Metrorail

ICYMI, the Rock & Roll Marathon is tomorrow in the District of Columbia. If you have to drive in to Washington, D.C. avoid doing that AT ALL COSTS. Metrorail will open two hours early — at 5 a.m. — on Saturday, March 15, for the benefit of riders traveling to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

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The Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is coming to Washington, D.C. this Saturday and if you’re thinking about driving to D.C. on that morning, don’t. The Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon will bring more than 30,000 runners and walkers to the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.

To get the most out of your weekend and minimize stress, be aware of the road closures for this race and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time.

Most road closures and detours will be in effect between the hours of 7:00 am and 2:00 pm. The race begins at 7:30 am, and streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Streets along the earlier miles of the route will open earlier than roads along the end of the route. Please review the road closure grid and course map as well as the interactive road closure map (see below) for more information.

A Red Flag Warning (a.k.a. Fire Warning) is in effect from the National Weather Service for the metropolitan Washington area, including the City of Alexandria, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. today (3/13/2014).

Via the warning

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
424 AM EDT THU MAR 13 2014

…ENHANCED POTENTIAL OF FIRE SPREAD TODAY…

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/O.UPG.KLWX.FW.A.0001.140313T1300Z-140313T2200Z/
/O.NEW.KLWX.FW.W.0001.140313T1300Z-140313T2200Z/
NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-LOUDOUN-ORANGE-
CULPEPER-PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-NORTHERN FAUQUIER-SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-
424 AM EDT THU MAR 13 2014

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM EDT
THIS EVENING FOR HIGH WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL VIRGINIA EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
RED FLAG WARNING FOR HIGH WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER
WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* HUMIDITY…20 TO 25 PERCENT.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* FUEL MOISTURE…LESS THAN 10 PERCENT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

Yes, the postal carriers are out and about today during winter storm Titan in the DMV. What’s the Postal Service creed?

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

Clear those mailboxes people!