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Another Refreeze Expected Overnight; Some Schools on 2-Hour Delay



    Evening Weather, Jan. 15

    Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer has your evening forecast for Jan. 15, 2019. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Temperatures plummet overnight into Tuesday, creating a risk that slush will freeze into ice on the roadways.

    • Many public schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday. Some are closed entirely.

    After melting snow met freezing temperatures overnight, a refreeze brought icy conditions to some D.C.-area streets and sidewalks Tuesday morning.

    We're now seeing some melting again as temperatures crept above freezing, but another refreeze will occur overnight and into Wednesday morning. 

    Culpeper, Fairfax, Loudoun, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania and Stafford public schools will open two hours late on Wednesday due to the weather.

    Prince William and Fairfax County Schools cancelled Tuesday evening activities, and Prince George's County Public Schools cancelled all after-school and evening activities Tuesday, including evening high school and Board of Education meetings.

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    Davane Williams, 22, was shot and killed Tuesday in what police say is a targeted attack. News4's Shomari Stone reports that police are looking for help to solve the city's 12th homicide this year.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019)

    Arlington County announced that schools and offices will open on time. It's still a scheduled early release day.

    Those who had to head Tuesday outside encountered some icy intersections and slippery steps and sidewalks. Traveling on Wednesday expected to be safer after sunrise, with the sun helping to melt the ice and snow.

    The threat of Tuesday's refreeze prompted the federal government and many schools to schedule a delayed start Tuesday, and many other schools cancelled.

    See the full list of school closures and delays here.

    This week's wintry weather isn't over yet.

    Although Thursday's commute should be fine, Storm Team4 is tracking a small storm expected to pass through the area Thursday night. It should be mostly rain for the D.C. metro area but could be a wintry mix for northern Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley.

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    D.C. law says you have to shovel the sidewalk in front of your home within 24 hours, and for senior citizens who aren’t able to, they can sign up to have volunteers do it for them. News4’s Aimee Cho explains the city’s Adopt-a-Senior program.

    (Published Monday, Jan. 14, 2019)

    Then, a bigger storm will arrive over the weekend. That will be mostly rain, although it could start and end with some wintry mix or even a little snow late Sunday afternoon and night as arctic air rolls in. 

    Nearly a foot of snow fell on the D.C. area over the weekend, making it the biggest storm to hit the area since the blizzard of January 2016. Snow fell steadily both Saturday and Sunday, and the region was still digging out Monday.

    Before sunrise Monday, delivery driver Koloni Brown said he was frustrated by the slushy, icy side streets. He was headed from Waldorf to Alexandria. 

    "Ter-ri-ble. These roads, there's nothing like it. And I've gotta go to Alexandria. So, Amazon, you guys owe me," Brown said, pointing into the camera. "I'm doing your packages today on the strength of — I know you guys need it." 

    Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Goldstein said the county saw a spike in crashes between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday as commuters drove onto slick roadways.

    "Folks got on the road, overestimated the road conditions," Goldstein said.

    Refreeze Leaves Some Spots Icy

    [DC] Refreeze Leaves Some Spots Icy

    Many sidewalks and neighborhood streets are going to be icy Tuesday morning after some snow from our big winter storm melted and then refroze.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019)

    Aside from the disruption caused by the wintry weather, many people in our area were out having fun in the snow Sunday and Monday. Dozens of people competed in Pat Collins' first Snow Stick Challenge of 2019. This time around, Pat asked viewers to put on their best snow outfits, strike a pose and send photos.

    The first Pat Collins' Snow Stick of 2019 went to Connor Sudol of Springfield, Virginia, for his "Great White Snow Shark" design.

    Here's how much snow had accumulated as of Monday morning: 

    • D.C., National Zoo: 10.2 inches 
    • D.C., Rock Creek Park: 8.8 inches 
    • Reagan National Airport: 10.3 inches 
    • Dulles Airport: 10.6 inches 
    • Baltimore/Washington Airport: 6.6 inches 
    • City of Alexandria: 8 inches 
    • Annapolis: 9.8 inches 
    • Aquia: 7 inches 
    • Arlington, Ballston: 10 inches
    • Bethesda: 11 inches 
    • Chantilly, 10.9 inches
    • College Park: 10.7 inches 
    • Columbia: 13 inches 
    • Damascus: 12.4 inches 
    • Fairfax: 9.2 inches 
    • Leesburg, 11 inches

    Metro trains are running with regular service.

    After operating on Monday on a Severe Snow Plan, Metrobus resumed normal service Tuesday. However, WMATA warned that snow detours may be possible on some routes due to ice or hazardous conditions.

    Many Icy Sidewalks Around DC

    [DC] Many Icy Sidewalks Around DC

    Many sidewalks in Columbia Heights are frozen over Tuesday morning, as well as in many other areas. Be careful as you head out.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019)

    MetroAccess service is running on a normal schedule. 

    Regular VRE and MARC service were set to resume Tuesday. Go here for more info on VRE.

    D.C. Fire and EMS released a list of resources for anyone who needs shelter. The city's Cold Emergency Plan is in effect in the District until further notice. 

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