SNOW DAY: DC area trying to get back to normal, but more school closings for Wednesday

The FOX 5 Weather Team is tracking the latest on the snow that fell overnight across the D.C. region-- and the bitter cold that will again blanket the area today.

Check back for continuous updates on the storm below:

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 7:30 p.m.

More school closings in Virginia. Kids in Loudoun, Prince William County, Manassas City and Fredericksburg City will not have class on Wednesday. Click here for full list.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 7:15 p.m.

Amtrak service in the Northeast Cooridor wil operate on a modified schedule on Wednesday. More details here.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 5 p.m.

School closings are already coming in for some Virginia counties. Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Culpeper County Public Schools have all announced they will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 18. As always, you can check the latest weather closings and delays as they come in here: http://www.myfoxdc.com/category/239079/closings

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 2:00 p.m.

D.C.'s snow emergency has ended. Regular parking rules are now in effect and taxi fares have returned to normal.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 12:20 p.m.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says it received a record 12,078 calls for roadside assistance on Monday throughout the region, according to the Associated Press. The auto club also broke a single-day record for battery-related calls.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 11:45 a.m.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to lift snow emergency at 2 p.m. Tuesday, reports FOX 5's Tom Fitzgerald. City officials say they have ticketed and towed 132 cars due to the snow emergency.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 11:00 a.m.

Snowball fight in Meridian Hill Park! FOX 5's Brody Logan was there and will have more coming up on our afternoon newscasts.
UPDATE 2/17/15 - 9:58 a.m.

All Metrobus service (all routes, all lines) is SUSPENDED until 10:30 a.m. Metro will begin the process of restoring limited bus service at 10:30 a.m. under a "severe snow plan." Under the severe snow plan:

Only selected Metrobus routes operate. Many routes remain suspended.
Buses run only major arterial roadways.
Some pre-established detours will be in effect.
Where service does operate, expect delays and possible detours due to road conditions.

Check which bus routes operate under a severe snow plan.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 8:36 a.m.

Parking fees lifted for Tuesday in Montgomery County owned parking garages, parking lots and metered spaces. Residents are encouraged to use free parking in county garages to help out road crews.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 8:35 a.m.

SNOW DAY FAIL: Cars spotted crossing railroad tracks while the gates were down on Randolph Road in Rockville.

UPDATE  2/17/15 - 7:30 a.m.

The Winter Storm Warning that was issued previously for the D.C. region has now been canceled.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 7:00 a.m.
A snow emergency is now in effect in the District of Columbia. Click here for details.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 6:54 a.m.

Metro's Dan Stessel told us via Skype that Metrobus service remains suspended as road crews work. No word yet on when it might return. Metrorail is running on a Saturday schedule for Tuesday, which means trains are running about every 12 minutes.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 5:19 a.m.

A snow plow hit a utility pole, and the northbound lanes of Kenilworth Ave. are closed between the Beltway and Cherry Wood Lane as a result. Southbound lanes have reopened.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 4:58 a.m.

FOX 5's Mike Thomas says the snow has almost moved out of the region, though some is still falling in a few areas. As the storm wraps up, we'll stay cold-- and it only gets colder as the week continues. There will be a little sunshine later this afternoon. Wednesday afternoon brings the potential for more snow-- right around the evening commute. Watch his latest forecast above.

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 4:39 a.m.

Specialty Hospitals of Washington needs volunteers with 4x4 vehicles to drive and pick up and deliver essential medical personnel that are unable to access transportation due to weather conditions. Volunteer drivers should  contact Roosevelt Roberts at 202-574-5700 or 240-515-4152(cell).

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 4:30 a.m.

Don't forget, D.C. drivers: Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a snow emergency, which begins this morning at 7 a.m. Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes after 7 a.m. will be ticketed and towed-- so make sure you move those cars!

UPDATE 2/17/15 - 4:11 a.m.

All Metrobus service has been suspended until further notice due to treacherous road conditions.


UPDATE 2/16/15 - 9:57 p.m.

Federal offices in the Washington D.C. area will be closed on Tuesday. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

D.C. Public Schools has also that all schools will be closed on Tuesday.

Full list of closings/delays here: http://www.myfoxdc.com/category/239079/closings

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 9:33 p.m.

Amtrak service will operate on a modified schedule on Tuesday due to the winter storm. Click here for more details.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 9:08 p.m.

Snow emergency fares will go into effect for D.C. taxicabs starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday for 12 hours. This authorizes taxicabs to add a flat fee of $15 to the metered charge. This is done to induce taxis to stay in service and be available to the public.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 8:30 p.m.

Please take caution and be careful on the roads if you have to drive during this snowstorm. Virginia State Police say they have fielded 901 calls for service between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday throughout the state. Troopers have responded to 380 traffic crashes and 191 disabled vehicles during this four-hour time period.

At 8:30 p.m., police say they have responded to another 120 traffic crashes. For the latest road conditions in Virginia, you can visit www.511virginia.org.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 7:45 p.m.

Due to the storm, Metro is making the following service changes for Tuesday:

- All late-night Metrobus service has been canceled Monday night and buses will operate on a severe snow service plan Tuesday morning
- Metrorail service will operate on a Saturday schedule for Tuesday
- MetroAccess service has been suspended until further notice

Click here for more details.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 7:20 p.m.

Snow plows are already out treating the roads in Virginia as FOX 5's Tom Fitzgerald shows us in his video on his trip back to our newsroom in D.C. A state of emergency has already been declared for the Virginia.

Also, add Loudoun County and Fairfax County Public Schools to the closings list. UPDATED LIST HERE: http://bit.ly/1s0FY9O

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 6:11 p.m.

Plenty of school snow closings in Virginia coming into the newsroom! Fauquier, Fredericksburg City, Spotsylvania County, Falls Church City, Manassas Park City, Manassas City, and Stafford County Public Schools have announced they are closed Tuesday due to the inclement weather. Check out our full list of closings and delays here!

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 4:59 p.m.

Prince William County Schools will be closed Tuesday. Click here for the latest closings and delays.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 4:30 p.m.

D.C. snow crews to work 12 hour shifts, utilizing 285 vehicles. No decision on schools or government offices yet, reports FOX 5's Matt Ackland. Two conference calls will be held tonight to discuss.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 4:05 p.m.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 3:44 p.m.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a snow emergency, effective 7 a.m. Tuesday, allowing for crews to clear snow emergency routes curb to curb. Vehicles parked on those routes during the snow emergency will be ticketed and towed.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 3:06 p.m.

MetroAccess paratransit service for riders with disabilities will be suspended as of 6 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday, according to a news release from Metro.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 2:47 p.m.

The first flakes are falling in Leesburg, where FOX 5's Tom Fitzgerald is gathering details for our 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. Share your pictures on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #fox5snowday.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 2:15 p.m.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 2 p.m.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announces a state of emergency for the Commonwealth at 3 p.m.

UPDATE 2/16/15 - 1 p.m.

The National Zoo says it is closing ahead of expected snow. The National Zoo said on its website and on Twitter that it will close at 3 p.m. Monday. The zoo says it will remain closed until it is safe for visitors.


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