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Quick Snow, Low Temps Lead to Traffic Snafus

A little bit winter finally arrived to the Germantown area overnight on March 3, Not enough to earn a day off from school but just enough create traffic havoc for commuters in the UpCounty area. A quick snow squall and temperatures in the early 30s created traffic snafus on three major roads. Montgomery County Police were forced to either completely or partially close three major roads where they intersected with Interstate 270 on Friday morning because of Black Ice conditions on the overpass. Shortly after 6:00 am Montgomery County Fire Rescue responded to a collision due to Black Ice on the overpass of Clarksburg Road (MD 121) at I-270 involving seven vehicles. MCPD closed the overpass for about two hours as the crash was cleared and the Maryland State Highway Administration spread salt on the frozen roadway. About 40 minutes later at 6:40 am MCPD were called to another crash on the Germantown Road (MD-118) overpass of I-270. Police closed some lanes of Germantown Road for some time during the morning rush as that accident was cleared. The third collision at a third overpass occurred shortly after 7:00 am, as three-vehicle wreck ended a white work van ended up on its side on Father Hurley Boulevard near the southbound entrance to I-270. Police at the scene reported a second separate collision on the overpass near I-270 and briefly closed the entire overpass area to traffic until the road could be salted. While the icy roads left many commuters who were trying to get on and off I-270, cursing the surprise return of winter, thankfully there were no major injuries reported at the three crashes. According to the National Weather Service, the Germantown area may be in for more snow, later on, today as scattered snow showers are expected this afternoon before 4:00 pm, however, no major accumulation is expected.

Caption: A white van lays on its side after a three-car crash on Father Hurley Boulevard during this morning’s commute.

Photo by Germantown Pulse.