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Black Ice, Refrozen Slush Are Wednesday’s Biggest Hazards

Ice, ice baby? After Winter Storm Stella dumped a few inches of snow, sleet and frozen rain across the region, the greatest hazards to the D.C. commute Wednesday will be black ice and concrete-hard slush that refroze across highways, roads and sidewalks when temperatures dipped below-freezing overnight.

Here’s the good news: Metrorail will operate on a normal schedule Wednesday. Metrobus will operate on a moderate status, which entails some detours and some stops not being serviced. MetroAccess paratransit service for customers with disabilities will resume service on Wednesday morning. The MetroAccess reservations call center has been accepting calls since noon Tuesday to schedule trips for Wednesday and future dates. VRE and MARC commuter trains were also expected to resume normal service Wednesday.

Here’s the bad news: If you’re driving, you’ll likely encounter some treacherous conditions—particularly on secondary and tertiary roads that did not get thoroughly plowed. Winds of up to 25 mph are helping push temperatures into the upper teens to low-20s overnight, refreezing slush and creating slippery conditions across the DMV.

Need some winter-driving tips? Click here for a few helpful reminders that we provided at the beginning of winter.

And for news on Wednesday closings and delays, check out WTOP’s updates page.

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