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Car-topper snow event leaves glaze of morning ice on some roads

Snowfall totals on February 13, 2013 around the D.C. and Baltimore metro areas. (National Weather Service)

The heaviest totals occurred north and west of Baltimore where 1-2 inches were reported. At the airports, Reagan National received a trace, Dulles 0.4 inches and BWI 0.2 inches.

As skies briefly cleared out towards morning, temperatures fell just enough for some of the melted snow to ice over on area roads, especially bridges and overpasses, leading to multiple accidents.

Anne Arundel county seemed to be hit particularly hard by ice. Consider this report from the CBS television affiliate in Baltimore: “Due to icy road conditions on many bridges and overpasses throughout Anne Arundel County, the police and fire departments are handling numerous accidents. Sixty crashes were reported between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.”

Related: Icy conditions cause accidents, delays in Washington area

Here are some reports from readers around the region--

From Facebook:

Mayra Bennett: 95 was terrible...495 was eh. But the roads were slick tons of accidents around that area.

Mark Duehmig: Slow out of Annapolis. 97 was terrible.

Venkat Gopalakrishnan: VA267 was bad, 66 was usual. There were more sunshine delays than ones caused by ice.

Jon Markland: Very slick in Howard County, and lots of ice on the I-95 bridge over the Patapsco River.

From Twitter:

@MirH2: Black ice everywhere in #Baltimore. Passed 3 accidents in my 10 mile commute!

@WorfsBabyMama: Very slippery leaving Laurel to Hanover, MD. Several cars in ditches and turned the wrong way on exit ramps

@zyvo: terrible commute. 20 minutes turned into 65 in Anne Arundel county.

@hollisburl: Insane! Ellicott City to Annapolis.

Temperatures are now safely above freezing and ice has melted. We now turn our attention to another possible rain to snow event Friday night. More details on that early this afternoon.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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