March 9, 2021

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First ice storm warning hits DC since 2008

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WASHINGTON — For the first time since 2008, the National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for metro Washington D.C. until Sunday morning. 

Washingtonians will face up to 1-inch of sleet and freezing rain. Saturday during the day will see mainly sleet and freezing rain through the night, easing to just freezing drizzle overnight. The warning expires at 7 a.m. Sunday. 

Much of Virginia and southern Maryland are also under the warning currently. Around the immediate DC ht icing will occur throughout Saturday and through the evening. Locals should expect up to 1-inch of sleet and freezing rain on top of what has already fallen.

Moderate icing continues south of D.C. in Southern Maryland and into the Northern Neck of Virginia.

RELATED: Timeline: Freezing rain makes for slick driving conditions across the DMV Saturday

The warning is important for people to heed, particularly those heading onto the roads this weekend. The National Weather Service has announced that travel is strongly discouraged; advising that if one must travel, they should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle in case of an
emergency. 

Residents are also encouraged to prepare for possible power outages.
Risks of falls and injury on sidewalks and roadways are also increased. 

Saturday during the day will see mainly sleet and freezing rain through the night, easing to just freezing drizzle overnight. 

The critical time is Saturday from noon through midnight.  The freezing drizzle should be clear before or by 7 a.m. Sunday. 

Sunday morning the wintry mix moves out and by the afternoon with highs near 40. A shower or drizzle is possible in the afternoon. As the ice melts Sunday, residents are reminded to be mindful of falling ice. 

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2021-02-13 22:36:38

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