mostlycloudy
Friday July 3rd, 2015 11:25PM

DC area, northeast seeing another round of snow

By The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) -- Residents along the East Coast and in the Appalachians woke up to snow Tuesday and government workers and students in the DC area were told to stay home as the region saw a round of snow that came just a few days after some parts already got several inches.

Snow and ice prompted officials at the Philadelphia International Airport to temporarily ground departing flights and slowed motorists across New Jersey.

In Washington, the snow began falling in time for the morning commute, creating the potential for traffic problems. Non-emergency federal employees in the area were granted an excused absence Tuesday but other employees were told to telecommute, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's website.

Public schools were closed in a number of areas including Washington, Philadelphia and parts of West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

In Ohio, overnight snowfall in central and southwest parts of the state was making the morning commute Tuesday slow and messy and delayed the opening of hundreds of schools.

Outside Washington, in Virginia's Fairfax County, traffic was light Tuesday morning with schools and government offices closed. With temperatures hovering around freezing, highways that had been plowed and treated were passable, but conditions began to deteriorate after 8 a.m. as the pace of the snowfall increased.

The usually bustling Springfield Metro station was nearly deserted. Those who did have to work said the lack of traffic made the slushy roads easier to navigate.

"I wish it was like this all the time - minus the snow," said Maelin Traylor, 28, of Springfield. "The traffic was wonderful."

Jean Walsh, 72, of Springfield, said she was accustomed to much worse weather growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., and never considered skipping work.

"To me, this is nothing. It's melting when it's hitting. I don't think they should have closed the government," Walsh said. "It's no big deal and I've got work to do."

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Eastern Seaboard, including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches were expected. The new snow comes on the heels of Sunday's winter weather, which dumped several inches of snow on Philadelphia and northern Maryland.

Elsewhere, eastern and central Kentucky and southwest Virginia were expected to get 1 to 3 inches of snow. All of West Virginia was likely to see snow Tuesday, with 2 to 4 inches forecast for north and central parts of the state and 3 to 5 in the mountains.

While the federal government was closed, some Washington workers still had to pop up umbrellas and bundle up to head to work in the snow. Streets were clear, and the snow was nearly all melting once it hit the ground.

Harris Sidiq, an accountant, was walking to work Tuesday morning.

"I worked for another accounting firm, and it took a lot for us to actually have a shutdown due to inclement weather," he said. "I guess it's just the industry. That's how it is. You work, work, work until the world stops. Then you might be able to stay home."
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 1 year ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
U.S. News
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said."The single most important step fo...
8:25PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest on train derailment: 5,000 evacuated in Tennessee
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 6 p.m.An official in eastern Tennessee says smoke has stopped rising from the site where a CSX train car derailed and caught fire, forcing the evacuation of thousands of reside...
6:05PM ( 1 day ago )
Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state...
5:36PM ( 1 day ago )
Jim Webb, Iraq war critic in Senate, running for president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam veteran and accomplished novelist who became a fierce critic of the Iraq war in the Senate, announced Thursday that he's challenging Hillary Rodham Clin...
5:08PM ( 1 day ago )
Top Republican doubts Senate will confirm ambassador to Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and...
4:28PM ( 1 day ago )