What to Know
- Areas north of Washington, D.C., are under a winter weather advisory Sunday morning for freezing rain.
- Road conditions could be bad on interstates 270, 70, 95, 695, and 83, the National Weather Service said.
- For other parts of the D.C. area, expect rain to move in Sunday morning and continue during the afternoon and evening.
Numbingly cold temperatures have gripped the Washington, D.C., area as neighborhoods to the north and west prepare for freezing rain and ice accumulation on Sunday morning.
A winter weather advisory is set for early Sunday morning until noon for parts of Maryland, including Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties, and Virginia, including Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun counties. Here’s a full list of weather alerts.
At least one school system, Spotsylvania County Public Schools, has canceled classes on Monday due to expected travel conditions.
Saturday brings wind chills in the teens and temperatures mostly stuck below freezing throughout the D.C. area. It will also be sunny and dry, giving you an opportunity to prepare for potentially disruptive winter weather or lots of rain, depending on where you live.
Freezing rain is likely early Sunday in areas covered by the winter weather advisory, and ice accumulation could total around one-tenth of an inch, the National Weather Service said.
The ice could make travel difficult or dangerous.
“Anyone [traveling], especially on interstates 270, 70, 95, 695, and 83 should pay close attention to the weather Sunday,” the NWS said.
Closer to D.C., expect rain to arrive from the north and west Sunday morning, then continue during the afternoon and evening, Storm Team4 says.
Freezing-cold temperatures could lead to icy road conditions by Monday morning, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration said.
Spotsylvania County Public Schools canceled classes on Monday due to the "lingering effects" of the winter storm, such as "closed roads, downed utility lines, and tree branches leaning across roads making bus transportation difficult or impossible in some cases." The day will be a teacher planning day.
Keep your winter gear on hand next week.
Monday will bring some sun and temps in the 30s.
Tuesday will bring an Arctic blast of frigid air, and highs will only be in the upper 20s.
Temperatures will recover Wednesday, and the D.C. area will have highs in the 40s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The next storm chance comes on Saturday.