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WASHINGTON — After a cold, dry morning in the D.C. area, light to heavy rain moved into the region in the afternoon hours and continued overnight.
The National Weather Service had originally issued a winter storm warning for parts of the D.C. area, but has since canceled the warning. A winter weather advisory for northern Maryland remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.
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D.C. officials said in a news release Friday night that roads will be monitored and treated throughout the weekend, including Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The city is asking residents to drive cautiously.
The D.C. area won’t be the only region feeling the effects of wintry weather. The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said in a tweeted graphic that over 116 million people fall within its winter storm warnings, watches or advisories.
The storm is expected to make its way across the Midwest and into New England; Amtrak announced that it was modifying train service in affected regions due to the weather.
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) January 18, 2019
Rain is expected to continue Sunday, then it will turn to snow with rapidly falling temperatures. The temperatures are expected to be in the low 40s in the morning, falling to below freezing by the afternoon to in the 20s and below in the evening. Strong winds are expected throughout the day — a wind advisory for the D.C. area goes into effect at 11 a.m.
Storm Team4 meteorologist Somara Theodore said that wind gusts of 20 mph will start early Sunday but will increase to around 50 mph by evening.
“This means the wind chill, what the temp actually feels like, will range from the teens to 10 degrees below 0 Sunday into Monday morning. The wind gusts could also cause damage so be careful,” Theodore said.
A hard freeze should set in any time after 6 p.m. Sunday, according to Storm Team4 meteorologist Matt Ritter.
“Temperatures will fall below freezing Sunday afternoon, leading to icy spots on our roadways,” Storm Team 4 meteorologist Mike Stinneford said.
Monday is expected to be “blustery and very cold,” said Ritter. The highs are in the 20s for Monday with wind chills below zero for much of the day.
SUNDAY: Rain/mix ends by morning. Windy and turning colder. Icy spots possible overnight.
Highs: 40s, falling into the 20s by sunset
MONDAY/Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Dangerously cold. Mostly sunny and windy.
Highs: low to mid-20s
TUESDAY: Partly sunny. Lighter winds and not as cold.
Highs: low to mid-30s
The Associated Press contributed to this report.