The heavy snowfall forced Mount Vernon to scale back its weekend celebration of George Washington's birthday. Dance demonstrations and a culinary competition featuring hoecakes — a cornmeal-based pancake — were canceled because the outdoor venue is covered with snow, spokeswoman Melissa Wood said.
"We thought people aren't going to want to watch people cook while they're standing in 10 inches of snow," Wood said.
She said free attendance on Presidents Day often brings more than 10,000 people to the estate. Fewer are expected this year, partly because some area schools are holding classes Monday to make up for excess snow days, Wood said.
The Girl Scouts said the storm will delay for up to a week the delivery of 577,000 boxes of cookies in the Washington area. The postponements include 135,000 boxes that were scheduled to be delivered to scouts at RFK Stadium on Friday.
The Maryland State Highway Administration said all interstate highways were clear and crews were cleaning up secondary roads ahead of another storm forecast for early Saturday. That storm was expected to bring up to 2 inches of snow to Washington and Baltimore, and up to 4 inches to northern and western Maryland.
The federal government and District of Columbia government opened late Friday. Delaware also opened some state offices late, and in Maryland a liberal leave policy was in effect for state workers. Most schools were closed for a second day.
Friday's sunny weather gave restaurants the weather break they needed to honor Valentine's Day reservations. In Frederick, Md., the chic Volt restaurant saw no appreciable drop in Valentine's Day bookings, said T.J. Whitman, the restaurant's wine director.
"I think we've lost all of, like, eight total guests," he said Thursday night. "That's just normal stuff. I don't lose sleep over that."
Associated Press writers Sarah Brumfield in Washington; Ben Nuckols and Brett Zongker in Washington; Matthew Barakat in McLean, Va.; and Alex Sanz in Sterling, Va., contributed to this report.