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With snow on the ground and a wind advisory in effect until noon from the National Weather Service, many schools are closed Friday morning and some roads are slick.

The National Weather Service reported Winter Storm Hercules dropped two inches or more of snow in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding suburbs.

A forecast from the National Weather Service also says that bitterly cold conditions are expected Monday and into Tuesday, which could bring record lows and potentially dangerous wind chills.

Montgomery County Police Cpt. Jim Daly reported just two accidents this morning, one in Bethesda at the intersection of Elmhirst Parkway and Cedar Lane and another in Rockville on Research Boulevard and West Montgomery Avenue, due to the icy roads.

“With the wind blowing the snow back onto the road, it is freezing right away. Roads are not good,” he said.

Prince George’s Police Department reported no major incidents as a result of the weather conditions Friday morning.

“There have been a few minor fender benders, but nothing significant in the past 12 hours,” said Lt. William Alexander, a PGPD spokesman.

Prince George’s public schools are closed, with only emergency personnel reporting. In Montgomery and Fairfax counties, schools and activities are cancelled but offices are open with unscheduled leave in Fairfax and open two hours late in Montgomery, according to their websites.

Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman Max Pugh said this is the second snow day cancellation of the 2013-14 school year.

Days missed due to inclement weather are added on at the end of the 2013-14 school year calendar, Pugh noted.

Montgomery, Prince George’s and Fairfax county governments are all open today with liberal leave, according to their websites.

Fairfax courts will open on time, while in Prince George’s, they should open at 10 a.m.

To assist with road clearing in Prince George’s County, the Department of Public Works and Transportation is requesting county residents park on the even-numbered sides of residential streets or in their driveways and to shovel driveways after plowing has occurred, according to the county website.

WMATA’s website reports that Metro trains are currently operating on time, while some busses may be facing detours or delays due to the snowy roads.

The bad weather hit utilities as well, with Pepco reporting 4,376 total outages, with 724 customers without power in Montgomery and 1,259 without power in Prince George’s; BGE is reporting 14 customers without power in Montgomery and 54 in Prince George’s; and Dominion reporting 1,736 customers out in Fairfax county and another 12 in Fairfax City.