- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 24, 2007

Another round of ice storms is expected in the region today, with plummeting overnight temperatures possibly making for a slick commute tomorrow morning.

A winter storm warning is in effect until early tomorrow morning for much of the metropolitan area, said James Brotherton, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Sterling, Va., office.

A wintry mix of sleet and snow was expected to start after midnight and could result in up to half an inch of ice accumulating across the region, Mr. Brotherton said.

The bulk of the freezing precipitation is expected to begin about daybreak and taper off late tonight, with pockets of light freezing rain or drizzle expected overnight into early tomorrow.

The District is under a freezing rain advisory and is expected to be spared the brunt of the storm. Only about a tenth of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate.

Mr. Brotherton warned that roads and pavements may still be slippery tomorrow morning as nighttime temperatures fall.

“The temperatures will drop, which could mean refreezing may happen,” he said.

Daytime temperatures should be in the mid-40s for the rest of the week, with no rain expected until late Thursday or early Friday, Mr. Brotherton said.

The metropolitan region is still recovering from a frigid ice storm, which on Feb. 13 and 14 coated the area with nearly 3 inches of snow and sleet.

A handful of pedestrians were injured in the following days by large chunks of melting ice falling from buildings.

Authorities cracked down on motorists with partially blocked windshields and ice-covered roofs. Loose ice can slide onto windshields or become a hazard for other drivers.

Maryland State Police responded to about 20 incidents in the region of vehicles damaged by flying sheets of ice mainly from tractor-trailers and large trucks.

Heavy layers of ice weighed down and snapped tree limbs onto power lines, causing dayslong service disruptions for thousands of residents. At the height of the storm, more than 180,000 residents were without electricity.

On Friday, strong wind storms hit the region, knocking out service to as many as 60,000 residents.

About 1,600 Pepco customers, mostly in Montgomery County, were still without power yesterday afternoon.

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