Frozen roads for A.M. commute
9:20 A.M. UPDATE:
First, a public service announcement: Commuters, before you set out today, make sure you clean off the roof of your vehicle. A lot of people seem to be hitting the road right now, but a number of drivers seem to have forgotten to do this.
There's pretty awful backups on I-66 East right now that are surely inspiring panicked flashbacks from drivers just 36 hours after the Wednesday evening nightmare. Traffic is badly backed up approaching the Beltway, and delays start shortly after the Vienna Metro.
The Inner Loop is also a slog nearing I-66.
I-395 North was pretty slow earlier this morning, but appears to have cleared up considerably. Traffic is moving easily now north of the Springfield Interchange as well as approaching the 14th Street Bridge.
There are smatterings of traffic in downtown Washington, as well as on inbound commuter routes like 16th Street, Georgia Avenue and New York Avenue/U.S. 50. Inbound Pennsylvania Avenue appears pretty clear right now.
In Maryland, some of the Beltway congestion from earlier this morning has cleared up. The Outer Loop is still slow near New Hampshire Avenue.
8:55 A.M. UPDATE:
The accident on southbound U.S. 29/Columbia Pike in Burtonsville has been cleared and all southbound lanes reopened.
8:40 A.M. UPDATE:
An accident is blocking northbound Sycamore Street in the 1900 block of the street, according to Arlington Alert. This is right near the East Falls Church Metro, so this will stymie traffic heading there.
8:30 A.M. UPDATE:
The accident on southbound U.S. 29/Columbia Pike is now only blocking one lane and one of the shoulders at Greencastle Road in Burtonsville. Still, you might be better off taking New Hampshire Avenue south in the near future.
8:20 A.M. UPDATE:
An accident is blocking southbound U.S. 29/Columbia Pike at Greencastle Road in Burtonsville. If you're heading south, avoid U.S. 29 and head over to New Hampshire Avenue.
The Maryland State Highway Administration reports that the majority of state maintained roads are dry and passable, though some spots still have black ice.
7:55 A.M. UPDATE:
The gridlock on the Beltway around New Hampshire Avenue is still causing big problems in that area. I-95 North is seeing some congestion north of the Franconia Springfield Parkway, and the backups on I-395 North just north of the Springfield Interchange are considerable. There's also traffic on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest Washington heading from Friendship Heights towards downtown.
7:35 A.M. UPDATE:
Clearly some commuters are heading back into the office, because there are some spots with congestion you'd see on a regular morning. Traffic is backed up on westbound New York Avenue heading into downtown Washington (things slow down approaching Bladensburg Road), while I-395 North is also pretty cramped just north of the Springfield Interchange.
7:15 A.M. UPDATE:
There's a moderate amount of the Beltway at some spots (both directions at Arlington Boulevard and New Hampshire avenue, on the Outer Loop at River Road), but by and large the roads look pretty empty so far this morning. It looks like a good number of people are either taking off of work, telecommuting or simply waiting to go in later.
Commuters, what are you seeing and experiencing? Are you avoiding hitting the road after the nightmarish commutes on Wednesday? Let us know in the comments below.
6:55 A.M. UPDATE:
The Beltway is slowing down around New Hampshire Avenue, while there's also moderate congestion around the American Legion Bridge in both directions.
The bridges in and out of the District all look pretty clear this morning, with light traffic from all directions so far.
6:30 A.M. UPDATE:
The Beltway looks pretty clear right now, but it's already evident by the traffic around the G.W. Parkway and New Hampshire Avenue that there are already more cars on the road now when compared to the peak of the A.M. commute yesterday.
There's already pretty bad congestion on I-95 North in Woodbridge and at the Springfield Interchange. There's significant congestion on I-95 North at the Franconia Springfield Parkway right now.
And weather-related issues are stymying eastbound traffic on Laurel Bowie Road/MD 197 at Snowden Road in Laurel.
After the snowstorm turned much of the Washington region into a powerless popsicle over the past two days, there's another problem for commuters today: Refreezing. Temperatures dropped overnight, which means all of those slushy and slick spots refroze and could be hazards through the morning, according to the Capital Weather Gang. (And, yes, there are even some flakes coming later today.)
Crews hit the road yesterday to deal with the snow that hit Wednesday evening, and they were also treating the road to prepare for today's snowfall.
Nonetheless, expect icy roads and a lot of slick areas if you are heading back to the office today. Whether you're walking or driving, use great caution. Check back here throughout the morning, as we will have updates on traffic conditions throughout the area.
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