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by Aaron Kraut — February 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm 512 0

Updated at 2:45 p.m. – More snow is predicted for Bethesda and much of the D.C. area on Thursday morning, though most meteorologists so far don’t expect much more than an inch of accumulation.

The National Weather Service is predicting the snow could start around 3 a.m. Thursday and go into the morning commute period:

NWS forecast for Thursday morning

The NWS also put out a Winter Weather Advisory from 3 a.m. to noon Thursday:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO NOON EST THURSDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO NOON EST THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS…CENTRAL MARYLAND AND THE WESTERN VIRGINIA SUBURBS OF WASHINGTON DC.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 2 INCHES.

* TIMING… LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE MORNING. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BE HEAVIEST DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.

* IMPACTS…ROADS MAY BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH.

 * TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

The Washington Post‘s Capital Weather Gang is forecasting 1-3 inches of snow for downcounty Montgomery and D.C.

Howard Bernstein of WUSA9 is predicting 1-2 inches for the area.

In case you think this predicted late February snow is unfair, the teacher behind MoCo Snow reminds us that Montgomery County Public Schools actually cancelled school because of winter weather as late as March 17 last year.

by Aaron Kraut — February 18, 2015 at 7:40 am 210 0

The National Weather Service has put the Bethesda area and much of the D.C. area under a Wind Chill Advisory and Winter Weather Advisory.

The Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 2 p.m. Wednesday, ahead of what’s expected to be a brief period of heavy snow that could bring up to an inch of accumulation.

Making that accumulation happen will be the continued freezing temperatures. The Wind Chill Advisory is actually for Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, when the wind chill is expected to dip between 5 and 15 degrees below zero.

The temperature is forecast to reach 30 degrees before the snow squalls come sometime between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday:

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM EST THIS EVENING. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW SHOWERS AND SNOW SQUALLS.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO AN INCH IN MOST LOCATIONS EXCEPT…ONE TO POSSIBLY TWO INCHES NEAR THE MASON DIXON LINE.

* TIMING…SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON. THE BEST CHANCE FOR THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS AND SNOW SQUALLS WILL BE BETWEEN 3 AND 8 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* WIND CHILL…5 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY.

* TEMPERATURES…HIGHS TODAY IN THE UPPER 20S TO AROUND 30 DEGREES. LOWS TONIGHT IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. HIGHS THURSDAY IN THE TEENS.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. VISIBILITY WILL BE LOCALLY REDUCED TO BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND SUDDEN REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY MAY CAUSE DANGEROUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS DURING THE EVENING RUSH. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.

by Aaron Kraut — February 16, 2015 at 8:00 am 513 1 Comment

The National Weather Service is predicting 5-10 inches of snow starting Monday evening for southern and central Montgomery County.

Combined with continued freezing temperatures, the snow would likely have a big impact on Tuesday’s morning commute:

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS

MORNING…

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST TUESDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…5 TO 10 INCHES.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT.

* WIND CHILL…AS LOW AS 10 BELOW.

* TEMPERATURES…4 TO 24 ABOVE.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE THROUGH THIS MORNING. BEGINNING THIS EVENING…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO ONE HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELING DANGEROUS.

by Aaron Kraut — February 13, 2015 at 1:55 pm 4 Comments

With more bitter cold expected this weekend, Montgomery County is reminding residents to watch out for children, senior citizens and homeless individuals who might be particularly vulnerable.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for the entire region and much of the weekend:

…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING…

* TIMING…NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH POTENTIAL FOR WIND GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* IMPACTS…DOWNED TREES AND POWERLINES MAY RESULT IN POWER OUTAGES. MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WILL BE POSSIBLE. DRIVING HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES IN THESE CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS.

As of Friday afternoon, NWS had issued a Wind Chill Advisory for northern Montgomery County, though downcounty Montgomery could certainly get its own advisory with wind chills expected to dip below zero on Saturday night.

Montgomery County is offering its facilities, such as libraries, recreation centers and senior centers, as a place to find warmth during regular operating hours. The county government also suggested public shopping centers as an option.

Homeless outreach providers are trying to encourage homeless people to seek shelter and all emergency and transitional shelters in the county will allow homeless individuals to stay inside until it gets warmer.

The county is also asking residents who notice signs of hypothermia to take that person’s temperature.

“If it is below 95 degrees, the situation is an emergency — get medical attention immediately,” according to a county press release on Friday. “If the person is unconscious and does not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing, call 9-1-1.”

by Aaron Kraut — February 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm 0

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory until 10 a.m. Friday for much of the D.C. area including downcounty Montgomery.

The wind chill could reach as far low as -10 degrees:

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST FRIDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST FRIDAY.

* WIND CHILL…AS LOW AS 10 BELOW.

* TEMPERATURES…FALLING INTO THE 20S THIS EVENING…LOWER TEENS FOR LOWS TONIGHT.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES MAY CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.

by Aaron Kraut — January 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm 0

The National Weather Service has put downcounty Montgomery under a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m. Thursday, with trace amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain possible.

The NWS predicts accumulations of less than one inch, with the best chance for freezing rain between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN…SLEET AND SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION LESS THAN ONE INCH. ICE ACCUMULATION FROM A TRACE TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH.

* TIMING…THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. THE BEST CHANCE FOR FREEZING RAIN WILL BE BETWEEN 3 PM AND 8 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* WINDS…SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 15 MPH.

* IMPACTS…UNTREATED ROADS AND SIDEWALKS MAY BECOME ICY. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DURING THE EVENING RUSH.

by Aaron Kraut — January 26, 2015 at 10:15 am 309 0

Snow last week in Bethesda

Updated at 3:10 p.m. – The National Weather Service has put the area under a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 a.m. Tuesday, with 3-6 inches of snow predicted throughout Monday and into Tuesday morning.

Montgomery County Public Schools has canceled all school-sponsored evening activities on Monday. Community use of school buildings will proceed for activities before 6 p.m., but are canceled for activities happening after 6 p.m.

Various forecasters, and even the Weather Service’s own forecast, put the predicted snow total closer to 1-3 inches for Bethesda:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST TUESDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 6 INCHES.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL DEVELOP EARLY THIS MORNING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE TONIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH TODAY…BECOMING NORTH TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY WITH GUSTS AROUND 25 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO NEAR ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELING DANGEROUS.

Officials are urging drivers to use caution in the snow.

AAA Mid-Atlantic even went so far as to call out Washington-area residents’ ability to drive in wintry weather:

It is an old joke, but it rings so true. Most Washingtonians really don’t know how to drive in the snow. First of all, if you don’t have to venture out, stay put and delay your commute. If you are a federal worker, stay alert for current operating status announcements from the U.S. Office of PersonnelManagement (OPM). Secondly, if you must go, reduce your driving speed to a third of your normal pace, and keep your low beams on. Thirdly, give the car ahead of you extra space. Stay at least one car length behind it for every 10 miles per hour on your speedometer, and anticipate turns and possible stops.

by Aaron Kraut — January 25, 2015 at 7:25 am 1,459 0

The National Weather Service has put downcounty Montgomery and much of the region’s northern suburbs under a Winter Storm Watch starting Sunday evening and into Monday.

While the NWS says 4-6 inches of snow are possible, others say the Monday portion of the storm might have already moved on.

Here’s the Winter Storm Watch:

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN SUNDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND LATE MONDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO NEAR ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELING DANGEROUS.

Here’s the situation as predicted by the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang:

Tomorrow (Monday): Much of the area, except possibly Southern Maryland, probably wakes up to at least a coating to an inch of snow on the ground, unless the initial push of overnight precipitation fizzles out. Early-morning temperatures may still be warm enough such that treated roads are in decent condition. Another inch or two is possible during the day Monday, but that’s only if the storm’s low-pressure center cranks up strong enough and close enough to the coast, which at this point is difficult to say with much confidence. With a steady wind from the north-northeast at 5-15 mph, temperatures don’t do much during the day, staying within a couple degrees of the freezing mark. Confidence: Low

by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 6:25 am 183 0

Snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible for the Bethesda area starting Friday evening and in to Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area from 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday.

A wintry mix of snow and sleet on Friday evening could lead to some freezing rain Saturday. The NWS is predicting snow accumulations of less than an inch for much of the D.C. area:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST SATURDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST SATURDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS FROM A TRACE TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES NORTH AND WEST OF THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR TO THE MASON-DIXON LINE. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE INCH OR LESS ACROSS MUCH OF THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA.

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW AND SLEET THIS EVENING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN MARYLAND AND EXTREME NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA PANHANDLE AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA. FREEZING RAIN WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD OVERNIGHT…CONTINUING INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE SATURDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* WINDS…SOUTHEAST AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH…BECOMING NORTHERLY AROUND 10 TO 15 MPH EARLY SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS…ROADS AND SIDEWALKS THAT ARE UNTREATED WILL BECOME SLIPPERY…CAUSING THE POTENTIAL FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS.

by Aaron Kraut — January 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm 489 0

Updated 9 a.m. Wednesday – A Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect for our area until 6 p.m. Wednesday, though the National Weather Service has done away with its prediction of any significant snow accumulation.

The NWS now says accumulations of up to 1 inch in Metro Washington D.C. are possible, with 1-2 inches in Metro Baltimore.

The NWS originally predicted accumulations of 1-3 inches, with higher amounts possible in certain locations. Here’s the new advisory:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…UP TO 1 INCH IN METRO WASHINGTON DC AND 1 TO 2 INCHES IN METRO BALTIMORE. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE NEAR MASON DIXON LINE.

* TIMING…SCATTERED FLURRIES EARLY THIS MORNING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SNOW DEVELOPING OVER THE AREA DURING THE MID TO LATE MORNING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE DURING THE DAYTIME. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 MPH OR LESS.

* IMPACTS…TEMPERATURES NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING WILL ALLOW SNOW TO ACCUMULATE ON ROADWAYS AND OTHER SURFACES. THIS WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

by Aaron Kraut — January 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm 213 0

Updated at 5:10 p.m. – Another winter storm could impact yet another morning rush hour on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is predicting about an inch of snow from 4 a.m. to the late morning hours in central and southeast Montgomery County. The NWS issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 a.m. to noon Wednesday:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…AROUND ONE INCH.

* TIMING…ONSET AROUND 4 TO 6 AM…CONTINUING INTO THE LATE MORNING HOURS…BEFORE MIXING WITH PERIODS OF SLEET AND DISSIPATING BY EARLY AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES…MIDDLE 20S DURING THE PREDAWN HOURS…INCREASING TO LOW 30S LATER IN THE MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTH AT 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…SNOW WILL LIKELY DEVELOP EARLY IN THE MORNING COMMUTE. THIS COUPLED WITH ROAD AND AIR TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW FREEZING WILL CAUSE ACCUMULATION OF SNOWFALL ON ROADWAYS. THIS WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

Montgomery County will activate its Storm Operations center at 3 a.m. on Wednesday to monitor a storm that could bring an inch or two of snow and freezing rain to the area.

For the third time in a little more than a week, the State Highway Administration is asking commuters to monitor the forecast and consider delaying their morning travels.

“While roads were generally in good condition earlier this week, a difference of only one or two degrees is the difference between wet roads and hazardous icy roads,” SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said “Please take these forecasts and warnings seriously and consider delaying or canceling your travel and appointments while we take care of making the roads safe for travel.”

The SHA will again pre-treat major roads and highways with salt brine to prevent snow accumulation. But sub-freezing overnight temperatures are expected to make any precipitation freeze over on untreated surfaces.

by Aaron Kraut — January 12, 2015 at 4:50 am 500 0

Updated at 7:15 a.m. – Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late on Monday because of freezing rain that has hit the area.

The school system made the announcement just before 4:45 a.m.

Administrative offices will also open two hours late. Buses will run on a two-hour delayed schedule.

Morning pre-K, morning half-day Head Start, morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Activities and programs that begin at 10:30 a.m. or earlier are also canceled.

Area high schools are going to contingency schedules for the first day of first semester final exams.

Walter Johnson High School’s Monday exam schedule follows:

1st Exam/Culminating Activity 9:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Lunch/Study Group 11:25 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
2nd Exam/culminating Activity 12:10 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Dismissal 2:10 p.m.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School will have first exams from 9:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m., lunch from 11:40 a.m.-12:05 p.m. and second exams from 12:10 p.m.-2:10 p.m.

Walt Whitman High School’s Monday exam schedule will be a little different, with the first exam block from 9:25 a.m.-11:25 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m.-noon and the second exam block from 12:05 p.m.-2:05 p.m.

Montgomery County government will open at 10 a.m. on Monday. The federal government will also go to a two-hour delay.

Highway officials are urging commuters to avoid or delay their normal rush hour trips because of expected icy road conditions.

by Aaron Kraut — January 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm 259 1 Comment

A Freezing Rain Advisory has State highway officials worried about a repeat of last Tuesday’s snow-filled and collision-heavy morning commute.

The National Weather Service is calling for less than a tenth of an inch of ice to stick in downcounty Montgomery. The Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday:

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EST MONDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST LATE THIS EVENING. FREEZING RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS…EVENTUALLY BECOMING PLAIN RAIN BY MONDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

* WINDS…SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…A THIN GLAZE OF ICE COULD FORM ON UNTREATED ROADS…SIDEWALKS…AND VEHICLES. DUE TO THE RECENT COLD WAVES…SOME SURFACES MAY BECOME ICY EVEN WITH AN AIR TEMPERATURE SLIGHTLY ABOVE FREEZING. TYPICALLY SHADED AREAS…AS WELL AS BRIDGES…WILL BE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO ICING. THE MORNING COMMUTE WILL BE IMPACTED.

State Highway Administration officials are again warning motorists to avoid or delay driving on Monday morning.

“With last Tuesday’s morning rush hour storm still fresh in our memories, we’re again strongly advising motorists to avoid or delay driving Monday morning to give our crews the time and room they need to safely clear the roads,”  SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said in a Sunday afternoon press release.

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by Aaron Kraut — January 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

Via National Weather Service

Montgomery County is offering up its libraries, recreation centers and senior centers as places to go for anyone needing to escape from the brutal cold that has hit the area this week.

The county also suggested public shopping centers as potential warm locations. Outreach program providers in the county have asked homeless people to seek shelter as all emergency and transitional shelters have been made available until temperatures increase.

Temperatures were forecast to reach a high of about 20 degrees on Thursday. While the National Weather Service says the high temperature is expected to hit 34 degrees on Friday, temperatures on Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night are forecasted to remain below freezing.

In a press release on Thursday, Montgomery County warned of hypothermia, especially for young children, the elderly and those who live in homes without heat.

Because of the cold, Montgomery County Police Animal Services officers will be enforcing a county regulation set up in 2002 that outlaws “unattended tethering” of a dog outside during a weather emergency.

Animal Services officers will be on-call and patrolling neighborhoods looking for violations of the law, which carry a $500 fine.

Via National Weather Service

by Aaron Kraut — January 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm 358 0

State Highway Administration snow plow (file photo)The snow forecasted to hit the area on Tuesday could hit during the morning rush hour, prompting highway officials to encourage commuters to go into work later.

The National Weather Service is calling for 1-2 inches of snow before noon on Tuesday in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang is predicting that snow will likely start by 7 a.m.

The NWS also issued a Winter Weather Advisory for downcounty Montgomery:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 1 PM EST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 1 PM EST TUESDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…POSSIBLY MODERATE AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS…AROUND 1 INCH. UP TO 2 INCHES UNDER HEAVIEST BANDS.

* TIMING…LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING INCLUDING THE MORNING TRAFFIC RUSH…HEAVIEST SNOW 6 AM TO 11 AM.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S.

* WINDS…SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS…SNOW ACCUMULATING ON SURFACES BELOW FREEZING WILL MAKE FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

Sub-freezing temperatures overnight could mean rapid accumulation on the roads.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said crews are pre-treating major state roads on Monday with salt brine, which slows accumulation. Still, the SHA advised commuters “to make alternate plans, such as delaying travel,” to avoid delays and make it easier for crews to remove snow.

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