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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Roads icy and blocked this A.M.

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

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Drivers who hit the road yesterday afternoon and evening had a nightmarish commute, encountering closed roads, accidents and neverending delays throughout the region.

The good news is that yesterday's snow, rain, hail and lightning are all over. The bad news is that a lot of spots could see refreezing overnight, reports the Capital Weather Gang.

The roads won't be empty today, as some folks are still going to trek into work despite the ice and slush. Keep your eyes here on the Dr. Gridlock blog, because we will update you with major road closures and incidents as we hear them. Make sure to let us know what you see by posting in the comments below or sharing with us on Twitter.

Some road closures and issues right now:

-- Montgomery County has declared a snow emergency. Eastbound Goldsboro Road is closed at Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda. Two of three southbound lanes on Connecticut Avenue are blocked at Saul Road.

-- In Prince George's County, one southbound Branch Avenue lane is blocked at Birch Hill Road in Brandywine.

-- In Arlington County, there are still icy patches on major roadways like I-395 (in both directions) and I-66 (inside the Beltway, heading in both directions) as well as U.S. 50, U.S. 1, Chain Bridge Road, Columbia Pike and others.

-- In Fairfax County, there are icy patches on the Inner Loop and Outer Loop of the Beltway, Chain Bridge Road, the Dulles Toll Road and many other smaller routes throughout the county. 6:10 A.M. UPDATE:An accident on I-395 North just north of the Springfield Interchange is blocking the center lane, right center lane and right outside lane.

[This post has been updated.]

By Mark Berman  | January 27, 2011; 5:55 AM ET
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Comments

I don't remember ever seeing that many abandonded cars along the side of the road. I left home 45 minutes later than usual and found traffic light. If traffic wasn't light, it would have been complete gridlock with all of the cars blocking the lanes. I think this proves that our region does not have enough alternate routes. People got stuck because there aren't other roads they could take.

Posted by: mikebecvar | January 27, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure what contributed to the gridlock and mess yesterday but all governmental responsible agencies once again need to revisit the issue and take a hard look at their process. It took my brother 10 hours to drive from Chinatown to Silver Spring yesterday. We have failed miserably again to assist our citizens during times of need. Was it that people ignored the weather warnings; was it that there are no alternate routes; was it that we did not see traffic / law enforcement operations on the road last night; was it the Federal Govt not using a staggered release for its employees??? Whatever caused the horrible commute for thousands last night should be a real concern. Now, we have to deal with the utility services that , of course, were ill prepared again. When will we learn the lessons of the past before they are repeated again.

Posted by: GtownG | January 27, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Still dozens of abandoned cars this morning along westbound Rt. 50 in Arlington, and on nearby neighborhood streets where people tried to bail out and then got stuck on the bottom of hills. Frankly, I can't blame them for stopping, it was complete gridlock until well past 11 pm there last night. That said, there is some personal responsibility people need to take. It's not like this storm was a big surprise, so there's no reason to run out of gas, not have your cell phone charged, or have at least some water to drink in your car.

Posted by: cpwdc | January 27, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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