Snow moves into mid-Atlantic; federal offices closed in DC

Author: Associated Press
This photo provided by Madison County Sheriff’s Office, authorities closed down a road after power lines came down and homes suffered damage early Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 in Hazel Green, Ala. The storms followed a system earlier Saturday which brought a possible tornado and flooding to parts of Kentucky. (Madison County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

On Monday, a winter storm packing heavy snow was blowing into the nation’s capital, closing government offices and schools. As much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow was forecast for the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and central Maryland through the afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the area until 4 p.m. EST Monday. Wind gusts of up to 35 mph (56 kph) were forecast, and travel was expected to be very difficult because of the hazardous conditions, the weather service said.

“The timing of this isn’t great,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Roth. “For the D.C. area, it’s morning rush hour. At least for places to the northeast, it’ll be closer to midday.”

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

The Weather Prediction Center said 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow per hour could fall in some areas, and thundersnow was possible. Localized snowfall totals could reach 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Snow began falling Sunday night in parts of Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. A winter storm warning was also issued in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee and portions of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia. More than 400,000 customers were without power in Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia by early Monday.

Impacts from the winter storm were expected across the South, Appalachian states, the mid-Atlantic and up the East Coast.

In Washington, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that federal offices in the area would be closed on Monday. The OPM said that emergency employees and telework employees were expected to keep working on its website.

Due to the weather, many COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites were closed in Virginia and in Maryland.

Multiple school districts in the region said they would be closed, delayed or have virtual learning Monday. DC Public Schools said students and staff wouldn’t be returning to school until Thursday.


Associated Press reporter Julie Walker contributed from New York.

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