DC area recovering from first lashing of winter

More than 12 hours after the snow started falling Thursday, the congestion and crashes continued in the DC area.

"I'm just glad to be on this side of the ground," said plow driver Marshall Roberson.

Added fellow plow driver Frank Primrose, who was parked nearby in a Wheaton parking lot, "stay home if you can."

Maryland state police reported responding to more than 300 crashes between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday. Drivers said the roads felt especially treacherous given how frequently conditions changed throughout the day and because the weather was somewhat unexpected in mid-November.

"The weather is odd for this [time of] year," said Rosalinda Mejia-Parada, who left the house to pick up Chinese food for her family.

While the threat of snow appears to have passed, conditions may remain hazardous into Friday morning, as black ice could mean slick roads for commuters.