This article was updated at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2013.
After the region braced for a second round of wintery weather in a week Tuesday, officials at the National Weather Service said snowfall accumulation totals came in lower than expected.
An earlier winter storm warning issued by the weather service was in effect for Montgomery, Prince George’s and Fairfax counties until 2 p.m. Tuesday. Accumulation was thought to reach anywhere from 4-6 inches, however totals in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties varied from 1-3 inches, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hofmann.
Hofmann said the highest totals in that range were reported in the northwestern part of Montgomery County.
The forecast Wednesday should bring sunshine to the region, but temperatures will struggle to make it above the freezing mark, he said.
Residents can report streets that need plowing and check snow plow progress at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcg/emergency/snow.html. Schools were closed Tuesday, including administrative offices.
Montgomery County Police Cpt. Paul Starks said there were no major collisions reported on county roads Tuesday and that all roads remained open throughout the day. He said the closure of the federal government, schools and liberal leave policy of local governments most likely attributed to the small number of minor accidents.
Officials with Montgomery County Department of Transportation were unavailable to give comment on road conditions.
Residents in Fairfax County can keep up to date at the Fairfax County emergency information blog.
Carol Terry, Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation spokeswoman, said county roads were in good condition Tuesday even with the snow, thanks to a deployment of 205 trucks that have been plowing and salting roads since 5 a.m. The trucks will work two 12 hour shifts to keep roads clear.
“There are no reports of any problems on the roadway,” Terry said Tuesday.
In Prince George’s County, the only accidents attributed to the weather have been minor fender benders, said Cpl. Maria McKinney, Prince George’s County police spokeswoman. There have been no major accidents or road closures, she said.
The first round of the storm initially left thousands of people without power, but many were restored by this afternoon. According to their websites, as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pepco reported 23 customers out in Montgomery and less than five in Prince George’s; BGE reported no customers without power in Montgomery and fewer than five in Prince George’s; and in Virginia, Dominion reported 4,090 customers out in Fairfax County and another 300 in Fairfax City.