Slippery roads during Tuesday’s snowstorm led to a number of accidents, and the commute this morning remains slick in some places, which led to schools closing.
According to NBC4, more than 80 accidents happened in Montgomery County. Officials continue to advise that anyone who doesn’t need to be on the roads should stay home. Washingtonpost.com reported that police believe a fatal accident near the Landover Metro station may also have been weather related.
In Laurel, police responded to a disabled vehicle on Route 1 near Cherry Lane and an accident on MD 197 near Clubhouse Boulevard, but both incidents were cleared by 10 a.m., according to city police.
Maryland State Highway Administration officials say crews worked through the night and continue working on some of the ramps and major routes like Route 1.
“We still encourage people to use caution,” said Valerie Edgar, an SHA spokeswoman. “Some of the ramps and shoulders may have some snow coverage and with the wind, we could have cleared it and it came back. During the day we should be good, but with these cold conditions, we can’t be sure with ice underneath. Our main goal today will be finishing up and getting the crews some rest.”
You can track what roads have been plowed in Montgomery, Fairfax and Prince George’s counties through maps at the county governments’ web sites. Residents should let officials know if their road still needs to be plowed.
On the government side of things, Prince George’s government and courts open at 10 a.m. Montgomery County government is open with liberal leave, according to montgomerycountymd.gov. Fairfax County also is open with liberal leave, according to fairfaxva.gov, but all Parks and Recreation Department classes and programs are canceled.
Despite the trouble the weather gave drivers, power companies are not reporting many outages. BGE reported no outages in Prince George’s or Montgomery as of 7:30 a.m. Pepco’s website showed fewer than 5 outages each in Montgomery and Prince George’s, and Dominion lists 7 outages between Fairfax County and Fairfax City.