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Freezing Rain Delays Schools, Causes Tricky Commute

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — It was déjà vu for Washington area drivers who ended last week with a tumultuous commute, as freezing rain turned Monday morning into an encore of sorts.

Most major school systems around the region delayed the start of classes with some opting to close for the day.

The Federal Government told employees to stay off the roads until 10 a.m. Employees also have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. Offices opened to the public at noon.

Transportation officials urged motorists to allow for extra time to get to work.

In Maryland, highway officials told drivers to use caution during the Monday morning commute. The State Highway Administration said crews were be out before commuters hit the roads, but icy conditions were possible.

The National Weather Service said central and western Maryland were under a winter weather advisory from 5 a.m. to noon Monday. A winter weather advisory was in effect for the District of Columbia and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia until 10 a.m.

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