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Snow winds down; driving conditions still hazardous

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Storm causes mostly minor crashes in Md., Va.

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Light traffic volume kept drivers off the roads, and authorities reported mostly minor crashes on the highways during the height of the winter storm.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said that Virginia State Police responded to 65 traffic crashes in northern Virginia — most of them minor — through 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The number was far fewer than the 151 crashes reported in the Richmond area during that same time frame.

Geller says crash numbers always drop in northern Virginia on days that the federal government and local governments close their offices, as occurred Monday.

On the other side of the Potomac, the Maryland State Highway Administration said most people are staying off the roads, and only minor accidents have been reported.

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Virginia State Police respond to 300+ crashes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities are reporting mostly minor traffic crashes on Virginia roadways during the height of the winter storm.

Virginia State Police troopers responded to more than 300 traffic crashes across Virginia between midnight and 10:30 a.m. Monday. The majority of crashes involve damage to vehicles and no injuries.

Officials say troopers also have responded to more than 155 disabled vehicles and state police dispatch centers have fielded nearly 1,000 calls for service.

Virginia residents from the mountains to the coast braced for a wintry mix of snow and sleet that prompted school closings, flight cancellations and government agency closures Monday.

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Snowy crash downs power line, closes Md. highway

JOHNSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a section of state Route 75 is closed in eastern Frederick County near Johnsville due to a power line brought down by vehicle that slid on the snow-covered road into a utility pole.

Police say they closed the approximately half-mile stretch between Keymar Road and Renner Road around 9 a.m. Monday.

Potomac Edison says it's replacing two utility poles. Spokesman David Klein says he expects repairs to be done by mid-afternoon.

Kline says the accident caused power outages in the area. The outages peaked at about 230 early Monday morning but were down to about 40 by 1:30 p.m.

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Morning Update -- 11:40am:

The snow is falling once again pretty heavily, reducing visibility.

The wind has also picked up throughout the morning hours - gusts over 30 miles per hour at some point.

Then that makes the snow feel like little pellets hitting your skin.

Not many cars and very few people on the roadways

The snow is just furiously sticking to the ice underneath it making for slick conditions.

Things will be winding down by early afternoon, working from northwest to southeast.

Morning Update -- 8:40am:

Heavier snow set up just to the south and east of Washington, D.C. -- that's where we thought it probably would go.

The storm will continue for the next several hours and stay with us until early afternoon.

If you can kind of wait it out, that would be better than to try to get on the roads right now.

Temperatures are going to continue to fall. It was 35 degrees at 3:00am - 25 degrees now.

Late tonight, we'll be near 10 degrees in Washington, D.C. with a wind chill that had probably be - 5 or – 10. Actual air temperatures in Dulles may be close to 0.

The whole system wraps up between 4 and 8 or 9 inches - if you're in Washington, D.C. north and west lesser amounts.

That jackpot will be just south and south and west where we could see a few spots approach a foot.

Morning Update -- 5:00am:

Snow is flying across the area and enough sleet has fallen that it's caused a layer of ice on many of the roadways.

The rain-snow line continues to fade off to the south and east and Washington, D.C. Will be dealing with periods of heavy snow around here for the morning hours.

We're potentially looking at some pretty substantial accumulations, perhaps 5 to 10 inches as we get into the next several hours.

Things will wind up mid-afternoon but until then we're going to be dealing with periods of heavy snow for much of the area.

If you're off to the south and east where it's raining, it will transition to sleet for you and then all snow here probably by day break around 7:00 a.m.

All of us will be looking at snow by 7:00 a.m. - the intensity, the speed at which the snow is flying will pick up as well.

Cold arctic air will continue to settle into the area.

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