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Winter Arrives, Finally

A blizzard dumped more than a foot of snow throughout much the Washington, D.C. area, beginning on Saturday and lasting until late Sunday morning.

Public schools in Montgomery County, as well as many private schools, were closed on Monday. Non-emergency federal workers in the Washington area were under liberal leave policy.

At noontime on Monday, not a soul was to be seen at Hadley’s Park on Falls Road — only a snowman stood beside the parking lot.

Down the road at the Potomac Community Center, however, the scene was hopping with students enjoying the day off. In the early afternoon, more than 40 children roamed the community center, some playing basketball in the main gym, others played fusbol or pool in the main recreation room.

MONDAY WAS anything but a day off for many area parents with children enjoying a three-day weekend.

For Pam Holland of Chevy Chase, the day brought a change in plans, but not a radical one. Along with fellow Green Acres School parents, she prepared a luncheon for the middle-school students, who were scheduled for early release even before the snowstorm came on the scene. “Parents had decided to hang out [at the Community Center],” she said. After the snow fell, elementary school students were also invited. “They decided to add the little ones.”