A combination of cold, wind and many snow-covered roads meant conditions were slick to start Friday, says WTOP Traffic's Jack Taylor.
Road conditions have improved since the morning hours, when many roads were still snow-packed or slush covered. Interstates have had a chance to dry out and the bright sun is helping to melt away any remaining snow elsewhere.
And crews will continue to plow and treat roads ahead of tonight's bitter cold temperature, which could turn any wet, slushy roads to ice.
Snow walloped the area Thursday, with nearly a half foot in the inner suburbs and more than a foot in parts of Maryland. The snowfall eclipsed records at Dulles and Reagan National.
High pressure is moving in through the afternoon and the bright sun will melt some of the snow, but temperatures won't rise above the freezing mark, says Storm Watch 7 Meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.
Virtually all schools in the D.C. area have closed and many businesses in the region are following suit, allowing employees to telework. The federal government opened two hours late, which contributed to a late delay.
Those who ventured out encountered major delays along some of the interstates because of morning crashes, which occurred due to icy conditions.
Ice-covered roads were reported in Arlington, which effectively ran out of salt.
Drivers should also clear all of the snow off their cars before getting on the road, including the roof, hood and trunk areas before leaving the driveway or garage.
Montgomery County’s Ride
On bus will operate under a normal schedule Friday.
Fairfax Connector is running regular weekday service Friday with some exceptions:
In Alexandria, DASH buses and the King Street Trolley will not run until 8 a.m. Friday. They say a decision will be made on the schedule soon.
Annapolis Transit suspended all service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. No word yet on Friday's schedule.
Amtrak will run on a modified service in the Northeast Corridor Friday.
VRE service Operating "S" Schedule for Friday.
MARC-Penn Line S schedule on Friday, No Camden or Brunswick Line service.
DC Circulator has suspended service on all routes.
More of the dreaded wintry mix is headed toward Reston Tuesday afternoon — which may make for a messy commute and early school closings.
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza issued this statement late Monday:
At this time, we anticipate an on-time start for school tomorrow, March 3, 2015, as we strive to resume our regular academic calendar.
However, the National Weather Service is forecasting the possibility of freezing rain or sleet for tomorrow and this could result in an early dismissal of classes or the cancellation of after school and/or evening activities in FCPS schools or on school grounds.
Please monitor the FCPS website and Facebook and Twitter accounts, plus local media, and expect to receive a Keep in Touch message should we need to dismiss early or cancel after-school events.
Thank you for working with us as we continue to cope with this difficult winter weather.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New England residents already buried in snow can expect another wintry blast as a March storm races across the U.S.
The National Weather Service said a storm system that swept across parts of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest on Tuesday should move into Maine, Massachusetts, eastern New York and New Jersey by Wednesday. The system will dip through the mid-Atlantic region, including Washington, D.C., and North Carolina, and extend into Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, southern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas.
In West Virginia, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he’s mobilizing the West Virginia National Guard to assist with the prospect of heavy rains, snow and possible flooding on Wednesday.
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Icy conditions cause MARC delays
Expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes on all MARC lines due to
icy conditions on parking lots and platforms.
Get updates on MARC's website.
Juggling family schedules can be difficult even when all goes as planned. Many parents experience logistical challenges – everything from rescheduling children’s extra-curricular activities to finding time to get other errands done.
Maurissa Potts, the mother of a Fairfax County student, says she is frustrated with the school closings.
“I’m pulling my hair out and at my wits end with this winter,” she says.
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