Snowstorm damages Ocean City, Md., pier

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: February 14, 2014
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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Flights at Mid-Atlantic airports were delayed Friday and damage was revealed at a landmark Ocean City fishing pier as the effects of this week's record-breaking winter storm lingered into the Presidents Day weekend.

The storm brought Washington Dulles International Airport its ninth biggest one-day snowfall on record, the National Weather Service said: 11.7 inches. That surpassed the record 3 inches the airport near Sterling, Va., received on the same date in 1992, meteorologist Heather Sheffield said.

She said the storm dropped a total of 13.3 inches of snow at Dulles from Wednesday through Thursday.

Trained spotters reported unofficial storm totals of 2 feet or more in north-central Maryland, including a 26-inch reading near the Baltimore County community of Glyndon, the weather service said.

"Just looking at the overall pattern of the snowfall, I don't have a reason to question the numbers," said Calvin Meadows, observing program leader in the agency's Sterling office.

Washington and Baltimore airports reported flight delays, even with all runways open after Thursday's massive cancellations. At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, more than 40 percent of outgoing flights on the departures monitor were delayed or canceled at 1:30 p.m., and nearly four out of five arriving flights were delayed or canceled.

The terminal was busy, but far from mobbed, as weary passengers killed time at restaurants and scrambled to adjust their Valentine's and Presidents Day weekend plans.

Tim McKelvey, a water-treatment plant worker from Lenoir City, Tenn., said he and co-worker Don Simpson had been trying since Wednesday to get home from a Washington conference.

"Our wives are going to kill us," McKelvey said. He said he had planned a special Valentine's Day for his spouse, including dinner and chocolate-covered strawberries.

"My brother better be picking them up because I won't be there in time," he said.

In Ocean City, the storm damaged a 489-foot fishing pier rebuilt last year after Hurricane Sandy destroyed it in 2012. Bayshore Marine Construction told WBOC-TV that Thursday's strong waves and wind had snapped seven pylons at the end of the pier.

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.