Winter Storm 2014 Update: How Bad In Northern Virginia? (And When Will It End?)

Hundreds of crashes reported around the region as snow turns to ice.

Northern Virginia gets hit with storm. (Patch file photo.)
Northern Virginia gets hit with storm. (Patch file photo.)

The forecasters got it mostly right: The biggest storm of the winter dumped large amounts of snow and ice on Northern Virginia Wednesday and into Thursday, closing governments, schools and airports while causing hundreds of accidents that have left emergency workers scrambling to keep up.

Reagan National and Dulles International airports were closed Thursday as was a key portion of the George Washington Parkway, from I-495 to the Key Bridge, and Metro bus service was canceled.

In some areas, snow was changing to freezing rain and sleet. The National Weather Service reported nine inches in parts of Fairfax, six in Alexandria and Prince William County and similar totals in Fredericksburg and Ashburn. The weather service had a report in Reston of up to a foot of snow.

From 4 p.m. Wednesday through 4 a.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police reported, emergency dispatch centers fielded 2,249 calls for service around the state. During that same 12-hour period, state troopers responded to 841 traffic crashes and 515 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth.

Dominion Virginia Power reported only scattered outages in Northern Virginia but bigger pockets of the Richmond area were without power Thursday morning. The power company warned that the ice and wettish snow could still bring down power lines, and it had workers from outside Virginia prepared to help.

And it's not over yet.

Forecasts call for snow, sleet and ice throughout much of Northern Virginia — with some rain thrown in for good measure — right up until about 11 p.m. Thursday, but with below-freezing temperatures right through rush hour on Friday before warming to near 40 degrees.

Walter Hadlock February 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Here in Herdon, we have a foot of snow in our yard. The town snow made a single pass sometime during the night, but no major clearing of Alabama Drive as of yet. No problem though, there's no where to go!
Walter Hadlock February 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM
A quick addendum: I meant to say "The town snow plow....."
Terry lopez February 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM
13" in Manassas with a layer of sleet. More coming per the weather gurus.
Walter Hadlock February 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM
The Town of Herndon plow has come thru. The downside is the "snow dam" across the drive way. That is the next chore to finish--digging thru to the street.
Terry lopez February 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM
No plow sighting yet.


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