HARRISONBURG — Meteorologists expect to see marked extremes in the weather this week in the central Valley, with temperatures in the 60s forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. But the prelude to spring won’t last long as the mercury is expected to drop back down into the 30s and 40s toward the end of the week.
Roads are becoming less icy as the temperature warms, but emergency officials say spots of ice are still present in some places, particularly at higher elevations. They urge motorists to drive extra carefully and to be on the lookout for icy patches.
Freezing rain and sleet caused delays for schools and workers across the region. The Harrisonburg, Rockingham and Page school divisions were all delayed two hours this morning, and Shenandoah County schools are closed today due to icy conditions.
The federal government also opened late due to the winter weather. Federal offices opened at 10 a.m.
The National Weather Service says central and western Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia, are under a winter weather advisory from 5 a.m. to noon today.
— Staff Reports