Few 'Sloppy Inches' in D.C.

After slamming the Midwest with about 10 inches of snow Tuesday night; forcing schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois to close; derailing more than 1,100 flights out of Chicago; and causing at least one fatal interstate accident, the March storm made its way to Washington, D.C. Federal-government offices closed Wednesday, and District residents prepared for power outages, major traffic jams, and other such inconveniences. But in the end, the snowfall amounted to nothing more than “a few sloppy inches” in the District and northern Virginia. Still, hundreds of flights out of Washington’s Dulles and Reagan National airports were canceled.