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Record-breaking snowfall around nation’s capital
The statue of President Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans, sculpted in 1853 by Clark Mill sits in the falling snow in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House in Washington, Monday, March 3, 2014. The winter weather prompted area schools and the federal government to close and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Washington Metropolitan region. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Record-breaking snowfall around nation’s capital

WASHINGTON — The National Weather Service says a winter storm is breaking snowfall records around the nation’s capital.

By 1 p.m. Monday, reported snow depths reached 11 inches in Montgomery County, Md., and 10.7 in Loudon County, Va.

Washington got up to 8 inches and Baltimore got more than 7.

Daily records were broken at Reagan National Airport outside Washington and at Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va.

The storm total at Reagan reached 7.2 inches. That includes 3.9 inches on Monday. The previous March 17 record was 1.9 inches set in 1965.

The Dulles total of 10 inches broke snowfall records for two successive days. Sunday’s 6.6 inches broke a daily record of 1.6 from 1978; Monday’s 3.4 inches broke a March 17 record of 1.9 inches from 1965.

By the numbers

Here’s a look by the numbers at the storm that has dumped snow on the Mid-Atlantic region, causing few major problems but dealing one more blow to residents tired of winter and ready for springtime.

SNOW DAYS: Federal government offices have shut down four times because of snow since Jan. 1, according to the federal Office of Personnel Management. The last time the federal government saw that many snow days was February 2010, when federal offices closed for four straight days during the storm known as “Snowmageddon.”

FEDERAL WORKERS: The Office of Personnel Management sets leave policies for about 300,000 federal government workers. Many of those workers can work from home and telecommute — officials have said in previous years that about a third do so. Others considered “emergency” personnel still must report to work.

The effects of a federal government shutdown in Washington are generally negligible. Work that needs to get done can be done via telecommuting. Plus, a vast majority of federal employees work in offices across the country that remain open for business.

HOW MUCH SNOW? As much as 8 inches fell in Washington, D.C. Some of the highest totals were recorded at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, which saw 10 inches, and in Montgomery County, Md., a Washington suburb, where 11 inches fell.

Meanwhile, more snow in Philadelphia made this the second-snowiest winter on record for the city. The total for the entire 2013-2014 season is at 67.4 inches so far.

FLIGHTS: The snow has not had much of an impact on air travel compared with some previous storms. Only about two dozen flights in the Washington region had been cancelled as of mid-day.

MUSEUMS: Only three of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums are open to visitors. Among those closed is the National Zoo.

POWER OUTAGES: Unlike many previous storms, this snowstorm caused few, if any, power outages. As of mid-afternoon, less than 100 power outages were reported in Maryland, Washington and northern Virginia.

 

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