Light snow delays school opening; federal government open with liberal leave in effect

January 24, 2013

A light snow fell across the D.C. region overnight, leaving slick roads in some areas and delaying schools in most suburban jurisdictions.

Flurries tapered off later in the morning, with temperatures expected to remain bone-chillingly cold through Saturday. There is a chance of more light snow late Friday, the Post’s Capital Weather Gang said.

Overnight accumulation was enough to shutter schools in Prince William County and trigger two-hour delays in many systems, including Montgomery, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince George’s, Arlington and Howard counties and the city of Alexandria. The Columbia Heights Community Center at 1480 Girard Street NW was closed due to an issue with the heating system.

The federal government is open, but employees have the option to work from home or take unscheduled leave.

No major traffic delays or problems were reported, although Virginia State Police said troopers investigating a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Prince William County were themselves injured when two passing vehicles lost control and slid off the road, striking the state police cars and the vehicles involved in the original accident.

One of the drivers of the striking vehicles also was hurt. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

Around 12 p.m., police shut down all lanes of traffic at the intersection of Kenilworth Avenue and Riverdale Road in the Riverdale area while utility crews are working to repair a water main break. Work in the area was expected to last throughout the day, authorities said.

In the District, the light coating of snow was fluffy and dry, crunching underfoot and easily removed from car windshields and windows with a brush or gloved hand. In the suburbs, between one and two inches of powder left side and secondary roads slippery at the start of the morning commute.

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