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Saturday, January 23, 2016

What We Know: Key Takeaways From Massive Winter Storm

High winds are making it hard to get accurate measurements of snowfall except in official locations, meteorologists said.

LISTEN: Why Is This Storm So Strong? The Capital Weather Gang Explains.

Why is Winter Storm Jonas so powerful? How much moisture is actually involved? Capital Weather Gang meteorologist Angela Fritz explains how this powerful low-pressure system turned into a blizzard.

Blizzard Update: Big Numbers, Big Dangers

Wind speeds picked up Saturday afternoon as precipitation intensified. The storm is already one of the 10 worst in history, meteorologists say.

Friday, January 22, 2016

'Death Waits For Nobody.' Funeral Homes Open For Business During Blizzard

Meteorologists have been saying for days that this weekend's storm may be an historic blizzard. But some local funeral homes are ready for whatever comes.

LISTEN: Apologies And Preparations In D.C. As Storm Heads In

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about D.C.'s reaction to a storm on Jan. 20, and how it set the table for the city's response to the weekend's incoming blizzard.

Bowser Warns D.C. About 'Life Or Death' Stakes With This Storm

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is warning residents that the blizzard bearing down on the region could have "life and death implications," and is urging residents to be off the streets by 3 p.m. and ready to hunker down for up to 72 hours.

With Blizzard Upon Us, Few Options Left To Get In, Out Or Around D.C.

Thousands of flights have been canceled, roads will be a mess and Metro will close from Friday through Monday, making doing anything other than sheltering at home a less-than-ideal option.

Washington Region Braces For Blizzard With 'Top 10' Potential

The blizzard bearing down on D.C. and much of the East Coast on Friday may be among the worst to ever hit the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Concerns For D.C. Area Homeless Population As Winter Storm Bears Down

Volunteers are criss-crossing the region in an effort to get the homeless population — many of whom do not know there is a serious storm bearing down — into shelter before things get potentially dangerous.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

With Blizzard Bearing Down On Region, Metro Suspends All Weekend Service

No Metro trains or buses will run from Friday night to Monday morning, further immobilizing the region as it deals with a blizzard expected to bring two feet of snow.

What We Know About This 'Potentially Crippling' East Coast Storm

Should we worry? When will it hit? Is Washington ready?

Bed Tax Or Provider Assessment? Different Sides Use Different Language In Virginia

A plan to help fund care for people without health insurance in Virginia by charging fees on hospitals has gained an important new ally.

Overriding Hogan's Vetoes An Early Focus For Maryland General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly voted Wednesday to override three of the vetoes handed down by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, including provisions on voting rights for felons and decriminalizing marijuana paraphernalia.

School Closures Jan. 21

A light snow on Wednesday night resulted in slick road conditions for the evening commute and more than a few weather closings and delays, as our partners at The Washington Post have been updating.