Olivia Harvey
March 21, 2018 8:50 am
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Public school students in Washington D.C. got the day off today, March 21st, as Winter Storm Toby arrived in the region early this morning. What began as a wintery mix has now turned into actual snow that will continue to fall throughout the afternoon.

According to The Washington Post, D.C. could see anywhere from two to eight inches of snow by the end of the storm, which is expected to taper off by 8 p.m. tonight.

As of 9:40 a.m., the Post reported that snow was falling about a half-inch to an inch an hour. Dale City, located just south of D.C., picked up two inches before 10 a.m. Laurel, Maryland only had an inch, at reporting time, but Staunton, Virginia was already up to a solid six inches of snow.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and for coastal areas up through Boston. The snow is expected to drop heavy at some points near the D.C. region, but New York City is expected to see the brunt of the accumulation. New Yorkers could get 12 to 18 inches of snow by tonight.

Those regions within the winter storm warning may also experience power outages at some point during Toby’s touchdown. 40 mph winds can be expected from the New York City Tri-State area southward to the Mid-Atlantic states into Wednesday night.

The storm is moving up the East Coast and will descend on Massachusetts by late afternoon today and linger through the night. Toby is the fourth nor’easter the East Coast has seen in the month of March alone.

If you must travel today in the D.C. area, drive slowly and, as a pedestrian, be alert of your surroundings. Roads are slick and, due to the snowfall, visibility is limited. Be alert, and stay inside if you can..