Winter Storm Hits D.C. Area and Causes Widespread Power Outages

Federal government offices and schools in the Washington, D.C., area were closed on Monday as the region received its first significant snowfall of the season, part of a winter storm that left more than half a million customers without power as it moved up the East Coast.

“A major winter storm is underway,” the National Weather Service said on Monday morning, while warning, “Snow-covered and slippery roads along with heavy snowfall and low visibility will make travel dangerous.”

The storm dropped more than 14 inches of snow in parts of Northern Virginia, while Washington recorded more than eight inches, according to the Weather Service. In central Tennessee and northern Alabama, which caught the tail end of the storm, snowfall totals reached nine inches, the Weather Service said.

The storm was moving north on Monday afternoon through Maryland, Northern Delaware and Southern New Jersey, where snowfalls totals ranged from six to 15 inches. The weather system was expected to pull offshore by about 10 p.m., Andrew Orrison, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in College Park, Md., said.

“The cars are going too fast for conditions, and they’re sliding off the roads, into ditches, into the cement walls, into one another,” said Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police. Rain on Sunday prevented crews from properly salting the roads, she said, making highways more dangerous during the snow on Monday.

“The refreeze on the road could definitely be dangerous for commuters on Tuesday morning,” Mr. Orrison said.

Jesus Jiménez contributed reporting.

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