WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a snowstorm that dropped more than eight inches of snow on downtown Washington, DC, and nearly a foot in some suburbs and higher elevations should move offshore by this evening. Areas hardest hit by the storm include the District of Columbia and its western suburbs in Virginia.
The storm produced record or near-record snows for the Washington, DC, area for the month of March. NWS forecasts additional flurries or light snows are possible today as the surface low makes its way to the east.
Numerous school districts in DC, Virginia and Maryland are closed today because of continuing poor conditions on secondary roads and highway ramps. Local officials report several hundred traffic accidents and three fatalities related to the storm.
The storm moved out of the Midwest yesterday morning after dumping more than a foot of snow on parts of Iowa and Minnesota. It brought moderate snows to parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio before zeroing in on northern West Virginia and the DC metropolitan area. Although not widespread, the storm's impact was felt throughout the day yesterday in the Mid-Atlantic region, with snow as far north as Philadelphia and ice in western North Carolina.