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Not so much snow for D.C. after all

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Local,DC,Maryland,Virginia,Ben Giles,Weather

D.C. residents woke up Saturday morning either disappointed with the nearly complete lack of snow on the ground or relieved that most of the region had been missed by a forecast snowstorm or saw little accumulation.

Only minor traces of snow could be found across much of the Washington region. While some heavy snow did fall inside the Capital Beltway shortly before noon on Saturday morning, hardly any of it stuck, and the snow was mixed with a healthy amount of sleet and rain -- making for poor driving conditions but few other problems.

Snow spotters at Ronald Reagan International Airport recorded less than a tenth of an inch of snow, as did snow spotters for the National Weather Service near Vienna and Springfield.

Areas north and west of the District recorded larger snowfalls, but not by much -- Germantown had an inch of snow, Montgomery Village had just over half an inch and Sterling had just a half an inch as well, according to preliminary snowfall reports from the National Weather Service.

By noon, the storm was nearly past the Washington region and the sun was out again by the middle of the afternoon.

Crews in Maryland, however, were kept busy. In western Maryland as much as 10 inches of snow was expected in some areas, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

SHA Administrator Melinda Peters urged drivers in that area to delay travel plans to allow roads crews to clear thoroughfares without the impediment of traffic.

Elsewhere, preparations for a heavier snowfall proved unnecessary. The District's Department of Transportation deployed 200 snow plows as of 4 a.m. Saturday morning -- the D.C. Snow Team's first full deployment of the season -- to pretreat bridges and overpasses to avoid freezing. The preparations may prove useful, however, given the wet streets and forecasts for temperatures in the low-20s by Saturday evening.

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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