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A native to the Washington, D.C. area, Dave Dildine is no stranger to the
complex traffic and weather patterns associated with the region.
Before joining WTOP as a full-time traffic reporter, Dave was a weather research
analyst for a private company in Austin, Texas. He also organized storm chasing
tours with a company based in Oklahoma City.
Having chased tornadoes for over a decade, Dave has logged countless miles on the
highways and rural farm roads of the Great Plains.
Dave joined WTOP in 2010 as the station prepared to launch its own in-house
traffic service. In addition to reporting on the 8s, Dave has covered breaking
weather stories for WTOP. He flew with the Hurricane Hunters into the eye of
Hurricane Irene three days before the storm lashed Mid-Atlantic coast in August
He also reported live as the 2012 Derecho tore through downtown D.C. with 70
When he's not in the traffic center, Dave enjoys running, playing tennis and
photography. He currently lives in Arlington, Va.
If you see more than he says, call Dave on the WTOP Traffic hotline at 202-895-5048 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motorcades are just part of the fabric of life in D.C. But getting stuck by one of these rolling roadblocks only adds to the stress of driving here. Our Traffic Center has tips to help you stay out of a jam.
Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 04:24pm EST
The National Weather Service says some thunder and lightning could accompany the heavy snow that is predicted to fall across the Washington area.
Monday - 03/03/2014, 05:33am EST
ABC7's Lauryn Ricketts says a social media following, in the right hands, is an
asset during a weather emergency.
Friday - 02/28/2014, 04:31am EST
Although winter has been crueler to the New England and the Midwest, the D.C. region has seen above-average snow totals so far this season.
Thursday - 02/20/2014, 04:32am EST
A new flyover bridge on Interstate 695 was quietly unveiled by the
District Department of Transportation Friday in Southeast D.C.
Friday - 02/07/2014, 09:29pm EST
The latest freeze-thaw cycle has taken its toll on the roads. Orphaned hubcaps have been found strewn along shoulders, leaning against jersey walls, laying in culverts -- footstones for travelers who have fallen victim to the region's eruption of potholes.
Thursday - 02/06/2014, 04:47am EST
One of the busiest highways in the Washington metro area is a likely place for a wreck. This
4-mile stretch has high demand and possibly an out-of-date design.
Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 07:49am EST
Traffic delays in the District of Columbia have been much worse lately. For the past several months, the city's army of highway help trucks have been forced to sit in the very backups they themselves are tasked with preventing.
Friday - 01/24/2014, 12:49pm EST
Has your drive around town seemed more stressful lately? Holiday delays have slowly crept up on unsuspecting commuters. Usually latent in the weeks following the Thanksgiving getaway, they tend to reemerge by mid-December.
Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:43pm EST
Almost three years ago, a moderate snowfall blindsided Washington because it fell quickly on congested road, preventing plows from getting through. Frederick experienced a similar phenomena Sunday and commuters could experience the Carmageddon of 2011 all over again Tuesday morning.
Monday - 12/09/2013, 05:59pm EST
Downtown commuters should expect extra congestion Friday afternoon as the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will close several roads around the White House.
Friday - 12/06/2013, 04:15pm EST
Drivers headed home from the long holiday weekend were plagued with major delays on Interstate 95 in Virginia on Sunday, due to a series of accidents in Prince William County.
Sunday - 12/01/2013, 06:27pm EST
If you're planning to hit the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday,
Mother Nature is not going to make it an easy ride. But you'll have plenty of
other people stuck in traffic with whom you can commiserate.
Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 03:05pm EST
As cold weather hits the area, many people are wondering just how
cold it will get and how much snow could be on the way. Sure, meteorologists may
help predict what's to come, but some folklore could point to what winter will
Saturday - 11/16/2013, 06:44am EST
Drivers coming into D.C. and Arlington should be prepared for widespread road closures as the Marine Corps Marathon gets underway Sunday.
Sunday - 10/27/2013, 08:12am EDT
Getting around downtown Annapolis will be very difficult this weekend, especially on Saturday.
Friday - 10/04/2013, 08:55pm EDT
Some weekend delays are possible, but expect few major disruptions.
Friday - 09/20/2013, 06:15pm EDT
Shorter days and longer commutes are ahead.
Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:19am EDT
Labor Day weekend is upon us and drivers should expect major volume delays on through-routes this weekend, especially Interstate 95 in Virginia and at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. What to expect before you hit the road.
Friday - 08/30/2013, 04:12pm EDT
A new piece of public art will grace the New York Avenue Bridge providing a dash of nature and art to the newly rehabilitated structured that will serve as a gateway to the District's NoMA neighborhood.
Friday - 08/23/2013, 05:28am EDT