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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Hold on to your hats: Gusty A.M. commute in store

8:35 A.M. Update:

Sustained wind and some big wind gusts are the biggest issues today. Gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour could take down tree branches and scatter debris throughout the region, so be careful when you’re commuting today. A fire weather watch has been issued for this afternoon.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway after Georgia Avenue is blocking one lane.

8:25 A.M. Update:

An accident on Canal Road and M Street NW could cause delays there.

8:15 A.M. Update:

An accident on eastbound I-66 after Lee Highway in Arlington is blocking the right shoulder.

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Dulles Toll Road is blocking the right shoulder.

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 between the exits for U.S. 301 and Collington Road/MD 197 has been cleared.

8:05 A.M. Update:

An accident on westbound U.S. 50 between the exits for U.S. 301 and Collington Road/MD 197 could cause issues there. No reported lane closures yet.

7:50 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-95 South at Joplin Road in Triangle has been cleared from the right shoulder. Expect heavy delays to linger approaching this area.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway after University Boulevard has been cleared and all lanes reopened.

7:25 A.M. Update:

The accident on I-95 South at Joplin Road in Triangle is now only blocking the right shoulder. The right lane has reopened.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway after University Boulevard is now blocking one outer loop lane and one of the shoulders.

The accident on I-95 North before the Fairfax County Parkway has been cleared from the right shoulder.

7:10 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-95 South at Joplin Road in Triangle is blocking the right lane and right shoulder.

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway after University Boulevard is blocking one of the shoulders.

There’s also an accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Branch Avenue exit, though no lane closures have been reported yet.

7:05 A.M. Update:

The accident on westbound Leesburg Pike/VA 7 has been cleared from the left lane near the ramp to the inner loop of the Beltway.

6:50 A.M. Update:

Metro reports that normal service has fully resumed at Bethesda.

An accident on I-95 North before the Fairfax County Parkway is blocking the right shoulder.

The disabled vehicle on westbound I-66 at the Beltway has been cleared from the shoulder.

6:35 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on westbound I-66 at the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder.

6:25 A.M. Update:

An accident on westbound Leesburg Pike/VA 7 is blocking the left lane near the ramp to the inner loop of the Beltway.

[Update: This post initially referred to it as King Street, but as a reader pointed out VA 7 is called Leesburg Pike at the Beltway, so I’ve changed this to reflect that. -Mark Berman]

6:20 A.M. Update:

The Red Line has returned to two-track operations and the arcing insulator at Bethesda has been removed, according to Metro. Expect some lingering delays on the Red Line.

MARC Camden Line train 843 is running 8 to 10 minutes late.

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.

Today is going to be warm and very, very windy, according to the Capital Weather Gang. The morning will be cloudy, while showers could follow this afternoon.

Sustained wind and some big wind gusts are the biggest issues today. Gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour could take down tree branches and scatter debris throughout the region, so be careful when you’re commuting today. A fire weather watch has been issued for this afternoon.

So far:

— An arcing insulator at the Bethesda Metro station is causing Red Line trains to single track between Medical Center and Friendsip Heights. Crews are on the scene and the issue should be resolved by 6:15 a..m., according to Metro. Watch out for Red Line delays now and lingering issues even after this is resolved.

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