Virginia digs out from early-winter storm

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It barely grazed Northern Virginia but a fierce snowstorm dumped several inches of snow on much of the rest of the state Sunday, snarling traffic, closing schools and leaving a few hundred homes without power.

In Prince William County, schools are closed today and county employees have a liberal leave policy in effect. But that was as far north as the storm got. As though someone had drawn a line, the snow stopped roughly at Dale City, with only the occasional speck falling in Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington.

The storm was a nightmare for travelers. Always-busy I-81 was at a standstill for hours. Trucks jack-knifed, blocking travel lanes. Virginia State Police answered over 1,000 calls for service and two troopers’ cars were struck by errant motorists. No one was injured in those mishaps.

Dominion Power said about 33,000 customers were without service this morning. It promised an update this afternoon.

But while the weekend storm missed us by a matter of a few miles, we may not be so lucky later this week. The latest forecast calls for sleet and freezing rain by Thursday with the possibility of rain, wintry mix and maybe even snow by the weekend.

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