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Ice to Impact Wednesday Commutes in DC, Raleigh

Icy conditions will make for slick travel across portions of North Carolina and Virginia heading into the middle of the week.

Freezing drizzle is forecast to begin over North Carolina and southern Virginia on Tuesday night before advancing northward for Wednesday, reaching into portions of Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula.

This could make the Wednesday morning commute the worst time to travel around Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Richmond, Roanoke, and Lynchburg, Virginia; and Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro and Asheville, North Carolina.

Fortunately, this is not expected to become a major ice storm as any ice accumulation should not be significant enough to bring down tree limbs or cause widespread power outages.

Motorists will likely feel the greatest impacts as roadways can become slippery as the drizzle falls and freezes on the ground.

"Motorists and pedestrians are urged to travel with caution as surfaces that may appear wet may, in fact, be icy," said Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Bridges, overpasses and other elevated surfaces will be the first to turn icy.

Those taking to the air will not escape the dangers that the unsettled weather brings.

Flight delays and cancellations should be anticipated on Wednesday across the region before conditions start to improve late in the day.

Even in areas to the South where it is not cold enough for there to be freezing drizzle, fog and low clouds can still cause flight delays. This could affect the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the largest airports in the country.

Dry weather forecast to return to much of the region by Thursday, making for much more favorable travel conditions.

The exception to this will be a few showers passing over the Southeast; however, impacts should be minimal as temperatures will be well above freezing.

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