By Kevin O'Rourke
The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the Germantown area to go into effect at 10:00 pm Sunday night until 1:00 pm Monday afternoon. “Freezing rain will be possible through the overnight hours, eventually becoming plain rain by midday Monday,” the NWS advisory states.
“A thin glaze of ice could form on untreated roads, sidewalks and vehicles. Due to the recent cold waves some surfaces may become icy even with an air temperature slightly above freezing. Typically shaded areas, as well as bridges will be most susceptible to icing. The morning commute will be impacted,” according the NWS.
According to MoCoSnow.com, “Freezing Rain Advisories will go into effect for the whole county at 10pm tonight. For the Northwestern part of the county (Germantown, Clarksburg, Damascus, etc.), the advisory lasts until 1pm Monday afternoon. For the central and southeastern part of the county, the advisory will last until 9am.”
"The freezing rain will start at about 3:00 am," according to MoCo Snow, "when temperatures across the county will be below freezing. It will last until mid-morning before switching over to rain anytime between 8:00 am and 10:00 am (the ground in the northwestern part of the county may remain below freezing even though the temps will be above freezing, so there may be issues later into the morning)."
MoCo Snow’s School Prediction: Three pencils, means there is a 50 percent the schools will be closed tomorrow, and a high chance
"The big concern is the start of exams within the county," according to MoCoSnow. "If there’s a two hour delay, both exams will still be given tomorrow. If school is cancelled, everything will get pushed back a day. That means that Friday will no longer be a make-up day since the schedule will be bumped back a day. I am sure students that need to make-up exams will be given a chance to do so once school resumes on Wednesday."
Freezing rain is rain that freezes once it comes in contact with the ground. Sleet comes down as small ice pellets and can accumulate much like snow does if it’s falling at a heavy enough pace.
Germantown Pulse and MoCoSnow.com remind all parents and student that predictions are not official. All homework assignments should be completed, and all studying for any tests, quizzes, or exams should be done, and students should prepare to wake up for school on time unless the county states differently. These are only predictions.
The Maryland State Highway administration crews are pre-treating metropolitan area interstates and other major roadways with salt brine as an initial measure to prevent ice accumulation ahead of Monday’s freezing rain event. The Maryland SHA is urging motorists to delay or cancel early morning travel tomorrow as forecasters are calling for freezing rain overnight into the morning.
“With last Tuesday’s morning rush hour storm still fresh in our memories, we’re again strongly advising motorists to avoid or delay driving Monday morning to give our crews the time and room they need to safely clear the roads,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “With pavement temperatures below freezing, any overnight or early morning precipitation will likely cause icy conditions – making driving extremely dangerous. Consider taking transit or working from home while we take care of making the roads safe for travel.”