Harry Reid took his own advice and left Washington early to escape the snow. The Senate majority leader was scheduled to speak Friday morning at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) winter meeting, but a spokesman said he took an earlier flight home to avoid the incoming winter storm.

On Thursday, Reid (D-Nev.) let senators go home early to escape the expected heavy snowfall. The Senate held its last vote of the week at 3:30 p.m. to give lawmakers enough time to catch flights before the snow started.

The White House also canceled its Friday press briefing due to the inclement weather.

White House Deputy press secretary Bill Burton tweeted that Robert Gibbs would not brief reporters, referencing the popular tag being used on Twitter to characterize the impending storm "snowpocalypse."

Some three to five inches of snow is predicted to fall on Washington on Friday, with 10 to 16 inches possibly accumulating overnight, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a winter storm warning for the region. Snow will continue to fall on Saturday.

On Thursday, DNC officials said the snow wouldn't disrupt their annual winter meeting being held at the Capital Hilton. "We're closely monitoring the weather situation, but we're continuing as planned," a DNC spokesman said.

DNC officials said Friday that any members who were forced to stay past Saturday would be given the same group rate on their rooms at the Hilton.

Michael O'Brien and Alexander Bolton contributed reporting.