The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang predicted that the steadiest “boom” of snow would fall before 10 a.m., particularly north and west of the District. One to three inches of heavy, wet snow have already fallen on the region, with temperatures hovering between 32 and 34 degrees.
The National Weather Service forecast snow and rain Monday afternoon in the greater Washington metropolitan area, with “little or no additional snow accumulation” and high temperatures in the upper 30s. It said there was “a chance of rain and snow in the evening.”
While the scene outside may look like a winter wonderland, the unseasonable weather was causing problems on roadways. Wet roads combined with low visibility made for a slow, potentially dangerous morning commute, and drivers were urged to use caution.
Two men died and two others were injured Monday morning in a crash in the Glenn Dale area of Prince George’s County, authorities said. They said the incident occurred about 8 a.m. in the 10000 block of Lanham Severn Road, just past Greenbelt Road and the Eastgate Shopping Center.
Nicole Hubbard, a Prince George’s County police spokeswoman, said a Honda passenger car traveling east apparently tried to make a left turn, pulling in front of an Audi headed west. The Audi collided with the Honda’s passenger side, she said.
Four men were taken to the hospital: the driver and two passengers in the Honda and the driver of the Audi. Both of the Honda’s passengers later died, authorities said. The drivers of the Honda and the Audi were hospitalized with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
By early afternoon, police were still investigating the crash and trying to determine what role, if any, was played by weather conditions.
Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman, said there were a number of snow-related incidents Monday morning. He said firefighters had “been busy with crashes, wires down, slips and falls, things of that nature,” especially in the northern section of Prince George’s.
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. affecting about 3,500 customers combined.
By early afternoon, power had been restored to most of those who lost it. Dominion Virginia Power said just 547 Northern Virginia customers were without power at 1 p.m. Pepco had fewer than two dozen without power in the District, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Baltimore Gas and Electric, which serves outer counties in Maryland, reported fewer than 100 outages.