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Returning workers and departing holiday traffic set to mingle on roads

8:40 A.M. UPDATE: A tractor trailer accident on the Fairfax County Parkway near West Ox Road/608 has closed the south left and right lanes of the parkway.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE: An accident on the Beltway (I-95 South, just before the Springfield Interchange) closed the left lane and left shoulder. Delays are not particularly terrible, traffic cameras show. Still, be aware in case it builds up.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE: I-66 East looks surprisingly non-horrific in Virginia (did I just jinx that? If so, sorry). But I-495 North is pretty sluggish at Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike. I-270 South in Maryland is packed at Tuckerman Lane, but it's moving (things don't get heavy until well after Gaithersburg, for anyone coming from further north). Generally, the Beltway is moving pretty well in Maryland
(it's a Festivus miracle!).

6:45 A.M. UPDATE: A pair of disabled vehicles are causing lane closures on Virginia roads this morning. On I-495 South at Route 7, the right center lane is closed. On I-66 East near the Beltway, the right lane is closed.

Today's an odd day, stuck between the Snowstorm Of The Decade (*we assume) and the long holiday weekend. Federal offices reopen today, which creates an odd situation wherein federal workers have one full day of work this week (tomorrow is a half day, Friday a holiday). So the still-icy roads should be a mix of people leaving town and those trying to get to work.

The traffic cameras show things still remaining pretty quiet. Traffic is already heavy on I-95 North in Lorton, while traffic is picking up on I-66 East before the Beltway. The Beltway in Maryland and Virginia is looking surprisingly decent -- not terribly crowded or slow. (Drivers in Virginia, be wary -- a disabled vehicle on I-495 North at Gallows Road might cause a slowdown there.)

Metrobuses should be running all scheduled routes as far as local conditions allow, according to Metro. But there might be areas where icy roads keep the buses from driving. So if you're a commuter and your road looks too icy, Metro advises you to walk to the nearest main roadway to hop on a bus.

If you see or hear of big traffic or road closures, please let us know in the comments section below.

And don't forget, as Dr. Gridlock pointed out last night -- from noon today through Sunday, the Virginia Department of Transportation is opening travel lanes temporarily closed due to construction or maintenance work. Construction zones remain in place (so concrete barriers and orange barrels are still there), so be aware of that. But those are some extra lanes available as people get a head start on their holiday weekend.

By Mark Berman  |  December 23, 2009; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: snowstorm  
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Can anyone tell me if the snow emergency is still in effect for DC, as it pertains to cab fares?

Posted by: NoVA23 | December 23, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

The DC snow emergency was lifted at 9:30 AM Monday morning. If a cab driver tries to charge the snow emergency rate, get out and hail another cab...

Posted by: thetan | December 23, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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