Blizzard shuts down Washington — Action News Now

Up to 10 inches of snow is expected to force the president to drive to work when government offices are closed

On Monday, a huge snowstorm hit Washington, D.C., grounded planes flying from the Capital Region to New York City and forced President Joe Biden to drive instead of flying back to the White House after spending a weekend at his home in Delaware. .

The area is forecast to receive up to 10 inches of snow, and the storm has forced the delay and cancellation of more than half of flights at Ronald Reagan National Airport, Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Biden’s helicopter was one of the grounded aircraft, forcing him to be driven back to Washington from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The White House press conference that day was canceled, but according to reports, although the U.S. Office of Human Resources Management announced that the federal office in the area will be closed that day, other activities are still going on.

Further along the coast, a quarter of flights have been delayed or cancelled at the three major airports in New York City. The National Weather Service predicts wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour and warns that traffic during peak hours may be disrupted due to dangerous conditions.

The storm has cut out 500,000 people in the southeastern United States from northern Alabama and southern Tennessee to Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. The winter storm warning is valid until 4 pm local time, but the meteorological department warns that melting snow may re-freeze at night, resulting in more dangerous driving conditions. Since the beginning of the storm, dozens of crashes have been reported.

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