CLOSINGS AND DELAYS:
A number of school systems have announced delayed openings for Monday.
Get the full list of closings and delays on WTOP.com.
WASHINGTON — It is going to get dangerously cold around the region this weekend. Not only are we going to have some of the coldest temperatures we have seen in over a year across the region, but the bone chilling winds are going to be the main culprit in this big chill. So grab a loved one this Valentine’s Day weekend and hunker down inside, because it is going to be brutally cold outside.
Friday was almost a practice day, because by the time we get to Sunday, it will feel a lot colder. Clear skies will continue into the evening with just a few clouds building overnight. Temperatures Friday night fell into the teens.
Saturday, winds shifted out of the south as high pressure scooted off the coast. That pushed our temperature to around 40 degrees! There was some sunshine to start, but that was short-lived as another arctic cold front approaches the area, increasing the cloud cover across the region.
Read more on WTOP.com.
That means there is concern about hypothermia, and getting out of the cold could mean the difference between life or death for some people.
There are warming centers open this weekend to serve the less fortunate.
Details on WTOP.com.
High winds are forecast for Saturday evening into Sunday. BGE says high wind gusts can bring tree limbs down onto power lines and electric delivery equipment. That can cause power outages to occur.
BGE says customers should stay away from any downed wires and report them and power outages to BGE by calling 877-778-2222.
Read on WTOP.com.
The state’s largest power supplier, Virginia Dominion Power, on Sunday reported 38,400 outages, with nearly half reported in the Richmond and Petersburg regions. Nearly 10,000 are without power in southeastern Virginia and the Tidewater region.
In northern Virginia, Dominion is reporting nearly 6,700 customers without power (about 5,400 as of 10:15 a.m. Sunday)
If you decide to drive thismorning -- be careful because roads are treacherous.
WTOP's Jamie Forzato is out on road patrol in Montgomery County, she writes:
Here on the inner loop of the beltway near Silver Spring,
it's wet and slushy... a mixture of snow, ice and salt is covering the
roadway and it's hard to see the white lines. Crunchy snow from the shoulder
is creeping into those far right lanes...and it's difficult to tell if you've
hit an ice patch -- until you're right on top of it.
Ramps bridges and overpasses are especially slick. Some
ramps only have two tire tracks to guide you,
but the worst factor is... the wind. Gusts up to 50 miles per hour come unexpectedly and are blowing cars sideways... and
make it difficult to steer.
Many drivers are taking our advice -- stay home -- and if
you have to go out, drive slower than you think you have to and don't be
overconfident. Completely focus on the road ahead of you.