WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter-weary motorists faced another treacherous commute Monday in parts of the Mid-Atlantic as snow and frigid weather blew in just days before the start of spring.
At least a few inches of snow were reported in the Washington area and parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey by early Monday.
In Washington, crews worked overnight to clear snow, but transportation officials warned that roads were still dangerous. Heavy snow closed Reagan National Airport's runways. Dulles International Airport and BWI were seeing many cancelations, but were open.
Forecasters urged drivers not to let their guards down, and federal offices in the Washington area were closed for the day. Downtown Washington roads were covered as heavy snow fell early Monday, but by the time rush hour would usually begin, just a few flakes fell on slushy roads with light traffic.
In Falls Church, Va., Mike Miller spun out twice on the highway in the 3 a.m. hour on what turned out to be a one-hour drive to open up a Sunoco. No one was hurt in the incident.
"Luckily no one was behind me," he said.
But Miller remained in good spirits.
"My thing is, it's still technically winter until the 20th," he said, referring to the first day of spring. "There are places where it snows year round. Just deal with it."
Stephen Moore, 46, who works for the State Department, had pulled out his cross-country skis and was taking the Metro down to the National Mall, where he was hoping there'd be enough snow to put them to use.
"I'm assuming this is the last snow of the year," Moore said.
Willis Anderson of Falls Church, Va., said he recognizes he is in the minority, but he likes the snow. He took his dog for a walk to the grocery store just to enjoy the weather.