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.
Fairfax County students sound off online, call for snow day
WASHINGTON — Students are lashing out on social media after Fairfax County Public Schools failed to close or delay schools Thursday — a day that the region is set to get blasted by some of the coldest air in decades.
On Twitter, #CloseFCPS is trending Thursday morning as students voice frustrations that school was not delayed or closed. Many other school systems in the region issued two-hour delays. Some others outside of the immediate metro area are closed.
Read more and see their messages on WTOP.com.
“Plumbing becomes immediately an emergency situation,” says Richard Nashwinter, owner of D.H. Stevens Company Plumbing and Heating.
Read more at WTOP.com.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Temperatures fell to record levels in several Virginia cities on Thursday as a cold snap maintained its grip on the state.
The bitter cold broke a century-old record in Lynchburg. The National Weather Service says the low temperature was 4 degrees on Thursday. The previous record for Feb. 19 was 8 degrees in 1903.
Read more at WTOP.com.
The cold snap followed snow and ice storms earlier in the week. The low temperatures caused much freezing and refreezing of snow, ice and roads.
Most areas shouldn’t expect relief anytime soon — the National Weather Service warned that even colder weather could come later in the week as another cold front drops from Canada. That weather could be some of the coldest for parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, forecasters said.
WASHINGTON — Amtrak trains on are the Northeast Corridor are running on a modified schedule Thursday and Friday because of the cold weather.
“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,” Amtrak says in a news release.
Read more on WTOP.com.
On Thursday, the frigid weather broke records in Northern Virginia and Baltimore.
The National Weather Service says Thursday’s high temperature of 15 degrees at Dulles Airport broke the record for the lowest daily high temperature of 28 set in 1993.
And in Baltimore, Thursday’s high of 18 degrees broke the record of 19 degrees set in 1903.
The official record temperature for D.C., now measured at Reagan National, of 16 degrees was set in 1903. Thursday, the high was 21 degrees, reached just after midnight.
And area school systems are closing or delaying the start of school for Friday. With the exception of Wednesday, the D.C. region has seen temperatures at or below the freezing mark four days this week and Friday would make it a fifth day.
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