The late-season storm making its way through the D.C. region has brought snow and sleet to the area, delaying starts for federal agencies for Tuesday, closing major school systems and causing some power outages. Check out everything you need to know — from closings and delays to updated road conditions.
The Office of Personnel Management, which determines if federal agencies will close, announced a three-hour delay Tuesday with an option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.
Amtrak has suspended all service between New York and Boston due to storm conditions. Acela Express and Northeast Regional services that operate between New York City and D.C. will run on a modified schedule, with some trains truncated or canceled, including some trains that operate in Virginia.
Transportation officials in Virginia and Maryland are urging people to stay off the roads if they don’t have to go anywhere right away.
“I would delay travel for as long as possible,” Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Ellen Kamilakis tells WTOP. “It’s slippery and it’s slushy.”
VDOT says many secondary roads and neighborhood streets are covered with snow.
Charlie Gischler, with the Maryland State Highway Administration, tells WTOP they’d like people to stay home and not hit the road until at least 10 a.m.
With fewer people on the roads, work crews can do more to clear them.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a snow emergency. Vehicles not removed from emergency routes will be ticketed and towed.
D.C. streets were pre-treated for the winter weather, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday. More than 200 snowplows were deployed Monday evening.
Fire department vehicles have been fitted with snow chains.
In Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Monday, allowing state agencies to assist local governments with responding to the severe weather. Northern Virginia is expected to bear the storm’s brunt.
“We’re on top of it. We’ve already pre-treated and we’re ready to go,” he said.
McAuliffe told WTOP that road-treatment preparations began Sunday, with 7,800 pieces of equipment and 8,600 personnel hitting the streets.
Still, state officials urged Virginia residents to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of the snowstorm. Frederick and areas northeast toward the Pennsylvania state line are expected to be hit hardest.
“We urge all Marylanders to use common sense and to stay indoors and off the roads,” Hogan said.
“Now is the time to remain alert and regularly check for updated weather forecasts as conditions change.”
Maryland State Police have also implemented the snow emergency plans in several counties to enable immediate removal of abandoned vehicles from state roads and highways.
As part of Montgomery County’s snow emergency, parking is restricted along any snow emergency route. Parking at county-owned parking garages will be free through midnight Tuesday. See more information on the county’s site.
Montgomery County officials advise residents to visit its snow emergency page for snow removal information and for requesting snow-removal service.
Rockville, Maryland, has also declared a snow emergency. Cars need to be off city roads and neighborhood streets.
A snow emergency plan is also in effect in Frederick, Maryland. All vehicles need to be moved from snow emergency routes or risk being towed. Here’s the full list of snow routes.
Metro is single-tracking on the Red Line between Wheaton and Forest Glen. Montgomery County Fire says they’re looking into a report involving what could be an arcing insulator near the Wheaton station. That’s a problem that’s occurred repeatedly on Metro rail lines. Metro workers and firefighters are investigating.
Metrorail: Metro will close as usual at 12 a.m., Metrorail trains run on a Saturday schedule. All stations remain open.
Amtrak: Amtrak operating a modified schedule. There will be limited Acela Express service between New York City and D.C. The Northeast Regional service running on a modified schedule with some trains canceled. Service between New York and Boston has been suspended due to the storm.