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.
— MD State Highway Adm (@MDSHA) February 16, 2016
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.
Worst traffic right now: Beltway inner loop before Georgia Ave. This is traffic camera back at Connecticut Ave. pic.twitter.com/e0WNuEcMnB
— Dr. Gridlock (@drgridlock) February 16, 2016
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.
Large pothole in #ChevyChase on The Beltway Inner Loop between Connecticut Ave and Georgia Ave, jammed back to MD-355, delay of 8 mins
— TTWN DC (@TotalTrafficDC) February 16, 2016
Disabled Vehicles. I-495 EB (IL) prior Georgia Ave (MD-97). Mont. Co., MD. 2 rht lns blkd. 2 lft lns opn. IL del appx 2 mi. OL delays bldg
— MATOC Alerts (@MATOC) February 16, 2016
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.
Lifestar ambulance accident closes Western Avenue between Harrison Street and Jennifer Street, NW, DC pic.twitter.com/I8fsjY3oQr
— Dave Rysak (@DaveFox5DC) February 16, 2016
Drivers are advised to check traffic cameras before they leave for their commutes.
— County Cable MoCo (@CountyCableMoCo) February 16, 2016
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.
Drive safe this morning, Fairfax. Leave extra distance, take extra time. It’s all about your safety. pic.twitter.com/SHb7sjE7MI
— FairfaxCounty Police (@fairfaxpolice) February 16, 2016
ICE – Walk w/Caution, Drive w/Care – sidewalks, driveways, parking lots & ramps, bridges & overpasses may be ice/snow covered & slippery
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) February 16, 2016
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.
One of the biggest issues in the early morning hours — simply chipping the ice from windshields.
— Nick Iannelli (@NickWTOP) February 16, 2016
— Siobhan Connellan (@SioConnellan) February 16, 2016
— Tom Kierein (@TomKierein) February 16, 2016
And while the slippery walkways are serious business and pedestrians should use caution, D.C. Police in a Twitter message tried for a laugh —
Icy conditions across the region, be cautious and allow for extra time getting to work on foot or behind the wheel! pic.twitter.com/qwdiwXq1AF
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) February 16, 2016
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.