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Posted at 05:53 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Showers slow p.m. commute, early getaway

6:10 p.m. Update: The weather is causing problems for travelers all around. It’s a slippery night on the Beltway — and beyond. In most cases, however, traffic is moving, albeit slower than normal. For example, crossing into Virginia over the American Legion Bridge and in the HOT lanes work zones traffic slows to as little as 10 miles per hour. Drivers on the eastern side of the Beltway have it better, traveling slightly more than 20 mph.

Weather is also causing delays for some flights at Reagan National Airport, as well as destinations in the Northeast, including Philadelphia and New York-area airports.

Amtrak passengers between Washington and Boston may also experience delays after a train struck and killed a man earlier in the day in Old Lyme, Conn.

According to Amtrak, the train was Northeast Regional 137, which was traveling from Boston to Washington carrying 315 passengers and crew members, none of whom suffered injuries. Amtrak said authorities are holding train traffic in the area while they investigate.

Railroad officials said passengers who want to change their travel could receive refunds or rebook.

2:05 P.M. Update: Dulles rail project officials warn that Route 123 McLean will close between Great Falls Street and Anderson Road from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. overnight for the installation of acoustical barriers on the bridge flyover. A detour will be posted (to Great Falls to Chain Bridge to Anderson and back to Route 123).

And remember, if you hear about any congestion, delays or travel problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

Capital Weather Gang looks ahead to holiday travel problems

Getaway guide for Virginia driving

Getaway Guide for Maryland driving

1:50 P.M. Update: Showers moving through the area and along the Eastern Seaboard will slow your drive home or your attempt to get away early for the holiday weekend.

Rain is forecast to last through the early evening hours, although the Capital Weather Gang says we can expect skies to clear through the night.

Throughout the Northeast, travelers flying today may encounter delays if flying to or connecting through the Northeast. Weather is delaying flights bound for the Philadelphia and New York-area airports. Check with your airline to see how you may be affected.

10 A.M. Update:

All northbound lanes have reopened on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Route 410, according to the U.S. Park Police. Expect residual delays.

8:37 A.M. Update:

One northbound lane is reopening on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Riverdale Road/Route 410, according to the U.S. Park Police. Expect severe delays to remain.

8:35 A.M. Update:

Northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway is closed at Riverdale Road/Route 410 due to the earlier accident we reported. All lanes are closed, so expect massive delays and avoid this route.

The car fire on northbound I-295 in Southeast Washington has been cleared and all lanes reopened. Expect residual delays in this area.

8:30 A.M. Update:

A car fire on northbound I-295 south of Laboratory Road in Southeast Washington is slowing traffic around this area, according to D.C. police.

8:10 A.M. Update:

An accident on the northbound B.W. Parkway at Good Luck Road is blocking all northbound lanes and causing southbound delays as people slow down near the accident scene.

An accident at 16th and Tuckerman streets in Northwest Washington is also causing issues around that intersection, so avoid that area.

7:55 A.M. Update:

An accident on 14th and C streets in Northeast Washington could cause issues around that intersection, so stick to 13th Street, 15th Street or D Street if possible.

7:45 A.M. Update:

The accidents have been cleared from the shoulders on I-95 North before the Springfield Interchange, but traffic is still very, very slow approaching this area.

7:35 A.M. Update:

The accident on the inbound Key Bridge has been cleared, but watch out for lingering delays heading into Georgetown.

An accident on eastbound I-66 at Chain Bridge Road is blocking the left shoulder.

The accident on the inner loop ramp to Braddock Road has been cleared.

7:15 A.M. Update:

An accident on the inbound Key Bridge is blocking one lane, so expect delays if you’re heading from Rosslyn into Georgetown.

An accident on I-95 North just before the Springfield Interchange is blocking the left shoulder. This is just north of the accident still on the right shoulder, so expect traffic to really slow down through this stretch.

7 A.M. Update:

The accident on the inner loop at the ramp to Braddock Road is slowing traffic heading to westbound Braddock Road, but delays aren’t too major so far.

The accident on I-95 North before the Franconia Springfield Parkway is still blocking the right shoulder. Traffic is still backed up approaching this spot.

6:45 A.M. Update:

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway is blocking the left side of the ramp from the inner loop to Braddock Road.

6:25 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-95 North before the Franconia Springfield Parkway has been moved to the right shoulder. Traffic remains backed up approaching this spot.

6:05 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-95 North before the Franconia Springfield Parkway is blocking the right lane.

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.

It’s going to rain today, so definitely pack your umbrella, but it shouldn’t be pouring all day long, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

Metro riders — after a part fell off of a train outside L’Enfant Plaza on Tuesday, are any of you rethinking how you commute? Are you opting to drive or head to work another way? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter. (Here’s our live coverage of the Orange Line delays on Tuesday; Dr. Gridlock reported on the scene at Metro Center.)

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