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Behind the Storm: Icy, Cold and Windy

Dan Stillman @ 10:20 AM

An ice storm that pounded the region overnight into early this morning has quickly departed, now on its way up the East Coast. Accumulations were higher than anticipated -- between 2 and 4 inches in the immediate metro area -- because more precipitation fell as sleet mixed with snow rather than freezing rain. As of this morning, more than 100,000 are reported to be without power. Gusty winds today and into tonight could result in additional power outages.


Forecast Confidence: HighWindy, cold. Chance of flurries or show showers through early afternoon, especially north of town, then partial clearing. Winds near 20mph, and higher gusts, will make temperatures in the mid 20s to low 30s feel more like the teens.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Forecast Confidence: HighContinued windy and cold. Tonight, mostly clear early, then partly cloudy toward dawn. We'll keep the wind as lows bottom out in the mid teens. Tomorrow looks to be partly cloudy and windy, though probably not as gusty, with highs approaching 30.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the afternoon and evening commute be like? With many schools closed and people staying home from work, there may not be much of a rush hour. Currently, Metro is not reporting any service delays. Major roads should improve as the day goes on, but secondary and side streets are likely to remain icy into tomorrow.

Will do a post-storm assessment? Look for a self-assessment of our performance and that of other area forecasters in the coming days.

What about the rest of the forecast? Quiet weather is on tap through the end of the week, with the possibility of a weak clipper system affecting the area over the weekend. returns to its regularly scheduled programming tomorrow, including the detailed day-by-day forecast through the weekend, which may or may not include a Snow Lover's Crystal Ball depending on the potential of the weekend clipper system. Steve will be in later today with his usual PM Update.

Pictured: Yesterday's early school dismissals allowed for some sledding time in Oakton, Va. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.

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