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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Be prepared for a rainy Friday A.M. commute

8:35 A.M. Update:

Rain and wind gusts will continue throughout the Washington region for the near future. Use caution when you head out this morning. The rain and wind will make driving difficult, so drive carefully and leave extra space between you and other vehicles; sidewalks and stairs at outdoor train stations will be slippery, so watch your step wherever you go.

Traffic signals are reportedly flashing at New York, Montana and West Virginia avenues in Northeast Washington. Be careful approaching that intersection.

There are very heavy delays for northbound traffic trying to take the Douglass Bridge. If you can avoid it, head to the Sousa Bridge, which looks clearer this morning.

I-270 South is crawling at Montrose Road, with delays stretching up through Gaithersburg. Things are moving smoothly in Germantown, but it slows down after that.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road is blocking the right shoulder.

I-66 East is typically snarled at the Beltway, but with rain falling expect that roadway to be slower than usual. The same is true for I-395 North, which is pretty backed up around Washington Boulevard.

8:20 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicles on the inner loop of the Beltway (at Gallows Road and the G.W. Parkway) have been cleared from the shoulders.

An accident at 16th and W streets in Southeast Washington could slow traffic.

8 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Gallows Road is blocking the right shoulder.

There's also a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway on the right shoulder at G.W. Parkway.

And if you use Capital Bikeshare as part of your commute: The station at 1st Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW is temporarily out of service.

7:45 A.M. Update:

Heavy showers and wind gusts are making their way through Arlington, Alexandria, Washington and eastern Montgomery County. Northern Prince George’s County and Howard County are next. Remember to use extreme caution when driving. Leave extra space between you and other cars and watch your step when walking on sidewalks and using stairs at train stations.

7:30 A.M. Update:

An accident on 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW is not blocking any lanes, but police are on the scene and that could cause delays.

The same thing is true at 16th Street and North Portal Drive NW. No lane closures, but police are on the scene, so expect some traffic issues.

7:15 A.M. Update:

An accident on North Capitol and R streets in Northeast Washington isn’t blocking any lanes, but it could cause some delays.

7 A.M. Update:

The inner loop of the Beltway is congested approaching Gallows Road.

I-395 North is slow at King Street.

6:45 A.M. Update:

The 300 block of 4th Street NE remains closed due to an accident there.

The 1200 block of 33rd Street NW and two lanes on westbound M Street (between Bank and Potomac streets) remain closed in Georgetown.

6:25 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on eastbound Dulles Toll Road at the ramp to Chain Bridge Road has been cleared from the right lane.

6:05 A.M. Update:

An accident at 4th Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Northeast Washington is blocking the 300 block of 4th Street NE, according to D.C. police.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! The Friday morning commute will be a wet one, with showers expected through the morning, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Once the rain clears up, it will start getting very windy, so bring your umbrella and a jacket.

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.

So far:

— The 1200 block of 33rd Street NW and two lanes on westbound M Street (between Bank and Potomac streets) are blocked due to D.C. Fire Department activity. Avoid that area in Georgetown.

— A disabled vehicle on eastbound Dulles Toll Road at the ramp to Chain Bridge Road is blocking the right lane.

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