Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winter Storm Stella Brings Modest Snow Totals to Washington D.C., But Air Travel Crippled

Sean Breslin
Published: March 14,2017

Schools opened late and residents were warned to stay off the roads in Washington D.C. Tuesday morning due to the impacts of Winter Storm Stella.
While areas not far from the District received up to 10 inches of snow, snow totals were much more modest through Tuesday morning in the Nation's Capital. Two inches of snow fell at Reagan National Airport, while the White House reported 2.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Still, more than 1,000 flights were canceled at the area's three major airports, according to FlightAware. D.C. Public Schools opened two hours late Tuesday morning, CBS D.C. reported.
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Amtrak trains operated on a modified schedule Tuesday, as did the D.C. Metro, NBC Washington reported. Federal workers were delayed three hours Tuesday morning, as officials were taking no chances with Stella.
"We don't really know at this point how much this will affect the District," Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference with D.C. officials Monday afternoon. "We are hoping for the best but as you can see ... all the people behind me are planning for whatever Mother Nature sends our way."
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The Smithsonian's museums were scheduled to open at noon Tuesday, but the National Zoo was closed all day, the report added.
In and around D.C., thousands of homes and businesses lost power because of Stella's snow and wind, according to a separate NBC Washington report.
On Capitol Hill, House lawmakers took a snow day Tuesday, according to CNN.com. The Senate operated on a delay with a possibility for evening votes.
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