2020 | Weather

UPDATED: About 40 weather-related crashes reported during eight-hour period of snowstorm

Bethesda area got up to 2 inches of snow; parts of county got 4 inches

Snow in Gaithersburg on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by Caitlynn Peetz

About 40 vehicle crashes were reported in an eight-hour period of a snowstorm on Wednesday that dumped between 1 and 4 inches on Montgomery County.

Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said in an interview on Thursday that about 200 calls for service were reported between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Of those, there were about 40 vehicle crashes reported and two pedestrians that were struck. There were no fatalities, and none of the crashes were serious or life-threatening, he said.

Since 6 p.m. Wednesday, Piringer said there have only been two dozen weather-related calls for service.

ā€œIā€™d say the majority of [the crashes] were single-vehicle spinouts. People going into ditches and hitting trees and crashing through fences and things like that. The road conditions for a while were pretty hazardous and slippery,ā€ he said.

Piringer said most of the crashes happened in northern parts of the county, because it received more snow than down-county areas.

Piringer advised motorists to be cautious on Thursday due to the possibility of slick roads in the county because road surfaces remain cold.

National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Souza told Bethesda Beat Thursday that the final act of the storm was a mixture of sleet and freezing rain that fell overnight.

Souza said that the highest snowfall total recorded in the county was in Clarksburg, which got 4.5 inches. Bethesda, Chevy Chase and other areas closer to the D.C. line got between 1 and 2 inches of snow, he said.

Montgomery County government departments and offices are open, and nonessential employees have the option of taking leave, according to a notice issued Thursday morning.

Montgomery County Public Schools, which is conducting classes virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is operating on a normal schedule, the school system announced Thursday.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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