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Transportation agencies warn of black ice on roads

7:05 p.m. Update: District officials said crews will continue to treat and plow roads throughout the night and into Sunday. The city has about 180 pieces of equipment deployed, they said.

"A lot of what has been plowed will refreeze," said Department of Public Works Director Director William O. Howland Jr. "People need to be very careful when they are driving, tread carefully on sidewalks and stay indoors if possible."

Original post: Area transportation departments don't want us to let our guard down as day turns to night and the snowfall begins to taper off. Officials with the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation said air and pavement temperatures remain below freezing and black ice is a possibility on the roads.

"If motorists must travel, it is imperative to use extreme caution and plan plenty of extra driving time," said Neil J. Pedersen, SHA administrator.

Virginia, which saw even heavier snowfall in western and southern areas, urged motorists to stay home.

Both agencies planned to continue to treat roads throughout the night. VDOT said it's goal is to have "all roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends." Some areas in the state were especially hard hit, and severe accidents were causing delays along Interstate 81.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 30, 2010; 6:19 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , highways  
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