Winter storm hits east coast bringing heavy snowfall to mid-Atlantic and southeast

A winter storm swept across the mid-Atlantic on Monday blanketed cities like Washington, DC with more than half a foot of snow.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning affecting parts of southern New Jersey, eastern Maryland, northeastern Virginia and all of Delaware until 4 p.m.

The winter storm produces strong gusts of wind that could contribute to power outages in the southeast, central Atlantic and the Appalachians.

Areas from Asheville, North Carolina to Philadelphia, Pa. Also reported snow on Monday.

The storm has already caused major power outages in Virginia and North Carolina. More than 760,072 customers were without power overnight in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland.

Videos on social media showed roads closed in parts of Alexandria, Virginia, with cars stuck on the hills due to heavy snowfall.

Total storm snow accumulations on the east coast could reach nearly a foot.

Reports in the early afternoon from DC showed blizzard-like conditions at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington with sightings of downed trees after the airport had already proactively canceled several flights.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser declared and extended a snow emergency from midnight Monday until 7:00 a.m. local time Tuesday, deploying the district snow crew and banning parking of vehicles along emergency roads for snow to make way for snow plows .

A number of school districts in the Washington metro area have been closed due to weather conditions.

However, DC public schools were already scheduled to be closed Monday and Tuesday after last week’s announcement of schools requiring negative COVID-19 test results when returning from winter vacation.

Federal offices in DC were also closed on Monday, with emergency workers asked to follow their agency’s policies and some non-emergency workers offered weather and safety time off, the US Office of Personnel Management said. United.

District residents have been discouraged from leaving their homes for non-essential travel by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which enforces a “severe snow service plan” with service limited only to major roads.

The DC Police Department also took to Twitter to advise against non-essential travel.

Images of snow-capped Washington were shared on social media.

A national zoo livestream, which is closed due to bad weather, has captured the giant pandas outside their caves enjoying the winter and playing in the snow.

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