School closings and delays for Thursday, Jan. 8:
Another arctic push plowed through the area Wednesday, opening the gates for the coldest weather of the early winter season. Temperatures this Thursday morning are in the lower teens and single digits and with a breeze, we are seeing subzero wind chills!
Temperatures will stay in the 20s -- despite sunshine -- with a bitter breeze. Friday promises to be a bit milder, thankfully, as temperatures rebound into the middle to upper 30s. The dry and unseasonably cold weather will continue into the weekend but another cold front means temperatures struggle to get out of the 20s Saturday before slightly rebounding Sunday.
A wind chill advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday.
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How are you dealing with the deep freeze? Do you think your school system made
the right call this morning?
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Cold weather keeps gates of 95 Express Lanes closed
The big chill kept the new 95 Express Lanes in Virginia from opening on time for
the Thursday morning rush hour, leaving drivers without an option to pay tolls
for a quicker commute.
The gates near the entrance to the northbound lanes near Garrisonville, Virginia,
could not open automatically, due to the cold. So they had to be opened
manually, according to Pierce Coffee, a spokeswoman for Transurban, which
manages the lanes.
The gates are normally open by 2 a.m.
Simple steps to save on heating
As temperatures plummet, heating bills usually go in the opposite direction.
But, according to the largest gas and electric company in Maryland, little steps can help in a big way when it comes to saving money on utility costs.
Read more on WTOP.com.
Cracked rail, cold weather problems cause Metro delays
Metro riders are finding the Thursday morning commute to be much longer than normal as the subway system deals with a number of weather-related problems, including a broken rail and frozen doors.
Assistant Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools Jeffrey Platenberg discusses decision to change from two-hour delay to an all-day closing.
Letter from Fairfax County Public Schools:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The decision to change from a two hour delayed opening to an all day closing for schools was made today because, as our bus drivers reported to work, it was evident that many of our buses would not start in this morning’s cold weather. We did not want students waiting in this cold for buses that may be running late because engines wouldn’t start. In addition, the refreeze of snow and ice on residential streets and sidewalks also made walking and travel treacherous. We understand the change to an all day closing creates problems for many, particularly our SACC families, but we believe this decision is best for our students. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Fairfax County Public Schools
We did not want students waiting in this cold for buses that may be running late because engines wouldn’t start. In addition, the refreeze of snow and ice on residential streets and sidewalks also made walking and travel treacherous. We understand the change to an all day closing creates problems for many, particularly our SACC families, but we believe this decision is best for our students. Thank you for your support and understanding."
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