Bitterly cold Friday made worse by icy roads, power outages

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - Utility crews in Arlington worked hard Friday to clear trees that took down power lines on one of the most bitter cold days in the nation's capital in recent memory.

Temperatures struggled to reach 30 in most parts of the D.C. area Friday, and with winds pushing the feels-like temperature down, anyone without access to heat was in for a very unpleasant day.

"We're doing the work so they can get warm," utility worker J.D. Hagy said. "That's all that matters to me."

On 23rd Street in Arlington, one neighborhood took the brunt of the storm with icy roads, trees on power lines and dozens of homes in the dark. The effort to restore power to that part of the city was urgent, with many residents having been in the dark since 3 a.m.

"Every morning, I go jogging, and it just seemed warmer outside than it did in," Arlington resident and Hollywood, Calif. native Rich Forty said.

Linda Allen heard a tree come down at around 3 a.m. The road was quickly shutdown and power crews started showing up in droves. Many residents were forced to wear their outdoor clothing, indoors because of the bitter cold.

"I'm pretty layered," explained Allen. "I walk to work everyday so I got lots of clothes."

With their heavy machinery, crews shut down all of the power in the neighborhood so they could cut down a massive tree. It's a delicate and dangerous operation.

Meanwhile, in windy West Springfield, a fleet of plow trucks was hampered by technical problems for an exhausted crew that had been working for 24 straight hours.