By midafternoon yesterday, Danny Krowe, a freshman at Broad Run High School in Sterling, still had to do all of his algebra homework. Heather Hardcastle said she was "forgetting everything" from her second grade class because she has been preoccupied with ice skating. And, at the mention of school, Heather's 10-year-old brother Holden had one comment: "Yuck."

The three youths echoed the sentiments of many other schoolchildren who turned out yesterday at the Pershing Park skating rink on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, across from the Willard Hotel.

Bundled in parkas and colorful scarves, they sipped hot chocolate and devoured hot dogs to the sounds of go-go music and Top 40 hits blaring from a loudspeaker. With the unexpected three-day weekend falling just after Christmas vacation, school had not had much chance to make an impression.

But the snowstorm is over, and, with the exception of a one-hour delay in the opening of Fauquier County schools, all Washington area schools will be operating on a normal schedule today.

The area's 250,000 federal workers also are expected to be back on the job.

Weather Service forecasters predict sunny skies and a high temperature in the 30s today, dropping to 15 to 20 degrees tonight. The outlook for tomorrow is mostly sunny and milder with a high around 40.

"It's a drag," said Monique Delbe, 24, who was not eager to return to her cosmetology and hair designer classes. Delbe had brought her two sisters, Erica, 9, and Keysha, 14, to the rink for the afternoon.

"School is boring," Keysha said. And with a grin, she zipped up her orange ski jacket, slipped on red earmuffs and stepped onto the ice skating rink to savor the last few hours of a long weekend.