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Headaches on the horizon

Messy weather: Drivers out late Tuesday may encounter some icy patches in the northern suburbs, while commuters should anticipate a soggy trip on Wednesday morning. See what the Capital Weather Gang says.

Remember that one of the prime characteristics of winter weather in Washington is that conditions can change very fast. Slow down and be prepared to deal with it.

You're likely to see anti-icing trucks spreading salt brine. Stay back at least five seconds behind the trucks, and don't try to pass.

If we get freezing rain or sleet, even pre-treated roads may be slippery in places. Trucks will then be out in de-icing missions, spreading chemicals, salt and sand.

I-95 widening: The work schedule in the construction area between Route 123 and the Fairfax County Parkway is a bit different this week, as VDOT tries to get the new northbound lane open in time for the December holidays.

On Tuesday through Thursday of this week only, VDOT says, one lane will be closed on I-95 north between the Route 1 on-ramp and the Fairfax County Parkway from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. instead of till 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, one lane will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the same area.

We're getting near the end of the paving season. The extended hours will maximize the daytime during which crews can pave the new lane while the temperature is warm enough.

Metro weeknight delays
Red Line: Trains will share one track between the Medical Center and Grosvenor stations from 8 p.m. through closing. Riders should add at least 20 minutes to their travel times.
Blue Line: Trains will share one track between the Stadium-Armory and Addison Road stations from 9:30 p.m. through closing. Add at least 30 minutes.
Orange Line: Trains will share one track between the Cheverly and New Carrollton stations from 9:30 p.m. through closing. Add at least 20 minutes.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 8, 2009; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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