Winter snowstorm heads toward DC


Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 8:47 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Weather Service says parts of northern and western Virginia could see more than a foot of snow with the coming storm. Snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are predicted in the Washington area and up to 21 inches in the Virginia mountains by Wednesday night. 

In Washington, DC, Metro is operating a regular weekday schedule on Metrorail, but some commuter bus routes are being cancelled due to the winter storm.

Metro says Major bus routes in the District of Columbia will begin with normal service on Wednesday. But the transit agency says all bus service will likely be reduced or possibly suspended as conditions deteriorate.

MetroAccess para-transit service is cancelled for Wednesday.

On MARC trains in Maryland, some trains are departing Wednesday morning on the Penn Line. The Camden Line is operating on an "S" schedule. And Brunswick Line service has been cancelled for Wednesday.

In Virginia, all VRE commuter train service has been cancelled for Wednesday.

More than 27,000 customers are without power and schools are closed in parts of Virginia as a late-winter storm moves across the state.

Dominion Virginia Power reports about 26,800 outages Wednesday morning. Most are in the Shenandoah Valley and western Piedmont regions. Appalachian Power reports about 1,100 outages in Albemarle, Amherst and Buchanan counties.

The University of Virginia and George Mason University and public school systems in the affected areas canceled classes Wednesday. Local government offices in Culpeper, Waynesboro and several other localities also are closed.

For Hampton Roads, rain showers will mix with snow showers this afternoon and evening. Most should melt on contact with relatively warm surfaces; however, minor accumulations are possible west and north under heavier snow bands, said 13News Meteorologist Craig Moeller.

"Tides will build to levels about a foot higher than we got Wednesday morning. The predicted total water level at Sewells Point tomorrow at 5:05AM is about 5 feet. This would produce what the National Weather Service calls "minor" tidal flooding. Winds tonight and tomorrow morning could gust 40 to 45 mph," he stated.

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