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Posted at 05:57 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Beltway jammed up in Northern Virginia

8:35 A.M. Update:

Traffic is moving smoothly on I-270 North approaching the spur. A pair of accidents blocked lanes and caused major delays there earlier, but right now things look like they are back to normal. Congestion remains a problem, because it’s still the morning rush, but traffic is moving.

The accident on I-95 North at U.S. 50 in Maryland has been cleared and all lanes reopened.

The outer loop of the Beltway is pretty congested between the American Legion Bridge and the Dulles Toll Road.

The inner loop of the Beltway is in­cred­ibly jammed, as usual, approaching I-66.

I-395 North is very crowded and slow in Virginia, with traffic crawling along much of the roadway.

A disabled vehicle on I-395 North just north of the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right shoulder of the HOV lanes.

8:20 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on inbound New York Avenue has been cleared from the left turn lane at Bladensburg Road NE.

8:10 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-95 at the exit for U.S. 50 in Maryland is blocking one lane in each direction as well as one of the shoulders in each direction.

The disabled vehicle on inbound New York Avenue is still blocking the left turn lane onto Bladensburg Road NE.

The disabled vehicle on North Capitol and Buchanan strets NE has been cleared and all lanes on North Capitol Street are open.

7:50 A.M. Update:

The northbound lanes on I-270 have all reopened at Democracy Boulevard, according to the Maryland State Police. All lanes are now open and the roadway is cleared, though some residual delays remain. Again, there were no serious injuries reported from the pair of accidents on I-270 North earlier this morning.

A disabled vehicle on inbound New York Avenue is blocking the left turn lane onto Bladensburg Road NE.

7:45 A.M. Update:

The National Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for this morning at the Washington Hilton, located on Connecticut Avenue at T Street. President Obama, the First Lady and the Vice-President will all be in attendance.

The Metrpolitan Police Department tells us that there will be no street closures for this event outside of regular presidential movement. In other words, if you need to commute anywhere between the White House and the Washington Hilton this morning, you might run into a presidential motorcade. The President is scheduled to speak at 8 a.m.

7:30 A.M. Update:

The rainy, dreary commute has been slow at multiple spots across the region. Delays continue on I-270 North at Democracy Boulevard, with one lane still blocked by the earlier accident involving a tractor trailer.

I-95 North is very backed up approaching the Springfield Interchange, while eastbound I-66 is a slog heading to the Beltway.

Use caution and, as with any days where the weather isn’t stellar, expect delays.

7:20 A.M. Update:

Police report that the disabled vehicle is actually on North Capitol and Buchanan strets NE. One lane is closed on North Capitol Street right now.

7:15 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle has been reported on New Hampshire Avenue and North Capitol Street NE, according to D.C. police.

7:10 A.M. Update:

One lane remains blocked on northbound I-270 at Democracy Boulevard. Heavy delays remain, but traffic is moving around this spot in the open lanes.

Entrance escalators out at Medical Center due to mechanical problems. The station remains open.

6:52 A.M. Update:

One lane and the shoulder are open and moving on I-270 North at Democracy Boulevard, according to the Maryland State Police. One northbound lane remains closed.

The tow trucks are on the scene, but there’s no exact timetable yet for exactly when the roadway will be fully cleared.

6:40 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at I-66 is blocking the right shoulder.

I-66 East is already very, very jammed up approaching the Beltway.

6:30 A.M. Update:

I-270 North is blocked at Democracy Boulevard following a pair of early mornig accidents.

The roadway is blocked by a jackknifed tractor trailer, according to the Maryland State Police. They have a tow truck en route to move it, but there’s no timetable yet on when it will be cleared and the road reopened.

The trailer jackknifed while trying to stop and avoid another accident at the same spot, according to state police. As a result, the tractor trailer is blocking the entire northbound roadway.

Right now, police believe there are no serious injuries stemming from either accident. There are no other details available.

6:20 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-270 North contnues to block northbound lanes at the 270 spur. This isn’t actually causing major delays in any direction, but it’s still early. So far, it’s just causing some congestion before the spur. But if lanes remain closed, delays will worsen, so avoid this area if you can.

I-66 East is backed up at George Mason Drive in Arlington.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help. If you hear about any congestion, delays, problems or anything at all, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

Showers over the course of the morning rush could slow traffic, according to the Capital Weather Gang. As always, rain could lead to slick roads and sidewalks, so use extra caution out there.

So far:

— An accident on I-270 North is blocking northbound lanes at the 270 spur. You can access I-270 North from the outer loop of the Beltway, but northbound lanes are blocked from the inner loop of the Beltway.

— And remember: The southern escalators at the Dupont Circle Metro station are closed for the next nine months so they can be replaced. Expect heavy crowding at the north entrance on Q Street.

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