Updated at 9:16 a.m.
Metro said it was increasing its bus service Monday starting at 11 a.m. but warned riders they could still see delays or detours depending on the snowy road conditions in the region.
Earlier in the day, Metro was operating bus service only on major routes.
The conditions have created headaches for commuters and travelers on planes, trains and automobiles.
On roadways, southbound Interstate 95 in Stafford County near Mountain View Road was closed for several hours after an early morning crash involving a bus with at least 50 passengers on board. The interstate reopened just after 8 a.m.
Police around the D.C. region had reports of vehicles slipping off the road into guardrails, ditches and each other but no major traffic delays were reported on roadways.
In Virginia, a jackknifed tractor trailer closed one lane of Interstate 95 southbound at Lorton Road. On the George Washington Parkway at Spout Run Parkway, officials closed down the roadway in the early morning hours so crews could plow. Major roadways including the Dulles Toll Road and Interstate 66 were reportedly not plowed around 5 a.m. but by mid-morning many of the major highways and secondary roads were plowed – although crews were still working to get to neighborhood streets.
Still, highway officials warned motorists to stay off the roads and allow crews to plow. The District’s Department of Transportation put out a tweet warning drivers in the early morning: “Is it Spring yet? Stay off the roads and away from plows. Roads are messy.”
Snow trucks and plows were out on major roads, but they were trying to keep up with the continued snowfall in the early morning.
Joan Morris, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said crews were continuously having to plow and not able to get ahead of the snow as it continued to fall just after 6 a.m. She said drivers should expect treacherous conditions.
“It is not a morning for anyone to be out commuting,” she said in an interview on NBC.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 17, 2014
Metro announced Sunday that all MetroAccess paratransit service would be suspended Monday.
Metro’s rail system was operating on a normal schedule with no reports of early morning delays that were considered major. Four out of the five Metro rail lines had some sort of problem. Earlier in the morning, Metrobus was operating on a “severe snow service plan” with limited service in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia in the early morning, meaning buses were operating basically on major routes. For a detailed list of which bus routes were operating, click here. By mid morning, Metrobus said it would run on a moderate snow service plan, meaning buses would operate on most routes but warned that riders could see delays or detours depending on road conditions.
On commuter rail services, officials for MARC and VRE said it both services were operating on an “S schedule” for the day because of the weather conditions.
At airports, there were problems.
At Reagan, officials closed runways in the early morning for “heavy snow accumulation/gusty winds,” according to a tweet just before 6 a.m. from officials. But by 9 a.m., the main runway had reopened. Officials at Reagan said blowing snow caused them to close the runways at Reagan. Dulles can “push things off the runway more than Reagan,” said Chris Paolino, a spokesman at the authority that oversees both Dulles and Reagan.
Three runways remain open at Washington Dulles International Airport. At Baltimore-Washington Airport there were no early morning warnings about runways being closed, but officials said travelers should check for delays and any canceled flights.
Most school systems throughout the area were closed, along with the federal government.
Officials warned that unless people had to be on the roads, they should not venture out in the snowy weather. The snow hit record levels for this time of year, according to the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.
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