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Winter Weather Advisories Declared in Maryland, Virginia Counties; Some Roads Still Slick After Ice Storm

Storm Team4 declared a weather alert amid icy conditions in D.C., Maryland and Virginia

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Many roads in the Washington, D.C., area are slick on Valentine's Day after an ice storm Saturday and lingering icy conditions Sunday. 

Storm Team4 is in Weather Alert mode. Winter weather advisories were declared in Frederick and northern Montgomery counties in Maryland along with Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties in Virginia.

Look out for fog and freezing drizzle in some areas. Secondary roads may be particularly iced over, Storm Team4’s Lauryn Ricketts warned. 

News4’s Adam Tuss spotted ice on Chain Bridge early Sunday. Slow down, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses. 

The ice is set to melt some Sunday afternoon, as temperatures rise to about 40.

Storm Team4 is tracking some showers Sunday night, and possibly more freezing rain, mainly east and south of D.C. 

Spotty showers and possibly some freezing rain are expected Monday and into Tuesday. The precipitation will dry out Tuesday and Wednesday. Then a wintry mix is expected Thursday. 

News4's Shomari Stone reports on love in the freezing air.

Dangerous road conditions and damage to power lines were reported across the D.C. area on Sunday as a glaze of ice formed on some streets. About 200 Dominion Energy customers were left without power across the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.

By midday, Saturday officials warned residents to stay off the roads.

"The onset of freezing rain can be especially dangerous, as it only looks like light rain is falling, but in fact, a thin layer of ice is forming on pavement and sidewalks," the National Weather Service warned. Travel could become "nearly impossible."

In Maryland, Montgomery County saw a half inch of snow, as a snow emergency was declared there and in Anne Arundel, Frederick and Howard counties. Here's a full list of weather alerts.

A quarter of an inch of ice was reported in Alexandria, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland.

The weather ground COVID-19 vaccinations at Six Flags America in Prince George's County to a halt. Patients will be rescheduled, authorities said.

News4's Darcy Spencer reports on how the precipitation in the southern part of Prince George's County appeared to be letting up.

Transit Impacts and Closures in DC Area

Due to the potential for inclement weather, Loudoun County's COVID-19 vaccination site will open at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15.

"People with appointments before 11:00 a.m. may show up for their appointment any time [between] 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Monday," the county tweeted.

Metrobuses operated on a moderate snow plan on Sunday morning, with buses and routes detoured around areas prone to hazardous conditions. Service had been restored by about 1 p.m. but some detours are still possible, officials said. Go here to see if your bus line is affected. 

Ahead of the storm, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser sent out the District Snow Team's heavy and light plows to clear large and small streets.

Residents were encouraged to spread abrasives like salt on their sidewalks to prevent slips and falls. Residential and commercial property owners are required to clear the sidewalks within eight hours of daylight after the storm passes. Qualified residents can be exempt.

Out of all the seasons, winter is warming the fastest. But warmer temperatures don’t necessarily mean less snow. News4’s Meteorologist Amelia Draper explains how snowfall patterns are changing with our changing climate .

Maryland State Police said they had responded to 57 crashes on highways statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday. Virginia State Police responded to a total of 195 disabled vehicles and 366 traffic crashes statewide as of 9 p.m. Saturday.

Stay with Storm Team4 and NBC Washington for updates on the forecast. 

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