Monday, December 21, 2009

Washington area digs out from record-setting snowfall

The Washington area struggled to return to normal Monday after a snow-drenched weekend, with most students and many workers enjoying an unexpected day off, and panicked holiday travelers struggling to rebook canceled flights at area airports. Rush hour was expected to be considerably lighter than usual, because many schools were closed and the federal government closed its agencies in the region. The Metrorail system was open and most buses were running. Highway and road conditions ranged from mostly clear to very slick. D.C. government offices were operating on a regular schedule, officials said, as were several county governments, with liberal leave policies in effect. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said three of the four runways were open at Washington Dulles International Airport, and the main runway at Reagan National Airport is open as well. Still, Mark Treadaway, an airports authority spokesman, predicts it will take "several days before the volume is worked through the system." Read Entire Article