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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Slick and icy roads this A.M.

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

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10:36 A.M. UPDATE: The Maryland State Highway Administration says all lanes of Interstate 95 have reopened. The right shoulder is blocked.

10:10 A.M. UPDATE: I-95 northbound has been closed in Harford County at Level Road due to a jackknifed tractor-trailer.

9:10 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident has been cleared from the southbound Key Bridge. Traffic is flowing smoothly heading into Virginia, but traffic on the northbound Key Bridge heading into Georgetown is very, very backed up.

The accident on the Inner Loop before Riggs Road has been cleared.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the Key Bridge is snarling traffic heading into Rosslyn, and because the intersection of the Key Bridge and M Street is a dystopian nightmare on the best of days, this is also wreaking some havoc on traffic heading into Georgetown.

The right lane of the southbound Key Bridge (heading into Virginia) is blocked. Traffic is moving by on the left. Meanwhile, traffic on the northbound Key Bridge (heading into Georgetown) is heavily backed up, which isn't that much of a change from the norm.

Nonetheless, if you're heading into the District that way it might be wise to take the Roosevelt or Memorial bridges and head north via Rock Creek Parkway. You can access Georgetown via K Street and while there will be some traffic, it won't be quite so backed up.

There's also an accident on the Inner Loop before Riggs Road, blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

8:25 A.M. UPDATE:

A disabled vehicle on U.S. 301 after MD 214 is still blocking one southbound lane.

I-66 East is very, very backed up at the Beltway.

8:10 A.M. UPDATE:

The Inner Loop is jammed up approaching I-66. A disabled vehicle is blocking the shoulder there, which isn't helping, but the delays are considerable.

The accident on I-270 North has been cleared.

A disabled vehicle on U.S. 301 after MD 214 is blocking one southbound lane.

In the District, there are utility crews at 15th and F streets Northwest, so that could snarl traffic around that intersection. Avoid it if you can.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on the Inner Loop before the Rockville Pike has been cleared.

The accident on I-270 North at Democracy Boulevard has been cleared, but now there's an accident on I-270 North at Shady Grove Road that could cause problems.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on I-270 North at Democracy Boulevard is blocking the right lane and one of the shoulders.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

I-95 Southbound has reopened at the Patuxent Freeway.

An accident on I-270 North at Democracy Boulevard could cause delays there.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the Inner Loop before the Rockville Pike is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

The accidents on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road and on the Outer Loop before New Hampshire Avenue have both been cleared.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on the Inner Loop at the G.W. Parkway has been cleared.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the Inner Loop at I-295 could cause delays there as well.

There's also an accident on the Inner Loop at the G.W. Parkway, which could snarl traffic in that area.

There are also closed and delayed schools throughout the region.
- In Virginia, public schools in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun and Fauquier counties, as well as Manassas and Manassas Park City schools, are closed. (Stafford County schools will start two hours late.)
- In Maryland, public schools in Howard, Prince George's, Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties are closed, while Anne Arundel County schools are closed for semester break.
- No reports have been issued yet for schools in the District.

6:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road is blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

An accident on the Outer Loop before New Hampshire Avenue is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

6:10 A.M. UPDATE:

There are accidents on the Inner Loop at Old Georgetown Road and Annapolis Road; expect delays in those areas.

6:05 A.M. UPDATE:

The three right lanes of I-95 Southbound have reopened at the Patuxent Freeway. One lane remains blocked. However, the Maryland State Highway Association is reporting that people are driving too fast for this morning's road conditions. Drivers, remember to slow down and add more space between you and other cars when the roads are frozen.

ORIGINAL POST:

The area is due for a lot of snow later today and through the overnight hours tonight. But this morning's commute won't be a picnic, as overnight precipitation and some light snow and sleet that already hit and are hitting the area could cause slick and frozen roads this morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Montgomery, Howard, and Frederick counties in Maryland and Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties in Virginia from 7 a.m. this morning through 4 a.m. Thursday morning. It is forecasting 4-8 of snow in this area with the possibility of greater amounts in the higher terrain. For the District and points south and east, the NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 10 a.m. this morning through 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Locations in the advisory include all areas in the metro region not in the Winter Storm Warning. (Check with the Capital Weather Gang for more detailed weather forecasts.)

This morning's commute could be tricky because of icy roads and slick sidewalks, so be careful whether you're driving or walking to a bus stop or train station.

Here are some things going on so far this morning:

-- All lanes of I-95 South are blocked by an accident at Patuxent Freeway/MD 32.

-- An accident is blocking two lanes on I-95 North before Sandy Spring Road/MD 198 in Laurel.

-- There's also an accident on the Inner Loop before Landover Road could cause some headaches there.

-- A disabled vehicle on the Outer Loop north of I-66 is blocking the southbound right lane.

By Mark Berman  | January 26, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
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Comments

stay off the roads...call in sick

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | January 26, 2011 5:54 AM | Report abuse

Glad I live and work in DC! Five minute commute. By walking.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | January 26, 2011 6:30 AM | Report abuse

OPM should have authorized unscheduled leave and TELEWORK today, if only to keep a portion of workers off the roads. Evening commute during the snow will just be hellacious.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 26, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Drove my wife to the Van Dorn Metro stop just after 8 AM and it was utterly painless (although some idiots persist in thinking it's OK not to use their headlights in bad weather). Van Dorn Street was in excellent shape. The street on which we live was, and remains, quite slushy, as clearing it is the HOA's responsibility and the contract calls for the plow to come when 2 inches of snow have fallen at Reagan Airport. The main roads shouldn't pose a major problem today given normal traffic volumes UNLESS snow starts falling really heavily, but neighborhood streets may get messy. (Note that I said "shouldn't." That means if people drive rationally--which, of course, means there will be a massive schemozzle somewhere this afternoon.)

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 26, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

If enough federal employees die trying to commute, they won't have to worry about furloughs.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 26, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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