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Posted at 8:55 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Roads slick and icy after snow

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

Capital Weather Gang | Dr. Gridlock's snow guide

***Snow removal information is after the jump***

9:15 A.M. UPDATE:

While snow iscausing problems in the Northeast and other parts of the country right now, the Washington region saw no more than a few inches last night. But that's enough for a big impact on your commute. The roads are icy and slick in a lot of places, particularly side roads and smaller neighborhood routes. If you haven't left yet, expect some congestion as people are (or should be, anyway) driving more slowly.

And yes, when you head home this evening a lot of this should be much the same: icy, slick roads. So anticipate another slow commute home this evening.

9:10 A.M. UPDATE:

There's an accident on South Dakota Avenue at Irving Street in Northeast Washington, so avoid that area.

8:55 A.M. UPDATE:

A disabled vehicle on the northbound 14th Street Bridge is blocking the left lane. Keep to the right and expect delays.

There are also accidents at the following intersections, which you should try and avoid right now: Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Howard Road SE as well as 14th Street and Good Hope Road SE.

8:32 A.M. UPDATE:

Southbound 295 has reopened at Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast Washington, according to the District Department of Transportation. However, the lane closures might have caused some backups, so expect delays in that area.

8:31 A.M. UPDATE:

The D.C. fire department is assisting police with a barricade situation at Interstate 295 and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE, according to Pete Piringer, a fire department spokesman. Police say they should have an update soon.

-- Allison Klein

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

Southbound 295 is still blocked at Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue. Just south of that, there's police activity on 3600 Benning Road NE (just west of 295), so avoid that area as well.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

Southbound 295 and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast Washington is closed because of police activity. All traffic is being diverted onto the service road.

There are still backups on I-66 East around Nutley Street and I-395 North approaching Seminary Road.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

I-66 East is now backed up around Nutley Street as well. I-395 North is also pretty slow approaching Seminary Road.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

I-66 East is very backed up at Chain Bridge Road.

6:52 A.M. UPDATE:

The two outer loop off-ramps at Cabin John Parkway have reopened.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

Now the accident on the outer loop is blocking the two right off-ramps to Cabin John Parkway (exit 40).

6:10 A.M. UPDATE:

The inner loop lanes have reopened at Telegraph Road. The disabled vehicle has been cleared from I-95 North.

The accident on the outer loop is blocking the right off-ramp at Cabin John Parkway (Exit 40), so that could slow traffic in that vicinity.



Daro Bruno scrapes his windshield Wednesday morning. (Gerald Martineau/For Post)

The snowfall that lasted for several hours on Tuesday has come and gone, leaving from 0.5 to 3 inches on various counties in the Washington region. Of course, temperatures remained freezing overnight, so the result in a lot of areas is slick and icy roads. It's also going to be very windy out there today.

Drive with caution when you head out, as a lot of side roads might be icy and difficult to use. Ditto for sidewalks, so be careful when you're walking to your car. A lot of schools are opening late, so check the Post's roundup here. We've got snow removal information at the bottom of this post.

As for the area roads right now: There's a tractor trailer accident on the inner loop at Telegraph Road. All northbound express lanes are blocked and traffic is being diverted to local lanes.

Further south, one reversible lane on I-95 North is blocked in Woodbridge by a disabled vehicle. There's also snow and icy reported on some streets in Fairfax County.

In Maryland, there's an accident on the outer loop at Cabin John Parkway.

And in the District, there's about an inch of snow reported in D.C. Crews continue to treat residential streets, according to the District Department of Transportation.


Here is some information on snow removal and where you can turn for help. Keep in mind that in most jurisdictions, property owners are responsible for clearing adjacent sidewalks.

  • Alexandria snow removal information: Visit the snow report Web site or call the snow emergency hot line at 703.746.4488.
  • Arlington County's snow removal information is here. In the past, officials have said the hilly terrain in sections A, C, and D means it takes longer to clear those areas.
  • The Viriginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal in Fairfax County and most other areas.
  • You can also visit Virginia 511 for the latest information Virginia road conditions.
  • Track snow plows in the District here. The District Department of Information checks tweets sent to DDOTDC. You can also call the Mayor's Call Center at 311 or complete a form on the Web site.
  • Check Montgomery County snow removal here. Check to make sure the county is responsible for you street, and not one of the local jurisdictions or the state of Maryland, which plows numbered state routes. Here is a link with more information on who clears snow. You can report the problem to Montgomery County using this link or by calling 240-777-6000.
  • Prince George's County snow information is here.
  • State of Maryland snow information

By Mark Berman  | January 12, 2011; 8:55 AM ET
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This just in: the media has determined that right-wing hate speech caused this snowstorm. And Sarah Palin is personally throwing each snowball at Washington.

So now you know.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | January 12, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

deisel-stinks: You are an idiot, but God loves you anyway. Keep up the good work of setting the bar lower with each breath you take.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | January 12, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

RogerRamjet2 for the win!

Posted by: tylerdurden1 | January 12, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Ok, just for the record - according to Miriam Webster - STORM: a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning.

THIS WASN'T A STORM in the DC area. At the very most it was a snow event and even that phrase sounds too PC. When an inch of rain roughly equals 12 inches of snow, how can we call the equivalent of 1/8 inch a STORM!!?? There was no wind, to boot!

Why does the local media take us for idiots and feel we have to be spun up over something as simple as a couple inches of snow? Is that what we have come to, today? The Washing Post, on the Front Page - "Storm is over, messy commute remains"... Why does everything need to be elevated to such artificial levels of panic? Is this the result of dumbing down of our society.

I don't normally rant about stuff like this, but everywhere I go exaggeration and pseudo-panic seem to set in.


Posted by: RiverLee | January 12, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

There's no question that media hysteria about snow and about purported cold weather (32°F is definitely not "frigid" or "bitter cold") has gotten worse in recent years and that DC-area residents have gotten wimpier and wimpier.

With that said, I'm inclined to cut the headline writers a break. There's limited space in a headline and the goal is to convey as much of the important information as possible in that limited space so that the reader can understand the gist at a glance. That sometimes means taking shortcuts--for example, headlines seldom follow the rules of grammar due to the omission of articles, and everyone accepts that. It's perhaps analogous to "poetic license," I suppose. I don't think there's anything wrong with the word "storm" in a headline when the intent of doing so is to use a shorter and more manageable word. "Snow event" is cumbersome and takes up valuable space. Consider further that which words will work in a headline is often limited by the shape of the space allotted for a story--a one-column headline will face stricter limitations than a banner that runs all the way across the page. (Newspapers routinely assign space for stories before the stories are fully written, and headlines are often written after stories are completed. Often the headline writer is not the story's writer, either.)

The REAL proverbial bottom line, though, is that the media are a business and have the goal of making money by selling newspapers, or selling advertising time to people who want to reach listeners, or whatever. There's a certain "sensationalist" aspect that stems from the goal of driving sales. If you make something out to be a bigger deal than it is, you might sell more papers to people who want to keep up with the news (although nowadays, perhaps a more realistic paradigm is that you might sell more ads on your website rather than more papers). There's no question that yesterday's snow turned out to be a massive dud compared to what was forecast, that's for sure!

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 12, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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