Before the bitter cold moved in, a beautiful, bright and invigorating snowfall kept lots of hardy souls outside enjoying the winter wonderland.
The skies are clear, the sun is shining, and the DC area has survived Snowstorm 2010, which left up to 12 inches of snow in some parts of the region.
It remains very cold, with high temperatures expected to be around the 30s or lower and winds around 10 miles per hour, but we can expect some improvements this afternoon, according to News4 meteorologist Chuck Bell.
But the storm is long gone, the sun will help melt some of the snow and "it's a good day to take your sled out to your favorite hill and go down it a few hundred times," says Bell. Just be sure to get home before the sun goes down, because that's when roads will return to freezing, he added.
Out on the roads, various mixtures of salt, brine and other chemicals have made driving easier, but many side roads haven't been treated, creating a more risky situation driving-wise.
"It's a powdery snow, so you can get some traction on secondary roads, but you can still slip," reports News4's Derrick Ward.
Metrorail is back to running on schedule, but the snow and icy roadways continue to limit Metrobus and MetroAccess service today.
Black ice is also likely to be an issue Monday morning as commuters and students head to the office and school, respectively. "Be very careful driving on roads and bridges," said John B. Townsend, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Get the latest on weather conditions from StormCenter 4.