- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2007

1:59 p.m.

The region is facing another frigid day as another cold-weather system moves through the area.

The National Weather Service posted a wind-chill advisory until 9 a.m. Morning temperatures hovered in the teens, and westerly winds of 10 mph to 15 mph made temperatures feel like 10 degrees below zero.

High temperatures this afternoon are not expected to climb beyond 26 degrees.

The weather system is also expected to bring some moisture into the region this evening. Forecasters are calling for a 60 percent chance of snow beginning at about 5 p.m. and continuing until after midnight. As much as an inch of snow could fall before tomorrow morning’s peak commute.

The cold weather, which arrived Sunday night, already has been blamed for one death in the region.

Annie Mae Anderson, 81, of Silver Spring, was found dead Monday morning in a wooded area behind the house she shared with her brother, said Lt. Eric Burnett, a Montgomery County Police Department spokesman.

Mrs. Anderson, who suffered from occasional dementia, apparently wandered away from the house without a coat, Lt. Burnett said. She was found 12 hours after she was reported missing, and police said she appeared to have died from exposure to the cold weather.

The mass of cold air that stretches from the northern plains to the East Coast has contributed to at least seven deaths nationwide, authorities reported. Temperatures in the region are expected to return to more seasonal numbers by Friday.

The cold has caused numerous water pipes to break, which so far has caused only minor traffic problems. However, there have been several school closings and early dismissals as a result of heating problems, three in the District and eight in Baltimore. Shelters for the homeless around the region are reporting they are at full capacity.

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