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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Prepare for a gusty, chilly A.M. commute; watch out for Canal Road lane closures

8:45 A.M. Update:

If you plan on taking Canal Road later this morning and on through the early afternoon, take note: The District Department of Transportation will be intermittently closing lanes on Canal Road between Foxhall Road and Arizona Avenue in Northwest Washington. The lane closures, which will occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, are so crews can resurface parts of the road. Temporary signs will be in place to alert travelers, but watch out for delays.

Debris on I-95 South after Annapolis Road could cause delays. No reports of lane closures, but there could be some issues.

8:25 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on eastbound I-66 at Sudley Road is blocking the right shoulder. Expect this to add to the usual delays.

8:10 A.M. Update:

Some debris on I-95 South after Annapolis Road could cause delays. There are no reports of lane closures right now, but this could slow traffic.

8 A.M. Update:

The 3300 block of 18th Street NE will be closed in both directions for the next 10 to 15 minutes after an accident there, according to D.C. police. Some suggested alternate routes: 17th Street, Keamy Street, Monroe Street or 20th Street.

7:55 A.M. Update:

The accident on eastbound I-66 at Nutley Street has been cleared from the right shoulder. Expect residual delays.

7:45 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on I-395 North near Washington Boulevard has been cleared from the shoulder.

7:30 A.M. Update:

Metro reports that normal service has resumed at Metro Center and on the Red Line. These kinds of issues often lead to residual delays, so watch out for Red Line delays if you’re heading out now.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway before the Springfield Interchange is blocking the left shoulder.

A disabled vehicle on I-395 North near Washington Boulevard is blocking the right shoulder.

An accident on eastbound I-66 at Nutley Street is blocking the right shoulder. There are heavy delays approaching this spot.

7:20 A.M. Update:

Delays continue on the Red Line due to the earlier train malfunction at Metro Center. Trains are no longer single-tracking, but delays remain due to the earlier single-tracking caused by the disabled train.

7:05 A.M. Update:

The debris on the ramp from I-95 to the westbound Intercounty Connector has been cleared.

An earlier accident on I-295 South at Howard Road SE has been cleared. There were no lane closures reported and there weren’t any significant delays.

7 A.M. Update:

Red Line trains are single-tracking between Judiciary Square and Farragut North due to a disabled train at Metro Center. There are delays in both directions.

The traffic signals are Washington Boulevard, 10th Street and Fillmore Street are out due to an accident there. They will be out through the morning rush hour, so treat this as a four-way stop and use caution.

The 1200 block of 1st Street NE remains closed in both directions. Try using M or Patterson streets as alternate routes.

6:45 A.M. Update:

The 1200 block of 1st Street NE has been closed in both directions after an adult female pedestrian was struck at the intersection of 1st and N streets.

6:35 A.M. Update:

MARC update: Point of Rocks trains will now be boarding on the normal track.

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop before the Springfield Interchange has been cleared from the shoulder.

There’s some debris on the ramp from I-95 to the westbound Intercounty Connector.

6:20 A.M. Update:

MARC riders: All Brunswick Line trains are going to run 10 to 15 minutes late between Barnesville and Gaithersburg due to a disabled freight train near Barnesville. Additionally, all MARC trains stopping at the Point of Rocks station will board passengers on the opposite track.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop before the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right shoulder.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! Friday the 13th brings a big shift from the weather we’ve experienced over the last few days. It’s going to be extremely windy, and those strong winds are going to make it feel a lot colder out there, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

The good news is that the strong winds could dry any roads with slick spots left, helping to take that problem away from the morning rush. The bad news is that strong winds offer their own commuting complications. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be slowed, while wires and tree branches could come down. Use caution out there.

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.

Something to note if you’re heading out later this morning: The District Department of Transportation will be intermittently closing lanes on Canal Road between Foxhall Road and Arizona Avenue in Northwest Washington. The lane closures, which will occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, are so crews can resurface parts of the road. Temporary signs will be in place to alert travelers, but watch out for delays.

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