* Snow totals from National Weather Service *

Enough to coat the grass and walkways on the National Mall. (Gwen Bausmith via Facebook)

This morning’s storm behaved more or less as predicted – dropping 1 to 2 inches of snow across the metro region (with slightly lower amounts in parts of Loudoun and Frederick counties). Reagan National Airport logged exactly one inch.

Many parents, students, and teachers, however, were surprised most schools did not alter their schedules, and chose – instead – to open on time.


Side roads were snow-covered and slick and many readers reported accidents and bad traffic. On the other hand, the region has dealt with these conditions repeatedly this winter and has gained some experience withstanding them.

It was slick, but certainly passable. Hazardous? Debatable.

Several @capitalweather Twitter followers sounded off about the conditions:













Schools were put in a tough spot. When it was decision time prior to 5 a.m., snow had hardly begun (the onset of snow was about an hour or so later than forecast) and roads were clear. Should they delay based on the forecast for a fluffy 1-2 inches in the coming hours or just roll with it? They selected the latter.

Snow in Oakton, Va. (Kevin Ambrose)

We didn’t hear about too many problems getting kids to school, although one reader said Arlington schools notified parents that buses were running late.

What do you think? Should schools have delayed? Vote in our poll below, and feel free to comment: