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The latest freeze-thaw cycle has taken its toll on the roads. Orphaned hubcaps have been found strewn along shoulders, leaning against jersey walls, laying in culverts -- footstones for travelers who have fallen victim to the region's eruption of potholes.
One of the busiest highways in the Washington metro area is a likely place for a wreck. This 4-mile stretch has high demand and possibly an out-of-date design.
Traffic delays in the District of Columbia have been much worse lately. For the past several months, the city's army of highway help trucks have been forced to sit in the very backups they themselves are tasked with preventing.
Here are WTOP's five worst rush hours of 2013. Each featured major incidents and extreme, widespread delays that affected tens of thousands of motorists far and wide.
Holiday delays have slowly crept up on unsuspecting commuters. Usually latent in the weeks following the Thanksgiving getaway, they tend to reemerge by mid-December.
Almost three years ago, a moderate snowfall blindsided Washington because it fell quickly on congested road, preventing plows from getting through. Frederick experienced a similar phenomena Sunday and commuters could experience the Carmageddon of 2011 all over again Tuesday morning.
Downtown commuters should expect extra congestion Friday afternoon as the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will close several roads around the White House.
Drivers headed home from the long holiday weekend were plagued with major delays on Interstate 95 in Virginia on Sunday, due to a series of accidents in Prince William County.
If you're planning to hit the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday, Mother Nature is not going to make it an easy ride. But you'll have plenty of other people stuck in traffic with whom you can commiserate.
Drivers coming into D.C. and Arlington should be prepared for widespread road closures as the Marine Corps Marathon gets underway Sunday.
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