Black ice this morning's worry
The legion of snow plows seemed to have delivered on the promise to have the region's major roadways open 36 hours after the the blizzard ended Wednesday, but as the District prepared for government offices to reopen Friday morning the salt trucks were attacking black ice that formed over night.
At 6:22 a.m. a car on Connecticut Avenue at Van Ness Street was lucky to have the roadway to itself as it spun in a wide arc on ice and came to rest facing backward against the curb. By the time the driver moved on traffic had begun to flow in behind.
With the temperture in 20s after relative warmth and salting caused snow to melt on Thursday, patches of black ice remained despite overnight salting.
At New York Avenue and 9th street a dump truck rolled by, spreading more salt.
The District's effort to focus on in-bound lanes after the federal government announced it would open for the first time this week, albeit two hours late, was evident.
Three in-bound lanes were clear on New York Avenue at North Capitol Street. Three lanes of traffic moved in across the Key Bridge. K Street at 19th was passable but still snowy, but four blocks away the pavement where it intersects with 15th was clear but slick.
Many of the snow mountains which obstructed view at some intersections yesterday had been scooped up and hauled away to dumping areas behind D.C. General Hospital and off M street, SE.
Elsewhere, traffic was moving Beltway relatively smoothly as the first rush hour in a week picked up. All lanes in most areas were clear and appeared dry. I-66 at Spout Run saw traffic volume building and flowing on open lanes with the shoulders cleared of snow.
Light snow was falling in West Virginia, and there was a chance some of it might arrive here before Friday was over.
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