Wintry Weather Delays Schools, Federal Government

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Pockets of sleet and freezing rain fell across the Washington, D.C. area Wednesday morning, prompting delays for several hundreds of schools and the federal government. 

The wintry weather will stay in the area through 9 a.m., Storm Team4 says.  In the D.C. area, sleet and freezing rain will be the main threat.

The inclement weather prompted several large school systems to delay their opening Wednesday morning. OPM also announced that federal agencies in D.C. would open two hours late. 

Schools in Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia will be closed Wednesday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of the area. Storm Team4 has declared Wednesday a Weather Alert Day because of the possibility of icy conditions. 

Snow will be most likely for northern Maryland and the northern Shenandoah Valley. A combination of sleet or freezing rain will be possible in and around the D.C. metro area while rain will be most likely in southern Maryland.

Most areas should be above freezing by noon, allowing everything to change over to rain for the remainder of the day. The rain is expected to clear after the evening rush, but freezing temperatures overnight could result in some isolated icy spots.

Some sunshine Thursday afternoon will help to dry things out. 

The dry weather will stick around for the rest of the week before another chance for rain arrives Saturday evening. 

2018-02-07 10:52:30

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