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Posted at 10:30 PM ET, 01/27/2009

Ice Sets Stage for Sloppy AM Commute

By Jason Samenow

Will schools and government close?

* Winter Weather Driving Tips | Q&A Transcript *

Winter Storm Warning through 12 p.m. tomorrow (until 6 p.m. Wed for Frederick County) for entire metro area north and west of Stafford County (Va.) and Charles County (Md)

10:30 pm. update: SchoolCast and FedCast updated, Winter Weather Advisory upgraded to Winter Storm Warning for immediate metro area

OUR LATEST FORECAST

Sleet and freezing rain are now falling everywhere. Icing is likely overnight throughout the region, with significant ice accumulation in many areas. As usual the worst conditions will be north and west of the beltway where temperatures are coldest. Be very careful driving and walking. Stay in if possible.

*** Winter Weather Center ***
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After Midnight: Ice will remain the story -- as surface temperature only slowly rise toward freezing -- though areas south and east of D.C. may switch to plain rain. For D.C. and points north and west, the change to plain rain may not happen until morning. Some significant icing is possible in these areas -- perhaps bringing about a treacherous morning commute. A thick glaze of up to 0.25" may accumulate on top of the 2" or so of snow and sleet that has fallen.

SchoolCast:

DC Schools:

Maryland and Virginia Schools:

New! FedCast (for Federal government): 40% chance of delayed opening, 60% chance of unscheduled leave policy. (For the future, anyone have ideas for a symbol?)

Keep reading for the forecast for tomorrow...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Some morning ice -- which could make for a troublesome commute -- should give way to plain rain as temperatures rise above freezing between approximately 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Much of the day may be characterized by light and spotty showers as temperatures rise to near 40. But a cold front will sweep through during the afternoon or evening, bringing with it possibly intense rain showers.

Behind the front, temperatures will once again drop below freezing late Wednesday night, so any water left on roadways may become icy again.

How icy is it in your neighborhood? How are the roads where you've traveled? Let us know in the comments area below...

By Jason Samenow  | January 27, 2009; 10:30 PM ET
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Comments

2 and a half????? no way! I say 3-4

Posted by: hoyafan516 | January 27, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

fedcast, ha ha, good idea. I'd say use uncle sam symbols.

Posted by: novajeffc | January 27, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

How about little Capitol domes for the FedCast?

Posted by: ValleyCaps | January 27, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

In regards to your request for a symbol why not use a silhouette of the top of the capital building like in your Capital Weather gang banner?

Posted by: paul-Sterling | January 27, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

ValleyCaps - Ha, you and me must have been typing at the same time.

Posted by: paul-Sterling | January 27, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I'd go with American Flags... and I'd give you 75% chance of unscheduled leave and 50% on delayed opening. Ice is worse than snow and they'll have to make the switch before 6 am when you predict it will switch to rain.

Posted by: BrentwoodGuy | January 27, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I say you use a Barack Obama face despite the fact that CPG is "non-partisan." Ha!
Or, alternatively, you could just use a capitol symbol.

Posted by: swimdude412 | January 27, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

@hoyas

It's borderline three apples but I was conservative. I don't think Montgomery County opens tomorrow.

@fedcast idea contributors

Great ideas! Keep 'em coming

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 27, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

2.5 apples for VA seems very low given they closed early for practically no snow at all. It wasn't even snowing at 3:00! By that measure, if we have significant icing it should be 4 apples.

Posted by: ragnas | January 27, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

How about a federal building icon (kind of boxy)? Do you think the road temperatures will be cold enough that the icing will still be a problem even if we switch over to rain?

Posted by: soleil2000 | January 27, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I concur...little Capitol buildings would be fitting.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 27, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Litte eagle heads?? Maybe not... Capital domes sound better ;)

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | January 27, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

ok i hope you're right! :)


it should be a small picture of nih haha

Posted by: hoyafan516 | January 27, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

By the way, it can be 4 apples out here in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Everyone except Warren has already called off school tomorrow.

Posted by: ValleyCaps | January 27, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess you will all just have to find out tomorrow morning eh?

Posted by: wecndo | January 27, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

@ragnas

4 apples indicates schools have already made the decision to close. The reason I did 2.5 apples instead of 3 is that there is a chance it's above freezing by dawn, so an outside chance some counties delay instead of close. But I agree, most counties will probably close.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 27, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

For the FedCast, how about a little cubicle?

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | January 27, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Little capital buildings sound like they would be the best... but if there was a way to do a picture representing an ID/ entry badge that would be really representative for all of us. Can't see how you could do a clear "symbol" for that though.

Posted by: MikeJC | January 27, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

It all comes down to... when does the change from ice to rain occur? Too early and we have a 2 hour delay? If it doesnt happen until 9 or so, school will be closed in MOCO

Posted by: PoorTeacher | January 27, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Still hopeful. I have 2 gallons of milk, 2 loaves of bread and plenty of TP. I could be iced in tomorrow no problem :)

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | January 27, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The old site used to have a map where users could record snow accumulations. I miss that feature. It was nice to see how accumulations varied across the area

Posted by: crazer | January 27, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

the transition will be around 9 but then the temps will be 33 until 1130 tomorrow morning. It would be silly for moco not to cancel

Posted by: hoyafan516 | January 27, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

how bout puffy black tennis shoes? kidding!

Posted by: rhingo | January 27, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if this storm doesn't pan out, maybe we will get another (better) one soon...
http://www.txtornado.net/GFS/_slp_gfs_18z.htm

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | January 27, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

thats exactly what i was thinking... capitol domes!!!

Posted by: samdman95 | January 27, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I just ventured outside, and here's my little PWCast, IF temps stay below freezing and current road/sidewalk conditions hold up...

75% closed
15% delay
10% on time

The sidewalks and roads are a MESS. Sheesh.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 27, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

its too closee of a call for school in moco. I need a closing. SOme northern va schools are going for 2 hr delays. but fredricksburg is closing. we're getting the same ice as fredericksburg got earlier. i guess that means we'll have the same damage closing schools. unfortunatelly moco is so unorganized that we'll have to wait til 5 am to find out.

Posted by: hoyafan516 | January 27, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Culpeper schools have canceled tomorrow and so did a number of surrounding counties

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 27, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

exacly my prediction (on previous post), 2.5 for n&w, 2 for dc!

Posted by: samdman95 | January 27, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Hope everyone enjoyed our big winter event 2day, just the usual snow 2 rain storm typical of this area. Looks like this might b our snow 4 the sesason. Feb temps should start warming up. Wish just once we could have a snow only storm. Sure miss the good old days, when we had all snow storms.

Posted by: VaTechBob | January 27, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps I do need to go to work tomorrow. I've been eating all night- rich soup, homemade bread with butter, hot chocolate made the Parisian way... why does wintry weather go hand in hand with comfort food? If I lived in the snowbelt I'd be in big trouble!

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 27, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Hoyafan 95,

Have you done the snow dance? Have you flushed ice cubes down the toilet? Are you chanting the snow chant? If not, you are flirting with danger and you need to get back to your homework ASAP.

Posted by: janedoe5 | January 27, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I say...
MOCO:
60% Closing
40% delay

Posted by: hoyafan516 | January 27, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

This really did play out exactly like a typical DC "winter storm." Starts off as snow, turns to slop, freezing rain for a brief time, and then rain. Imagine having precipitation when it is actually cold enough (arctic weeks 2 weeks ago comes to mind).......

Posted by: wecndo | January 27, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

First off...my apologies to the CWG. With my extremely limited meteo knowledge, I thought the storm today was going to move south of us gauging from the radar. Obviously, I will stick to my day job. Great job so far guys. :-) Second, from my experience, the gov't isn't so hesitate in issuing a delayed opening nowadays. If icing persists, I think the probability will be higher than 30%. Fingers crossed.

Posted by: schrute | January 27, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

i dunno how seriously i can take long range forecasts, january was supposed to be mild but it was pretty cold

Posted by: cjespn | January 27, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Jason-CapitalWeatherGang

Is it me or is the back edge of the precip approching the area from the southwest???

Posted by: clintonportis17 | January 27, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

@clintonportis

I don't know about the back edge, but we may see the coverage/intensity of the precip lessen a bit in a few hours.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 27, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I say with the $825 billion dollar bailout you use dollar signs for the fedcast.

My bag is packed, the arguments are ready, the clothes are laid out. So, everything should be called off for court tomorrow. No way I get away with being this organized.

Posted by: epjd | January 27, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I just got a "Winter Storm Warning" alert tone here on our wx radio in Franconia/Kingstowne corner of Ffx Co?? What's up with THAT??

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | January 27, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys Winter Storm Warning up for the District, as of 5 minutes ago...

Posted by: lioninzion | January 27, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

WSW issued 6 minutes ago, per my wx radio alarm!

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL
12 PM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

A MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CHANGE TO ALL FREEZING RAIN
BY MIDNIGHT. SOME SKYWARN SPOTTERS HAVE ALREADY REPORTED
AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION. ADDITIONAL ICE
ACCUMULATION WILL OCCUR THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF TONIGHT...WITH
TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATION REACHING UP TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH.
FREEZING RAIN WILL CHANGE TO RAIN DURING THE MORNING ON WEDNESDAY.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR
IMPOSSIBLE.

Posted by: VAStateOfMind | January 27, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Current temp. in Burke: 32.2 with freezing rain.

WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FAIRFAX COUNTY

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
950 PM EST TUE JAN 27 2009

DCZ001-MDZ011-013-014-VAZ052>054-281100-
/O.UPG.KLWX.WW.Y.0009.000000T0000Z-090128T1700Z/
/O.EXA.KLWX.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-090128T1700Z/
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE GEORGES-
ANNE ARUNDEL-PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...BALTIMORE...ANNAPOLIS...
MANASSAS...MANASSAS PARK...FAIRFAX...ALEXANDRIA...FALLS CHURCH
950 PM EST TUE JAN 27 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL
12 PM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

A MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CHANGE TO ALL FREEZING RAIN
BY MIDNIGHT. SOME SKYWARN SPOTTERS HAVE ALREADY REPORTED
AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION. ADDITIONAL ICE
ACCUMULATION WILL OCCUR THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF TONIGHT...WITH
TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATION REACHING UP TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH.
FREEZING RAIN WILL CHANGE TO RAIN DURING THE MORNING ON WEDNESDAY.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR
IMPOSSIBLE.

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 27, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The lovely sounds of the weather radio. Looking really icy out there. Debating over whether to shovel the driveway and walk -- I would think waiting for the rain is the way to go. Should be an interesting night.

Posted by: JamieYPotomac | January 27, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

maybe for federal gov't do obama's... 1, 2, 3, obama's....

or perhaps we can do flags....

Posted by: timeagle | January 27, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The Fed-cast symbol has to be Dilbert.

Posted by: ASColletti | January 27, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, weather radio scared the bejesus out of me as well.

Hmmm...it's about time.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 27, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Love this site!! Being a teacher OMG!! Today was a mess and we went in on time in Charles Co. lots of accidents. I think you should use the little eagle holding the spears for the gov. workers. Drive Careful!

Posted by: gnwizard | January 27, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

ASColletti: YES! YES! DILBERT! I retract my vote for Capitol Building and replace it with a Dilbert. HAHA!

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 27, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@photojenn (from the last post) and anyone else interested

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@crazer

Snowfall accumulation mapFunny you should ask, I've been working on just that the past few weeks and even this evening. We figured with the rain and ice on the backside, this would not be the storm to bring out the new mapping tool. Look for it on future storms.

In other news, the washington post snowcam continues to drop in height. The sleet and Freezing rain is really taking a toll on the accumulation.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | January 27, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

For the Fedcast, a picture of the guy in Dilbert who's always drinking coffee. Well, guess it's copyrighted. But good enough for Government work.

Posted by: Groff | January 27, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Prince William is closed tomorrow. Not sure how new that is but just heard it on the radio. Manassas City is also closed tomorrow. There is NOOO way I see moco being open tomorrow. They'd have to be crazy.

Posted by: PeterBethesda | January 27, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I was going to say the Cap Dome as well...sounds like that is the (almost) unanimous vote. LOL. (Good enough for government work...)

I have been hearing the sleet pelt the front window on and off all evening. Told the boss I would be in once it started raining in the morning because there was no way I was going out on the ice when I had so many close calls in the snow today. (Confirmed more than once I have anti-lock breaks on the car today...LOL)

For what it is worth, Fox5 is ramping up at 4 in the morning, which to me indicates they are expecting it to be ugly....well, uglier than usual..... ;-)


kim in manassas

Posted by: ksrgatorfn1 | January 27, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

For once, a good call by the county. Close school AND let us stay up late if we want. Thank you! I'll bet you $100 this had to do with the warning they just issued, too.

Tomorrow, 1/28/2009, all Prince William County Public Schools are closed on Code Red. The School Age Care Program will not open.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | January 27, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Symbol for FedCast - an ID card on a lanyard!

Posted by: arbmed | January 27, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

How about Fairfax County schools tomorrow? Do you think they will be closed?

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 27, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I got this from myfoxdc.com

School closings/delays:

Berkeley County Schools - CLOSED
Clarke County Schools - CLOSED
Frederick County VA Public Schools - CLOSED
Jefferson County Schools - CLOSED
Manassas City Schools - CLOSED
Morgan County Schools - CLOSED
myfoxdc.com - CLOSING/DELAY UPDATES ONLINE
Page County Schools - CLOSED
Prince William County Schools - CODE RED
Rappahannock County Public Schools - CLOSED
Spotsylvania County Public Schools - CLOSED
Stafford County Public Schools - CLOSED

Posted by: Yellowboy | January 27, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Symbol for Federal Govt... $$$

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 27, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Also a teacher, praying for a day off. VERY unlikely though, as i'm in Arlington Co. Dr. Smith had us come in on time today and it was not pretty. he also had the school day extended for six minutes a day so we could "bank" extra snow days.

in the last 5 winters, we haven't had more than one day off due to inclement weather. Great plan, Dr. S!

on a happy note, we took the kindergarteners outside to look at snowflakes under a magnifying glass today, which was fun. We also read "Snowflake Bentley", a great picture book about the wonderful Wilson Bentley (if you don't know who that is, check out: www.snowflakebentley.com or http://www.bentley.sciencebuff.org).

Posted by: dinergirl | January 27, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

radar looks like we could be dry soon

Posted by: cjespn | January 27, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Noticed that at least a couple of 10pm obs showed rising temps. Dulles went up a degree to 29. Ft. Belvoir went up 2 to 30.
Looks like those easterly winds are starting to have an effect. Once the SW winds kick in, the cold air will scour out rather quickly.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | January 27, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

A symbol for Fed cast: A "G" Man. I imagine a cartoon version of an FBI Elliot Ness-type guy with a square jaw and a fedora-type hat-- a Fed! Throw in some cartoon weather behind him--snow, rain, etc?

Posted by: mdrod | January 27, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I think the Fed Cast symbol should be Obama's campaign logo (or Pepsi since they are nearly the same!). Though, the cartoon federal worker with the fedora was a great idea.

Posted by: Mayaclone | January 27, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

dinergirl, I just hope Dr. Smith errs on the side of caution. He REALLY hates calling delays or giving the day off. Since tomorrow's early release, he would still get the instructional time in with a delay, as early release would be cancelled. So he'd have no excuse. This morning was ridiculous. Teachers had a hard time getting in and at our school buses were late. Cars were slipping and sliding in front of the school.

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 27, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I just upgraded SchoolCast to three apples...It's bad out there.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 27, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

1/4 inch of ice will shut things down for the day.

Posted by: Alexandria2009 | January 27, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see what DC decides. In DC, a day off of school is a day that some students don't eat breakfast or lunch. Plus most kids take public transit or walk to school, so school busses are not a big issue.

But at the same time, the (many)teachers who live outside the district might have a heck of a dangerous time getting into school in the early AM.

Maybe a 2hr delay? Or business as usual? Guess it depends on how early that pure rain starts falling. I'll be interested to see what the roads are like in town tomorrow. Whether or not the ice overtook the salt.

Posted by: LaurainNWDC | January 27, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm still going to bed as if it's a normal school night, even with the 3 apples haha. Hoping for the best when my alarm goes off at 6AM.

Posted by: PeterBethesda | January 27, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Heavy sleet and freezing drizzle here in Sterling. 27.9 degrees right now, temperature has gone up 0.9 degrees since about 6 (when I last checked it).

I, along with others, see the edge of the precip moving towards the DC region... will the precip end earlier than expected, or will there be another lull?

Posted by: Sterlingva | January 27, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I just checked radar...looks like this thing is going to be dry south of dc in the hour. That gives road crews 5 hours. I expect no delayed leave tomorrow for feds.

Posted by: shackleton | January 27, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

As for the FedCast symbol I like either mini-Capitol buildings or mini-Washington monuments. Of course DCIST's image of "butter stick" would be pretty cool too!

Posted by: smp13 | January 27, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that I fear make keep us from a closing here in MoCo and other counties is that school systems may hear that the transition to rain may occur during the morning and assume delaying is fine.

Posted by: Kmlwx | January 27, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

LoCo has cancelled school for tomorrow.

Posted by: Sterlingva | January 27, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Also, a neat "precipitation type" fell today as I went out at around 8 PM. It was like drizzle, but the drizzle particles were frozen. I guess they froze very near to the ground.

I think there should be a name for it... frozen drizzle? Hmm. Is there an official name?

(I just went out to see what's going on; the "frozen drizzle" is falling once again, accompanied by heavy sleet.)

Posted by: Sterlingva | January 27, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Can I just say I truly appreciate the separate school cast for DC? We all know the DC schools have to be really, really bad off to close. At least someone acknowledges it.

Posted by: dcteacherchicblogspotcom | January 27, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

re: back edge

Yes, the back edge is advancing from the south... but it may slow down a bit as it reaches the metro area... with precip lingering a bit longer than current trends might suggest.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 27, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Freezing rain in Potomac. Glaze of ice over everything. No way there will be school tomorrow. I'm not even setting my alarm to get the kids up. Have a cozy night all!

Posted by: someonelikeyou | January 27, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

snowlover2, yes, Dr. Smith is an idiot (that was your basic message, right?). i actually have no early release tomorrow; i am at one of the seven schools that lost early release so that they could add Spanish.

CWG, glad to see you Facebook! i looked for you when i first joined. i am fan no. 112. :-)

Posted by: dinergirl | January 27, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

For the Fedcast: red ink pots, of course.

Posted by: blackmos | January 27, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Dinergirl, that was basically my message, LOL!!! Well, here's to hoping for a break tomorrow....

Posted by: Snowlover2 | January 27, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

FedCast = dollar signs

Posted by: goheels12 | January 27, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

For the FedCast:

Red tape (your apples for the SchoolCast are already red, too). I don't know how you'd illustrate that ... perhaps with a symbol similar to a lowercase sigma ... looks kind of like a tape dispenser.

Posted by: jtw_alexandria | January 27, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Great FedCast ideas. Feel free to keep them coming. I will take some of the top ideas and create a poll for a final vote that will determine the winner some time in the next week.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 27, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Just drove from GWU area to the Washington Convention Center. Extremely icy and slippery on side streets. Slippery spots on main roads, and continuing to have a freezing rain/sleet mix. I'm from a climate with many more storms and am confident in my winter driving abilities, but it's nasty out there off the main drags.

Posted by: bjackrian | January 27, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Midnight Update -

Moderate sleet in Leesburg area with snow oddly mixing back in.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | January 27, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Fed Cast: how about eagle heads? Or alternating donkey and elephant silhouettes in a line?

Posted by: paduk13 | January 28, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

For a FedCast symbol, I do believe there is only one possible choice - a Swingline stapler, preferably red.

Posted by: MiltonWaddams | January 28, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Over 400 comments today! (Not a record, we actually had some higher numbers on the old site, but registration wasn't required--so apples and oranges comparison) Thanks to all for contributing. And night owls: feel free to keep the comments flowing...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | January 28, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

wecndo -- I'd agree, this has played out like many winter storms we've seen here. Though I would say it's been more impressive than some of them in that we've kept below-freezing temperatures inside the Beltway longer than we sometimes do.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | January 28, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I'd be willing to say that the NWS could have gone with an ice storm warning for as close in to the district as Montgomery County. Here in Rockville we've had snow/fr rain/sleet since around a little before 6. It's still coming down now. My street is a sheet of ice. My driveway which I just treated about 3 hours ago, is covered and iced. Trees starting to get a nice coating on them as well. And you better have the ice scrapers at the ready tomorrow morning for those of us who absolutely positively have to work. I know I'll be scraping away in just a few hours.
Overall, a good forecast, a good now cast, and I think everyone at CWG did a good job forecasting this, and surprisingly, the NWS nailed this forecast.

Posted by: Havoc737 | January 28, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Unless temps pop up pretty soon, personally I'd be surprised if most of the suburban districts don't cancel. I was just outside, and its nasty. Pure ZR now, and everything is a skating rink. I'm also not that convinced we go above freezing prior dawn. I think road crews may well get major roads good to go, but I'm not so sure about the neighborhoods.

Posted by: jahutch | January 28, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Just took a walk outside in Alexandria City (yeah my sleep schedule is horribly messed up :-p), awful conditions. The sidewalks and all parking lots are ice slicks, as are most of the side roads. Ice slicks to the point that I was in sneakers and could literally slide my way down the roads/parking lots/sidewalks. The plows are out, but we saw quite a bit of black ice and they can't do much about that.

Also noticed that the few cars that are out are not being cautious at all. One near accident miss and another skidded into a turn. One car couldn't get out of their parking lot of a large apartment community. Too icy, car's wheels were spinning but not getting traction at all.

Posted by: kallieh | January 28, 2009 3:15 AM | Report abuse

A walk at 330!? Sheesh. I shouldnt be talking. I should be sound asleep in bed, but can't sleep.

Posted by: PoorTeacher | January 28, 2009 3:28 AM | Report abuse

how about a happy face!

Posted by: tstone7330 | January 28, 2009 3:50 AM | Report abuse

WTOP just announced Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today. Offices are open.

Posted by: techmen | January 28, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

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