Windy, icy commute ahead
10:20 p.m. Update: 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.
10 p.m. Update: Both Virginia Railway Express and MARC say all trains will operate on Monday. Riders may encounter delays due to slippery conditions.
District officials in a statement late Sunday night urged commuters to drive only if necessary and to consider taking Metro instead of driving themselves.
"The overnight temperature will remain below freezing and snow continues to fall," Department of Public Works Director William O. Howland, Jr. said in a statement. "Throughout this event, we have been using treated salt, which works well under these conditions, but we need motorists to be cautious while driving."
Transit agencies are expected to operate normal schedules. However, beware of slippy and icy train platforms, parking lots and bus stops.
Drivers, too, should be on guard for slippery conditions, despite widespread treatment of roads.
Everyone should be prepared for windy conditions, which the Capital Weather Gang says may intensify overnight.
If your Monday plans include air, train or inter-city bus travel, be aware that all of these services have been affected by the snowstorm. Flights were hit especially hard as airlines canceled thousands of flights, especially at airports in areas such as New York where snowfall totals were expected to reach double digits. BoltBus canceled its Monday service, and Megabus service is canceled until at least 4 p.m. Monday. Amtrak planned to work through the night to resume some service between Boston and New York and to points south of Washington.
8:30 p.m. Update: The Maryland Transit Administration is considering operating a limited "S" schedule for its Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service on Monday. The MTA expects to make a final decision by midnight.
Original post: Hopes that an after-Christmas snowstorm would extend the holiday did not come to pass.
The federal government will open for business as usual, and the Washington region will trudge to work after a close call that buried many cities in the Northeast but left this area relatively unscathed. However, because of the holiday season expect traffic to be lighter than normal as many people took vacation.
Washington Post Editors
| December 26, 2010; 10:00 PM ET
Categories: Driving, MARC, Maryland, Metro, Metrobus, Virginia Railway Express, Weather
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