Slippery Roads in DC Area; Refreezes Possible During Cold Weekend

Storm Team4 declared a weather alert Friday for icy, slippery roads regionwide and lingering sleet and freezing rain south of D.C.

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Icy, slippery roads and sidewalks are a big concern in the D.C. area following a gloomy winter storm that poured sleet and caused hundreds of crashes and spinouts.

Periods of sleet, freezing rain and some snow continued Friday morning and the National Weather Service warned of "some pesky light snow" persisting east of Interstate 95.

Local authorities have warned drivers to go slow. However, as skies dry out and highs approach 40°, ice and slush on the ground will begin melting.

While some of the precipitation is set to melt through late afternoon, when the sun goes down, it could turn back to ice.

That refreeze is the troublemaker for anyone heading out over the weekend. Watch out for a glaze of ice on untreated surfaces and slippery roads amid below-freezing temperatures in the mornings.

Temperatures will be in the 20s on Saturday morning and will mostly stay below freezing. Travel cautiously, especially on side roads.

If you’re over snow and hoping for clearer skies, there’s good news. Gray, wet weather is on its way out, and the weekend forecast is looking sunnier — but remember to bundle up and watch out for ice and slippery roads or sidewalks.

It didn't snow for too long in Northern Virginia, but it was enough to leave behind a mess of snow and ice. Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter Drew Wilder shows how people are dealing with this latest blast of wintry weather.

Closures, Delays

D.C. Public Schools began virtual and in-person learning two hours late Friday. Prince George's opened school buildings two hours late. Arlington, Fairfax and Montgomery are among many that will only do online learning Friday.

Here's a full list of closures and delays.

Maryland's mass vaccination site at Six Flags America opened late, causing appointments before 10 a.m. to be pushed back.

A winter weather advisory has concluded for the D.C. area. Here's a full list of weather alerts.

Stay with Storm Team4 for the latest forecast.

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