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Forecasters Question Decision To Open DC-Area Schools Late

Patch logo Patch 2/11/2019 Dan Taylor
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WASHINGTON, DC -- Some local forecasters were mystified by the universal decision of D.C.-area schools to open two hours late.

While some areas experienced icy roads due to overnight winter weather, it was just a bit of rain for much of the D.C. area.

Dan Stillman, a meteorologist and editor for the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, called the decisions by both D.C. Public Schools and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management -- which makes the call for federal workers -- "curious."

The main CWG Twitter account chimed in, saying that they "were surprised by these calls," as their forecast only called for mostly wet roads with isolated slick spots.

Reaction from locals were mixed. While some said it was better to be safe than sorry, others agreed that it seemed a little over the top to delay schools and the federal government on Monday.

CWG also said it was strange that they had made the decision the night before rather than check on the conditions in the morning, particularly with such a marginal forecast.

Others noted that conditions were bad in some places, like in Fairfax County, so officials may have been wise to play it safe.

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