WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Winter Snow Storm Plays Havoc On Transportation Around D.C.

Play associated audio
Crews are hard at working trying to keep the runways at area airports in the clear.
Crews are hard at working trying to keep the runways at area airports in the clear.

If you are leaving work for home this afternoon, highway agencies say you should use extreme caution.

The departments of transportation in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland say if you don't have to be on the road, stay home. For those who did drive into work this morning, Joan Morris at VDOT says the earlier you leave for home the better.

"With these cold temperatures and the blowing and drifting we are going to get, we are going to have a nasty time out on the roads," Morris says.

Thousands of plow trucks and salters are working around the clock to clear snow in our region -- an effort that will continue after the snow stops, says Valerie Burnett Edgar at the Maryland State Highway Administration.

"Generally it takes us four to six hours after the snow stops to get down to bare pavement," Edgar says. "Combined with icy conditions it could be very treacherous overnight."

At Reagan and Dulles Airports, spokesman Robert Yingling says the runway clearing teams are dealing with a typical winter storm.

"We have numerous flight cancellations going through the afternoon and evening," Yingling says. "There are some flights that are planning to operate especially international flights."

More than a third of flights leaving out of National Airport Tuesday have been cancelled, as of 5 p.m. So check with your airline before heading to the airport.


Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo' Full Of Loneliness And Longing

In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.

Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.


Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.