WASHINGTON – A day after some parts of Virginia received mo re than 20 inches of snow, the state is dealing with more than 135,000 power outages.
While D.C.’s inner suburbs made it through the storm relatively unscathed, electric cooperatives across Virginia reported more than 76,650 outages Thursday morning. About 56,650 Dominion Virginia Power customers are without electricity. Appalachian Power outages total about 1,700. More than 215,000 people in Virginia lost power Wednesday.
The snow prompted Gov. Bob McDonnell to declare a state of emergency, calling up National Guard soldiers to help clear roads.
In Northern Virginia, more than 27,000 customers remained without electricity at 9 a.m. Thursday.
More outages are possible Thursday as winds gust out of the northwest at 10 mph to 20 mph.
Of those without electricity in WTOP’s listening area, more than 23,000 are Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customers in Culpeper, Fauquier, Spotsylvania and Orange counties.
About 4.100 are Dominion Power customers in Northern Virginia.
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative has about 1,000 customers out. NOVEC says everyone’s power should be back by late Thursday.
The phone numbers to the electric companies are available by texting “POWER” to 91035.
Those who lost power can call 202-380-9977 to listen to WTOP via phone.
The aftermath of the storm prompted a number of school systems in Virginia to close. Among them were Prince William, Fauquier, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties.
Two of the largest Virginia school systems — Fairfax County and Loudoun County — opened two hours late.
Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., area opened on time Thursday. On Wednesday, they were closed.
See on the closings and delays on WTOP’s Closings and Delays page.
Snowfall depended on location
Snow totals around the region varied widely.
Here are some of the unofficial totals from the National Weather Service:
|Location||Snow total in inches|
|Purcellville in Loudoun County||9.1|
|Woolsey in Prince William County||7.5|
|Woolsey in Fauquier||16.1|
|Glendie in Stafford||7.1|
|Chantilly in Fairfax||6.7|
|Vienna in Fairfax County||1.5|
|Damascus in Montgomery County||5|
|Glen Echo in Montgomery County||1.6|
|Oxon Hill in Prince George’s County||2|
|Reagan National Airport||0.2|
|Haywood in Madison County||17|
|Dulles International Airport||3.3|
|Barboursville in Orange County||14|
|Wintergreen in Nelson County||20|
|Linden in Warren County||20|
|Front Royal in Warren County||12|
|Massanutten in Rockingham County||20.1|
|Berryville in Clarke County||10.6|
|City of Fredericksburg||6|
Here are more snow totals from the National Weather Service.
Why was there such a disparity in the snow totals?
Some areas, including D.C., Arlington and Southern Maryland, saw little snow. The snow melted quickly on warm sidewalks and streets. And it turned to rain.
ABC7 meteorologists said the storm had a split personality.
To the west, it looked like a classic, late-season snow storm, while to the east and off the Chesapeake Bay, it looked like a spring thunderstorm or coastal storm, said ABC 7 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts on Wednesday afternoon.
Early Thursday morning, ABC7 meteorologist Brian van de Graff described the storm as a “tale of two cities.”
“It was a few degrees yesterday that made the difference as the snow could not come down heavy enough to overcome the mild surface air,” van de Graff said.
ABC7 meteorologist Bob Ryan describes how elevation made a difference with this storm.
Some areas could see pockets of ice on the roads, but temperatures for the most part are 34 degrees or higher, van de Graff said.
The National Weather Service at 5:15 a.m. said parts of central Maryland, including Montgomery and Frederick counties, could see slick spots Thursday morning.
Look for temperatures between 44 and 49 Thursday, with winds out of the northwest at 10 mph to 20 mph. The same thing for Friday.
Overnight lows will be between 32 and 36.
Saturday will be sunny and in the low 50s, and it will be near 60 with lots of sun Sunday.
Virginia Railway Express, Metro, MARC and MTA commuter buses will operate as normal Thursday.
Fredericksburg Regional Transit sys there will no morning or afternoon VRE feeder bus service on VF1, VS1 or D6. All other routes will start two hours late.
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