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Headaches on the horizon

Snow clearing
The only roadwork you're likely to see tonight is snow clearing. And what are you doing out there, anyway? The road chemicals and the sunshine melted a lot of snow and ice on the roadways, but it's going to refreeze tonight. That will create dangerous black ice. Drivers will be cruising along thinking all is well, then find themselves in a skid over a thin, icy layer above the pavement.

Across the D.C. region, heavy equipment is out trying to break up some of the hard snow and ice banks that choked off travel lanes, merge lanes and ramps, particularly around interchanges. They also need to clear the snow pack from the shoulders, because that's where they're going to push the next snowfall Tuesday evening and Wednesday.

In the neighborhoods of Virginia, Maryland and the District, crews are hoping to make at least one pass through all the neighborhood streets before they have to start cleaning up from the next storm.

On Tuesday morning, expect to see more drivers crawling out of those neighborhoods and trying to get to work. The highways will be in better shape, but not great enough to justify the driving speeds you're likely to see. There still will be icy patches and the road crews still will be pushing to get ahead of the incoming storm. Stay alert for traffic congestion.

DC Circulator bus service will stop at 10 p.m. Monday, because the ice is getting worse. It will resume Tuesday at 6 or 7 a.m., depending on the line, with the regular $1 fares.
VRE will not operate on Tuesday.
MARC will operate a limited service.
Metro will operate a limited service, but some of the above ground stations will be open.
See details on Metro service.
Ride On buses will operate on an "S" schedule on Tuesday.
MTA commuter bus Routes 410, 411, and 420 will operate regular service Tuesday. Midday trip 'A' on Route 420 will also run. Routes 310, 320, 915, 929, and 995 are all canceled for Tuesday. Park & Ride lots have not been cleared. All other MTA commuter bus routes will operate on the "S" or "L/S" schedule. Only Trips with an "S" or "L/S" above the trip number will operate. See details on MTA site.
Arlington Transit's ART buses will provide Saturday-level service on the 41, 42, 51, & 87 and weekday service on the 77. Buses are scheduled to operate between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Alexandria's DASH buses will operate on a Saturday schedule beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the following modified routes using only primary streets: AT1, AT2, AT5, AT8 and AT10. There will be no service on the AT3, AT4, or AT7 routes. See details.
See the Fairfax Connector Web site for updates on Tuesday service.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 8, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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no word from Metro on tomorrow's operations and opm's website is down!

Posted by: ACNonPro | February 8, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Why no word from WMATA, and why not any mention from any news outlet? We've heard nothing all day about the supposed phased-in opening of above-ground stations.

How can we expect Metro to share more information without aggressively seeking answers from them?

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | February 8, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

OPM website is back up, but still displays the message for today: Monday, Feb. 8: Closed.

Metro: get your act together! When will you be open? Why is communication so hard for you, oh metro?

Posted by: euroaaron2002 | February 8, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

It's up now. Says Tues Feb 9, fed govnt closed. The papers and news outlets need to pick up the pace.

Posted by: anon402 | February 8, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Limited Metro service tomorrow. Blue and yellow lines open.

Posted by: derektang87 | February 8, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I think the OPM site is the victim of high traffic. Try this as an alternative:

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 8, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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