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.
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3 Anne Arundel teens injured while trying to get to school
WASHINGTON - Two Anne Arundel County high school students were seriously injured in car wreck while driving to school Tuesday morning.
The students were in a Ford Explorer as they traveled to Northeast High School when their SUV ran into a tree on Edwin Raynor Boulevard in Pasadena after 7 a.m., according to Anne Arundel County police.
Both 17-year olds were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma. The boy has non-life-threatening injuries. But the girl is listed in critical condition, police say.
Just before 7:30 a.m., a 10th-grade girl slipped and fell while trying to cross Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. A car traveling on the same street attempted to stop but was unable to stop because of the sloppy road conditions. The vehicles front right side hit the student.
The 15-year-old girl was alert and conscious and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, police say.
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Pepco: 6,400 customers out in downtown D.C., mostly in Dupont and Logan Circles
A spokesman for Pepco says they still don't know if those
outages are weather related, and hope to have power fully restored by 7 p.m.
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“The decision to open, close, or delay the opening of schools is
complex and one which I do not take lightly. This morning, after
receiving data and recommendations from staff, I made the decision based
on the information that I had available at the time. I am sorry that
the day ultimately played out the way it did, and I fully understand the
frustration of our parents, students, and employees.
Had I known what I know now, there is no question that I would have
made a different decision. The obligation and responsibility we have to
take prudent measures to help ensure the safety of our students and
staff are paramount, and they play a huge role in everything we do.
W have had many discussions today and will continue to have
discussions about ways to improve the process of weather-related
decisions. No process we can construct will be perfect, but I pledge to
our parents, students, and employees that we will take whatever steps we
can to make sure that process is as close to perfect as possible.”
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Instead of the predicted 1 to 2 inches of snow, closer to 4 to 6 inches fell throughout th region. And initial decisions to keep schools open contributed to heavy traffic volumes on the roads during the
heaviest snowfall. Hundreds of accidents – including some involving students – further complicated efforts to clear roads.
Arlington and the Maryland State Highway Administration issued
explanations regarding their efforts to clear roads, saying that the
traffic volume and crashes on the roads made it difficult to plow the
“It was the worst possible time for snow, whether it was a quarter of an inch or four inches.” Dan Hofmann with the National Weather Service says that timing is everything when it comes to how Washington reacts to snow.
“We knew there was going to be widespread snowfall and we knew the potential was there for some areas to pick up 3 to 5 inches. That is what happened right across the Washington D.C. metro area. If it had happened overnight… the impact presumably would have been a lot less.”
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As snow moves out, ‘dangerously cold air’ on the way
Frigid air is blowing across the United States, dropping temperatures in many areas into the single digits and leading weather monitors to issue wind chill advisories and politicians to plead with residents to check on their neighbors.
A National Weather Service wind chill advisory for much of the Northeast for Wednesday into Thursday warns of “dangerously cold air” with strong winds that could result in frostbite if people don’t put on their scarves, hats and gloves.
On WTOP.com, get a look at how the winter weather plaguing almost two-thirds of the country is playing out and what’s to come.
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Metrobus has weather delays for Wednesday
There could be problems getting around on mass transit Wednesday.
Metro made changes to bus service because of refreezing and slippery road conditions.
Buses will operate on a moderate snow plan Wednesday, which
keeps buses away from hilly terrain, narrow streets and other problem areas.
Get more information on Metro's site.
Metrobus service resuming normal routing on all routes
As of 6 a.m., Metro is in the process of restoring regular weekday bus service on all routes for the Wednesday morning commute.
Earlier, the buses were on a moderate snow plan, meaning limited service.
Buses will begin moving out to their starting locations shortly.
It will take about one hour -- until approximately 7 a.m. -- before normal weekday service is restored. Customers should allow additional time as buses resume normal operations.
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