Snow, rain and ice left roads slick in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia on Monday, as residents battled frigid cold and strong winds. Secondary streets will see the worst of a solid refreeze Monday night.
A number of school districts across the region closed schools on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a few were adjusting their hours or switching to virtual learning Tuesday to give road conditions a chance to improve. Go here for a full list.
Some households were coping with power outages. Dominion Energy reported over 450 early Monday. REC had 115 and Pepco had nearly 100.
A wind advisory will be in effect for D.C. and areas including Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties until 8 p.m. Monday. Winds of 20-25 mph and gusts up to 55 mph are expected, the National Weather Service said. Go here for a full list of weather alerts.
Many main roads are still slick but not snow-covered, after crews pretreated roads days in advance in many areas. Be careful, though: Some side streets are in rough shape.
Snow Totals in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia
Most areas in and near D.C. saw about 2 or 3 inches. As for other areas:
- Baltimore/Washington International Airport: 2.0 inches
- Berryville: 5.3 inches
- Damascus: 3.3 inches
- Dulles International Airport: 2.3 inches
- Hayfield: 6.1 inches
- Ida: 8 inches
- Manassas: 3.4 inches
- Reagan National Airport: 2.6 inches
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Hazardous Weather Up and Down the East Coast
Virginia State Police said traffic came to a standstill on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County for several hours Sunday afternoon after a tractor-trailer jackknifed and the cab of the truck disconnected from the trailer in the northbound lanes. Two additional crashed occurred in the traffic backup, one with minor injuries. “Please stay off the roads if possible. Begging again! Hazardous conditions,” read a tweet from VDOT’s Salem office.
Many Americans are coping with the dangerous winter storm that combined high winds and ice on Sunday, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and coating roads with a treacherous, frigid glaze.
Winter Storm Izzy dumped as much as 10 inches of snow in some areas of western North Carolina as the system moved across the southeastern U.S., a meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado with 118 mph winds struck southwest Florida.
The storm system could cause hazardous driving conditions over a large portion of the eastern U.S. through Monday as the wet roadways refreeze in southern states and the storm turns and moves northward through the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.
Weather in the Week Ahead
High temps will hit about 40 degrees on Monday. We’ll see more sunshine in the days ahead, and lows in the 20s. The week’s high temperature will hit nearly 50 on Wednesday and then drop down again.
Our next cold front is expected Wednesday into Thursday. We’ll see rain and possibly a coating of snow. More of the same is expected Friday into Saturday.