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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/22/2008

Update: Slow Improvement Inside the Beltway

Subfreezing temperatures and ice remain N & W

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. tonight

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Federal Government Status: Open under unscheduled leave policy

After several hours of icing, many (but not all) areas inside the beltway are near freezing. The rise in temperature comes a bit earlier than expected due to light southerly winds. While a Winter Storm Warning officially remains in effect [Update: National Weather Service has cancelled the Winter Storm Warning as of 12:48 p.m., and replaced it with a Winter Weather Advisory.], ice will turn to plain rain in the District and close-in suburbs over the next couple of hours (where it already hasn't). The evening commute should be easier than the morning commute.

North and west of town, icy conditions will last a bit longer into the early afternoon or later. But even there temperatures will likely eventually climb above freezing before the precipitation ends this evening. The closer to downtown you are, the better your chances of rising above freezing and the sooner it will happen. It's difficult to time exactly when an individual location will rise above freezing, so keep an eye on your local temperature and use caution. The overall amount of ice will be generally light as precipitation will be patchy and intermittent for the rest of the day.

Icy spots remain on sidewalks and untreated roads -- even inside the beltway -- so continue to use caution.

By  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/22/2008

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