Christmas Eve snow makes for hazardous driving conditions
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a Christmas Eve snowfall across much of northern and central Maryland is making driving conditions hazardous.
Troopers in Hagerstown responded to multiple single-vehicle accidents Monday afternoon on roads covered by wet snow.
State police in Washington and Frederick counties implemented snow emergency plans. The orders restrict parking on designated routes.
State Highway Administration spokeswoman Sandra Dobson says crews are working to keep road surfaces clear. She says little accumulation is expected before the storm ends Monday night.
Snowfall was also reported in parts of Virginia.
For drivers, it was first sleet then snow that started covering country roads in Leesburg.
Last-minute shoppers rushing in and out of Dulles Town Center also encountered a bit of snow.
The white stuff was a little concerning for Steven Shaefer, who is not used to driving in the slippery conditions.
Shaefer said, "I'm from California, so this is kind of a change of pace for me."
But he was looking forward to watching the snow once back home with his family.
"If you're with the people that you love, it doesn't really matter what's happening outside or where you are…as long as with you're with them," Shaefer added.
ABC 7 crews were also out in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where the snow was steady, perfectly covering Christmas decorations around town.