Tools for the Morning Rush
It's getting better but still slick in spots. You may find your car encrusted in ice, but the rain and morning warming are helping. If you can do as many school districts are doing and start late, you'll probably be better off. Here's the National Weather Service forecast.
If you must go, make sure the interior of the car has warmed up so the windows won't be coated in ice again before you get out of the neighborhood.
If you must go out, here's the traffic page, which has a map pinpointing accidents and slowdowns across the Washington region, as well as traffic cameras. There are numerous reports of traffic signals not working.
The Weather Channel has a good list of tips from safety organizations for driving on ice, which starts with, Slow Down and includes a warning to four-wheel drivers that you're likely to have just as much trouble as everyone else in these conditions.
All the highway departments had their crews out overnight treating the roads, but conditions will vary. You may find that the most difficult part of the trip is getting out of the neighborhood streets, many of which remain icy and may also have fallen branches and downed wires. If you make it that far, don't be lulled by a stretch of good road. Things can change in a hurry, especially if you drive along an overpass or bridge.
Make an adjustment for pedestrians. They'll be walking more tentatively and may stop suddenly or fall. And you won't be able to brake as quickly as usual.
Metro had some delays affecting Blue and Yellow Line riders. Check the crawl at the top of the transit authority's home page. Rush hour service will be extended for an hour this morning, till 10:30 a.m., because of the late starts and extra demand from people who wisely choose not to drive. Buses are more problematic. Many Metro and suburban routes will experience delays because of the ice. Metrobuses will not be operating the Northern Virginia neighborhoods of Dominion Hills or Seven Corners this morning because of the ice. The MetroAcess service for the disabled is operating, but expect delays here, too.
Maryland buses: I-70 closed near Mt. Airy, the MTA says. Eyre reports that the first several buses may be delayed due to a detour around I-70.
Springfield interchange: Traffic is moving through the Mixing Bowl at Springfield, which was such a mess into the night.
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