WAMU 88.5 : News

Rain, Sleet Forecasted For Monday Night

Play associated audio

The weather forecast for Monday night calls for a mix of rain and sleet, with temperatures hovering around freezing. That means roads in the D.C. region could be covered in ice by Tuesday morning.

Keith Compton -- the chief of highway services in Montgomery County, Md. -- says what makes this weather so hazardous for drivers isn't the air temperature but, instead, the ground temperature.

"We perform something that we call pavement forecasting and, to us, that's just as important as weather forecasting. We really need to know how the pavement is going to react to whatever frozen material is deposited upon it. And right now, our pavement temperatures are in the mid-20 degree range," he says.

Compton says his crews will be treating roads in Montgomery County with salt and sand Monday night, in preparation for Tuesday morning's rush hour.

NPR

Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
NPR

Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
WAMU 88.5

The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

NPR

Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.