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D.C. Region On Watch For Round Two Of Winter Storms

The first round of snow is mostly ice and slush at Georgetown University on Monday, but a second round may actually bring accumulation.
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The first round of snow is mostly ice and slush at Georgetown University on Monday, but a second round may actually bring accumulation.

More winter weather is on the way for most of the D.C. region, as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch effective from Monday night through Tuesday night.

Forecasts are calling for as much as five inches or more of snow for portions of the region, beginning in the early morning Tuesday and accumulating through Tuesday afternoon.

Precipitation will begin as sleet, eventually turning over to heavy snow in quantities that could affect the morning commute.

Residents in the region are still in the process of digging out of the ice that set in after Sunday's snow turned to freezing rain in the evening. The slippery conditions prompted the closing of public schools throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland and delayed the opening of both the federal government and D.C. public schools.

Thousands of flights were cancelled, including more than 1,500 on Monday. Flights out of Reagan National Airport are still experiencing residual delays of more than 34 minutes on average, according to FlightAware.com.

The accumulation of ice in trees and on powerlines also played havoc with power across the region. As of Monday afternoon, there are still tens of thousands in the D.C. region without power, including more than 58,000 Dominion customers, 8,600 Pepco customers and nearly 4,000 BGE customers.

Those driving in the area should exercise caution this week. And as WAMU reporter Matt Bush tweeted earlier today, it's worth taking a few minutes to ensure the safety of others on the road.

The District will be deploying more than 200 plows to clear the roads during the storm Tuesday.

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