Slight snow accumulation in the D.C. metro area

Private plows are already scraping locations such as gas station lots. (Kristi King/WTOP)

WASHINGTON – While the region may be days away from the official start of spring, winter reasserted itself on Monday morning.

Several school systems in Northern Virginia — including Prince William County Public Schools, Fauquier County Public Schools and Stafford County Public Schools — were closed Monday.

Winter Storm Warnings were issued for the Potomac Highlands and Shenandoah Valley, where the heaviest snow was expected to fall.

Unofficial reports indicated as much as 3 inches of snow accumulated in some parts of the region, the most in Culpeper County.

In Fauquier County, as much as 1.5 inches fell. And in Loudoun, less than a half an inch accumulated.

Northern and western suburbs of D.C. were under a Winter Weather Advisory, but all weather advisories were canceled by 9 a.m. Monday.

Later Monday morning, temperatures jumped to the 30s and 40s, and any snow that did fall began to melt. Rain is expected in the afternoon making for a potentially slushy commute.

“Winter here in Washington is saying hold on, hold your horses,” says ABC7 Meteorologist Adam Caskey, who notes that the streets in D.C. are only wet so far. “We’ll have some areas of snow in the morning hours…(and) just rain for the drive home later on this afternoon into the evening hours.”

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