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Washington snowfall: Snow blanket forces much of US capital to shut down | PICS

The heavy snowfall, coupled with closings caused by the surge in coronavirus cases, forced much of Washington to shut down. 

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Published on: January 04, 2022 12:29 IST
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People walk down steps of the Lincoln Memorial with the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in the background as snow falls

Highlights

  • President Joe Biden made a slow return to Washington after spending about a week in Delaware
  • The White House Press briefing was canceled, although Biden’s other public events were still on
  • Many COVID testing and vaccination sites were closed in DC, Virginia and in Maryland

A winter storm packing heavy snow blew into the United State’s capital Monday, closing government offices and schools and grounding the president’s helicopter as 6 to 11 inches (15 to 28 centimeters) of snow ringed the area around Washington.

Snow spotters for the National Weather Service reported accumulations of 11.5 inches (29.2 centimeters) in the D.C. suburb of Capitol Heights, Maryland, and 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) in Rose Hill, Virginia, by the time the storm wound down Monday afternoon. At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 6.7 inches (17 centimeters) of snow was reported. Farther south, in Chancellorsville, Virginia, 12.1 inches (30.7 centimeters) was reported.

The heavy snowfall, coupled with closings caused by the surge in coronavirus cases, forced much of Washington to shut down. 

Strong wind gusts and snow falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) per hour made travel treacherous. In Virginia, state police responded to more than 600 traffic accidents, including a crash involving six tractor-trailers. State police said no injuries were reported in the crash.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a snow emergency and advised residents to stay home.

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People walk down steps of the Lincoln Memorial with the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in the background as snow falls

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Snow blows sideways in gusty wind as Karla Rivas strolls at Federal Hill Park

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A person walks their dog as snow falls on the National Mall, Monday

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Snow blankets the statues of soldiers in the Korean War Veterans Memorial

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President Joe Biden arrives on Air Force One during winter snowstorm at Andrews Air Force Base

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Traffic slips going up a small hill on I-495, the Capital Beltway

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A runner revels in the moment as he jogs along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

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Snow falls at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, as a winter storm blows into the Mid-Atlantic area

(With inputs from AP)

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