WASHINGTON — After Friday’s blustery weather brought power outages, scattered debris and shattered windshields to the D.C. area, those who are looking to leave the house Saturday may still experience travel hiccups.
Whether you’re getting out of town, or just getting across it, here’s what your trip may look like:
Roads and bridges
The winds caused several traffic tie-ups and other headaches on the roadways Friday. The gusty winds made for hazardous travel conditions, especially for drivers in trucks, vans and SUVs.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed Friday at the Prince William Parkway to allow a structural engineer to inspect the iconic 140-foot Potomac Mills sign, which was leaning due to gusts. They will continue to be closed through Saturday, and southbound drivers will again be diverted to the express lanes.
The mall arranged for a crane to remove it but winds have to fall 20 miles per hour first, Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Jenni McCord said.
Michael McGurk of Transurban, which operates the lanes, said it was the first time the tolls had been suspended for anything other than snow and ice.
The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management released a list of county and state road closures on Friday. Check their Twitter page to see updates.
Maryland drivers can stay informed about road conditions throughout the state on www.md511.org and find real-time travel alerts and conditions. The Maryland Transportation Authority suggests that you check out wind warnings and restrictions criteria on the authority’s website.
Amtrak canceled service Friday afternoon for the rest of the day along its Northeast Corridor, citing “multiple weather-related issues.” Amtrak also suspended southbound service out of Washington for the rest of the day as well.
Amtrack also suspended service between Washington and New York City due to storm-related power outages between Philadelphia and New York City on Saturday morning, but the Northeast Regional service has been restored between Washington to points in Virginia.
Within the D.C. area, Metrorail operated at reduced speeds above ground Friday. Riders on the Blue, Yellow and Red lines will experience delays this weekend due to scheduled repairs and shutdowns. Get Metro updates on train and bus service on Twitter.
Delays are also a possibility for anyone flying out of the D.C. area’s three major airports. At Dulles International Airport, high winds even forced a short-term tower evacuation and temporary ground stop Friday afternoon.
In contrast, conditions were “normal” at BWI Marshall Airport as of Saturday morning, but officials strongly advise you to check with your airline on your flight’s status.
WTOP’s Teta Alim, Abigail Constantino, Anna Isaacs and Ana Srikanth contributed to this report.
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