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Forecast of heavy snow leads to closure of federal offices in Washington D.C.

A winter storm was expected to roll through the District of Columbia, northern Virginia, and central Maryland on Sunday night, bringing anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snow to the region by the afternoon. Due to the weather advisory, federal offices in the area were closed

A winter storm warning was issued for the region by the National Weather Service from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time on Monday.

Wind gusts were expected to reach 35 miles per hour where the forecast was anticipated, which, according to the weather service, would make travel difficult because of the dangerous conditions.

In some areas, the Weather Prediction Center predicted 2 inches of snow per hour could fall, and even thunder snow was possible. Snow started falling on Sunday night in some parts of Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

A winter storm warning was also issued in regions of northern Alabama and southern Tennessee, as well as portions of Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Due to the storms, Hazel Green, Alabama saw severe damage to businesses including a Walmart building. Power outages due to downed poles also swept the area. 

In D.C., the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that all federal offices in the area would be closed on Monday due to the warnings by the National Weather Service, which predicted impacts from the winter storm would be felt across the South, Appalachian states, and into the mid-Atlantic. Emergency employees as well as telework employees could continue their jobs, the OPM said. 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: OANOW.COM

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