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DC mayor: More snow, colder temperatures than forecast led to rough morning commute


WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says the morning commute was rougher than anticipated because the nation's capital got more snow and colder temperatures than expected.

Bowser said at a news conference late Tuesday morning that she expects the afternoon rush hour to go smoothly.

The new mayor says she's "not satisfied" with the traffic backups, but she says city officials made the best decisions they could, given the forecast.

Bill Howland, director of the city's Department of Public Works, says roads were pre-treated with a brine solution, but it didn't work as well as expected because of lower temperatures. He says the city got up to 4 inches of snow when forecasts called for about 1 inch.

Bowser says she stands by the decision to keep schools open.

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