Windy conditions causing problems
6:50 p.m. Update: An object has been reported on the outer loop at Interstate 270.
Pepco is reporting 179 customers without power; BGE 132; Dominion 187.
5:12 p.m. Update: Pepco is reporting 1,103 households without power; BGE 489; Dominion 235.
4:30 p.m. Update: WUSA9 is reporting that a banner pole came loose in the high winds and damaged several windows at NPR headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue.
There were no injuries, according to the report from WUSA9, which also features a photo of the damage.
3:50 p.m. Update: The Capital Weather Gang reports that the region racked up some impressive wind speeds, including 53 mph at American University, 48 mph at Reagan National and 45 in Mitchellville. The winds should subside through the night, with the wind advisory ending at 9 p.m.
2:55 p.m. Update: D.C. officials report that the fire is under control.
2:45 p.m. Update: MacArthur Boulevard is blocked from Macomb Street to Loughboro Road due to the fire on Manning Place.
2:40 p.m. Update: Pepco is reporting that it has extra personnel on duty to help restore outages due to problems caused by the high winds. Pepco currently reports that 2,701 customers are without power. BGE lists 1,647 customers with outages, and Dominion has 578 customers without power.
2:30 p.m. Update: D.C. Fire/EMS authorities say a house fire in the 5200 block of Manning Place in Northwest Washington will cause traffic issues at the intersection of Macarthur Boulevard as officials respond to the incident, which has escalated to a second alarm. The first report of a problem occurred shortly before noon with a report of wires down. Crews are now battling an electrical fire in the walls, authorities said.
1:50 p.m. Update: Some arriving flights at Dulles are being delayed 65 minutes due to wind.
1:45 p.m. Update: Sustained winds at the Bay Bridge are reported to be between 30 and 39 mph, and there is a wind advisory in effect. Drivers of high-profile vehicles are urged to use caution.
1 p.m Update: H Street NE has reopened.
12:45 p.m. Update: A disabled vehicle is blocking the right ane of the George Washington Parkway southbound just past the Beltway.
12:26 p.m. Update: Arlington Transit has reported a losoe electrical wire at South Columbus and South Dinwiddie streets. Buses are avoiding stops in the area.
12:08 p.m. Update: A ladder has fallen into the two center lanes of the inner loop at the Little River Turnpike.
12:06 p.m. Update: H Street NE is closed at 12th Street due to the collapse of a roof. No injuries were reported, according to D.C. Fire / EMS.
12:04 p.m. Update: Traffic lights are dark at Richmond Highway and Memorial Street in Alexandria.
Noon: Officials are checking the attic of a house at the Manning Place location to make sure the fire didn't extend into the house. Authorities say the fire is under control.
11:55 a.m. Update: Wires are reported down in the 5200 block of Manning Place NW. Emergency officials say a tree caught fire.
11:25 a.m. Update: D.C. emergency officials are reporting several issues around the region that are arising due to the heavy winds.
A tree is down at 21st Street and R Street NW. There is also a fire at 42nd and Warren streets NW due to fallen wires, authorities said.
Traffic reporting agencies have also cited several cases of debris in roads, including the Beltway. Be alert as you drive around the region.
7:30 a.m. Update: It's a light commute around the Beltway this morning and elsewhere this morning. Traffic cameras show light traffic throughout the region. Even normal trouble spots like the 14th Street Bridge are no problem this morning.
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Original post: Plows and salt trucks fanned out across the area overnight Sunday to prepare for the frigid Monday commute.
Metro, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter Train service and Virginia Rail Express all expect to operate normally today. However, beware of slippery conditions around the region, even walking from parking lots to train platforms. Pavement and air temperatures are below freezing. Be especially cautious about icing on bridges. D.C. officials said last night that you may want to consider taking Metro as an alternative to driving.
Snow showers are lingering in some areas, especially east of the District into Prince George's and Annue Arundel counties and the Chesapeake communities. A wind advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. The National Weather Service says gusts of up to 50 mph are possible, which could make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, such as SUVs or trucks.
Most roads in the area appear to be open without congestion. We can expect significant relief this week due to the number of people taking vacations for the holiday.
However, if your plans include any travel to Philadelphia or points north you will be delayed. Airports in the New York area and beyond are either officially closed or there are no flights because of widespread cancellations. Expect driving conditions in those areas to be extremely difficult as some areas have recorded more than a foot of snow.
Megabus, BoltBus, DC2NY and Greyhound all have canceled at least a portion, if not all of their Monday schedules. Amtrak service between New York and Boston was shut down, but rail officials hope to restore service today.
In Maryland snow emergency plans remain in effect for several counties: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne, Somerset, Saint Mary's, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester.
Are you working today? How was your commute? Did you take Metrorail or did you drive? Post a comment below.
Washington Post Editors
| December 27, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
Categories: Driving, MARC, Metro, Metrobus, Virginia Railway Express
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