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Live: Traffic, transit and weather

Monday - 1/21/2013, 7:34pm  ET

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Crowds stream away from the National Mall along Constitution Avenue across from the White House Monday afternoon. (WTOP/Kristi King)

WASHINGTON - WTOP will be following Monday's inaugural events as they unfold, with up-to-the-minute information on what is happening and how it could affect you.

We'll be following traffic, public transit and road closures as they happen to help you get around town. Make sure to check back frequently for the most useful information.

Not braving D.C. to see the events firsthand? We've got you covered. Click here to follow a live blog of the days events in real-time.

For frequently asked questions, check out WTOP's Inauguration Day survival guide.

Forecast:

The chilly day began with temps hovering around 30 degrees. The sun was expected to warm things up into the 40s through the morning.

But an arctic chill will begin moving into the area this afternoon when temperatures are expected to begin dropping. A possible snow flurry could come late into the afternoon followed by cold, blustery winds.

Temperatures will steadily drop beginning at 5 p.m., along with cold gusts of wind. It will feel like it's in the high teens overnight.

Traffic, Transit and Parking:

7:18 p.m.:

All street closures remain in effect in and around Downtown D.C. That includes the 3rd Street, 12th Street and 9th Street tunnel closures.

Archives and Smithsonian Metro stations have reopened completely and are operating normally.


6:45 p.m.:

Heading to the Convention Center for the official inaugural balls tonight? Metro suggests using the Gallery Place station. Then walk four blocks north along 7th Street to M Street.

The Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center station is closed today.

Metro rush hour service continues until 9 p.m. tonight. Closing time is 2 a.m.

In Springfield, Va., there is still a line of cars waiting to get out of the Franconia-Springfield garage, according to WTOP's Hank Silverberg.

However, Fairfax County police say that the backups there have cleared.

ONGOING: Metro reminds parkers that the one-day pass does not include parking. Add money to your SmarTrip card at the station or pay with a credit card at the garage.


5:52 p.m.:

Fairfax County police say that officers are on scene at Frontier Drive. The backup was due to people paying to get out of the garage.

Gallery Place has smaller than normal crowds now.

Metro riders wearing tuxes, gowns and uniforms are starting to filter in.


5:20 p.m.: Metro reports about 538,000 riders have traveled on the Metrorail system today. That's about two-thirds of the 807,000 trips as of the same time on Inauguration Day 2009.

Reminder to motorists: 3rd Street, 9th Street, and 12th Street tunnels remain closed.


5:05 p.m.:

Fairfax County motorcycle police are en route to the traffic back ups on Frontier Road near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.

Motorists stuck in the traffic say they've been waiting for more than an hour.

D.C. Police report that all major roadways and bridges in the area are running smoothly.

ONGOING: Metro reminds parkers that the one-day pass does not include parking. Add money to your SmarTrip card at the station or pay with a credit card at the garage.


4:41 p.m.:

Metro Center station is crowded on the Red line, but less so on the Blue and Orange lines as the parade winds down, according to WTOP'S Hank Silverberg.

Traffic is backed up along Frontier Road near Metro's Franconia-Springfield station.


4:34 p.m.: Now that the president and Mrs. Obama have made it to their viewing stand, many are leaving the parade route. Let the rush home begin — take two.

And for those leaving early, WTOP's Megan Cloherty reports that Farragut North Metro station is still jammed.

Metro reminds parkers that the one-day pass does not include parking. Add money to your SmarTrip card at the station or pay with a credit card at the garage.


3:30 p.m.:

Metro reports that delays along the Orange, Blue and Red lines have cleared.

WTOP's Megan Cloherty reports that Farragut North is still very packed outside.


3:02 p.m.:

Metro Center station is now open to Metro passengers.

Foggy Bottom, Federal Center SW and L'Enfant Plaza stations have also re-opened.

ONGOING: Expect ongoing delays along Blue and Orange lines headed toward Virginia A train was disabled earlier due to a medical emergency outside of Rosslyn but has cleared.


2:54 p.m.:

The Smithsonian Metro station on the National Mall will reopen at 3 p.m. Use the 12th and Independence Avenue entrance.

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