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Get Out the Ice Scrapers

If your car is parked outside and you can safely reach it, you'll find it encrusted in ice this morning. In our neighborhood, the man who delivers the newspapers had to park his car and walk up the street.

Freezing rain continues to fall in parts of the Washington region. Later today, it will change to plain rain. Right now, driving is hazardous on many roadways, especially on local streets that haven't been treated during the overnight ice storm. (See what the Capital Weather Gang says.)

Walk and drive slowly this morning. Go in late, if you can. This is much worse than yesterday morning. It's going to take a long time just to get the car ready to move. See incident reports and traffic camera views on our Traffic page.

Many school systems and governments are affected. Here's a link to our closings page.

The temperature is below freezing, and is likely to stay there until mid-morning. Highway crews are out treating commuter routes across the region. They've been working on them since Monday. But continue to use caution, especially on overpasses and ramps.

In the District, most of the main roadways are wet, but with temperatures still below freezing, icing can occur, says the city's Department of Transportation. Residential streets that have not yet been driven on, while treated, may still have areas of ice crusting on the surface.

As of 7 a.m., there are no rail or bus alerts from Metro. Be careful at station entrances and on exposed platforms. MARC, VRE and the Maryland commuter buses are operating today. MARC says its Camden Line trains are one hour late, because of earlier difficulties with trains. Metro will honor MARC tickets.

See the weather story on our site.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 28, 2009; 6:48 AM ET
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"ice crusting on the surface" is a pretty generous description. My side street was pretty thick with ice. Yes, the main streets are in good shape, but could you use even a small portion of all that salt on our side streets?

Posted by: ah___ | January 28, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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