Icy roads make for slick conditions across Maryland, Virginia

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP/WJLA) - Authorities are warning of slick roads and power outages from an icy winter storm in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The National Weather Service says a quarter to a third of an inch of ice could accumulate by Wednesday morning across a wide area from western Maryland to northern Delaware, including suburban areas north and west of Baltimore and Washington. Conditions were dangerous enough that schools in Howard and Montgomery County were closed Wednesday morning while classes in Anne Arundel County began on a two-hour delay.

Freezing rain is also falling across much of Northern Virginia, where ice is accumulating in places on trees and bridges. Ice Accumulation was worse in western portions of Northern Virginia, prompting schools to close in Loudoun County and delay their opening by two hours in Fairfax County.

Baltimore Gas and Electric says it's staging crews to respond to outages as ice and sleet weigh down lines and branches.

Pepco says it has 150 full-time and 450 contract workers available to respond quickly in the Washington area.

Potomac Edison says it's moving line workers closer to Cumberland to be ready for outages there.

The Maryland State Highway Administration urges drivers to be cautious, especially on ramps, bridges and overpasses.