The winter storm that placed our area under a Storm Watch for Sunday and Monday missed the Oil Region to the south, and began the week bearing down on Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Weather experts were quick to point out that the two-to-three inches of snow that fell in the Oil Region early Sunday were not part of the storm that everybody had been fearing.
Fayette and Greene Counties in extreme southwestern Pennsylvania did pick up five or six inches of snow, and some of their communities saw brief freezing rain. Northern West Virginia was spending Monday morning digging out from under six inches of new snow. Schools, including West Virginia University in Morgantown, cancelled Monday classes.
To the east, federal government offices in Washington, D.C. closed Monday, as did the government offices for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware. Washington was expecting as much as ten inches of snow, and 6-to-8 inches of accumulation was projected for many northeastern cities, including Philadelphia. New York City was preparing for 3-to-6 inches.
By mid-morning Monday, nearly 4,000 airline flights to and from the northeast had been cancelled for Sunday and Monday.