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Posted at 06:05 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Prepare for icy, slippery commute; delay commuting if possible

10:30 A.M. Update:

If you’re heading out at any point today, be careful and watch out for slick spots. Icy patches remain across the region, which could lead to slippery conditions in some areas. Even if you’re just walking around the corner for lunch, use caution and watch where you’re going.

MARC Penn Line train 425 is severely overcrowding, so it will only stop to charge passengers from BWI to Washington, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Train 427 is expected to leave Baltimore on time at 10:50 a.m.

Watch out for delays stemming from an accident at 3830 Minneosta Avenue NE.

10:15 A.M. Update:

Multiple streets in Washington will close today due to the March for Life rally. Here’s a rundown of what streets will close and when this will happen.

10 A.M. Update:

Multiple Metrobus routes are going to detour this morning between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. due to the anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington. Here’s the full list of detours.

9:45 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on eastbound I-66 has been cleared from the shoulder.

9:20 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on eastbound I-66 just inside the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder.

An accident has been reported at Woodley and Klingle roads in Northwest Washington.

8:55 A.M. Update:

The utility problem on the inner loop of the Beltway at the exit for Landover Road has been cleared. The right off-ramp has reopened.

8:35 A.M. Update:

The utility problem on the inner loop of the Beltway at the exit for Landover Road is still blocking the right off-ramp.

8:25 A.M. Update:

The inner loop of the Beltway is very, very slow approaching Arlington Boulevard right now.

8:05 A.M. Update:

Icy conditions persist throughout the region after overnight freezing rain fell across the area. If you’re heading to the office late, we will be monitoring the morning traffic later than usual to try and keep you updated.

7:45 A.M. Update:

Arlington Transit has extended morning service on ART routes 61, 62, 72, 74, 84 and 75 for an extra hour this morning. The extension is meant to help riders who might be delayed by icy conditions this morning.

7:40 A.M. Update:

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway before the G.W. Parkway has been cleared from the right shoulder

7:20 A.M. Update:

A utility problem on the inner loop of the Beltway at the exit for Landover Road is blocking the right off-ramp.

7:05 A.M. Update:

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

6:45 A.M. Update:

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

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway before the G.W. Parkway is blocking the right shoulder.

6:25 A.M. Update:

Southbound 14th Street is closed at Meridian Street in Northwest Washington. Northbound 14th Street, which was also closed earlier, is now open. Expect big delays approaching this intersection on southbound 14th Street and use an alternate route.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! A layer of snow and ice still coats the ground in many areas, but as the work week begins another wintry problem has emerged thanks to freezing rain falling overnight and into early Monday morning.

Freezing rain or a freezing drizzle could cause icing and slick spots, particularly on untreated or elevated surfaces, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Areas north and west of the Beltway are the likeliest candidates for slick spots on Monday morning, because temperatures will take the longest to rise above freezing.

The freezing fog and drizzle will eventually transition into normal scattered rain showers, according to the Capital Weather Gang. But this morning’s commute is going to be very tricky. Use extreme caution when you head out this morning. If you’re driving, riding a bicycle or walking to a train station, make sure to be careful and not to rush. Untreated roads, sidewalks, train station stairs and other surfaces will be slick and slippery.

There’s a freezing rain advisory in most of the area until 9 a.m., though that runs until 11 a.m. in some spots.

The federal government isn’t opening until 11 a.m. on Monday, and federal employees are being encouraged to stay off the roads until 9 a.m. due to the icy conditions. This is going to greatly lessen crowding during the normal rush hour window, but it also means there will be a heavier commuter presence between 9 and 11 a.m. If you normally head to work during this time, watch out for greater congestion.

Metro is running expanded rush hour service due to the federal government’s delayed opening. Metrorail and Metrobus will run additional trips during the late morning hours, while Metro has canceled all midday track work scheduled for Monday.

The Fairfax Connector is running normal service and extending rush hour service through 11:30 a.m.

Alexandria’s DASH bus system will also run for an extra two hours during the morning rush hour due to the federal government’s delayed opening.

The Virginia Railway Express will operate on its normal schedule, as will Montgomery County’s Ride On buses. Arlington Transit is also running normal service.

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.

And if you’re driving this morning, make sure to clear the ice off of your car before heading out. Big chunks of ice falling from a car while driving can be extremely dangerous yet is always avoidable.

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