Snow will begin to taper off in Washington and Baltimore later today from a storm that closed government offices, grounded flights and shut schools.
Washington had received 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) as of 11:30 a.m., with Baltimore getting an inch more, said Carl Barnes, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sterling, Virginia. In New York, less than an inch fell.
The storm should end after 3 p.m., Barnes said.
“The snow is going to move out and then we’re expecting a very cold night tonight,” said Barnes. “The temperature will probably be around 10 degrees in the District and in the single digits in the suburbs. With the breezy wind, it’s going to feel close to zero,” or minus 18 Celsius.
Plunging arctic air pushed the track of the storm farther south than expected days ago, sparing Boston and New York heavy snow. As of noon, 2,480 flights around the U.S. had been canceled, with Washington’s Reagan National Airport hardest hit, said FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service.
Government offices in Washington were closed, the Office of Personnel Management said on its website, along with schools there and in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.
Roads will probably be slick in Washington for a few days as temperatures remain below freezing through tomorrow, Barnes said.
“We’re not really going to get much melting,” Barnes said. “It will have a high impact on commutes.”
Amtrak said it would operate a modified snow schedule today, resulting in fewer trains available on the Acela Express and Northeast regional service.
About 102,600 homes and businesses were without power, according to data from utility websites compiled by Bloomberg. Most of those were in Arkansas, northern Mississippi and eastern Tennessee.
In Texas, an ice storm closed Dallas schools. Freezing rain and sleet interfered with de-icing planes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and cancellations built up because it was busy, said Dennis Cavanaugh, a weather service meteorologist in Fort Worth. Delays were down to 15 minutes or less as of 7 a.m. local time, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website.