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Northern Virginia snow causes messy morning commute Special

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 18, 2013 in World
Fairfax - A bit of snow came through the Northern Virginia region this Monday morning. While significant amounts of accumulation are not expected, it was just enough to cause some problems on the road during the morning commute.
Snow began to fall in Northern Virginia during the pre-dawn hours of the morning. At one point the snow was coming down fairly steady in Fairfax County.
While local schools and government offices in the Washington, D.C. region opened as scheduled, with exceptions to several Virginia counties to the west and south, which did close schools, the forecast called for mainly wet roads in the District.
Despite the downgrade in the snow forecast, the snow and rain that did arrive was enough to cause some problems in the morning commute. Traffic was backed up in some places as precipitation fell.
Several accidents were also reported throughout the morning commuting hours on local CBS news radio station WNEW 99.1. Temperatures had been hovering around the freezing mark west of Washington, D.C., in the a.m. hours, so some slippery spots on the road may have accounted for some of the problems.
One accident that caused minor delays with a two-lane shutdown occurred I-66 westbound. It looked to be a two or three car accident. Police and emergency personnel were on the scene quickly and radio reports later said the accident had been removed.
By afternoon, it is expected any snow should turn to rain and forecasts say the temperatures should be well above freezing by the evening commute.
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