Facing an icy p.m. commute
[This post has been updated: 4:30 p.m.]
The snow that has fallen over the area Friday is moving out of the region as commuters begin thinking about the trip home and looking forward to the weekend.
Public transit and commuter rail and bus services throughout the area are on time with one notable exception. Delays on the western red of the Metrorail's Red Line may slow your subway commute. Trains are single-tracking between Friendship Heights and Medical Center due to a track problem outside of Bethesda Station, the latest of many delays that have plagued riders this week. Buses may also experience delays as they navigate around ice, debris and snow piles.
There have been reports of an inch or more snow in some areas, such as Prince William County, but the roads are mostly wet. The Capital Weather Gang warns of the possibility of refreezing as temperatures fall. You may encounter ice on the drive home, at bus stops and in parking lots and on train platforms.
Snow removal crews continue to work throughout the area, in some cases finally able to focus on streets where power lines and tree limbs have made it impossible to plow safely. The District Department of Transportation said it was working on hundreds of requests to unblock streets.
The major routes are mostly clear. However, be alert for power outages that have caused traffic signals and pedestrian crossing signs to cease to function. In some cases, you may also encounter cyclists in the streets who would normally be using bike lanes. However, some of the bike lanes and paths are filled with inches of snow.
Montgomery County officials report that most roads in the county have been cleared. However, downed tree and power lines are still impeding travel. About 70 roads or intersections are closed, officials said, with the county department of transportation responsible for removing trees and reopening roads. About 60 traffic signals in Montgomery County are without power. According to Pepco, about 59,000 customers in the county are without power, the largest by jurisdiction in the region.
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