Winter storm in Virginia leaves over 250K without power
Winter storm Frida brought 6-11 inches of snow to Washington, D.C., area
Hundreds of thousands of people are without power on Tuesday morning after winter storms hit Virginia and the surrounding areas.
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As of 12:30 p.m. ET, more than 250,100 people in Virginia were without power, according to Poweroutage.us. Meanwhile, more than 22,600 North Carolinians and over 25,000 Marylanders were left in the dark. Over 21,700 people were without power in Tennessee.
Dominion Energy, the largest electric utility company in Virginia, said outages could last for "multiple days" in some of the hardest-hit areas of the state.
The company said on Twitter that 390,000 customers lost power during Monday's storm and that "Our crews have restored power to 250k+ in less than 24 hours. Today, we will be joined by crews from across the country to assist with restoration."
In Virginia, state police responded to more than 600 traffic accidents, including a crash involving six tractor-trailers.
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On Monday, 6-11 total inches of snow blanketed the area around Washington. Snow was falling at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour, making travel treacherous.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a snow emergency and advised residents to stay home.
By the time the storm wrapped up Monday afternoon, snow spotters for the National Weather Service reported accumulations of 11.5 inches in the D.C. suburb of Capitol Heights, Maryland, and 10 inches in Rose Hill, Virginia.
At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 6.7 inches of snow was reported. Farther south, in Chancellorsville, Virginia, 12.1 inches was reported.
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North Carolina faced a mix of rain and snow, and in Tennessee's Rutherford County, as much as 9 inches of snow had accumulated, the National Weather Service reported.
As much as 6 inches of snow accumulated in north Alabama, where authorities reported multiple roads were blocked because of icy spots and wrecks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.