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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Wintry weather for your A.M. commute

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

10 A.M. UPDATE:

The 3300 block of Prospect Street is closed in Northwest between 34th and Banks streets due to sewer repairs. They expect it will reopen at 2:30 p.m.

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at New Hampshire Avenue, so expect potential delays around that spot.

I don't mean to be a jinx, but traffic on I-395 North appears to have eased somewhat. (I know, I know, merely by writing that I have caused delays of up to a week, I apologize.)

And fire department officials are still on the scene at Metro Center, so you can expect congestion around that area.

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

D.C. Fire and EMS are on the scene at Metro Center, and report that a light fixture was on fire but that has been dealt with. There is still smoke in the tunnel and they are still on the scene, so expect delays around the area.

One lane of eastbound Massachusetts Avenue is still closed around the 2400 block in Northwest due to fire department activity.

Meanwhile, ART routes 41 and 45 are detouring due to the police activity on Columbia Pike in Arlington.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

A report of a possible fire in the tunnel at Metro Center could cause big problems around 12th and G streets in Northwest.

Meanwhile, one lane of eastbound Massachusetts Avenue is closed around the 2400 block in Northwest due to fire department activity. Avoid that area as well.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

Columbia Pike is closed in both directions (westbound at Monroe Street and eastbound at Quincy Street) in Arlington as the fire department checks for a fire, according to the county. This is between Glebe Road and George Mason Drive. Avoid the area.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

I-395 North is badly congested throughout much of the stretch between the Springfield Interchange and the 14th Street Bridge. Expect big, big delays. I-95 North is pretty congested approaching the Springfield Interchange as well.

I-66 East is also pretty backed up at Sudley Road.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 North before Newington is blocking the left lane and could cause delays. There are also delays on I-66 East before Chain Bridge Road and throughout I-395 North. And the inner loop is backed up at Gallows Road.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

The inner loop has fully reopened at Suitland Parkway.

In Virginia, I-395 North is jammed up at the 14th Street Bridge and at multiple points leading to that area. This means the usual "I-395 North stops moving for a while" portion of our morning rush might have already arrived, so expect delays.

6:20 A.M. UPDATE:

Inner loop update: The right off-ramp lanes at U.S. 1 South have reopened; while the accident at Suitland Parkway now blocks just one lane and one of the shoulders.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of the region, including Washington D.C., southern Maryland and Northern Virginia, until 9 a.m. An inch of snowfall is possible, with chilly temperatures expected in the upper 20s and low 30s. In addition to snow, there might be sleet or freezing rain that could cause commuting problems like slippery roads and limited visibilities.

All in all, this means you should exercise caution this morning. Leave a little earlier so you have time for potential delays. Drive carefully and, if possible, use public transportation.

There are already accidents on the Inner Loop in Prince George's County. One such accident is blocking three lanes at Suitland Parkway, while another accident the three right off-ramp lanes at U.S. 1 South.

Meanwhile, I-395 North is already backed up around Glebe Road.

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By Mark Berman  | December 13, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting  
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