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Inch of snow shuts down D.C. Beltway with worse yet to come

Stranded motorists fall asleep in cars and run out of gas during rush hour from hell

Some motorists are finally getting home after 4-5 hours of being stuck on the D.C. beltway in Maryland and Virginia.

The hilly and treacherous DC area beltway was made even worse Wednesday night as a clipper storm blew through the area dumping a whole one inch of snow on cold roads that quickly turned to ice, snarling rush hour traffic to a halt.

Many motorists called WTOP to complain about the conditions, giving the state highway crews a grade of F.

State highway officials for Maryland said they were waiting to pretreat the roads for the upcoming blizzard that is expected to arrive Friday night and dump 1-2 feet of snow on the area.

The sheer volume of traffic in the Baltimore Washington metro area makes commuting and driving in snow dangerous and motorists are being advised to stay off the roads this weekend.

Highway crews are getting out now to get roads in shape for the morning commute Thursday while DC Metrobus service was temporarily suspended overnight with delays expected for the morning commute.

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