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Advice on getting around: Don't even try

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Don't you be going anywhere today. The Postal Service isn't, and you know what it takes to get them off the roads.

All the highway departments have the same advice on Saturday morning: Stay off the roads and let the plows do their jobs. They haven't gotten ahead of this thing yet.

The Virginia Department of Transportation advises that interstates and other major highways are snow packed but passable for four-wheel-drive vehicles using extreme caution. More than 1,800 snowplows and spreader trucks worked through the night to keep emergency routes passable.

VDOT urges drivers to stay off the road throughout the weekend. Extreme conditions of up to 30 inches of heavy, wet snow and wind gusts up to 30 mph will cause snow to drift, limit visibility and make driving increasingly hazardous.

But who cares what the interstates look like? You can't get out of your neighborhood. Even if you've got a four-wheel drive and can get to the end of the block, there may be a downed tree up ahead before you reach a plowed road.

The Maryland State Highway Administration reports: There are many disabled vehicles on I-95 and other interstates as motorists venture out. The storm isn't over. Please stay home and let the plows do their job.

The District Department of Transportation also wants you close to home. If you're out shoveling, knock some snow off the reachable branches too. Help save our trees, and keep them from blocking the streets.


  • Metrorail is operating at the underground stations only on Saturday.

  • Metrobus is not operating.

  • MetroAccess is not operating.

Underground Metro

Here's where you'll find rail service:

  • Yellow Line - Pentagon to Crystal City

  • Red Line - Medical Center to Union Station and Glenmont to Forest Glen

  • Orange Line - Ballston to Stadium-Armory

  • Green Line - Fort Totten to Congress Heights

  • Blue Line - Ballston to Stadium-Armory

Suburban buses
The bus systems across the region are shut down on Saturday.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 6, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , Metro , Weather , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, snowstorm, tips for travelers  
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Anyone travel on 16th Steet out of the City to Silver Spring.

Plus, in SS, any word on Wayne/Dale .. passable?

Posted by: tslats | February 6, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

In Arlington near Clarendon and Rt. 29 you can walk or even drive if you have a bit SUV. I saw a couple driving by when I walked down to Clarendon and the tire tracks make it easy to just walk down the street to get where you are going. Why stay in?

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | February 6, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah, I'm talking walk down the street on little side streets, not the highway!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | February 6, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Although there were a group of people playing in the middle of Rt. 29!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | February 6, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Please stay in - or at least out of your car - because in the last 20 minutes I pushed not one, but two different dinks on SUVs out of snowbanks in my suburban street. Neither one of them had anything urgent to do, they were just visiting friends. Just because you have 4wd doesn't mean you know what to do with it.

Posted by: hubcap | February 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

No real problems getting around with my 4WD SUV. Biggest challenge was getting around the stuck and/or abandoned compacts.

Posted by: freddy666 | February 6, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

16th was fine .. major roads in SS were great. Downtown DC roads .. even M Street NW .. still a mess. Wouldn't recommend rear wheel drive tonight downtown.

Posted by: tslats | February 6, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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