D.C. Federal Agencies Open Wednesday, Area Schools Close
UPDATED: Jan. 22, 2014 8:18 a.m.
ORIGINAL: Jan. 21, 2014 4:10 a.m.
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Washington area residents are digging out from as much as 10 inches of snow following the most significant winter storm of the season.
Federal D.C. offices are open Wednesday on a two-hour delay with unscheduled leave and telework available to employees.
D.C. Public Schools
Prince George’s County
Anne Arundel County
Saint Mary’s County
Prince William County
The weather is also delaying the opening of most area colleges and universities.
In Maryland, the University of Maryland in College Park will open at at noon.
In the District, classes will begin at Georgetown and American University at 11 a.m., while Howard University begins at 10 a.m. Gallaudet University will be on a two-hour delay.
In Virginia, George Mason University will open at 10 a.m.
In a sign that normalcy is returning in Washington, the National Zoo will open at 10 a.m., allowing visitors to meet the popular new panda cub Bao Bao in person.
Snowfall totals in the District, Maryland and Virginia ranged from 3 to 10 inches. The 3.8 inches of recorded snowfall broke a more than three-decade-old daily record of 3.5 inches, set Jan. 21, 1982.
Most area schools will remain closed on Wednesday as crews continue to treat roadways. Many neighborhood streets remained snow-covered and icy with temperatures remaining well below freezing.
“Chemical doesn’t work a lot of time in these temperatures,” WNEW traffic anchor Lisa Baden said. “Drivers need to be careful.”
A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon Wednesday with temperatures feeling 5 to 15 degrees below zero. Actual air temperatures will only reach the mid to upper-20’s.
WUSA9 meteorologist Howard Bernstein says temperatures will not rise above freezing until Saturday.
Strong wing gusts of up to 40 mph will compound the bitter freeze. Prolonged exposure to the cold air can lead to hypothermia or frost bite on exposed skin.
Officials in the District say trash and recycling collection will occur as planned, but service may not be available on untreated streets.