The D.C. area is riding a weather roller coaster Tuesday, with cold temperatures and icy conditions in the morning turning to warmer air and blustery winds in the afternoon.
After a cold start, a wind advisory takes effect for parts of the D.C. area from 2-6 p.m., the National Weather Service says. Winds blowing from the west could be 20-25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
D.C.; Frederick, Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland, and Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington counties including Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church in Virginia are impacted. Here's a full list of severe weather alerts.
Early Tuesday, temperatures below freezing froze water trickling out of the soil on some of the roads overnight, likely contributing to some crashes in Maryland and Virginia, Storm Team4 Meteorologist Chuck Bell said.
You’ll be able to shed some of your warmest layers as temperatures get into the high 40s to low 50s Tuesday afternoon, which will also melt some leftover ice or snow on the ground.
Keep an umbrella handy in case of a brief spurt of rain — but hold onto it tight when it gets windy.
As a wave of low pressure moves in, the wind will increase dramatically, bringing gusts that could send your hat, umbrella or even lawn furniture flying. Secure any loose outdoor items to ensure they don't end up down the street, Bell says.
The wind will fade in the evening, making way for a lovely Wednesday.
Warm air and sunshine make Wednesday the best day of the week by far — it’s the pick day to take a long walk or eat outside.
The D.C. area has a chance to see the first 60° day in weeks, with everyone getting into the mid- to high 50s.
Don’t pack up your winter gear, though. Temperatures will be back in the 40s on Thursday and Friday.
Closures, Delays on Tuesday
Spotsylvania, Stafford and St. Mary's schools were set to open late and some schools are going virtual-only on Tuesday amid icy conditions. Here's a full list.
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