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Washington reopens after 'split personality' winter storm passes Special

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 7, 2013 in World
Fairfax - Snow has been mostly non-existent for the 2012-13 winter season in the DC region. However, the storm that blew in on March 6 ended up shutting down the District and the surrounding suburbs.
On the evening of March 5, the wintry blizzard began to make its way into the D.C. Metro area. As Digital Journal reported yesterday, the city and surrounding areas, including government agencies, schools, colleges and other businesses were shut down.
While most everything was closed on Wednesday, there was a large divide on how the storm hit the region. Local news outlet WTOP reported ABC7 meteorologists referred to it as a "split personality" storm.
Many to the east towards the District had mostly rain, while the suburbs further west into Fairfax County and points beyond saw snow accumulation.
About midday yesterday, the snow began to turn into slush and some of the earlier snow was washed away by rain.
By Thursday morning the familiar sounds of traffic on local highways had returned as the federal government offices reopened at normal operating time. Metro is back on schedule with its earlier weather advisories cancelled.
WTOP reported some accumulation amounts. Most of the heavy snow occurred to the west. For instance, parts of Fauquier County saw a whopping 16.1 inches, while Reagan National Airport only saw 0.2. Fairfax County fell in between.
Unlike last summer's surprise Derecho storm, not many trees fell in the area from this storm.
In Fairfax County, the accumulation came with a lot of water. Walking down local streets were very slushy with inches of water. Today the Fairfax County school system is opening on a 2-hour delay.
Approximately 29,000 people in the region are without electricity and utility companies are expecting power to be returned today. Temperatures on Thursday could reach close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
It looks like the local media dubbed "Snowquester" was very short lived. By late today or tomorrow it will all be melted.
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