This article was updated at 11:30 a.m. March 3, 2014.
With up to 10 inches of snow expected in some areas and a winter storm warning in effect until 6 p.m., schools in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Fairfax county schools and governments are closed.
In Montgomery County, all school buildings and administrative offices are closed according to their website. This means all events scheduled to take place in school buildings are also canceled,
In Prince George’s County, the website reports the system is closed for students and all personnel.
In Fairfax County, all schools and administrative offices are closed, according to the website, as are all events, including School Age Child Care centers.
Many local colleges and universities are also closed today, including University of Maryland including the Universities at Shady Grove, Bowie State University, Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College.
Maryland state government is closed.
MetroRail is open and on time, but MetroRail and MetroAccess service are suspended today.
Montgomery County government and the Ride On bus service are canceled for this morning. Ride On service will return when it is safe to do so, according to the website. Essential government employees must report.
Prince George’s County government is closed, with courts to be announced. People scheduled for jury duty are instructed to call the call-in number on their summons.
Fairfax County government and courts are closed today. Fairfax Connector and VRE are also not in operation. The Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday will begin late, at 1 pm, with morning presentations rescheduled for a future date.
The Rockville and Gaithersburg Mayor and Council meetings scheduled for Monday have been canceled.
The National Weather Service forecasts that 6 to 10 inches of precipitation are expected, and the heavy snow may cause power outages.
Dominion Virginia Power was reporting fewer than 600 customers without power in Northern Virginia as of 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Those who have to drive should use caution and put food, water and a flashlight in the car in case of an emergency.
Prince George’s County officials are encouraging residents to stay off the roads until they are cleared, which may take time as snow falls until about 3:30 p.m. today.
The county has 225 trucks treating the roads with salt and plowing accumulated snow at major roadways, said Carol Terry, a spokeswoman for Prince George’s County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation. The trucks won’t be moving into residential areas until the major roads are done, and that will take time as snow continues to pile up, Terry said.
“Once it stops ... It really helps because you can go through and you don’t have to keep going back,” Terry said.
Roads throughout the county have been slick even with treatment and plowing as law enforcement have reported minor accidents due to the winter weather.
County police spokesman Harry Bond said that no major accidents or major injuries have been reported to the police.
The county Fire/EMS Department also has not reported major accidents or injuries due to the weather.
“We encourage everyone to stay off the roads,” Bond said. “If you must drive, do it slowly and cautiously.”
County police have not reported any downed power lines and outage maps from Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric show no significant power outages in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
Fairfax County Police are advising residents that they will not be responding to minor traffic accidents during the snow. They will respond to hit-and-run collisions, accidents involving injuries, and incidents in which one or more car is not driveable. Other drivers should exchange information and contact their insurance companies.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is reporting snow and icy patches on many major roadways in Fairfax County. Drivers can check the plow tracker at vdotplows.org and a list of current road conditions at 511virginia.org.