beltway and other interstates.
— Ashley Halsey III
Snow continues to fall in some parts of the area. How long will it last? Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang has an update:
Back edge of snow continues to advance eastward and will end across area in the next hour. Snow is now ending in western Fairfax and western Montgomery counties, and should push east/northeast of I-95 by noon.