After Freezing Rain Advisory, More Rain Monday

Freezing rain advisory ended at 11 a.m.

When the weather warmed Monday, the freezing gave way to just plain old rain.

The freezing rain advisory was extended for some portions of the metropolitan area until 11 a.m., including: the District of Columbia, Prince George's County, Anne Arundel County, Prince William County, Arlington County, northern Fauquier, and the city of Alexandria.

A freezing drizzle caused accumulations of less than .10 of an inch, causing travel difficulties on the roadways.  In D.C., the city government encouraged residents to salt walkways to prevent falls.

Following that freezing rain threat, a strengthening wind from the south brought slightly warmer temperatures and showers throughout the rest of the day.

Mild weather and sun will return for Tuesday and Wednesday.  The next chance of rain is on Thursday, but temperatures could stay warmer than average into the weekend.

Originally, the freezing rain advisory for most of the region ran until 9 a.m.

Although it was mostly dry across the metropolitan region before dawn, many schools, organizations, and government agencies had delayed openings.  For a complete list of delays, click here.

Patchy, freezing mists were reported in some areas, as well as dense fog.  Predawn temperatures throughout northern Virginal and Maryland hovered around freezing.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced it would open federal offices at 11 a.m. to keep employees off the roads until temperatures rose. Federal employees were granted excused absences for delays getting in or could use unscheduled leave or telecommuting time.

Metro said it would operate an expanded rush hour service on Monday due to the delay.

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