Heavy rain, wind could slow Wednesday P.M. commute

A bizarre weather week in the Washington area continues with heavy rain and strong wind expected on Wednesday afternoon and evening. In other words, get ready for a slow, difficult commute home.

The latest forecast from the Capital Weather Gang says that the worst conditions should hit between 3 and 7 p.m. The rain could create slick conditions on roads, sidewalks and train platforms, while wind gusts could take down trees and power lines.

If you can leave work early enough to avoid these headaches, do that. You could encounter some early rain, but getting out before the roads get very crowded would be wise. If you don’t have that option, be prepared for a long trip.

Rain and wind typically create gridlock across the region, so be prepared. Use caution on the roads, expect to encounter delays and leave yourself plenty of time. Train travel could also be impacted, because downed trees or other debris could potentially block tracks or create power problems. And at train stations, platforms, stairs and escalators could be slick and treacherous, so keep that in mind.

Stay with the Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather on Twitter) for the latest forecasts. And follow Dr. Gridlock (@drgridlock) for the latest traffic and transportation.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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