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Thunderstorms imperil p.m. commute

6:25 p.m. Update: An accident has blocked the right lane of outbound Suitland Parkway at Naylor Road. Stay to the left.

6:15 p.m. Update: Prosperity Avenue SE has reopened.

6:10 p.m. Update: Some new accidents have been reported to Get There Central:

--I-95 northbound at Kenilworth Avenue
--I-495 northbound at I-95/Springfield. The left lane is blocked.

5:55 p.m. Update: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement. Strong thunderstorms are expected to affect Washington, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Wind gusts of 40 mph and dime-size hail are possible, along with heavy downpours that reduce visibility.

5:43 p.m. Update: The accident on I-270 has been moved off the interstate, but traffic is still slow.

5:40 p.m. Update: The accident on Indian Head Highway has been cleared.

5:25 p.m. Update: Reports of several accidents are coming in to Get There Central. Slick roads and reduced visibility are hindering travel.

The latest accident scenes:

-- I-270 northbound at Route 80. Only the right lane gets by. Delays began at Route 109.
-- Layhill Road at Norbeck Road.
-- U.S. 1 southbound at Telegraph Road.
-- Indian Head Highway outbound at Southern Avenue. According to traffic incident reports, the road is closed.
-- Capital View Avenue at Beachbank Road. Capitol View is closed.
-- In Loudoun, Prosperity Avenue SE south of East Market Street is closed.

Original post: Volatile spring weather may hinder the afternoon commute. According to the Capital Weather Gang, scattered strong or severe thunderstorms may move into the area. Heavy wind, strong rain and even hail may impact travel.

According to the National Weather Service, there may be wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and heavy downpours may reduce visibility and cause standing water to form on roads.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 22, 2010; 6:25 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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