Watch for slick spots Wednesday as wind and dangerous cold move into the region.
Wednesday will be sunny, windy and bitterly cold with highs in the 30s, but chills in the single digits and teens. Wind gusts could reach up to 40 mph.
The combination of frigid temperatures with Tuesday's snow, means refreezing on roadways, sidewalks and driveways will be a concern.
Thursday looks to be the coldest day of
the week, with highs only in the lower 20s under clear skies.
"I think the temperatures we saw in the 40s [Monday] morning will be the warmest that it will be for the next seven days," says ABC7 Meteorologist Alex Liggitt.
The colder weather is caused by a disturbance moving out of Canada called an Alberta Clipper, Liggitt says. The weather is not unprecedented for the first week of January, he adds.
"Winter is finally upon us," Liggitt says.
Tuesday morning's commute was one of the worst in recent memory -- and Wednesday doesn't look to be a piece of cake either.
Cold temperatures in the
forecast are refreezing wet, icy and snowy roadways, which could be trouble for drivers Wednesday morning.
Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Joan Morris’ advice?
“Go ahead and stay home [Wednesday] morning if you can,” she told WTOP Tuesday night. “… We’re not out of this yet.”
Morris says the cold temperatures Wednesday morning are going to create a lot of refreezing on roads that didn’t seem too bad Tuesday. And while the main roads are shaping up OK, icy side roads will remain a problem.
Not for lack of effort on VDOT’s part, Morris says. Crews were out Tuesday night treating overpasses and bridges, as well as sanding hills and subdivisions.
"We’ll stay with it until the roads are safe," Morris says.
In Maryland, road crews scouted out icy patches and worked to treat them overnight, says Charlie Gischlar of the Maryland State Highway Administration. Still, he advises drivers to slow down and be extra cautious Wednesday morning.
"If it looks wet, you want to slow down," he says.
Metrobus is operating on a normal schedule after it was on a moderate snow plan.
Get the full forecast on the WTOP Weather page.
Forecasts for Tuesday initially predicted 1 to 2 inches of snow, which was then expected to be 4 to 6 inches. But totals from the National Weather Service show that 2 to 4 inches dropped over the region.
So many things went wrong Tuesday -- but what lessons have we learned from the latest snowfall? What can the region do better next time? What's your neighborhood look like Wednesday morning?
Give us a call on the WTOP Talkback line 1-877-222-1035.
This week, the region is expected to see a return of bitterly cold weather and some possible snow. On Tuesday, morning snow appears likely with 1 to 2 inches possible, but ending around lunch time. Temperatures are forecast to barely reach freezing Wednesday, and getting no warmer than the mid-20s Thursday.
It is going to be cold, but ABC7 meteorologist Mike Stinneford says this is not from the polar vortex.
“No; just call it January!” Stinneford says.
Read more on WTOP.com.
Additionally, frigid cold temperatures and high winds are forecasted over the next three to
four days. Travelers should have a winter survival kit that includes a blanket, fully charged cell phone, jumper cables, shovel and ice scraper.
Should traffic signals not be functioning as a result of the storm, it is Maryland State law that drivers at all approaches to the intersection must stop as they would for a stop sign and then proceed when safe.
The Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation's first full deployment of this snow season will be Jan. 6. About 200 snow plows will be on commercial and residential routes by 5 a.m.
Today, trucks are pre-treating streets, bridges and other elevated structures with a brine/beet juice mixture to help prevent freezing.
“Snow is expected to begin falling about 6 a.m. and may continue until noon," DPW Director William O. Howland says in a news release. “We are asking property owners to treat their sidewalks before snow begins falling, which will make it easier to clear them after the storm passes.
"The temperatures will be below freezing Wednesday and Thursday, so clearing sidewalks will be more difficult then.”
Property owners can also apply non-clumping kitty litter, rock salt or deicer before tomorrow’s storm
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WASHINGTON – If practice makes perfect, then it follows that little practice makes, well, not-so-good.
The collective capability of this area’s drivers to cope with winter weather is much-maligned, to the point of the discussion becoming a favorite parlor game.
The season’s first blast of snow functions about like a pop quiz, exposing skills and preparation — or, perhaps, the lack of them.
“The first one out of the box every season is kind of ‘Katy, bar the door,'” says Lon Anderson, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
“Good drivers in ice and snow are practiced drivers in ice and snow,” he says.
Read more on WTOP.com.
Montgomery County reminds residents to shovel sidewalk: It’s the law
WASHINGTON -- As winter weather hits the region, Montgomery County leaders reminded residents Monday that clearing their sidewalks of snow is not only a safety measure – it can pack a powerful fine, too.
On Monday, County Executive Ike Leggett, along with Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Nancy Floreen and Sidney Katz, spoke about the responsibility of clearing sidewalks. The group announced a campaign and new website aimed at clarifying the county’s sidewalk laws.
“Clearing your walks is the law, but, even more, it is the right thing to do,” Leggett said in a news release.
Failure to clear your walk after snow carries a $50 fine.
Read more on WTOP.com.
CHICAGO (AP) — A winter weather system expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some places has begun its trek east, with a separate blast of arctic air right on its heels.
Read some things to know about this latest round of weather and its expected impact on WTOP.com.
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Pepco reports weather-related power outages
WASHINGTON -- The weather is causing some power outages in the D.C. area.
Pepco is reporting about 5,200 customers are without electricity in the Dupont Circle area.
About 600 customers in Montgomery County are without power in the Kensington area.
Some power lines are down there, Pepco expects to get power back up by 10 a.m.