Freezing Rain Leaves Icy Coating Across D.C.

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014  |  Updated 9:32 AM EDT
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Steady freezing rain left an icy coating on untreated surfaces across the D.C. area, making the Wednesday morning commute very slick for some.

The region saw a .10" to .25" of ice in the metro area, with up to a .5" of ice glazing areas north and west of D.C.

A surge of warm air will arrive later in the morning, bringing a quick end to the freezing rain threat and a quick meltdown to the accumulated ice, Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell said. Watch out for ice falling from trees as we have a rapid warm up into the afternoon. Temperatures will climb well into the 40s this afternoon

Several schools systems announced closures and delays Wednesday morning because of the inclement weather. OPM says federal agencies are open. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework.

All three airports in the Washington region say cancelations and delays are expected Wednesday.

Maryland State Highway Administration says crews have been out salting roads and removing downed trees from roads around the state, including one on eastbound Interstate 70 in Howard County and another on southbound Interstate 83 in Baltimore County.

The Maryland Transit Administration has suspended service on its MARC Brunswick line after a train hit a tree across the tracks. Passengers were transferred to another train. MTA says its light rail is having problems with ice and bus service is in place north of Falls Road.

Temperatures will take a bit of a dip Thursday and Friday with temperatures reaching the mid-30s. Another winter weather system will move through the area over the weekend, bringing with it the possibility of some snow. Right now, it's looking like a weaker storm that's moving further out to sea.

If the trend continues, snowfall amounts will remain on the low side, with only a few inches expected.

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