Getting around Sunday amid windstorm cleanup? Here’s what to expect

The situation along the I-95 southbound in Virginia. A sign for Potomac Mills Mall is teetering following wind damage. (WTOP/John Domen)

WASHINGTON — The blustery weather has subsided but the cleanup and power restoration continues in the D.C. area. Those who are looking to leave the house Sunday 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 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 Sunday, and southbound drivers will again be diverted to the express lanes.

The mall arranged for a crane to remove it but winds have to die down first before removal can begin, 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.

In Virginia, you can see which roads are closed by visiting VDOT’s road conditions page.

Maryland drivers can stay informed about road conditions throughout the state on www.md511.org and find real-time travel alerts and conditions.

For the most updated traffic report, visit WTOP’s traffic center.


Amtrak said that nearly all service between Boston and Washington is scheduled to operate on Sunday. All scheduled Northeast Regional originations at New York City and Washington, D.C. will operate.

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.

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