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:
@capitalweather saw 4 separate accidents behind my house. N. George Mason Dr. Arlington bad call to not delay.
— David (@Dhartogs) February 26, 2014
@capitalweather ridiculous of the schools to not have a delay! What happened to safety first??
— Wife of Khan (@smartmom03) February 26, 2014
@capitalweather My kid got to school ok in MoCo but says many friends were in fender benders. Should have had a delay.
— Whitney Baird (@multitasker83) February 26, 2014
— LH Donovan Bacalski (@LisaHeleneDB) February 26, 2014
VERY dicey conditions on Dale Drive near downtown Silver Spring. My bus was stuck for a few minutes. Should have had delay! @capitalweather
— Jen Riskus (@jriskus) February 26, 2014
— Don Smith (@SavageTerp) February 26, 2014
@capitalweather The roads in Springfield, including Ffx County Parkway, were horrible this morning. Shocked that the roads were untreated.
— Matt Johnson (@mjsocrates) February 26, 2014
@capitalweather Many cars unable to make it up the hill on Albemarle near Wisconsin in Tenleytown.
— vonceyb (@vonceyb) February 26, 2014
— Al Barsha (@al_barsha12) February 26, 2014
@capitalweather Several accidents on Rt 28 between Ashburn and Centreville. Both directions are impacted.
— Kevin Ahearn (@KevinAhearn) February 26, 2014
— Phil Humnicky (@phumnicky) February 26, 2014
@capitalweather Route 50 between the Beltway and Bowie very slick. Several accidents in that stretch, especially on the east bound lanes.
— Aaron Keppler (@keppka) February 26, 2014
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.
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: