Winter storm drops snow on D.C. region

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a storm blew through the Washington region overnight, roads are being cleared and many schools systems are closed.

The federal government and the District of Columbia government will be open Friday, but workers have the option to take leave or telework.

The National Weather Service reports that the storm dropped at least two inches of snow in the District of Columbia and more in the surrounding suburbs. Snow has stopped falling in much of the region, but winds have picked up, blowing snow into already cleared roads. Snow emergency plans are in effect in 16 Maryland counties.

Pepco is reporting about 6,300 outages, including about 2,650 in the District of Columbia. Baltimore Gas and Electric is reporting about 1,300 outages, focused in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.