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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Forecast: AM mix, rain or ice for round 2 tonight

By Matt Rogers

8:00 a.m. update: The freezing drizzle is so fine it doesn't show up on radar but it continues - making untreated surfaces slick. Temperatures are creeping upward but remain below freezing most spots (see the temp map below, it replaces the radar which doesn't shown anything). Reagan National is currently at 30, Dulles 27, and BWI 29. This precipitation may last for a few more hours but should taper before noon while temperatures rise to near freezing north and west and a little higher from the District, south and east. Scroll on down for forecast details for later and stay tuned for further updates later this morning.

6:30 a.m. update: Light freezing drizzle continues with temperatures in the upper 20s to around 30 (some mid-20s in the northern suburbs). The freezing drizzle should continue through the balance of the morning commute. Treated roadways should generally be fine, but caution is urged on untreated roads, bridges, ramps, and overpasses. And lookout for a light glaze on your sidewalk when you head out.

5:30 a.m. update: Light freezing drizzle and mist are being reported around the area, offering a light glaze to untreated surfaces as temperatures remain well below freezing. Use caution.

Today's Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 

Cold & raw with a slippery commute in spots. At least precip is light.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mainly AM icy mix. 30-37. | Tonight: Cloudy with late rain or ice. 30-35. | Tomorrow: Morning rain, not as cold. 40-52. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Welcome to February, our final month in the meteorological winter. And just so you do not forget the season, the area continues under a Winter Weather Advisory for patchy ice this morning. While heavy precipitation is not expected, untreated surfaces will be slippery requiring slow, careful driving and walking. Another round of precipitation tonight and tomorrow should bring mostly rain inside the beltway and south, but the chance of more icy trouble increases in the northern suburbs.

Snow Potential Index: 5 → - Coastal storm on Saturday still offers accumulation chance for the area.

 
The SPI is a daily assessment of the potential for accumulating snow for the next week on a 0-10 scale. Get the 'SPI' on Twitter
 

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Tuesday): Light freezing rain/drizzle around the region this morning requires caution and likely slows the morning commute. But the light intensity of the precipitation, its midday conclusion and moderating morning temperatures should prevent a long duration, difficult event. Temperatures in most areas lift into the mid-to-upper 30s this afternoon under mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Precipitation returns late evening, well past commute time, probably between around 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Rain is the most likely precip type in the immediate metro area, but we will have to watch temperatures carefully and some freezing rain can't be ruled out at the onset. Toward western Montgomery, Howard and Loudoun counties, there is a greater chance that precip starts as freezing rain. Freezing rain is most likely in northern and northwestern Maryland (Carroll and Frederick counties) where a longer period of icing is probable. Lows are in the low-to-mid 30s with light winds mainly from the east. Confidence: Low-Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Morning rain could be heavy during the commute with even an isolated rumble of thunder. There's an outside chance the rain remains frozen in the far north and west suburbs, but most spots are seeing liquid. The rain tapers off by late morning with milder temperatures arriving. Afternoon partial clearing could bring us some sporadic sunshine. That along with winds from the west at 10-20 mph may bump temperatures as warm as the upper 40s and even low 50s - quite the change! On the other hand, locations farther northwest where the cold wedge lingers may struggle to reach 40, Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow Night: Look for variable clouds, breezy winds from the northwest, and temperatures dropping late at night from near 20 in the colder suburbs to the mid-to-upper 20s downtown. Any lingering wet spots will ice up, so watch for slick spots. Confidence: Medium.

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday brings back widespread sunshine, but cold temperatures too with highs only in the low-to-mid 30s. Still breezy. Thursday night sees calming winds, clearing skies, and colder low temperatures with in the low-to-mid 20s downtown with teens in the suburbs. Confidence: Medium

Friday increments warmer with partly sunny skies. Look for high temperatures ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s. Friday night finds increasing cloudiness, lows in the 20s, and a chance of light snow toward dawn (30% chance). Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend story focuses on a storm system passing to our east on Saturday. Right now, the guidance is still mixed between snow and rain. The track of the low would suggest snow for the area, but will we still have enough cold air around? And will the low track close enough for significant precipitation? These are still very tricky questions and I look forward to Wes Junker's insight later this week if the potential persists. Otherwise, I'm looking for highs in the 30s on Saturday, lows in the 20s Saturday night, and partly cloudy skies with 30s and 40s for highs on Sunday. Confidence: Low

We'll probably have more winter storm chances next week, but again there is a debate about cold air availability and the storm track. We may see another Midwest snow storm like this week's powerhouse.

By Matt Rogers  | February 1, 2011; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

First...of all I guess I'd better shower and get myself to work. CWG called this all the way!

Posted by: LRaydellMundo | February 1, 2011 5:21 AM | Report abuse

Everything is in bold? It was dry in Front Royal, damp with a little road spray from the Bull Run in. Traffic is a little lighter than usual but also a bit more unpredictable.

Posted by: eric654 | February 1, 2011 5:46 AM | Report abuse

In Leesburg, a steady freezing mist has covered everything. I just slid all the way down my driveway to the road! Looks like Rt. 7 is moving with normal speed, but my street and driveway are a sheet of ice.

Posted by: 4seamed | February 1, 2011 5:47 AM | Report abuse

My driveway in Falls Church is thin ice...just enough to slip and slide. Very thin but dangerous.

Posted by: tbva | February 1, 2011 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Laytonsville, MD:
Freezing mist/drizzle. Light icing. County using tons of salt on the roads this morning, thankfully.

Good call CWG. Looked at the radar this morning and thought it was totally missing us to the north. The plow truck passing by made me open the door to find icing.

Posted by: dprats21 | February 1, 2011 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, yes it is interesting that we don't see this on radar, but it is there. Just a fine, thin mist offering an icy glaze. .

Posted by: MattRogers1 | February 1, 2011 6:13 AM | Report abuse

27 degrees and misting in Fauquier. Two hour school delay for now. CWG, is it likely to warm up enough in two hours so they can put buses on our rural roads?

Posted by: mudbucket | February 1, 2011 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Woah, the ice is building up fast. I just stepped on the driveway and it is now a big sheet of ice, no clear spots after an hour of "freezing mist".

Isn't today the anniversary of a snow storm or something? ;-)

Posted by: dprats21 | February 1, 2011 6:31 AM | Report abuse

No school delay in PWC - they must really want to get high school midterms in. My deck is very slick just west of Manassas. School buses do seem to be running about on time for their first runs, at least around here.

Posted by: RedRedRed | February 1, 2011 6:35 AM | Report abuse

dprats21 where are you? since conditions really vary and are changing, it would be helpful if when people post they add their location. Thanks.

Posted by: Rjmw | February 1, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Driveway and street are ice-glazed and very slick in Beautiful Downtown Derwood. No paper Post here yet, and I'm not faulting my carrier.

Posted by: kakaufman | February 1, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Spotsylvania County schools closed? You've gotta be kidding me. It's doing NOTHING there, the temp is currently 30 degrees, and it's getting up to 42 degrees. A 2-hour delay would have been MORE than enough - and even that wasn't needed. Someone panicked and dropped the ball on this one. And I don't want to hear "Some parts of Spotsy are rural". Even the rural parts are 30 degrees and getting up to 42 degrees.

Posted by: rwalker66 | February 1, 2011 6:45 AM | Report abuse

When the sun arrives, we should see some nice glistening on the trees, but fortunately, this event is so light that we shouldn't see the snapping branches and power problems that people well to our north will be dealing with in the next 24 hours.

Posted by: MattRogers1 | February 1, 2011 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Laytonsville, MD, referenced a few posts above.

Posted by: dprats21 | February 1, 2011 6:49 AM | Report abuse

First time poster, CWG, LOVE you guys!

Route 70 between Baltimore and Frederick is HORRIBLE. Especially around New Market. Lots of cars and trucks in ditches. Frederick has a major coating of ice on everything.

Posted by: LetsMoveToTheBeach | February 1, 2011 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Wow - NWS has raised the low temp for tonite to above freezing. That in turn changed their forecast to all rain for later today on through tomorrow.

Posted by: RedRedRed | February 1, 2011 6:56 AM | Report abuse

How much ice can we expect in the Hagerstown area by tomorrow morning?

Posted by: PhilR | February 1, 2011 6:59 AM | Report abuse

"Wow - NWS has raised the low temp for tonite to above freezing. That in turn changed their forecast to all rain for later today on through tomorrow."

Great, they changed their forecast to what was already obvious yesterday looking at the weather models. Temps tuesday night too high for ice to form, except up in PA. Even the colder NAM has that. There is simply too much warmth coming from the south later today.

Posted by: jiji1 | February 1, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Just checked the sunrise/sunset tables for DC. We're now gaining 2+ minutes of daylight each day.

Warm weather fans, we're starting the downhill run now.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | February 1, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Centreville VA
So much for last night's cautious optimism.

Below freezing with a thin glaze of ice here. It may still be misting...hard to tell.
Yuck.....hello February.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 1, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

sadly, my on-again/off-again relationship w/this WEEKEND's storm is off again.

bachaney,
check out the national radar now. it's blowing up....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 1, 2011 7:27 AM | Report abuse

rwalker66, my thoughts exactly. spotsy is a pain. i was shocked they didn't close last friday too.... though maybe they would have if they'd known we'd be getting an ENTIRE INCH of snow during the day.

sad about tomorrow being only rain, but c'est la vie...

Posted by: ashleyba | February 1, 2011 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Falls Church, across from West Falls Church Metro, at 7 AM, very light patchy icing on the sidewalk. Parking lot and roads clear. Lot and roads clear here in Westfields/Chantilly at 7:30.

Posted by: wiredog | February 1, 2011 7:28 AM | Report abuse

sidewalks and untreated surfaces were pretty slick this morning in Baltimore. But the roads were fine (including side streets, 95, 695).

Posted by: bachaney | February 1, 2011 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Loudoun County schools just went from being on a 2-hour delay to being completely closed today.

Posted by: CuteConnieG2003 | February 1, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Roads clear here in NW DC (Cleveland Park), some sidewalks a little slippery

Posted by: Anonymous123451 | February 1, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

@walter--I just opened weather underground and was very very happy to see the radar explosion!

Posted by: bachaney | February 1, 2011 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Oak Hill (Frying Pan Park) deteriorating - ice building up on driveway. it is now a skating rink. Just slid down entire length fortunately remained standing.

Posted by: Rjmw | February 1, 2011 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Oak Hill, VA near Herndon.

Posted by: Rjmw | February 1, 2011 7:54 AM | Report abuse

bachaney, CWG,
i'd like to see what the radar looked like around midnight or 1:00am eastern time. that's around when i imagine "the storm" became a discernible entity.

is there any place one can see longer radar loops? loops on the order of 12 hours or even a day or two? for example, after this storm is over, is there a place to go back and watch the whole storm's radar loop?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 1, 2011 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Where's my Delayed Arrival operating status? I'm going to need it to cover the half hour it will take my pregnant butt to very slowly climb down the deck stairs to the car while holding on to the railing for my lives, and then the half hour I will spend skidding on my driveway.

Posted by: prupie | February 1, 2011 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Just got back from driving around town in Woodbridge.. light drizzle. Sidewalks are a little bit slippery but the roads are great. Could see salt on them.

Posted by: RedCherokee | February 1, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Snow lovers, hope for snow this weekend. Winter haters, just got to make it through this weekend.

The models are looking downright balmy for the remainder of winter after early Feb. March may be our next snow chance and we all know the odds on that.

Looking forward to some outdoor activity after 2 months hibernation.

Posted by: bbirnbau | February 1, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Fauquier schools just called it closed for today.

Posted by: holly6 | February 1, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Slippery walking commute this AM in UMD College Park, added a full five minutes to my trip - Be careful pedestrians!

Posted by: kolya02 | February 1, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Still a light glaze on everything out here. We're on a two-hour delay, but it's gonna have to really warm up fast to get those buses going on the backroads out here. It's still 27 degrees and no sign of Mr. Sun!

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 1, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Hi CWG
I'm sure, like many questions posted by us novices, mine has been answered. But maybe you could answer this in its own post (story) so we don't have to search through comments of other postings looking for this info). Here is my question:

Why, when we have had so many cold days, does this not seem to help out when moisture comes along. It seems every storm is always accompanied by "not enough cold air." Considering states to our south have had more cold air than us, what the heck is going on that this seems to happen with every storm, maybe even this weekend's and next week's too.

This "not enough cold air to support snow" phenomenon is getting very tiresome, and I'd like to understand it.

Posted by: tryingtochill | February 1, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

@walter--I can't find a radar loop, but this satellite is pretty impressive http://www.weather.gov/sat_loop.php?image=ir&hours=24

Posted by: bachaney | February 1, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Cloudy in Laurel. Almost can't see the mist but untreated driveways, sidewalks, etc a sheet of ice. My outside temp says 29. Car slid backwards down my driveway into the street. Roads seem OK. Be careful as walkers and ease yield to "driveway sliding" cars.

Posted by: biketraveller22 | February 1, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

kolya02 - yes indeed I too am worried about walking around this morning. Glad you are being cautious!

holly6 - alright wow Fauquier must be pretty bad.. can you verify, assuming you live there, that conditions are tricky?

tryingtochill - we do have a lot of cold air this winter. But the storm track is not as ideal as last winter. The pattern this week is typical of a winter when we have La Nina conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Cold air dips southward through Ohio River Valley toward the Gulf Coast but here, just east of the Appalachians, the cold air erodes. The axis of deepest, strongest cold air is just to the west of the mountains as it plunges southward, not as much eastward--directly from Canada's arctic! Because this colder air is shallower and weaker than it would appear when walking around chilled on our winter days lately, any storm that comes along easily throws warmer ocean & Bay air into the mix... which then plays into your perception of "not enough cold air to support snow" (like in the deeper, colder air to the west of the Appalachians) - that help?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | February 1, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Out here in Manassas it's more like a freezing fog.
Roads seemed fine, but sidewalks & parking areas may be slick.
Um....wear sensible shoes & be careful?

*shakes fist & other hand parts at the sky*

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 1, 2011 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Nary a drop of rain, pellet of sleet or flake of snow at the 301 Bridge.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 1, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

@CWG. Is there a chance that MoCo ends up getting more ice than rain tonight. Any possible chance that we can end up with bad ice? What would you think would need to happen.

Thank you.

Posted by: RJ16 | February 1, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Trying to chill: Basically, our coldest temperatures occur in the wake of cold fronts/systems as high pressure builds in over the upper mid-west from Canada with northerly winds advecting cold air into our region. Normally, this leads to clearer skies, but gusty winds, and chilly temperatures, which we've seen plenty of this winter. But, you're not going to see much precipitation under a High. For it to snow, another low pressure system must move come through. When it does this, the high moves on into Canada (Quebec-ish), cutting off the source for the cold (though often leaving a shallow layer of cold trapped along the coast, east of the mountains known as cold-air damming) and winds around the developing low often will advect warmer air into our area, with either southerly winds bringing it up from the south, or easterly winds bringing it in off the ocean (like today). So, by the time precip reaches us, we've warmed up enough to put snow in jepeordy, with temperatures near the freezing point at the surface but warmer air from the low above the surface cold layer, leading to this freezing, icy mess we see this morning.
When we get our bigger snow-storms, the initial low typically moves well to our south or dies out in the ohio valley, developing a new low off the coast, keeping the warmer air from gaining too much of a foothold on us. These coastal lows also put us in northwesterly (cold) flow that helps to keep our temperatures down enough for snow.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 1, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

i live west of Gainesville, off 29, but my preschoolers go to school in Fauquier. My husband left awhile ago heading to 66. He said the driveway was slippery.

Right now, it is just almost a very, very light drizzle that must be freezing when it hits. He said he saw a couple of accidents that probably happened earlier this morning. Also reports that there are many, many salt trucks out, but that other traffic is light so far.

Posted by: holly6 | February 1, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

A bit dicey walking to the bus stop, in Fairfax City, but not completely unnavigable.

I for one will be happy with rain & 50 degrees tomorrow - I like snow, but not when I have to climb over it to cross a busy street (to get to my bus stop.) We can replenish the snow over the weekend... :)

Posted by: MKoehl | February 1, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

A bit dicey walking to the bus stop, in Fairfax City, but not completely unnavigable.

I for one will be happy with rain & 50 degrees tomorrow - I like snow, but not when I have to climb over it to cross a busy street (to get to my bus stop.) We can replenish the snow over the weekend... :)

Posted by: MKoehl | February 1, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Wheaton had a fine, hard sheen and crust of ice over pretty much every surface. Residential roads were tricky, main roads (Veirs Mill/Georgia) were okay. Clomped my way through the (still plentiful) snow instead.

Posted by: atayah | February 1, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

It seems like the option to get zip-code specific forecasts, hourly weather graphs, etc. from NWS has been down since yesterday. Anyone know what's up and whether those features will be back up soon? I have a scheduled telework day today, but I'd like to see what they are forecasting for 7 AM tomorrow, when I would normally head out to catch my bus in Silver Spring.

Posted by: lkusmin | February 1, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Driveway seems fine in Centreville. The car is covered with a very light layer of ice but it kind of dissolves at a light touch. Cars heading out of the neighborhood seem to be going along normally.

Posted by: kat16 | February 1, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Light glaze on things here in Fairfax/Fair Lakes. My 6-year old daughter woke up sick, so my husband went to the store to pick up some sick supplies before work. Unfortunately he slipped and fell in front of our house, while walking to his car. He thinks he just pulled a muscle in his side.

Be careful out there!

Posted by: jillber | February 1, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

bachaney,
pretty cool satellite imagery. you can really see it "blow up" about 6-8 hours ago.

CWG,
there must be similar radar imagery somewhere.

also, after the storm, i'd like to see the whole storm's loop. i wonder if they archive those (radar and/or satellite loops) for big storms. e.g., is there an archived loop of last winter's december 19th and early feb storms?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 1, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Hi CWG
just now saw your answers to my question re: not enough cold air.
Will read and digest
thank you

Posted by: tryingtochill | February 1, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

@Brian

Don't some of our bigger snowstorms come with a "locked in" High Pressure systems, or blocking? Or do all of our east coast Lows eventually push the HP system out to sea?

Posted by: bbirnbau | February 1, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I saw a woman slip, fall and break her arm while getting on the Metro this morning at one of the above-ground stations. Metro did a pretty good job of getting salt down, but there are slick spots.

Be careful!

Posted by: gewaldron | February 1, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Bbirnbau, the "locked in" high pressures that you speak of are those I referred to as moving out into Quebec, to our north, that funnel the cold air down along the coastal plain. It would truly be a wonder to behold if we managed to get a snowstorm with a strong High centered over the Mid-Atlantic

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 1, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Do you expect the weather tonight/tomorrow at BWI to be much colder/icier than in our metro area? Do you expect the ice to change over to rain at BWI tomorrow morning? Thank you.

Posted by: stmakr | February 1, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

WALTER,

This site has a hi-res 24 hour radar loop:

http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/current/usradar.html

Hope this helps!

Posted by: BobMiller2 | February 1, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or is anyone else JEALOUS of the midwest right about now...?

SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH ACCUMULATION RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR LIKELY. STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 10 TO 18 INCHES IS LIKELY TOWARD ROCKFORD AND DIXON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL TOTALS ARE LIKELY DOWNWIND OF LAKE MICHIGAN IN THE CHICAGO METROPOLITAN AREA INTO NORTHWEST INDIANA WHERE 12 TO 20 INCHES OF SNOW IS LIKELY... WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF AROUND 2 FEET POSSIBLE.

ISOLATED SNOW PRODUCING THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP TONIGHT... RESULTING IN LOCALLY VERY INTENSE SNOWFALL RATES. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO SEE SNOWFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF 4 INCHES PER HOUR IN THUNDERSNOW MAKING TRAVEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE.

Posted by: SnowHurricane | February 1, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

thanks for the link, bob.

SnowHurricane,
it's not just you...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 1, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

PG/Largo-Upper Marlboro
**former lurker- 1st time post** Y'all rock!

at 7 am sidewalks pretty much dry and super thin layer of ice on windshield that my scraper took care of easily and no problem getting to Metro.

Posted by: tx2md | February 1, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I usually look at Illinois weather to see what ours is going to be, since it eventually gets here in one or two days. What is going to happen to that beast of a blizzard now dropping 20 inches on Chicago and 10 on oklahoma City?

Posted by: flynnie321 | February 1, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Jealous here too.

Posted by: kwojciec | February 1, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I usually look at Illinois weather to see what ours is going to be, since it eventually gets here in one or two days. What is going to happen to that beast of a blizzard now dropping 20 inches on Chicago and 10 on Oklahoma City? It's already closed schools in Denver, which just about never happens.

Posted by: flynnie321 | February 1, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Relieved and concerned.

Posted by: ThinkWarm | February 1, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Next update coming around 11 a.m. Refining zone maps for tonight...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 1, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I often criticize the folks out here for panicking over nothing, but beware, it is much more problematic out there than it may seem today. The sidewalks in Montgomery County are really slippery. This morning, it was like walking over a sheet of ice.

Posted by: sharedgum | February 1, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

embarrassingly, spotsy county canceled school todday. jeez!

Posted by: krg3m | February 1, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear about all the outlying areas having trouble. S. arlington was fine when i left at about 7:40am. Also, DC proper was good. Traffic was a lot lighter going over the 14th st bridge, perhaps all the feds stayed home.

I once fell on my seat on ice. I broke my fall with my right hand primarily. However, my shoulder was messed up for about 2-3months. Not fun.

Posted by: jojo2008 | February 1, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

In Arlington county we're now just above freezing and the thin veneer of ice has melted.

Posted by: ElJocko | February 1, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

krg3m,

Are you suggesting that Spotsy County needs to put their “man pants” on? LOL!

I’m sure the people there are very nice. :o)

Posted by: ThinkWarm | February 1, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

OK, the BIG question. Should we take a chance and drive in 66 from Front Royal today for the Caps game tonight? From Weather.com, looks like the temps here (western VA) will not go below 35 tonight. I have scoped out some hotels in Vienna & Manassas just in case it's bad on the way home. What say you, experts?

Posted by: capsfan77 | February 1, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

gewaldron, you zeroed in on the most annoying part of taking Metro trains! Who's genius idea was it to put tiles instead of some other less slippery surface in stations?? Even when it only drizzles, the specks of moisture on people's shoes that get left on those tiles makes them more slippery than Slick Willie himself! Didn't people where heels and dress shoes to work when the Metro system was built?

Anyone have any ideas why tiles were put in the stations? I don't see how those tiles are easier to clean or cheaper than another material like concrete. What a big FAIL for the form before function crowd!

Posted by: kolya02 | February 1, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

ThinkWarm,

I live in Fredericksburg..about 5 minutes from Spotsy...and its pretty dry here in town...oh well. I guess the superintendent didn't want to get out of bed.

Posted by: krg3m | February 1, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

CWG... I dont understand why we need an update. The Temperatures are going to be above freezing for DC, MOCO, ETC, and we're gonna get heavy rain.

Posted by: RJ16 | February 1, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I am sure the Spotsy decision was based a lot on what happended last week.

http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/Web/2011/012011/0128sp1

Posted by: Showmethesnow | February 1, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Any notion of whether the storm now dropping 20" in Chicago, 10" in Oklahoma City, and covering 1/3rd of the country is headed this way? If not, where's it going?

Posted by: flynnie321 | February 1, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Accuweather has us at 54 degrees tomorrow in Woodbridge, is that right? I'm so confused....so are the daggone stinkbugs that hide near the vents some days and on others when it's like Spring outside they flutter around just looking homely and smelling like a sewer.

Posted by: tressoleilgoddess | February 1, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Stinkbugs are programmed to winter in unfamiliar places - like a friend's printer in Harper's Ferry, a fact of which he was oblivious until he hit "print." He doesn't wonder at their lack of predators, and has new-found respect for the preying mantas who will eat them.

Posted by: flynnie321 | February 1, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Totally agree about the tiles in the metro stations. As for dealing with walking on the ice, Yak Trax are worth every penny.

Posted by: SPS1 | February 1, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Yak Trax rule. Easy to slip off and when wearing them you can do a dance on ice and be safe.

Posted by: rwalker66 | February 1, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@flynnie321

You might try reading the forecast for tomorrow at the top of this post. You'll see there is supposed to be liquid-y stuff falling from the sky.

Posted by: AsymptoticUnlimited | February 1, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Asymtp - Is the rain forecase for tomorrow what is now dumping 20' on Chicago?

Posted by: flynnie321 | February 1, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

preying mantas?! in harpers ferry...?!

http://www.anorak.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/manta-ray-in-san-francisco.jpg

should even the praying mantises be scared? sorry, the idea of a manta preying on a stink bug just cracked me up....

flynnie321,
yup all that wonderful snow is coming this way, but as yucky rain for us. look at the national radar (http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/current/usradar.html ) and you'll see it's raining hard in ark, tenn, miss, la now for example. that's what we're getting.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | February 1, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

flynnie
Chic. snow = our rain. L is passing to our N & W allowing warm air 2 flow into our area. Circulation around a L is counter clockwise which results in a Southern air flow, ergo, warmer temps & no snow.

Posted by: VaTechBob | February 1, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Just issued...so much for that "all rain" event and wamr temps.

Issued by The National Weather Service
Baltimore/Washington, MD
11:57 am EST, Tue., Feb. 1, 2011

... FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY... ... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT NOON EST TODAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT NOON EST TODAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE... FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS... A TENTH INCH OR LESS OF ICING FROM FREEZING RAIN.

* TIMING... FREEZING RAIN TONIGHT. WITH RISING TEMPERATURES EXPECTED OVERNIGHT... PRECIPITATION IN SOME LOCATIONS COULD CHANGE TO PLAIN RAIN.

* TEMPERATURES... AROUND 30 TONIGHT. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FREEZING AFTER MIDNIGHT.

* WINDS... LIGHT EASTERLY WINDS TONIGHT... BECOMING STRONG FROM THE NORTHWEST ON WEDNESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.


Posted by: rwalker66 | February 1, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, VaTechBob and Walter! May your days be merry and bright!

Posted by: flynnie321 | February 1, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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