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Getting ahead of next snow

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Here are a few suggestions and advisories to help with your planning for the next round.

While all Metrorail stations are open now, the transit authority says it could cut back service on the aboveground portions of lines as the storm develops tonight and Wednesday. The policy is to cut back when snow along the tracks reaches 8 inches, but we've already got so much on the ground, it's more difficult to anticipate that point than it was Friday night.

Metrobus service, limited today, will probably scale back too as road conditions deteriorate. Metro would probably drop back to service on snow emergency routes before completely suspending service.

Alexandria's DASH buses will end service at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

8:40 p.m. Update: Montgomery County's Ride On bus service to stop at 10 p.m. Tuesday and will not operate Wednesday

[More transit updates coming.]

The District has declared a snow emergency to take effect at 4 p.m. Tuesday. That means, once again, that drivers must get their cars off those routes or risk a $250 fine and a tow charge. Free parking at the Free the DC USA garage on 14th Street NW has been extended through noon on Saturday, the District Department of Transportation says.

Snow removal operations continue. Crews are still working in the neighborhoods, but they're also trying to push the snow back as far as they can on the Interstates and other main routes so they'll have somewhere to move the newest snowfall.

The falling snow is likely to mask a lot of roadway problems that were more obvious this morning. For a while, it may be difficult to tell what's powder and what's hard-packed snow or ice. Driving among the snow piles and slush was difficult enough. A fresh coating should inspire even more caution.

The federal government and most schools will be closed Wednesday. Their decisions to close over the past two days made the difference between difficult travel and a complete breakdown in our ability to get around.

BWI Marshall: Some airlines have canceled flights from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. Check with your airline to confirm flight status before heading to airport. Consider parking under cover in one of the airport's garages rather than outdoors in the big economy lots.

Dulles: The airfield is open for flight operations but many airlines have canceled their flights for Tuesday afternoon and evening. There probably will be no flights from Dulles on Wednesday. Contact your airline to be sure of your flight status.

Reagan National: The airfield is open for flights but many for Tuesday have been canceled. There probably won't be any Wednesday. Check your flight status with your airline before going to the terminal.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 9, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, snowstorm, tips for travelers  
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The local NBC news just reported that Metro has already said above ground service won't be running Wednesday but I don't remember who reported it. Without Metro, I can't imagine the Fed would try to open. Nothing on yet, though.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | February 9, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

A friend just texted from Ballston that they've already stopped above ground service. Can anyone confirm that?

Posted by: kim6160 | February 9, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

On Montgomery County Ride On website it was just updated to say they are stopping service tonight at 930pm.

Posted by: dhlunar | February 9, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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