Winter weather shut down much of Washington on Monday, although the snowfall wasn’t as bad as predicted.
Snow covered a thin layer of ice in the capital city early Monday, and officials warned people to stay off treacherous roads. Schools were canceled, bus service was halted in places and federal government workers in the DC area were told to stay home Monday.
Up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow were forecast from Baltimore to Washington _ lower than earlier predictions but enough to cause headaches for the region. The latest frigid blow of the harsh winter threatened as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow by the end of the day in Washington, Baltimore and elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region. Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow was predicted to the north in Philadelphia, while nearly a foot (30 centimeters) of snow was expected in parts of New Jersey.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. School systems in Baltimore, Washington and many suburban areas were closed, as were all Smithsonian museums except for the National Air and Space Museum. However, the U.S. Supreme Court was expected to be open and had arguments scheduled for Monday.
More than 2,600 flights in the United States were canceled as of Monday morning, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. The bulk of the problems were at airports in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.