Area crews played catch-up yesterday, plowing and salting residential streets after Thursday's continuous snowfall slowed removal efforts on many of the side streets.
By last evening, workers had gotten to most residential streets and were prepared to deal with remaining icy patches after last night's freezing temperatures.
Anne Arundel County officials said crews "working around the clock" were only beginning to make a dent on side streets yesterday afternoon.
"It's just a pain for people who live in any kind of development," said Liz Majeski, a Riva resident whose road had not been worked. "They need to focus on the neighborhoods, because you have to get through the neighborhood roads to get to the freeway."
Many transportation and public works officials across the region said they had managed to mostly stay ahead of the heavy snowfall on the main roads.
At 4:30 p.m. yesterday, Montgomery County officials declared the job of plowing 2,500 miles of roadway complete. Every stretch, highway division chief John Thompson said, had been plowed and treated at least once.
Thompson said that with subfreezing temperatures predicted overnight, crews would stay on the job until late last night and be back at work by 8 a.m. today to deal with remaining problems.
He gave the county's effort a B-plus.
"We got off to a shaky start simply because the snow was so hard. We're talking about six inches of snow in 10 hours," he said. "Once the snow started to subside, we were able to really get going and make up some ground."
In Arlington County, where the game plan was to keep main arteries open and then hit the residential areas hard as the storm tapered off, "We did as good as we can with what we have," said Randy Bartlett, division chief for water, sewer and streets.
"We're not a snow-built state," he added.
At the height of the storm Thursday, the Virginia Department of Transportation had 1,300 trucks out, about 60 percent detailed to the main roads and the rest to subdivisions, spokeswoman Joan Morris said.
Thursday morning was difficult, she said. "It wasn't until noon and after that we were able to really push it out of the way."
By 6 a.m. yesterday, Morris said, VDOT crews had finished 85 percent of the snow removal in Fairfax and Prince William counties, but only about 35 percent had been cleared in Loudoun County. The vast majority of the removal work was expected to be done by last night, and VDOT officials said they planned to have small crews on hand to respond to icy patches.
When Sam Glaser left for work yesterday morning, there were still inches of snow covering Red Spruce Road in front of his Fairfax County home. It was one of several slick side streets along Braddock Road, and he worried that cars might slide into intersections.
"Considering how much snow we had, [the response from the plowing crews] wasn't bad," Glaser said. "Of course, I come from Utah."
In Prince George's County yesterday, crews continued plowing the remaining slushy side streets, according to a public safety spokesman. All the primary roads were passable, with no major wrecks or backups reported in the morning or afternoon.
Officials in Alexandria said they were almost done removing snow yesterday afternoon.
"People are pretty reasonable about the side streets," said Richard Baier, Alexandria's director of transportation and environmental services. "I think they understand the more local streets are not as high a priority. . . . You have to put your resources where most of your people are driving."
Staff writers Michael Amon, Colleen Jenkins, Jamie Stockwell, Nelson Hernandez and Matthew Mosk contributed to this report.
moves at Windmill Hill Park in Old Town, Alexandria.
At left, Andre Harrison clears a path at Eighth and Upshur streets in Northwest. Above, scarlet reminders that
fall hasn't ended are scattered on Missouri Avenue NW.The bigger the snow brush the better, so Laurise Baylor of Northwest Washington grabbed a broom to clear her van before leaving for work.