Problems still abound for commuters
p.m. a.m. Update: We're still hearing about problems on inbound 395 and the 14th Street Bridge. Snow removal crews are reportedly working in the area, which is slowing down traffic considerably.
11:50 a.m. Update: The problems on U.S. 50 westbound are being caused by the presidential motorcade traveling in the area. President Obama had a scheduled visit to a job training center.
11:40 a.m. Update: More problems reported on U.S. 50. The Post's Lynn Medford is stuck in westbound traffic near Route 704. According to Trafficland, there is police activity in the area. We are checking on what the issue is.
On Metro, the problem at Union Station was resolved, but delays continue in both directions.
10:46 a.m. Update: Matt Zapotosky reports that traffic is moving again on Route 50.
10:40 a.m.: The Post's Matt Zapotosky reports that traffic on Route 50 headed east is at a virtual standstill from Bladensburg Avenue to the split with the BW Parkway.
10:35 a.m. Update: Metro is reporting delays on the Red Line in both directions due to a "train malfunction" at Union Stations. Trains are single-tracking between Judiciary Square and Fort Totten.
9:30 a.m. Update: Reader Ken Ambrose sent in this photo of another problem area, northbound Wisconsin Avenue near the intersection with Edmunds Street.
Snow piles force morning traffic into one lane on Wisconsin Avenue northbound near Edmunds Street on Tuesday, Feb. 16. (Photograph by Ken Ambrose)
9:10 a.m. Update: Be alert for snow and ice blocking the curb lanes on Wisconsin Avenue near Center Drive in Bethesda.
9:05 a.m. Snow and ice in the merge lanes for the Clara Barton Parkway at I-495 are causing delays. Also, I-395 inbound across the 14th Street Bridge is another trouble spot this morning.
Elizabeth Chang is also reporting that the top level of the White Flint garage hasn't been plowed either.
9 a.m. Update: The Post's Elizabeth Chang reports that the top level of the parking garage at Grosvenor hasn't been plowed. She observed a commuter shoveling a spot for himself. Are you seeing other problem areas like this? Please send us an e-mail.
p.m. a.m. Update: Metro has been a bright spot this morning. The transit agency hasn't reported any bus or rail delays.
And DDOTDC tweeted a reminder that the District snow emergency is still in effect this morning.
p.m. a.m. Update: Challenges keep cropping up. A multi-vehicle accident on U.S. 50 westbound at I-95 is causing trouble. Only the two right lanes get by, according to Trafficland.
7:55 a.m. Update: Delays extend from Urbana to I-70 on I-270 southbound due to an accident. Multiple vehicles are on the right shoulder.
7:50 a.m. Update: The northbound exit to I-295 from I-95 in Oxon Hill has only one lane available because of snow.
7:30 a.m. Update: Some northbound I-95 traffic is being permitted to exit at the Park & Ride, but there are still severe problems in the area due to the overturned tractor-trailer. Avoid the area and
talk take U.S. 29 or BW Parkway if you can.
In other areas, be alert for pedestrians in the roadway where sidewalks remain piled with snow. One area that seems to be a problem is New York Avenue, east of Brentwood, where pedestrians were spotted this morning walking in the eastbound lanes.
Inbound travelers on New York should also be aware that snow and ice are blocking the right lane at Fourth Street NE,
Also be alert for crews still clearing snow. Crews have been spotted this morning on Connecticut Avenue and on New Hampshire Avenue at Powder Mill Road.
Original post: What was expected to be a rocky commute Tuesday morning deteriorated before most motorists could even hit the roads.
Near College Park an overturned tractor-trailer shut down the northbound lanes to I-95 just east of Riggs Road. Emergency crews on the scene were dealing with a fuel spill, too, shutting down ramps from the Beltway. U.S. 29 or BW Parkway were both better alternatives. Tractor-trailers looking to head north were advised to head east on U.S 50 to Interstate 97.
That scene wasn't the only challenge. A disabled tractor-trailer on the outer loop was blocking one lane of the outer loop near Route 4, and ramps from Route 214 to the Beltway closed for a while due to a snow-removal operation.
Virginia drivers headed east on Interstate 66 were also facing problems. A vehicle fire near the Prince William Parkway blocked two lanes of the highway, causing severe backups that were expected to extend well into the morning commute. Traffic cameras show long lines of traffic lights.
Elsewhere, the remnants of recent record snowfalls were expected to play havoc with traffic as motorists contended with missing lanes filled with snow and ice. Some routes were anticipated to be better than they had been Friday, such as westbound U.S. 50 from Annapolis, which had only two lanes in places last week.
However, snow was also reported in some locations around the region Tuesday morning, from Falls Church to Bowie, complicating the commute even more.
Metro at least opened on time and expected to offer full bus and rail service, though travelers were warned that snow and ice would be a problem in some parking lots.
The federal government delayed opening by two hours Tuesday in anticipation of it being a difficult commute for employees returning to work.
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