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Another Nightmare Commute Likely on Deck

Many schools, businesses return to usual start times

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    Another Nightmare Commute Likely on Deck
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    Many area residents were given a practice commute Tuesday morning, and it proved to be a bear.

    With lanes on some streets still impassable due to snow and ice, a lot of bottlenecking led to backed up traffic and longer than usual rush hours. It’s barely an exaggeration to say the morning rush overlapped the evening rush.

    Thankfully, many school districts opened two hours late, as did the federal government. Many people won’t be so lucky Wednesday. Commuting is expected to be rough again, but federal agencies will open on time, as will public schools in Montgomery County, Md., and Fairfax and Arlington counties in Virginia.

    In Maryland, Frederick County schools will remain closed Wednesday. Howard and Anne Arundel county schools will open two hours late. And Charles County schools will be on a one-hour delay.

    Snow-Slicked Roads Infuriate Drivers

    [DC] Snow-Slicked Roads Infuriate Drivers
    Commuters have a tough time getting to and from work because of the condition of area roads.
    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010)

    In Virginia, schools in Prince William, Culpeper, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties will open two hours late, as will Alexandria city schools. Loudoun County schools already announced one-hour delays for the rest of the week.

    In Spotsylvania County, classes at Chancellor High School have been canceled for the rest of the week, as the load of snow on the roof approached maximum weight.

    Students in Prince George’s County, Md., will finally return to classes Wednesday. Schools will open two hours late through the week. In some areas, bus stops still haven't been shoveled and some streets around schools have not been completely plowed. At Marlton Elementary in Upper Marlboro, pathways have been cleared over grass so children don't have to walk in the street. School officials requested extra police officers and crossing guards to keep an eye on students.

    Morning Commute Blends Into Evening Commute

    [DC] Morning Commute Blends Into Evening Commute
    School's back in session. Federal employees are back at work. Snow is still blocking travel lanes. Yep, it's the commute from Hell.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010)

    Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold also ordered an increased police presence to help students get to school safely. Alexandria is increasing the police presence around schools Wednesday, too.

    D.C. schools and government opened on time Tuesday.

    Click here for a complete list of closings.

    Many Students Return to School for the First Time Since the Blizzards

    [DC] Many Students Return to School for the First Time Since the Blizzards
    Across the region students returned to school, many for the first time since the first blizzard. In Fairfax County, students started with a two-hour delay.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010)

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