Days ahead of 'historic' snowstorm, DC grinds to a halt after an inch of snow

Inch of Snow Causes DC Gridlock
Inch of Snow Causes DC Gridlock

In a harbinger of bad things to come, Washington, D.C., traffic became gridlocked on Wednesday evening as a small system passed by, dropping around an inch of snow as the city prepared for what could be a historic snowstorm later this week.

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The snow on Wednesday evening, which prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for the Washington metro area, is a separate and far weaker storm system from what is forecast to hit the region beginning on Friday. That second, more potent storm, could dump 1 to 2 feet of snow in Washington.

It's quite possible that with media attention focused on the second more crippling storm, many people missed the advisory issued for Wednesday evening, and encountered "unexpected" snow during their evening commute. The snow fell on untreated roads causing slick, icy conditions across the area's highways and interstates that prompted accidents and delays on area roads.

Late rush hour traffic came to a standstill in many spots across the area.

Not even the president was immune, as his motorcade from Andrews Air Force Base to the White House was slowed by the conditions.

The area will get a break and a day to prepare on Thursday but will then get walloped by Friday's impending storm.

See more of the snowstorm in Washington:

Additional reporting by Andrew Freedman.

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