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Bundle up: Dangerous temps mean bitter commute in D.C. region

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WASHINGTON - In a word, it's bitter.  The extreme cold we've been telling you about has blanketed the D.C. region, and it's not going to warm up much as we move through Tuesday.  And while the temps are cold, it feels even colder.

The cold weather literally slaps you in the face the moment you set foot outside.  If you don't have to go out, you shouldn't.  But, for many Tuesday morning, that wasn't an option. 

If you are venturing outside, take this advice: layer up!  Also make sure you cover your head, your ears and even your mouth if you can.  That will help keep the cold air out of your lungs, and keep you warmer (even though it might not feel that way). 

Early Tuesday, there were just a few commuters spotted at the Shirlington bus station in Arlington.  Most were hiding inside the bus station to avoid the bitter temps until their buses arrived.  As the morning continued, more and more people were seen quickly moving toward their buses and making their way to work.

Arlington also extended their emergency shelter hours, and they'll be staying open all day on Tuesday for those in need.  The address is 2049 15th Street North in the Courthouse area.

If you spot someone who is out in the cold and in need of help, here are numbers to call:

DC - 800-535-7252
Montgomery Co - 240-777-4000
Arlington Co, Va. - 703-228-7395

The cold weather means your commute is also tougher on your car.  Early Tuesday, Workers at the AAA dispatch center in Landover were preparing to handle calls from drivers who are stranded with battery, tire and key problems, among other things.  Click here to find out how to protect your vehicle from the cold temps.

School was in session in Montgomery County on Tuesday despite the cold weather.  Students were advised to bundle up and cover their skin as much as possible if they were going to be waiting outside at the bus stop, or walking to school.  Some parents told FOX 5 they were upset that the school system opted to remain open despite the freezing temperatures when many other districts opted to close.  Others said Tuesday morning they were fine with the decision to stay open, and that once they were awake, getting to school was no problem.

D.C. Public Schools were also open Tuesday, with the exception of two that were closed due to weather-related incidents overnight.  Hardy Middle School in northwest D.C. was forced to close because a gas line froze, causing the school to lose heat.  Anacostia High School is also closed Tuesday because flooding from a roof leak. 


FOX 5 meteorologist Tucker Barnes says while Tuesday will be bright and beautiful, we'll stay very cold throughout the day. Highs will stay in the teens, and we'll see more dangerous cold overnight on Tuesday.  There is an end to the chill in sight, however.  A gradual warm up is expected near the end of the week, and we should see highs in the 50s this weekend.
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