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 — Cold weather is creating a headache for rail commuters Wednesday morning.
Some MARC line trains are an hour or two hours late because of frozen switches.
MARC’s Camden Line trains are significantly delayed due to frozen switches, which are owned and operated by CSX. The same problem is being reported on the Brunswick Line.Read more on WTOP.com.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-CHARLES-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...ANNAPOLIS...WALDORF...
MANASSAS...MANASSAS PARK...FAIRFAX...ALEXANDRIA...FALLS CHURCH...
413 AM EST WED FEB 18 2015
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 PM EST THIS EVENING...
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM EST THIS EVENING. A WIND CHILL
ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS IN
EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW SHOWERS AND SNOW SQUALLS.
* ACCUMULATIONS...A COATING TO ONE INCH
* TIMING...SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON. THE BEST
CHANCE FOR THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS AND SNOW SQUALLS WILL BE
BETWEEN 4 AND 8 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* WIND CHILL...0 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS TODAY IN THE UPPER 20S TO AROUND 30
DEGREES. LOWS TONIGHT IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. HIGHS THURSDAY IN
THE MID TO UPPER TEENS.
* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 MPH.
* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. VISIBILITY
WILL BE LOCALLY REDUCED TO BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE
COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND SUDDEN REDUCTIONS IN
VISIBILITY MAY CAUSE DANGEROUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS DURING THE
EVENING RUSH. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD
TEMPERATURES TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS
WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
Howard County Public Schools have canceled afternoon and
evening events for Wednesday.
Read more at our Closings page: http://bit.ly/1DLkPnb
Alexandria Public Schools have canceled all afternoon and
evening activities on Wednesday.
Keep up with all closings and delays here.
Reports of frozen or broken pipes spike due to cold
WASHINGTON — For the first time since 1994, temperatures in D.C. are expected to fall below zero. Already this winter, the cold has led to hundreds of frozen or broken pipes.
Over the past 10 days, D.C. Water has fielded more than 4,000 calls from customers — many for frozen or bursting pipes. Other water utilities in the region have experienced high call volumes as well.
You can take these steps to reduce the risk of pipe damage.
Md. officials urge commuters to leave early to beat snow
The Maryland State Highway Administration has issued a travel advisory that urges commuters to leave early and avoid a snowy rush hour.
Transportation officials say there could be major delays Wednesday if motorists do not adjust their schedules during the afternoon commute.
Read more at WTOP.com.
Modified Amtrak schedules for Thursday and Friday
Amtrak service in the Northeast Corridor will continue to operate on a modified schedule on Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20, due to the extreme cold weather impacting the region.
While the number of frequencies has changed between New York City and Boston or Washington., D.C., a combination of Acela Express and Northeast Regional service is still planned to operate.
Full schedule is planned for Amtrak corridor services in Virginia to and from Richmond/Norfolk/Newport News and Lynchburg.
Passengers with travel plans can confirm their train's status, change their plans or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.com, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
The snow squall is expected to reduce visibility and make roads snow-covered and slick as commuters are trying to make their way home. After the snow stops, temperatures are expected to fall.
Read more at WTOP.com.
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WASHINGTON — In Montgomery County, residents have 24 hours after the snow falls to clear the sidewalk in front of their homes.
The cleared pathway “must be wide enough for safe pedestrian and wheelchair use,” according to the Montgomery County government’s website.
Last month, county officials including County Executive Ike Leggett as well as council members Nancy Floreen, Hans Riemer and Sid Katz appealed to residents’ better natures and attended a news conference to urge residents to clear their sidewalks as a neighborly act.
Did someone bail on their shoveling responsibilities?
More details on WTOP.com.
WASHINGTON — Unless you have an insulated mug you’ve probably noticed that your morning coffee hasn’t been staying as piping hot, with our recent frigid temperatures.
That got us to thinking in the Glass Enclosed Nerve Center — which morning drink would freeze most quickly if left outside?
Check out the freeze test on WTOP.com.
DC-area man attaches snow plow to motorized toilet
WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk about a pooper scooper.
A man in suburban Washington, D.C. has created a snow plow using a motorized toilet.
David Goldberg of Rockville, Maryland, attached a plow to the motorized toilet, which he had already made for a parade this past summer. The contraption, which he calls “Loo-cy,” comes with a toilet paper stand and a magazine rack.
Read more, see pictures and a video on WTOP.com.
“We have seen that the D.C. market might be more sensitive to that type of winter activity versus other cities in the U.S.,” says Maria Maldonado, client services manager at Planalytics.
With fewer people out and about, businesses are seeing less traffic, taking in less money and economic activity is dropping.
“People are not leaving their houses. People are not going out to lunch. They’re not going out to dinner,” Maldonado says.
Read more on WTOP.com.