Winter storm shuts down Washington region Special

Posted Mar 6, 2013 by Leigh Goessl
A winter storm is blasting through the Washington DC region today. Government agencies and schools across the area are shut down.
Last night the winter storm that dropped significant amounts of snow in Chicago and parts of the Midwest began to arrive in the Washington area. Earlier weather reports had indicated accumulation would be from 3 - 6 inches east of the I-95 corridor and anywhere from 6 - 12 inches points west of the District.
Around 11 p.m. ET Tuesday flurries could be observed in Northern Virginia, and the snow continued through the night.
By 4:30 a.m., the beginnings of accumulation could be seen.
This morning residents woke up to some accumulation of additional wet snow and learned many businesses and agencies across the area are closed. As of daybreak in Fairfax County, there was approximately 1 - 2 inches of snow on the ground.
At time of report, the snow is still coming down; in Fairfax County, it appears to be mixed with sleet with ice forming on tree branches.
Federal offices are shut down and local public schools and colleges are closed.
Metro rail is running as scheduled, however the agency says bus and train commuters may encounter some delays and warns that service may change as this storm develops. Flights can be heard this morning coming in and out of local airports, so not all flights have been canceled at this time.
At this time the accumulation projections keep changing. The National Weather Service predicts approximately 6 to 12 inches with largest accumulations west of I-95 as it is anticipated snow will continue to fall throughout Wednesday.
Various agencies are warning of potential power outages as this snow is wet and could become heavy. The region is under a winter weather warning until 3 a.m. ET on Thursday.