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Watch Roads to North and West

Seems like the most hazardous driving conditions we have around here occur when the temperature hovers around freezing and there's light precipitation. In other words, a forecast similar to the one for this afternoon's commute to the north and west of Washington.

If you're driving through Loudoun, or northern Montgomery and Frederick counties, that means you. Weather radar is showing some mixed precipitation in those areas at 3:30 p.m. Look here to see how the Capital Weather Gang describes the situation.

Many drivers traveling from the Washington area will be driving through rain at first but must be alert for a sudden change to icy road surfaces. This isn't always easy to see, and won't necessarily show up first in the form of stuff pinging off the windshield.

Check our Traffic center for updates on road conditions and camera views.

Marylanders can get other useful information at these sites:
-- The State Highway Administration has a page that tells you about weather conditions on individual roads. Here's a link.
-- This page provides incident reports by Maryland county.

Here are some information sources for Virginia drivers:
-- Virginia is part of the 511 traffic information system. This is the Web link.
-- This page lets you check current conditions by county or roadway.
-- You can also call 511 from your cell phone in Virginia to get updates.

When you get out there on the road later, don't be reading this stuff. Best bet is to tune in Bob Marbourg on WTOP at 103.5 FM or 107.7 FM for traffic information every 10 minutes.

If we have any major incidents, we'll post an update at the top of this entry.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 6, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  
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