Snow falls in parts of WTOP listening area

Between Front Royal and The Plains, this is what it looked like just after 7 a.m. along I-66. (Photo courtesy of TrafficLand)

WASHINGTON – In the northern and western portions of the WTOP listening area, it is snowing.

WTOP Traffic reports a snow squall near South Mountain between Hagerstown and Frederick caused icy conditions, and so did snow between The Plains and Front Royal along Interstate 66.

The accidents that occurred because of the dusting forced eastbound Interstate 70 to briefly close.

A Washington County Emergency Services supervisor says an accident occurred at the Big Pool exit early Tuesday and another happened about two miles away. Another accident was reported on I-70 near the top of South Mountain.

ABC 7 Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill says the snow will stop Tuesday morning, although a few flurries will hang around.

The forecast calls for this to be the coldest day in nearly a year.

Gusty winds will create windchills in the teens with temperatures below average, in the low to mid 30s, with very limited sun.

Across the region, the wind gusts will be sustained at 12 mph to 18 mph, but some are expected to reach 35 mph.

WTOP Traffic will keep you up-to-date every 10 minutes on the 8s on 103.5 FM and you can follow WTOP Traffic and WTOP on Twitter. WTOP’s Custom Commute cameras also can help you navigate your commute.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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