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Accidents continue to rise as snow falls across D.C.

4:10 p.m. UPDATE: The Virginia Department of Transportation is providing a list of road conditions and closures throughout the state in one place. Southern and western areas are experiencing severe impacts. VDOT reported that an accident in Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County involved 20 to 30 vehicles and would cause serious delays in the vicinity of exits 277 and 273.

During the historic December snowfall, I-81 was the scene of several major accidents involving tractor-trailers, which caused miles of backups.

2:40 p.m. UPDATE: Conditions are not improving.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says I-66 west is highly congested and backups extend for five miles.

In Prince George's County, travel is slow on major routes such as Route 450 and Route 193. Crews are plowing but the snow seems to be falling faster than they can keep up.


If you don't have to go out, stay in and take a look at our traffic camera page.

12::10 p.m. UPDATE: The snow shows no signs of abating, and neither do the accidents. Dr. Gridlock, reporting from Maryland, says conditions on Route 50 vary greatly. He warns that roads are icy and ramps are a problem in these conditions.

The latest reports from Trafficland show accidents on GW Parkway at Turkey Run; I-95 inner loop in College Park; I-95 southbound after Marine Corps Base Quantico; I-66 eastbound after Nutley; and I-495 southbound at the Dulles Toll Road.

Some models are calling for snowfall rates of up to an inch an hour in some areas. That will make visibility difficult. It's best to just stay put until the weather improves. Remember, if you're curious you can check out the view from the cameras on our traffic page.

11 a.m UPDATE: Dr. Gridlock reports that the outer loop of the Beltway in Montgomery County is moving slowly and is very crowded. Trafficland says there are several accidents along that stretch, including an incident where someone slid into a concrete barrier near Connecticut Avenue. Another car is reported overturned in the woods near 355 and I-495.

Meanwhile in Virginia, VDOT is urging people to stay home and says snow conditions throughout the state range from moderate to severe. To get the latest road condition information in Virginia, visit VA511.

10:50 a.m. UPDATE: The District Department of Transportation just sent out the following tweet:
Roads are slick already especially on hills. Use caution or leave the car at home. None of the transit agencies, such as Metro, Montgomery's Ride On bus, Prince George's the Bus or the Fairfax Connector are reporting any weather delays at this time.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is posting pictures of its snow removal efforts on flickr.

Original post:
As snow began to fall across the D.C. region Saturday morning, motorists were contending with icy roads that made traveling treacherous. Despite roads having been treated, reports of accidents were on the rise.

Traffic cameras show accumulations of snow throughout the region, and some motorists are having trouble remaining on the road. One potential trouble spot is I-95 at Branch Avenue. During the December snowfall, tractor-trailers were having difficult negotiating the hills in the area.

Trouble spots include I-495 southbound near Rockville Pike; I-395 southbound at I-95; I-270 southbound at Rockville Pike; U.S. 50 eastbound after Route 450; the I-270 Spur southbound; I-270 at Montrose Road; I-495 northbound before Arlington Boulevard; and I-66 eastbound after E Street Expressway. In many cases, vehicles have spun out and a lane of traffic is blocked. Exercise caution.

To check out the latest road conditions, visit our traffic page.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 30, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather , highways  
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