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After snow, commuters face icy conditions

UPDATED Tuesday, 11:40 a.m.: Snowy roadways and frigid temperatures are creating treacherous commutes for many drivers and walkers Tuesday morning.

Bitter cold temperatures moved in overnight, freezing all the snow that fell Monday. 

Many road continue to be covered in snow and slush, especially ramps and side streets. Snow-covered sidewalks are pushing pedestrians into the street, creating arduous travel conditions for both drivers and pedestrians.

"Having snow in March is not unusual, but having snow with an arctic air mass entrenched across our area in March, that is unusual…or at least fairly rare," says ABC7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Temperatures plummeted into the single digits in the early morning and some areas reached record lows. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport broke a 141-year-old record low temperature, reaching 4 degrees.

The record-challenging cold that started Tuesday morning is making the roads even worse. The snow on the ground has frozen, meaning lots of slick spots to start the day. 

There will be plenty of sunshine for the next couple of days, but temperatures will remain well below average. Many areas will not climb out of the 20s Tuesday.

For Wednesday, expect partly cloudy skies and continued cold with highs in the 30s. 

Get the full forecast on WTOP.com.

CLOSINGS & DELAYS:

The federal government and D.C. government will open on a two-hour delay.

Several area school systems will be closed Tuesday. Read the full list of closings and delays on WTOP.com.

TRAFFIC:

There are no major traffic delays at this time. For the latest traffic updates, follow @WTOPTraffic on Twitter.

Officials are still asking drivers to stay off the roads if possible. Many roads are covered in snow and slush, which has turned into ice -- especially on ramps and side streets. 

Some highways in the region have been cleared and are in good condition.

Below are some notes for commuters:

  • All Metrobus service was restored at 7 a.m. There will be snow detours for many routes, Metro says.
  • Metrorail continues to run on a normal, weekday schedule.
  • VRE, MARC and MTA's Commuter Bus will operate at full service on Tuesday.
  • The snow emergency has been lifted in D.C. as at 9:30 a.m.

All three area airports are open, but all are warning of delays and cancellations and advise travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport.

LISTEN LIVE:

Hear the latest on weather and road conditions on WTOP.com.

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