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Roads Dangerously Slick as Region Refreezes

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    News4's Jackie Bensen is in Rockville, Maryland, where drivers are concerned about icy roads as the temperatures drop. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016)

    Expect an icy morning and a slushy afternoon Thursday as the region refreezes again.

    Roads already were icy overnight Thursday.

    "Anything that looks wet, you can just assume that what you're looking at is a really dangerous sheet of ice," News4's Jackie Bensen said. 

    There was no refreeze Tuesday night and the temperature climbed back into the 40s Wednesday, helping continue the big melt, but the temperature began to tumble after sunset Wednesday.

    Giant Snowblowers Clear Roads in DC, Maryland

    Giant Snowblowers Clear Roads in DC, Maryland
    Oversized snowblowers that plow snow and grind ice have been loaned to D.C. and Maryland by the state of Connecticut. News4's Shomari Stone caught the machines at work in Montgomery County. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016)

    Drivers complained on Twitter Wednesday evening that traffic was a mess.

    Federal offices will open three hours late again Thursday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday night. Employee have the option to telework or take unscheduled leave.

    Snow-filled roads and a car crash were clogging traffic Wednesday night in Franconia, Virginia. Some drivers trying to exit the lot at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station had been stuck in the traffic jam for as much as an hour, they told News4.

    “We feel the pain of these commuters trying to get out," Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

    Drivers Stuck in Metro Parking Garage Traffic in Virginia

    Drivers Stuck in Metro Parking Garage Traffic in Virginia
    Many drivers trying to leave the Franconia-Springfield Metro station Wednesday night sat in traffic for more than an hour because of a car crash and road lanes covered in snow. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016)

    Metro Transit Police officers directed traffic near the Metro station, and WMATA will let drivers park overnight in the lot to avoid the gridlock. No one will be towed or tickets, Metro said.

    Expect large patches of ice and black ice Thursday morning, as lows will be in the teens.

    After a hard freeze, driving conditions will be dangerous. Drivers should increase their following distance and avoid braking or hitting the gas hard. And be patient.

    But expect slushy conditions again from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday before another likely refreeze.

    Race to Clear the Streets Before the Big Freeze

    [DC] Race to Clear the Streets Before the Big Freeze
    Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins says the county is making progress and should have all roads passable before the big freeze Wednesday night. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016)

    Drivers reported notably longer commutes Wednesday morning, as roads with reduced lanes contributed to major delays.

    Some days with highs in the 60s are in next week’s forecast, along with rain, so be prepared for possible flooding next Wednesday.


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