When winter weather hits, sometimes the best idea is to hunker down until the worst is over. But if you have to get out today, we have some information to hopefully make it a little easier.

Driving

As always, when the weather makes roads treacherous, it’s a good idea to allow plenty of extra time and drive carefully. Use extra caution when driving on bridges and overpasses since they usually freeze first.
An advisory from AAA Mid-Atlantic reminds drivers that driving defensively is important in bad weather. Make sure to fully clear your car of snow, drive with your low-beams on and allow plenty of room between your car and the one in front of you. Keeping your gas tank at least half full to avoid fuel freezing and making sure you have an emergency kit and extra clothes in case of an emergency are also important.
You can track what roads have been plowed in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties through maps at the county governments’ websites. Additionally, some municipalities plow their own streets. Montgomery County has a list here of jurisdictions that cover their own plowing.

Metro

If you’re planning on traveling via Metrorail or Metrobus, they are operating on a regular weekday schedule but service levels may reduce later in the day, depending on ridership and weather conditions, according to WMATA.com. If conditions are bad enough, Metrobus routes may also be detoured or suspended. Check their website before heading out. MetroAccess has been suspended for Tuesday and will return when it is safe to do so.

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