Spring storm prompts school closings, slushy commute
For the first time in more than two years, it snowed in Washington. It's still the first time D.C. has seen more than an inch of snow since January 2011.
So far, March 2013 couldn’t be more different than March 2012 in the D.C. area.
Last March was the warmest on record. There were four days where the temperature reached 80 or higher.
At this point in 2012, D.C.’s famed cherry blossoms were past peak. This year most haven’t even begun to bloom. A few starting to bloom in Rockville were surrounded by snow Monday.
Children in Montgomery County who are on spring break say this year is nowhere near as pleasant as last year.
"It's supposed to be nice. Where are the flowers and the plants and all that?," asked Adrianna-Marie Urbina-Ruiz of Robert Frost Middle School.
“It’s winter break all over again,” said her sister Nicole-Antoinette.
Tourist Andrew Bingman apparently didn't get the memo that spring's temperatures are lagging behind a bit.
“I think it's miserable. Expected it to be a little bit nicer down here,” Bingman says. In Pittsburgh, I expected this but not here.”
Harrisonburg, Va. Receives more than six inches of snow. And Reagan National Airport has recorded 1.3", which is the first inch of snow since January 26, 2011.
Early Monday morning, many of the roads were snow covered. You couldn't see the lines dividing the lanes, but by mid-morning it was just a wet, slushy mess - much of that thanks in part to the salt and plow truck drivers.
But this is D.C. and things change rapidly. By early afternoon most of the snow was gone and looking ahead, by this time next week, the boys of summer will have one already in the books with an opening day forecast of 60 degrees.
The trees may be budding, but in the Blue Ridge, along Route 7, and on the streets of Winchester, winter is refusing to release its grip.
Streets are slushy in Winchester, but VDOT, with 600 Northern Virginia trucks working Sunday night, is warning of a potential re-freeze.
Nearly a week into Spring, the “snow or no-snow” guessing game is wearing on drivers like Terry Sweeney.
“It's too wet, nasty. I'm ready for the kids to go back to school,” says Sweeney, a Martinsburgm west Virginia resident.
Meanwhile, in the city of Greenbelt, public works employee Joe Doss says he thought he was done with this nonsense. He literally had to pull the snow shovels back out of summer storage.
“A buddy of mine told it was going to snow,” Doss says. “I thought he was kidding. I had to go to the internet I thought he was joking with me.”
At Eleanor Roosevelt High School, students arriving after a two hour delay told us they weren't that happy either.
“I thought we wouldn't have school,” says Terrell Anderson. “ I was gonna stay in my warm all day.”
In White Oak in Montgomery County, it was still snowing at about 3:30 p.m. and its certainly more than a dusting - about 3 ½ inches.
In Frederick county the school buses stayed parked today for a full snow day. And you can see its deeper by a full knuckle. Maybe 5 inches.
Everybody in the miles family took a snow day in Urbana when the schools closed.
“I'm really happy about it,” says Samantha Miles.
But while winter loving Samantha Miles builds her snow man, sister Hanna admits to a worry. This is after all March 25th.
“I am really surprised because winter is done and we're getting snow in the spring and I'm so stressed about that,” Hanna Miles says.