Another Blast of Arctic Air Follows Latest Snowstorm
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Updated: 10:50 a.m. March 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — As temperatures remain below freezing around the Washington-Baltimore region a day after another snowstorm, schools and governments in the region remained closed or delayed opening.
The federal government opened two hours late Tuesday and workers can take unscheduled leave or telework. Federal agencies in Baltimore opeed at 10 a.m.
The District of Columbia government also opened two hours late. The city’s snow emergency was lifted just at about 9:30 a.m.
Liberal leave for Maryland state workers is in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Some public schools are closed Tuesday, including Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Howard, Charles, Frederick, Carroll, Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and St. Mary’s counties. Public schools in Baltimore and D.C., as well as Baltimore and Harford counties, opened two hours late.
Icy roads are still covered by snow in many areas from Beltway to Beltway, and transportation officials are warning motorists to take it slow and watch for black ice.
WNEW reporter George Mesthos says most of the major roadways have been cleared and treated, but adds that some side roads and exit ramps still are partially snow-covered and slushy.
— George Mesthos (@GeorgeWNEW) March 4, 2014
Metrobus has restoredfull service to all routes. Snow detours will be in effect to keep buses off of hilly terrain, narrow side streets and other problem areas.
Local airports expected some delays Tuesday as airlines returned to regular schedules.
Authorities in Prince George’s County said a 62-year-old woman suffered a heart attack and died while shoveling snow in Bowie on Monday afternoon.
The frigid air that accompanied the storm will remain for the next few days.
Temperatures will struggle to get above the freezing mark on Tuesday, and likely will dip back into the teens overnight into Wednesday morning.
— Howard Bernstein (@hbwx) March 4, 2014
Record-setting cold temperatures were recorded around the region early Tuesday morning.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport recorded a low of 4 degrees at 6 a.m., breaking the record set in 1873. Dulles International Airport tied a 1993 record for the month at -1 degree.
Blame it on a return of the “polar vortex.”
“That is the buzzword this winter, the polar vortex. That cold air just kind of migrates around the poles and the extreme northern latitudes all the time,” said Jim Lee, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. “The jet stream enables that colder air to move down the East Coast.”
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