Heavy snow fell along the I-95 Corridor from Richmond, Va., through Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, beginning late Friday night.
The storm continued into late Saturday night when it finally ceased in the Washington region, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Weather Service. The storm continued on up the I-95 corridor but was most intense in the Washington D.C. area, setting a record snowfall of 16.4 inches, “making 2009 the snowiest December on record,” said the National Weather Service.
In addition to heavy snow, strong winds created blizzard conditions, particularly in Southern Maryland, which had wind gusts up to 40 mph, according to the Washington Post. But the winds died down by Saturday evening and a blizzard warning from the National Weather Service was canceled.
The heavy snowfall hindered Washington’s Metro trains, terminating service at 1 p.m. Saturday at all 39 aboveground stations, which service Washington’s suburban areas. Metrobus and paratransit service were also stopped at 1 p.m. on Saturday, said the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Removing snow is still needed before service can be resumed, and as of Sunday, only the 47 below-ground stations are operating, albeit, with delays.
“The region saw record amounts of snowfall and we are working diligently to clear the snow and ice from the tracks so that we can expand our service area and resume service to our aboveground stations,” said Metro General Manager John Catoe on WMATA’s Web site.
Washington Metro will have a little relief from rush hour on Monday morning. Federal government offices in the Washington area will be closed on Monday. The last time the federal government was shut down because of weather was during the 2003 blizzard.
The record snowfalls in Washington easily broke December snowfall records at Dulles International and Reagan National airports, which caused cancellations. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesperson Tara Hamilton said one runway was open in Dulles on Sunday, and CNN reported one runway was open at Reagan National just before 1 p.m. Sunday.