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Icy roads in Virginia And Through The Region

North Capitol Street has reopened in both directions, the District Department of Transportation reports.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:
Not related to the weather, but still worth noting for commuters -- North Capitol Street is closed between V and Channing streets due to police activity. The closure occurs just north of Rhode Island Avenue, according to the District Department of Transportation. The department recommends some alternate routes for drivers: Georgia Avenue, Sherman Avenue and 13th, 14th and 16th streets. Traffic heading south on North Capitol Street can exit at Irving Street to get to these routes.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:
The major roads in the District have been treated and are prepared for the morning rush, the District Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works just announced.

"The District is open for business and drivers commuting to work this morning should find the main roads wet and mostly clear of snow," Mayor Fenty said in the just-released statement. "And at this hour our crews continue to treat the residential streets."

All District government offices, which includes the D.C. Public Schools, will open on time and operate under normal business hours. Officials urge drivers to be extra careful because students will still be walking to school, and added that it's crucial for people to shovel their sidewalks.

Crews that included the transportation and public works agencies began treating the roadway at 4 p.m. Tuesday with more than 180 pieces of equipment.

Overnight snowfall leading into this morning's commute will make it a tricky trip for everyone that has to go to work. The Capital Weather Gang reports that melting won't begin until later this morning, so look out for icy patches and sidewalks no matter where you're walking, driving or biking.

There are plenty of closings or delays to lessen the number of cars on the road this morning. Many schools in Virginia and Maryland are either closed or have delayed openings, while the federal government has an unscheduled leave policy in place today.

Maryland roads seem to be pretty clear this morning, with surprisingly light traffic on the Beltway visible on the traffic cameras. In Virginia, icy roads are the order of the day, with icy patches reported on I-95 (from Lorton and up through the Beltway, spanning I-95 South from Lorton to the Wilson Bridge), I-66 East (beginning out at Bull Run Regional Park and lasting until after the Beltway), I-495 (from the American Legion Bridge to the Springfield Interchange), I-395 (northbound from the beginning until King Street; southbound from the 14th Street Bridge until King Street) and multiple smaller roads.

Some secondary roads and residential streets might not be plowed just yet. For more information, check out this post.

Did you see or hear of a particularly bad road? Post in the comments below.

By Mark Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 5:54 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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I had an early meeting and opted to drive into downtown from Arlington rather than tackle the slushy sidewalks, snow falling off trees, and wet/crowded/delayed Metro. Glad I did. By 7:30 the roads in Arlington and DC were much clearer than I expected. Props to the crews working through the night.

Posted by: sunny617 | February 3, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Today's Commuter Update refers to Snow Emergency Routes, but is silent as to whether jurisdictions have formally declared Snow Emergency conditions.

For those of us who choose not to subject ourselves to the drone of 'news radio' on days like today (when it would appear that every organization and business views an on-air 'listing' as an opportunity for free publicity / advertising) it would be helpful to know that the absence of this important information on the Post website is not simply an inadvertent omission.

Posted by: jandrews2 | February 3, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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