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Unexpected Spring Snow Delights Some, Soaks Most In D.C. Region

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Taking advantage of the Spring Break snow, the Kale family from Vienna, Va., work together to build "Bob" the snowman.
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Taking advantage of the Spring Break snow, the Kale family from Vienna, Va., work together to build "Bob" the snowman.

Peak cherry blossoms may just be weeks away, but that hasn't stopped an early spring storm from dumping some snow on the greater D.C. area, which could make for a headache of a commute on Monday.

Rain turned to a mix and then snow overnight, with accumulations of as much as an inch on grassy areas, which could increase to as much as 3 inches by this evening. Accumulation on roads is less significant as temperatures hover just above freezing, but many roads are still untreated, so slush could impact those commuting on Monday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through 6 p.m. tonight for the District, Montgomery, Howard, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties and much of the area to the south and west.Snow is expected to taper off shortly after 8 a.m., followed by rain and sleet.

Several schools in the area are closed. In Virginia, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Fredericksburg schools are closed, while Fairfax County is under a 2-hour delay.

In Maryland, Howard, Frederick, Washington, Calvert, and Baltimore County schools are closed, while Prince George's and Charles counties experienced 2-hour delays.

Make sure to check out the full list at NBCWashington.com.

Heavy snow is also weighing heavily on power lines. As of 9:40 a.m., Dominion Power reports 3,296 outages in Northern Virginia and Pepco has 1,309 affected customers in D.C. and Maryland.

The Maryland Highway Administration says crews are prepared for the storm and the agency is asking motorists to remain alert for changing travel conditions. Drivers are asked to give themselves extra travel time and plenty of distance between vehicles.

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