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Snowfall dusts area before morning commute

While packed and dirty mounds of ice from the last snowstorm still line streets and curbs, another snowfall hit the area last night. The overnight snow was much lighter -- dusting of up to 1 or 2 inches.

If you're commuting this morning, it's not expected to have a huge impact (nothing like last time, obviously). But there will be some impact, particularly on smaller side roads that haven't been salted. Area schools already saw it -- many Virginia school districts are opening two hours late, while Maryland districts are either opening late or closing for the day.

In Virginia, icy conditions are reported this morning on I-66 East around the Fairfax County Parkway. That's a major artery that will obviously require caution.

The Maryland Department of Transportation issued a winter weather advisory for much of the state. More than 1,200 pieces of equipment are in action salting the state-maintained (i.e. numbered) roads. Snow emergency plans were in effect for six counties: Caroline, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Queen Anne's and St. Mary's.

Metro announced that all buses are running on regular service today. Delays are expected due to road conditions, which obviously vary from place to place.

By Mark Berman  |  January 8, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  
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