Snow turns to fog as D.C. region dusts off

WASHINGTON – The Washington area was surprised by heavy flurries in some areas Monday night, with up to two inches of accumulation on the ground.

It left the region, which has had an unusually warm winter, under heavy fog Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for throughout the WTOP listening area until 9 a.m.

Early temperatures at or below freezing created slick conditions on saturated area roads.

“The fog is pretty intense,” says ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff. “Limited visibility is less than a quarter of a mile.”

The conditions caused “heavier than normal delays” on commuter arteries, reports WTOP Traffic’s Reada Kessler.

Van de Graaff expected temperatures to rise into the 50s by midday Tuesday, clearing up regional pavement.

The cold front that produced areas of snow and rain on Monday passed south of the region, ABC 7 says. With temperatures above freezing, little more than some scenic accumulation was expected: That is, grassy areas, trees and rooftops are offering most of the prime photographs in the mini-winter wonderland.

However, the snow covered some roads and made others wet during the Monday evening commute.

The National Weather Service expected the snow would end by 8 p.m.

Skies cleared Monday as the system moved over the Atlantic.

By the end of the work week, snow may be possible again with colder weather moving into the area.

Until then, enjoy these snow photos from Monday’s flurries, and feel free to send us your own.

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