The snow is falling heavily northwest of D.C. in the hills of western Maryland. But strong winds are causing drifting and reducing visibility. Here in Boonsboro, which is located between Hagerstown and Frederick in Washington County, large fluffy snowflakes are accumulating on the ground rapidly, turning the hills' surrounding Interstate 70 something resembling a Currier and Ives drawing.
State and county plows and salt trucks are trying to keep streets and highways passable, but with the snow expected to fall for many hours more, it's going to be a while before they'll get the upper hand.
Traffic is flowing on Interstate 70 but the snowfall combined with winds blowing from the north are making the going rough. Visibility is severely reduced and in most cases, the snow is covering the streets and highways.
Most of the people I've seen out and about are either at gas stations filling up, at groceries stores stocking up or at hardware and home improvement centers grabbing snow shovels, ice scrapers and snow salt or melt to help them keep their vehicles, driveways and sidewalks clear.
Jim Asendio reports...