Late snow blankets Washington region, Midwestern states

A spring snow fell early Monday on the Washington region. See photos from the region here and readers’ photos here.

Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang reports:

Snow is winding down in the metro region, but not before depositing 1-4 inches in the immediate Washington, D.C. area, with some 3-6 inch totals well north and west of the Beltway...

The snow which fell before and around sunrise stuck on some road surfaces causing some travel delays and accidents, but – by and large – this was a scenic, conversational spring snowfall, mostly piling up on grassy areas. (Read the full article here.)

By Monday morning, the storm had weakened after blanketing the midwestern states in snow and moving east. The United States and Costa Rica national teams played their World Cup qualifier in Denver Friday night in the snow. St. Louis received more than a foot of snow over the weekend, and authorities in other states have blamed two fatal traffic accidents on the weather. Only 1 to 3 inches fell on Chicago, and the National Weather Service predicted a similar amount of accumulation in New York Monday.

In Washington, the weather caused only minor power outages:

Although it was a heavy, wet snow of the sort that brings down tree limbs and power lines, regional power companies were reporting only scattered outages at 9 a.m. Dominion Virginia Power said about 2,700 of their Northern Virginia customers were without power. Pepco said fewer than 850 customers in the District, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County lacked power. Baltimore Gas and Electric, which serves Washington’s outer suburbs, reported no outages at all. (See the full article for a list of school closures.)

Max Ehrenfreund writes for Wonkblog and compiles Wonkbook, a daily policy newsletter. You can subscribe here. Before joining The Washington Post, Ehrenfreund wrote for the Washington Monthly and The Sacramento Bee.

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