Weather and Other Advisories
Main roads remain clear, but the snow is falling more heavily in many areas than it was during your morning commute. If you made it to work just fine, don't get over confident about the afternoon trip. Be particularly careful on bridges and overpasses. Camera views show them starting to turn white with snow in some areas.
The trains are slow this morning, because two seasons have come together: We've got snow and leaves falling on the tracks. If your trip involves above ground stations, build in extra time. The train speeds have been cut to 30 mph from the normal operating speed of 55 mph. Bus service will vary with your route. You may very well be waiting longer than usual, and your bus may detour around slippery or blocked roadways. Don't count on the "Next Bus" system of real-time schedule information, even if you're seeing signs for it at the bus stops. Metro has suspended "Next Bus" until the technology is more reliable.
WTOP radio, with traffic reports every 10 minutes, is a great source for updates, but can't address everyone's concerns in this big region. These are some of the online resources I use.
-- washingtonpost.com's traffic page combines incident reports and camera views from trafficland.com.
-- www.traffic.com provides a good overview of conditions in the Washington and Baltimore areas through text, video and graphics.
-- The Maryland Department of Transportation collects emergency travel information on this page.
-- This link takes you to a page with the District's snow plan information.
-- The Virginia Department of Transportation offers this Travel Center, with information about road conditions.
Knowing that the blog readership constitutes an army of researchers for travelers, I'm asking you to share your experiences today and also your general advice for getting around in these conditions.
Purple Line Meeting
The next open house on the proposed transitway across Montgomery and Prince George's counties is scheduled for 5 to 8:30 tonight at College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Road.
Thursday Game at FedEx Field
Metro just announced that the rail system will stay open until 1 a.m. on Friday morning to accommodate the crowds at Thursday night's Redskins game in Landover. But remember that parking at Metro stations is not free on the week night.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
The annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday on the Ellipse. The travel and parking restrictions on the streets and avenues around the White House and Ellipse will significantly increase downtown traffic congestion during the afternoon and evening.
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