Ice Melting, Beware of Refreeze Overnight

Ice is melting across the D.C. area after a Sunday of sleet and freezing rain. With temperatures dropping into the 20s overnight, expect surfaces to refreeze.

Another round of sleet and freezing rain is expected between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday from D.C. to the north and west. While more of the area is under a winter weather advisory, Storm Team4 expects southern Maryland and most of northern Virginia could stay dry.

Expect moderate impact on the roads in the morning due to refreezing and in the afternoon north and west of D.C. due to snow and ice. Slick spots could remain through the evening.

Most main roads were just wet Monday morning, but pavement temps were still below freezing, and icy patches on roads and sidewalks remained.

Multiple school districts across the area are closed, including Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties in Virginia, and Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.

D.C. and Alexandria public schools opened two hours late.

Monday morning got off to a slippery start after an ice storm left about a quarter-inch of ice on streets, sidewalks and trees. The weight of the ice is causing tree branches to break, leading to scattered power outages around the area.

The federal goverment opened with a two-hour delay and the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

In Maryland, the Prince George's County goverment also had a two-hour delay. The Montgomery County government opened at 10 a.m. Frederick County's goverment also opened at 10 a.m., and employees will operate under the liberal leave policy.

In Virginia, Falls Church's city government is open with liberal leave.

Sunday's ice storm also left about a quarter-inch of ice on trees, and the weight of the ice broke branches, leading to a few scattered power outages around the area.

This week's messiest weather is expected Wednesday night into Thursday, with rain turning to snow.

Drivers and pedestrians navigated slick and icy conditions on the roads and pavements Sunday night. News4’s Molette Green reports.
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