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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Cold c-c-commute this morning

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

9:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The left lane of 50 East is blocked at Sully Road.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

In addition to congestion on I-395 North, I-66 East is also a trouble spot in Virginia. Backups at the Beltway are severe.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The debris on the road on I-95 North after the exit for Sandy Spring Road/MD 198 has been cleared up.

I-395 North is still very jammed up around the 14th Street Bridge, probably less due to the earlier lane closure and more because it's the morning and that's what happens. But expect delays.

[After the jump, some numbers and resources to use in case the blistering winds take down trees or knock out power.]

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

The vehicle fire on I-270 South has been cleared.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

A vehicle fire on I-270 South before I-370 is blocking one of the shoulders, in case you saw the smoke and felt mildly concerned.

There's debris on the road on I-95 North after the exit for Sandy Spring Road/MD 198.

I-395 North remains pretty sluggish around the 14th Street Bridge, so if that's your commute expect delays.

In general, we aren't getting a lot of reports of frozen roads or seriously icy conditions. Are you seeing anything else? Let us know in the comments below, Tweet us @drgridlock or shoot us an e-mail.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The Inner Loop accident at Old Georgetown Road and the debris on the Outer Loop before New Hampshire Avenue: cleared.

In Virginia, I-66 East is backed up at Nutley Road and Chain Bridge Road, while I-395 North is still a problem at the 14th Street Bridge.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

The disabled vehicle on Pennsylvania Avenue in Forestville has been cleared. The Inner Loop accident is still blocking one lane and one of the shoulders at Old Georgetown Road, while debris on the Outer Loop is still blocking one of the shoulders before New Hampshire Avenue.

In Virginia, an accident on I-95 South to the south of the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right lane. The disabled vehicle on I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge has been cleared, but big delays remain in that area.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

The Inner Loop accident before Old Georgetown Road is blocking one of the lanes and one of the shoulders. The I-95 North accident at the county border has completely reopened.

Meanwhile, a disabled vehicle is blocking one southbound lane on Pennsylvania Avenue/MD 4 at Donnell Drive in Forestville.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

A disabled vehicle on I-395 North at the 14th Street Bridge (near the ramp from the G.W. Parkway) is blocking the right lane. You can expect some big delays as traffic snarls around this spot.

The Outer Loop shoulder is still blocked before New Hampshire Avenue by debris. An accident on the Inner Loop before Old Georgetown Road could slow down one lane there. An accident on I-95 North at the border between Prince George's and Howard counties was blocking two lanes, but now that's down to just one of the shoulders.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

Debris in the road on the Outer Loop before New Hampshire Avenue is blocking one of the shoulders and could cause delays.

I-95 North is congested around Woodbridge. Further north, I-395 North is slow around Duke Street and Seminary Road. To the west, I-66 East is backed up at Sudley Road.


Good morning, commuters. Here we go again: The National Weather Service has issued another winter weather advisory for the Washington region. It's in effect until 9 a.m., and means there might be up to an inch of snow accumulation in addition to brisk temperatures (in the upper teens and low 20s) and bitter winds (starting out 20 to 25 mph, with gusts form 30 to 45 mph). The short version: It's gonna be cold.

This means your morning commute might include downed trees or wires, delays, backups or freezing and slippery roads. So exercise caution. Leave early to allow yourself plenty of time. Expect delays, and don't get frustrated and try to rush. And, if possible, take public transportation. Review this resource before hitting the road. And check back here throughout the morning, because we will be updating you on what to expect out there.

Here are some additional resources that might come in handy:

Report problems
-- BGE outages: 877-778-2222; downed wires: 800-685-0123; outage map
-- Dominion outages and downed wires: 866-366-4357; outage map
-- Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative outages and downed wires: 703-335-0500; outage reports
-- Pepco outages: 877-737-2662; downed wires: 202-872-343; outage map
-- Washington Gas: 800-752-7520

Downed trees and debris in roads
Anne Arundel County: After hours, 410-222-6120; northern district, 410-222-6120; central district, 410-222-7940; southern district; 410-222-7940; Annapolis; 410-263-7870.
Arlington County:703-228-6527; after hours, 703-558-2222.
Calvert County: 410-535-1600.
Charles County: 301-932-3450 or 301-870-2778.
The District: 311; clogged storm drains, 202-612-3400.
Fairfax County: 703-324-5033 (Public Works); 571-350-1000 (Emergency Management); 703-383-VDOT.
Howard County: 410-313-3440.
Loudoun County:703-777-0333 (Emergency Management); 703-383-VDOT.
Maryland state: 800-543-2515.
Montgomery County: 240-777-6000.
National Park Service:
Prince George's County: 301-499-8520; after hours, 301-499-8600.
Prince William County: 703-792-7070 or 703-383-VDOT.
Virginia State: 703-383-VDOT.

Road conditions
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By Mark Berman  | December 14, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion  
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