A winter storm containing heavy snowfall was expected to batter the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and central Maryland overnight, bringing at least 3-7 inches of snow to the area until Monday after -midday.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the area from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Monday. Wind gusts of up to 56 km / h were forecast and travel is expected to be very difficult due to the dangerous conditions, the weather service said.
The Weather Prediction Center said 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow per hour could fall in some areas and thundering snow is possible. Localized snowfall totals could reach 10 inches (25 centimeters).
Several school districts in the area have said they will be closed, delayed or have virtual learning on Monday. DC Public Schools said students and staff would not be returning to school until Thursday.
The impacts of the winter storm were expected in the south, the Appalachian states and the central Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service.
In Washington, the United States Office of Personnel Management announced that federal offices in the region will be closed on Monday. Emergency workers and telecommuters would continue to work, the OPM said on its website.
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