Virginia State Police urge motorists to stay home after work 313 Wreck before 11 a.m

Increasing snowfall across Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC has made driving difficult this week, with hundreds of crashes reported as of Monday morning.

State of Virginia Police took to social media on Monday to warn people not to drive on icy roads if they don’t have to. Between midnight and 10:30 a.m., police reported responding to 313 collisions, adding that they had assisted 277 “drivers with disabilities” so far.

“Soldiers are now on the scene for an additional 137 crashes and 119 vehicles stranded due to people driving too fast for the conditions,” the tweet said, adding that Virginians “should only travel if absolutely necessary.” .”

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for Washington, northern Virginia and central Maryland through 4 p.m. EST Monday. Forecasts show gusts of up to 35 mph.

The service also reported up to 4 inches of snow in Virginia’s Augusta County, the most reported snowfall to date, although up to 10 inches is forecast for the area.

In Maryland, state police are also responding to collisions. Above Twitter, police reported 41 crashes, 29 “disabled/unattended vehicles,” and 161 service calls between 3:30 and 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Both Maryland and Virginia state police warn people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

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Increased snowfall in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC has made many roads in the area dangerous to drive, authorities reported. Above, snow falls at the White House early in the morning in Washington, Monday, January 3, as a winter storm hits the Mid-Atlantic region.
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“The timing of this is not good,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Roth. “For the DC area, it’s morning rush hour. At least for places in the northeast, it’ll be closer to midday.”

More than half of flights were delayed or canceled Monday morning at Ronald Reagan National Airport, Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, according to FlightAware.com’s misery map. A quarter of flights at New York’s three major airports were also delayed or cancelled.

Snowfall also makes the President Joe Bidenwas a helicopter, so he was maneuvering to the White House from Andrews Air Force Base in upstate Maryland after a weekend in Delaware. With snow blanketing the streets in and around the nation’s capital, the White House press conference was canceled, though other Biden public events were still going on.

The Weather Bureau says 2 inches (5 cm) of snow per hour is possible in some areas and a chance of thunder is possible.

More than 500,000 customers were without power Monday morning as winter storm warnings extended from northern Alabama and southern Tennessee through Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland.

Snow began to fall Sunday night in parts of Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. About 6 inches accumulated in northern Alabama, where authorities reported that many roads were closed because of icy spots and wrecks, and businesses, schools and government offices were delayed. open until mid-morning to allow time for temperatures to rise above freezing.

In Washington, the US Office of Personnel Management announced that federal offices in the area would be closed on Monday. OPM said on its website that emergency workers and teleworkers will continue to work.

Many COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites have been closed in Virginia and Maryland due to the weather.

Many school districts in the area said they would close, delay or have virtual learning on Monday. The DC Public Schools said students and staff will not return to school until Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Increasing snowfall across Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC has made driving difficult this week, with hundreds of crashes reported as of the morning of January 3, 2022. shows someone shoveling snow.
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