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At dawn, traffic is light

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On any normal Thursday in the Washington region, the traffic cameras stationed at key intersections and roadways would be awash with the headlights of cars streaming by.

This, of course, wasn't your normal Thursday.

Though some roads were passable, a number of them looked foreboding for anyone not in a Humvee.

Canal Road at Chain Bridge was one of the potential trouble spots, but it was empty of cars. Light traffic moved on the American Legion Bridge, and around the Beltway at Arena Drive, a couple of cars winked by.

In Georgetown, a lonesome plow waited obediently for the light to change at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. The District had vowed that major streets would be passable within 48 hours and residential streets by sometime Sunday. Progress could be seen. At South Dakota Avenue NE, a single SUV turned left onto Rhode Island Avenue. It was laden with a foot of snow, a violation of the District's requirement that all moving vehicles must be cleared off so chunks of flying snow don't endander other motorists. At this moment, however, there were no other cars in sight.

Connecticut Avenue by the National Zoo was one of many places where the hint of wet pavement glistened under the street light. But the traffic light flashed green-yellow-red without an audience.

River Road in Bethesda was pitch black, save for a single set of tail lights. Traffic was moving but light on I-395 at Seminary Road in Virginia.

Only the 14th Street Bridge was busy with cars, headed into the District, where virtually everyone but their drivers had the day off.

--Ashley Halsey III

By Mark Berman  |  February 11, 2010; 6:57 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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Not a comment, but need advice. My husband has to get from Annapolis to Dulles Airport today. He needs to be there at about 2:30pm for a 6pm flight to Germany. We have a 4WD Suburu, the tank is full and we could probably dig the car out by noon. Should I drive him (not my favorite drive WITHOUT snow, we usually use the Metro and the Washington Flyer) or get a taxi or what???? We can't believe the airport is open!
Ruth (and Sebastian)

Posted by: svandrr78 | February 11, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Go to and check the traffic cameras along your route. I think you'll be surprised at how good some of the interstates look.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 11, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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