Icy road conditions for drivers on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Fairfax County Police)
Icy road conditions for drivers on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Fairfax County Police)

Updated at 9:08 a.m.

Two right lanes on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway are closed between Connecticut and Georgia avenues because of pot holes.

Updated at 7:55 a.m.

Some icy patches remained on area roadways Tuesday morning even as temperatures warmed and the ice started melting, authorities said. Still, traffic backups remained.

Authorities said there are some delays on the inner and outer loops of the Capital Beltway. But no major incidents are reported on area roadways. Some drivers are saying the delays and a few incidents on the Beltway are related to a large pothole on the inner loop of the Beltway between Georgia and Connecticut avenues.

Metro buses and its rail system are running mostly on time but the agency has warned there may be detours for buses, depending on the road conditions. Some area buses are experiencing delays.

Original post at 5:20 a.m.

Authorities warned drivers and pedestrians to allow extra time and use caution in their early morning commute as there is icy roadways and sidewalks throughout the region after freezing rain fell overnight on top of snow.

There were no road closures on the major highways around the region but plenty of fender benders because of slick spots, officials said. There were no serious injuries involved.

Most of the dangerous areas are on bridges, ramps, overpasses and exit ramps. But authorities remind drivers to slow down and be mindful of icy patches even on side roads. In Rockville, there were several reported crashes — all minor — that were causing delays along the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Highway.

In upper Northwest Washington, Western Avenue was closed in both directions in the 5200 block because of a crash.

Drivers are advised to check traffic cameras before they leave for their commutes.

Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman with the Maryland State Highway department, reminded drivers — it it looks wet, it probably is ice. There were also reports of heavy fog in some parts.

Metro’s bus system is running under its regular service schedule but the transit agencies warn that there may be detours, depending on road conditions. The rail system is open and running on time — as of now.

On the commuter rails — VRE and MARC — trains were running on normal schedules but officials warned riders to use caution on platforms and in parking lots because of icy conditions.

The three area airports are open but there are plenty of delayed or canceled flights and travelers are advised to check with their respective airlines. In the Northeast, there were roughly 70 flights canceled or delayed in the early morning hours, according to Flightaware.com.

Most area schools were closed or on a delayed opening. The federal government is opening three hours late.

Temperatures are expected to rise and rain is expected to hit the area, forecasters said.

[D.C. area forecast: Icy, treacherous start, then much warmer and very wet today]

One of the biggest issues in the early morning hours — simply chipping the ice from windshields.

And while the slippery walkways are serious business and pedestrians should use caution, D.C. Police in a Twitter message tried for a laugh —

The person walking did not appear to be hurt.

And if you do have to walk on sidwalks — Fairfax Connector put out some tips of how to walk on ice. Their advice is basically to walk like a penguin.