A view of New York avenue looking west from Florida avenue. Lane shifts for construction are exacerbating traffic delays on New York avenue in NE, April, 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

Add today’s wet weather, complete with a flash flood watch, to the mix and “T-3” as it has become known, is a true triple threat to local roads.

AAA Mid-Atlantic released a warning last week advising people to simply set their alarm clocks earlier. “AAA Mid-Atlantic alerts area drivers that Terrible Traffic Tuesday is just days away,” it said. The message that there’s really nothing drivers can do but be prepared to wait in traffic may not have been a surprise to experienced commuters who have dealt with the annual day of gridlock before.

According to AAA, more than half of Washington’s three million workers will drive to work alone today.

For the time being, accidents scattered around the region are the main cause of delays, reports PostLocal’s traffic blogger, Mark Berman.

Tell us: How are you dealing with “Terrible Traffic Tuesday”? Is your commute any worse than usual? Post your answer us in the comments section below, or tweet us @drgridlock.


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