Winter storm blankets D.C., drops snow from West Virginia to New Jersey

Workers clear the walkways in Lafayette Square across from the White House on Monday morning. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Yet another snowstorm in the winter that will never end dropped mid-March snow across a swath of the mid-Atlantic, largely shutting down the nation’s capital and creating wintry conditions along a stretch from West Virginia to New Jersey.

The impact in Washington was severe, as the snow closed schools, offices and roads across the D.C. region. With the snow topping seven inches in the District, it is officially the third biggest snowstorm on record this late in the season, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

South Jersey had braced for snow, while the northern part of the state wasn’t expecting any. Snow totals hit 11 inches in Maryland, 13.5 inches in Virginia, 11 inches in West Virginia, nine inches in Delaware, seven inches in New Jersey and four-and-a-half inches near Philadelphia, according to the National Weather Service.

Five states were winter storm warnings as of 10 a.m. (in pink on the map below), with areas in Pennsylvania and North Carolina also under winter weather advisories (in purple on the map below):


UPDATE – 2:45 P.M.: These winter storm warnings have expired; a handful of winter weather advisories remain, stretching from North Carolina to northeastern Maryland.

The storm also had its predictable impact on air travel: Nearly 700 flights were canceled by 2:45 p.m., more than half of them at the Washington region’s three airports (Reagan National, Dulles International and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall). There were also more than 100 cancellations in Philadelphia.

This post has been updated to note the latest flight cancellation numbers and changes to winter warnings.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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