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.
Amtrak runs at half capacity from D.C. to Boston
Amtak’s busy Northeast Corridor was running at about half its normal capacity Tuesday due to weather conditions.
Read the full story here.
Temperatures will be well below freezing until at least Wednesday and there’s concern that refreezing will cause issues for Wednesday morning’s commute.
Read the full story here.
WASHINGTON – Several inches of snow have blanketed the region and, although it is less snow than originally forecasted, StormWatch 7 Meteorologist Doug Hill says "it's the impact, not so much the inches."
The snow triggered school closings throughout the region and left roadway coated in slush and snow tracks, creating dangerous driving conditions. Highway agencies ask drivers to avoid driving.
While snow totals were slightly below what was anticipated, the region still received the most snow it has seen yet this season.
All remaining snow moved out of the area by 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. No more snow is expected to fall until Wednesday afternoon.
Here are some snow totals so far (however, StormWatch 7 is waiting for the final tallies to come in as some of these are from the early overnight hours).
WHAT TO EXPECT:
With the snowpack on the ground all across the region, temperatures Tuesday will only rise through the 20s. We will get some sunshine in the afternoon, but temperature are not getting above freezing and the region is not going to experience much melting, says StormWatch 7 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.
There will be icy spots through the day and evening and into Wednesday morning as temperatures fall into the teens once again Tuesday night.
We will start with some sunshine on Wednesday, but another arctic cold front will slide through on Wednesday afternoon/evening. This will kick up winds slightly, bring temperatures down through the afternoon and also bring a chance for some snow showers/flurries.
We will have to watch for a chance for some heavier lines of snow to form (like what we saw Saturday night), so of course this is something that we will have to monitor as we move into Wednesday. Also, as the temperatures will be below freezing during the afternoon, anything that falls will stick. So there could be some hazardous travel by Wednesday’s evening commute.
The Storm Watch7 Future Cast shows snow moving through the region late Wednesday afternoon, into the early evening.
Arctic air will infiltrate the area once again Thursday with temperatures not getting out of the teens. It will continue to be a little breezy Thursday, so wind chills once again will be right around zero for much of the day.
-Lauryn Ricketts, StormWatch 7 meteorologist
Here’s a stress reliever: Free parking is being offered in Montgomery County-owned lots.
Officials say the county action is a win-win. Drivers get to park for free, and plows have room to maneuver to clear the streets curb-to-curb.
For information on where the free parking lots are located visit: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-parking/gallery.html
-Kate Ryan, WTOP
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The season’s first serious snowstorm is out of the way but southern Maryland roads crews are preparing for their next challenge: refreeze.
Icy road conditions after the overnight temperature drop are going to be the focus leading into Wednesday, county officials said. FULL STORY
WASHINGTON -- More than a half foot of snow fell in parts of the WTOP listening area Monday, with parts of Spotsylvania County in Virginia and areas of St. Mary’s County in Maryland getting 8 inches or more.
Calvert County, Maryland and King George County, Virginia reported 7 inches.
Power restored to hundreds in D.C.
WASHINGTON -- Power has been restored to customers in D.C. after they went a large part of Tuesday in the dark.
At one point, more than 1,000 D.C. Pepco customers were in the dark. By Wednesday morning, power had been restored.
The phone numbers to the electric companies are available by texting POWER to 91035.
WASHINGTON — This bitter cold winter weather is tough on adults and even tougher on kids.
“Kids aren’t little adults, they will dissipate heat much faster than we will,” says Dr. Erik Schobitz, medical director of the pediatric emergency room at Adventist Health Care Shady Grove Medical Center.
The average preschooler usually weighs between 30 and 40 pounds.
“They don’t have the fat reserves or the muscle reserves to retain heat much like a 200-pound adult would,” Schobitz explains. FULL STORY
WASHINGTON — Since Friday, the Washington Humane Society has responded to dozens of reports of animals left out in the cold, most of them dogs.
“It’s been pretty busy,” Daniel D’Eramo, senior humane law enforcement officer with the Washington Humane Society, tells WTOP. “A lot of calls that we’re getting in are from people just passing through a neighborhood, in an area for whatever reason, seeing an animal out.”
He says some people don’t understand how vulnerable their pets can be in the cold.
“There’s a disconnect there. [People think] ‘They’re a dog; they’re like a wolf — they have a fur coat.’ Most dogs really aren’t as well equipped to handle the cold as people think they are. A lot of shorthair breeds, especially pit bulls that we have a lot of in this city — yeah, they have a fur coat, but it’s not a very thick fur coat.”
Read more on WTOP.com.
The refreeze has already played out over and over in New England, where mountains of snow are piled high. For a look at how people are handling the winter weather, visit WTOP.com.
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It’s a very cold and slick start to the day with some afternoon snow showers – and another coating is likely! After some morning sun, the region will see highs near freezing before the next arctic front arrives Wednesday afternoon bringing the potential for another inch or snow.
Get the forecast and see just how cold it could get later this week at http://bit.ly/1DQ7DQ1
There is a Winter Weather Advisory for the metro region from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Anticipate some snow squalls that will push through by evening that could coat roadways and make for slick spots during the middle of the evening rush. Up to 1 inch of snow is possible.
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