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Posted at 9:25 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Prepare for a snowy A.M. commute

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

9:30 A.M. UPDATE:

If you haven't headed out yet: Light snow should be descending soon, but it'll wrap up by nightfall, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

In Maryland, the accident on the Outer Loop west of New Hampshire Avenue is still blocking the shoulder. The shoulder is still blocked on the Inner Loop at Suitland Parkway, so there might be some delays around those spots.

In Virginia, delays remain on the Outer Loop near the American Legion Bridge. The Inner Loop is backed up at I-66 and I-66 East is slow at the Beltway.

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The Outer Loop is congested in Virginia approaching the American Legion Bridge, while the Inner Loop is pretty slow approaching Arlington Boulevard. Traffic on I-66 East is getting pretty heavy at the Beltway.

Meanwhile, in Maryland, the accident on the Outer Loop west of New Hampshire Avenue is still blocking the shoulder.

The Post's Michael D. Bolden reports that fire trucks and emergency vehicles at 15th and K streets in Northwest were causing a jam, so if you're in that area expect delays.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

There's an accident on the Outer Loop west of New Hampshire Avenue. It's blocking the shoulder but could cause delays.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

The Post's Michael D. Bolden reports that on westbound New York Avenue, the left lane is blocked just before the 9th Street Bridge by an accident. Traffic should stay to the right on inbound New York Avenue.

7:45 A.M. UPDATE:

The shoulder is still blocked on the Inner Loop at Suitland Parkway, so there might be some delays around that spot. Police activity on I-95 North at Old Gunpowder Road in Calverton could slow northbound traffic.

The delays on I-95 North appear to have eased in Virginia. However, I-66 East is backed up around Chain Bridge Road (and parts west, so if you are heading towards the Beltway from Prince William County, expect some congestion). I-395 North is also congested at a few spots en route to the 14th Street Bridge.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The lanes have reopened on I-95 North in Woodbridge, but as is often the case with these things, expect some residual delays to linger if you are approaching the area.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 North in Woodbridge is blocking the two left lanes. You can expect some big delays, since the area's always pretty crowded as the morning rush progresses.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on the Inner Loop at Suitland Parkway is now just blocking the shoulder, and all lanes appear to be open again.

Over in Virginia, the Inner Loop is slowing down as you approach Gallows Road, while I-66 East is packed around Chain Bridge Road.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the Inner Loop at Suitland Parkway is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

6:10 A.M. UPDATE:

There are Winter Weather Advisories in place for much of the area, and they will last between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

ORIGINAL POST:

What Are Your Snow Predictions? | Live Radar Map | Capital Weather Gang

This morning brings the first widespread snowfall of the season, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Some flakes will fall for a while, but light snow should be underway in most areas by the late morning and continue through the afternoon. Check back here throughout the morning for updates on the latest traffic headaches.

There's always the danger of slick spots on the streets and sidewalks, so drive and walk with caution. Remember that Washington area drivers freak out every time there are a few flakes. There might be delays and backups as drivers slow to admire the pretty, pretty nature, as well as any issues caused by slick and frozen spots. Expect that your commute will take a little longer than usual and leave with more time to spare. Bundle up, obviously. If you have the option, consider public transportation. And it's a good idea to revisit Dr. Gridlock's guide to traveling in a winter storm.

By Mark Berman  | December 16, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
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