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Heavy snow on branches could lead to power outages.

Heavy snow on branches could lead to power outages.

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Commuting Impacts from Snow Could Linger Through Thursday

** Updated at 11:43 p.m. ET with additional information about Metro and specific bus lines, and updated power outage numbers. **

Winter weather is likely to be over by Thursday morning, but the impact of the snowstorm could continue to impact commutes.

Most main roads will be cleared of snow, but it may take another day or longer for plows to reach all side streets. Moreover, icy roadways could be a problem if temperatures dip below freezing overnight.

“Cold temperatures overnight may cause any wet roadways to refreeze,” the Virginia Department of Transportation said. “Motorists should watch for ice during the Thursday morning commute, especially on bridges, overpasses and other raised surfaces.”

VDOT also said wet heavy snow could pose a threat to power lines. As of Wednesday, about 900 Dominion Energy customers in Northern Virginia were without power, including about 700 in Loudoun County. BGE reported about 2,000 customers without electricity in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. There were just a few dozen Pepco Energy customers without power in the District and Maryland.

In the District, a Snow Emergency was in effect until 7 a.m. Thursday, meaning that some parking restrictions will be in place during the early part of the morning rush hour.

Virginia residents can track the status of plows in their neighborhood at VAplows.org.

Some key things to note for Thursday:

  • The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that federal offices will be open with a 2-hour delay. Workers have the option for unscheduled leave or telework.
  • DC Public Schools will be open.
  • MARC Train will operate with its “R” schedule in place. There will be no 5:50 a.m. departure from Penn Station in Baltimore and no 5:24 p.m. departure from Union Station in D.C.
  • VRE will make a decision about Thursday’s service by 4 a.m.
  • Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and operate on a normal weekday schedule for all lines. Additional information is available here.
  • Metrobus will begin Thursday on a light snow plan, with detours in effect on a route-by-route basis where hilly terrain or narrow streets may be problematic for buses.
  • MetroAccess paratransit service for riders with disabilities will be restored Thursday. Customers may experience delays and service impacts due to road conditions.
  • Arlington ART will start the day with limited service and increase service as conditions permit. Click here for details about specific lines.
  • Alexandria DASH will operate a regular weekday schedule and extend the AT2X, AT3 and AT4 routes to 11 am. Click here for information about routes and schedules.
  • Fairfax County Connector will operate on a regular weekday schedule. Click here for additional information.

Check back with DC Commute Times for updated information on public transit schedules, road closures and other information regarding Thursday morning’s commute.

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