Winter storm skips D.C. region, but causes some Va. school delays

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The D.C. area dodged a bullet from old man winter, but roads in Central Virginia may be slick after snow fell across the region.

Schools in Culpepper, Orange and Spotsylvania counties will open two hours late Monday.

This comes after thick, wet snowflakes came down for hours in Central Virginia Sunday night producing a rare storm for the region this winter.

“It’s pretty when it’s coming down but it’s the aftermath,” said Roger Derricott, Caroline County resident.

In Virginia, the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were shut down following a two-vehicle crash that critically injured one man, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The accident was reported at about 6:20 p.m. on I-95 near the interchange with Interstate 295 in Prince George County.

The male driver of one vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries, and an adult male passenger in his vehicle was hospitalized.

Snow began sticking in the Richmond area after dark, and Virginia State Police had responded to about 350 crashes by early evening.

Appalachian Power was reporting that 52,000 customers were without power Sunday night in central and southern Virginia, as well as West Virginia.

Light snow was also falling on some parts of the Washington, D.C., area. National Weather Service meteorologist Nick Fillo in Blacksburg, Va., said 5 to 8 inches of snow had fallen in the Blue Ridge Mountains while about 3 to 6 inches had fallen on Virginia's Piedmont region.

"This was our first real winter storm," Fillo said.

The weather service said late Sunday that the snowfall was "diminishing in both intensity and coverage" and would come to an end early Monday.

Temperatures were in the mid to upper 20s. The storm system was expected to move off the Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday night, sparing the rest of the Mid-Atlantic as well as the Northeast.

So far, it’s been a relatively uneventful winter in the region which is why some were a bit worried about driving Monday.

"Just because you've got a four wheel drive doesn't mean you're invincible to this weather,” said Derricott. “It could happen to anybody. Just one wrong move and you're gone."

Warm temperatures from days of unseasonably balmy conditions prevented streets from getting too slick. But South of Fredericksburg, in Ladysmith, snow was having an easier time being difficult.

“You take your time and do what you are supposed to do you will get out there alright,” said Jerome Monroe.

VDOT had more than 500 pieces of equipment out in Central Virginia to make sure the roads were clear.

"Man, I'm from California,” said Jared David, commuter. “This is my first time driving in the snow actually. When the temperature drops you have got to be careful out there it's going to be kind of slick out there."