Let's first take a look at some of the icing reports from the National Weather Service this morning. Icing has already caused multiple accidents in the area, trees down and power outages. Here are the cities that have recorded the highest icing totals so far.
Romney, WV: 0.7" (If true, that is a ridiculously high amount of ice...)
Hedgesville, WV: 0.5"
Manchester, MD (Carroll County): 0.5"
Cumberland, MD: 0.4"
Frederick, MD: 0.4"
Purcellville, VA: 0.4"
Leesburg, VA: 0.33"
Winchester, VA: 0.3"
Sperryville, VA: 0.3"
Hagerstown, Germantown, Gaithersburg, New Market, Clarksburg in MD, and Sterling, Front Royal, Berryville in VA and many other cities at 0.25".
The impacts have been just about what you would expect with an ice storm. Here are a few tweets coming in from the region.February 5, 2014
Starting to see the affects of this morning's ice storm. Tree down on I-70 near Frederick. 1 eastbound lane closed pic.twitter.com/3VC1OtlGSkJohn Gonzalez (@ABC7John) February 5, 2014
My "bud" Debby Thompson up in Mount Airy, MD shared this awesome ice encrusted "bud" picture with me! Wow! (PIC) pic.twitter.com/4NFJ3qzRN2Brian van de Graaff (@ABC7Brian) February 5, 2014
This STINKS! Tree down and broken fence in Forest Hill MD. Among many others. Sorry for Kelly Heil pic.twitter.com/lGQUeuOtpNJustin Berk (@JustinWeather) February 5, 2014 February 5, 2014 February 5, 2014
What should you expect for the rest of the day? Milder temperatures actually! Temperatures should reach the 40s in the D.C. Metro and points south.
Unfortunately, it isn't expected to reach the 40s northwest of town where the region needs the warmer temperatures. Highs in the northwestern suburbs are still only expected to reach the low to mid 30s.
In addition, winds are expected to pick up through the afternoon and evening with gusts into the 30s. This may cause additional trees or tree limbs to come down from the added weight. Try to stay inside today and tonight if you can. Expect the chances for more delays and cancellations tomorrow morning.4km NAM Forecast Temps this afternoon (Courtesy: WeatherBell Models)