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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Wet and ice-free A.M. commute

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

9:10 A.M. UPDATE:

The traffic signal at S. Capitol Street and Potomac Avenue in Southeast Washington is working again, according to the District Department of Transportation.

There's an accident on I-295 North at Malcolm X Avenue, so expect big delays in that area.

S. Capitol Street SE is still absolutely snarled at the Frederick Douglass Bridge heading into the District. I-395 North is also pretty slow at the 14th Street Bridge. I-66 East is jammed up at the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. Oddly enough, the Key Bridge looks pretty clear heading into the District from Rosslyn.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

S. Capitol Street SE is absolutely snarled at the Frederick Douglass Bridge heading into the District, so if that's your route into the city expect big, big headaches.

Southbound I-295 has reopened at Malcolm X Avenue in Southeat. Expect delays to linger.

There's a disabled vehicle on Pennsylvania Avenue at the Anacostia Freeway, so expect issues there.

8:20 A.M. UPDATE:

The left lane of southbound I-295 has reopened at Malcolm X Avenue, but the right lane remains blocked. Stay left and expect delays.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

There's standing water on southbound I-295 near Malcolm X Avenue causing big, big delays, so avoid that area. The southbound I-295 underpass is closed, so avoid the entire area, according to the District Department of Transportation.

And there's a report of a disabled vehicle on southbound I-295 at Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast, so expect delays there.

Traffic signals are flashing at Rigge Road and South Dakota Avenue NE, Michigan Avenue and Harewood Road NE and S. Capitol Street and Potomac Avenue SE.

Due to a fire in the 6200 block of 12th Street NW, the street is closed. Avoid that area.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a disabled vehicle on the Outer Loop blocking the right merge lane at the exit for Colesville Road. Expect delays getting on the Beltway at that spot.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The Inner Loop is backed up near Telegraph Road, while the Outer Loop could see some delays in the same spot because a disabled vehicle is blocking the shoulder. I-95 North is also pretty slow in Woodbridge.

7:05 A.M. UPDATE:

The traffic signal is flashing at S. Capitol Street and Potomac Avenue in Southeast Washington. Backups extend to Suitland Parkway, according to the District Department of Transportation. A repair crew on the way.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

The accident on I-270 South at I-370 is blocking one of the southbound shoulders.

6:30 A.M. UPDATE

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

6:20 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-270 South at I-370 could cause big headaches for southbound traffic.

ORIGINAL POST:

While rain never helps anyone's commute, this morning's moderate to heavy rain is at least a break from ice and snow. The Capital Weather Gang reports that after the rain moves away in mid-morning, temperatures will jump to near 50 degrees and that will help melt snow that wasn't already washed away by the rain. So this morning's commute should be ice-free. That being said, heavy rain could cause some issues this morning, so leave yourself extra time and use caution on the roads and sidewalks.

Check back here throughout the morning for updates on what to expect when you head out. Make sure to let us know what you see out there in the comments section below or on Twitter.

By Mark Berman  | February 2, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
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